Lisa Tullai updates a Stevensville, Maryland, home with a fresh, new look and better functionality

Located on 21 acres in Stevensville, Maryland, a sprawling home on Eastern Bay proved an idyllic perch for a couple with five active boys—but the interiors needed some work. The owners tapped a design team that included Lisa Tullai of Annapolis Interiors to overhaul the 2005 house with a fresh, new look and better functionality.

The wife “was struggling with colors and finishes,”Tullai recalls. “In discussion, I realized that she first needed the house to function better for the family—then we could tackle the design.” A rear addition with a vaulted ceiling and a wall of windows created space for a bigger kitchen and a breakfast nook—while making the views center stage.

Tullai guided the design in a transitional direction, selecting coastal shades of sand and blue “so as not to interrupt the view,” and

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A bedroom on the bay makes the most of its expansive, watery vista

When interior designer Christy Brown was tapped to work her magic in a waterfront home under renovation in Annapolis, the goal was to prioritize its expansive views, which take in both Whitehall Bay and Pleasant Lake. Among the bay-facing rooms is the owners’ bedroom, which enjoys access to an expansive deck through a glass-fronted door flanked by windows.

Brown set the tone with walls painted in Benjamin Moore’s bold Newburyport Blue. “The clients’ favorite color is blue—and with the water just beyond, this was the obvious choice for the palette,” she explains. Beige fabrics and rug offset the deep hue while highlighting the water vista. Pleated drapery in a Kravet linen-and-silk blend frames the window wall; Brown concealed hardware in a pocket behind the crown molding to create a sense of height and breadth for the windows.

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Inspired by the historic, 18th-century Shiplap House in Annapolis with its steeply pitched roof and gabled end, architect Devin Kimmel embraced what he terms “Tidewater Modern” style in the contemporary design of an Annapolis home overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. “The massing of the structure is reminiscent of early American Tidewater homes, but the forms have been abstracted,” he explains.

With its pitched roof, the adjoining pool house echoes the home’s aesthetic. Open on three sides via Western Windows bi-fold doors, the structure is crowned by a vaulted mahogany-plank ceiling. Silver travertine clads both the pool-house floor and pool deck, and a stucco fireplace occupies one wall.

The pool house is tucked to one side of the home so as not to impede water views, and acts as a buffer from the neighboring property. Native plantings frame the view. Visible past the pool and gardens, an existing structure was repurposed for

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Metalwork by local artisans elevates the style quotient indoors and out

LIGHT SHOW Collaborating with Carib Daniel Martin Architecture + Design, Gutierrez Studios fabricated and installed a three-story, wood-and-steel staircase in a Wesley Heights home; an integrated screen wall channels light while also showcasing the owners’ ceramics collection on movable, cantilevered shelves. gutierrezstudios.com

POINT OF INTEREST Steve Prudhomme of Metal Specialties, Inc. (540-967-4836), fabricated a sleek, hot-rolled-steel fireplace surround for an Alexandria penthouse during a renovation by Runningdog Architects. Conceived by interior designer Katie Otis, the fireplace anchors the long room, adding vertical interest to the space.

SEASIDE STYLE Pennsylvania-based Compass Ironworks was hired to design, fabricate and install a third-floor exterior stair on a Jersey Shore condo. The result was a sleek, high-grade aluminum spiral stair, powder-coated in an eco-friendly finish to withstand the harsh oceanfront environment. compassironworks.com

TOUCH OF GLAM Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey of SCW Interiors tapped AK Metal

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A design team infuses a traditional McLean home with understated sophistication and a thoroughly modern sensibility

Half a lifetime ago, Ajaipal “Jay” Virdy anticipated the serene home that he and his wife, Shalu, now enjoy. Back then, Virdy’s fledgling tech company occupied space next to a builder whose work he admired. Virdy promised himself that one day, he would ask that company to create an awesome house for him and his family.

Two decades later, the dream came true. With two grown children and an enviable career complete, Virdy and Shalu were moving from Leesburg to a classic, two-story abode in McLean. The property was endowed with an ideal setting and recently added guest quarters perfect for Virdy’s aging mother. But the 9,422-square-foot house, built in 2001, came with awkward and dated interiors.

Virdy called on his former neighbor, design-build company BOWA, which in turn enlisted architect Sarah Armstrong of

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