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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Though the Neoclassical residence in Washington had a storied past—once serving as the Turkish ambassador’s residence—it had seen better days by the time new owners hired Barry Dixon to restore its former grandeur. To update the modest master bath, the designer first incorporated a neighboring bedroom, complete with fireplace, into the space. “The idea was to create a luxurious and leisurely bath where you could have coffee and breakfast with your hair wrapped in a towel, or enjoy a soak in front of the fireplace,” he explains.

Dixon’s vision pays homage to the home’s vintage, but through a light, present-day lens. Tumbled limestone and marble tiles pave the floor and walls, recalling a time during the 19th century when “people first learned about germs and wanted surfaces they could wipe down,” he says. An antique table topped with stone and a clawfoot Waterworks tub floating in the middle of the

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