BEFORE Entry

What had started as the desire for a fireplace grew into a comprehensive remodel, although the previous owners had already done some updating. The beautiful staircase, for instance, had once been boxed in, but was renovated to give the front hall a more expansive feeling prior to the Conley’s purchase.

AFTER Entry

Existing Venetian plaster in the entry was recolored to match the Farrow & Ball “Dolphin” neutral used in adjoining rooms.

BEFORE Family Room

The original family room and the new, enlarged one share the same ceiling height, but the similarities end there.

AFTER Family Room

The antique fireplace (circa 1740) is a stunning focal point in the family room. The room’s new iron lamps, chandelier, and metal coffee tables are all from Formations. Salvaged ceiling beams added architectural interest. “I used beams in a gridwork that worked with the style of the doors and fireplace,” explains architect Donald Lococo.

Living Room

The small, formal living room at the front of the house was improved with the addition of French doors that lead to a charming outdoor dining area. A new leopard-print Stark carpet updates the room.

BEFORE Dining Room

The previous owners added French doors to quaint dining room.

AFTER Dining Room

The eight-sided dining room adds a special fillip to gatherings around the table. Under the Niermann Weeks chandelier, whose shape is outlined in crystals, sits a fanciful tablescape featuring Ellen Conley’s collection of Herend dinnerware and figurines.

BEFORE Breakfast Room

The countertop in the old kitchen broke up the room, but the addition to the back of the house allowed the Conleys to completely renovate and open up the space.

AFTER Breakfast Room

Two steps up from the family room, the breakfast area is bathed in light from new windows that also repeat the unusual grid of the house’s original windows.

Kitchen

In the kitchen, a window above the sink was high on Ellen’s wish list. This window embraces the historic language of the original windows, notes architect Lococo. The massive island, stained in a delightful chocolaty-brown, serves as the focal point of the kitchen work area.

BEFORE Master Bedroom

The remodel included a freshening up of the master bedrooms.

AFTER Master Bedroom

A Nancy Corzine four-poster is flanked by Niermann Weeks side tables custom-designed to match some that appeared in a dream Ellen had. A chaise in front of windows dressed in Manuel Canovas panels is topped with Jim Thompson silk pillows.

DETAIL Chaise

A chic chaise is accented with patterned pillows covered in silk.

BEFORE Bathroom

The claw-foot tub was already in the house when the Conleys moved in. They kept the luxurious tub as part of the glamorous remodeled bathroom.

AFTER Bathroom

The original tub remains in the updated bathroom. A cafe curtain on a rod wider than the windows mixes up the lines along the bathtub wall to add interest. Ann Sacks semiprecious gem tiles in a mosaic pattern create art underfoot.

DETAIL Monogramming

Ellen’s graceful monogram is embroidered in the same color as the dressing table chair.

Bathroom Sink

Ellen Conley’s classicism is evident at the sink, where a pair of sconces balance the gilded mirror.

Outdoor Area

Throughout the renovation, one of the goals was to provide easy access to the outdoor living areas like this one. Porch Designer Mary Jo Donohoe punctuated the outdoor dining area and terrace with refreshing accents of blue in the upholstery fabric. “The Conleys love to use the porches for dining, and especially for watching their recently added flat-screen TV,” she says.

Ellen Conley

The Conley house is a great example of teamwork on a redesign. Together, the clients, the architect and the interior designer were able to give new life to a grand old house.

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Before and After: Classic Maryland Home

A long, loving renovation is sparked by the desire for a working fireplace

Written by Candace Ord Manroe
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