HERE’S THE PLAN!
The Annapolis Design Firm, Fitzsimmons Design Associates has been chosen to design the Living Room this year. We are hard at work trying to make the main attraction at the Baltimore Symphony Show House this year happen! The Penthouse opens to the Public on April 27th- May 18th. Tickets are available at Details of Design in Annapolis, for $25.00 and are $30.00 at the door.
|This is the room we want!!!!!!!!|
The 2-Story, 3-sided Glass Living Room is incredible! When I first walked into the room, I got goose bumps up and down both legs and both arms. It may have something to do with my tiny bit of fear of heights?! But, as a team we decided to put our bid in on the Living Room Space and conquer our fears. After thinking of the great volume of space in the top half of the room for a week or so I came up with the idea of hanging sails up in the air to create a view from the balcony overlook of boats skimming through the top of the room. Easier said than done!
Yesterday I met Chris at Silo Point with 8 ft. high scaffolding and a 10 foot ladder on top of that to reach the ceiling of the Living Room. We rigged up 3 huge sails and live to tell the tale!
What do you think? You can see that Chris has no fear of heights! I yelled up to him at one point, “Have you ever Bungee Jumped before?” He replied that he has not but, would love to in the future. I had that right!
Now that the sails are up, I feel confident that we are under control and will get the project done on time. We have the delivery company all set up, a van rented, and the accents for the space pulled from stock at our Coastal Design Store, Details of Design in Annapolis.
The Show House Committee asked us to add the Wet Bar area to our design since no one wanted to tackle the space. We said sure, and racked our brains to come up with a feature for the tiny area. Wait till you see what we schemed up!
Gina Fitzsimmons, ASID
918 Bay Ridge Rd.
Annapolis, Md. 21403
The Holidays have come and gone. You have probably taken down your tree by now. If you haven’t…Today is the day! Get with the program! I am trying to paint this picture of how drab it looks after taking down the holiday decorations and if you still have them up, this is not going to work.
So, let’s continue. There you are, trapped in your home. It’s freezing outside, too cold to venture out. You are looking at the empty dark corners of the room and you desperately need a pick me up. You need a fix from “Details”! Come on over, we will cheer you up! Take a few pictures of your problem areas and come and brainstorm with one of our Designers on Duty.
Our Display Vignette this month is based on pieces that you can “fill in” those empty corners of your rooms. You know, where the tree was!
I love these little Retro chairs, They will fit almost anywhere! The wood pattern in the back of the chair really adds to their charm. They come with a toss pillow in beige duck with teal welting. Retail Price $1118.00 Details Of Design Pricing $895.00 each
Chenille textured rug is cozy underfoot! Here is a neutral rug that hides soil, looks great and feels even better! In our vignette it is in a 4×6 size and runs $473.00 but, it is available in a variety of sizes, even custom sizing.
Chenille Textured Rug is cozy underfoot!
In the winter when things are looking glum, make sure that you have proper lighting. It can improve your mood and it will be a whole lot easier to curl up and read a book if you can see better! We just received over 75 new lamps. Come and check them out!
So, I hope one or all of these ideas work well for you. Add the Fab to your space by using bold artwork, adding a cozy rug if you are more tactile, filling in your empty corners by adding functional pieces, like extra seating or a set of nesting tables or just surround yourself with photos of those that you love.
Keep warm, inside and out!
Bring the beach home this Christmas! It’s always fun to create a tabletop for your holiday meal with your existing accessories. In the midst of winter pull out all of your shells, candles and anything else that you may have to remind everyone of those warm days at the ocean.
Add Agapanthus in white, for a fresh Christmas floral arrangement by each table setting. Use a water bottle or whatever you have for the container. Think Beachy! As you can see, even the wine is Coastal appropriate!
Here I have pulled out my Martini Glasses to bring out the colors of the Ocean. It’s fun to use antique mismatched Silverware for a more casual vibe as well!
The Herons on the table make a great centerpiece with the low tray of shell balls and votives. Pull out all the accents that you are not using right now and you would be surprised what you can pull together.
I have used a 12″ runner down the center of the table in a teal mesh with glitter from the ribbon department, at the local craft store. I’ve even had it drop to the floor on each side for a more dramatic look!
Don’t forget to do a display on your sideboard! Here I have used those new battery operated flicker candles from Details, they look so real from a distance! I have reused some French Wire wide ribbon from last year and threaded it through a collection of Christmas balls and berry stems.
It is so satisfying when you have finished and you have used what you have on hand. The colors are refreshing and will be well received by your Guests this Holiday!
…and remember, if you don’t have anything to work with for this fabulous Christmas Dinner Display, come in and see Marie at Details of Design and show her what you do have and I’m sure she can turn your drab into fab!
Gina Fitzsimmons, ASID
As Autumn rolls into Annapolis and the trees begin to change their colors, our focus once again returns to our personal environments. Annapolis Design Firm, Fitzsimmons Design and their affiliated Design store “Details” begin to introduce the warm chocolate tones into their store displays. ” Chocolate is the new black!” says the brand new store manager, Marie O’Rourke! (Marie comes to the firm from Calico Corners, her experience there in window treatments will be invaluable as she expands her horizons by joining a full service design firm. Welcome aboard, Marie!)
The dark rich brown tones can be used to enrich a room or make it more dramatic. Here in the Fall vignette, the gorgeous chocolates that the designers selected for the entry display of the store are indeed dramatic. The stretched canvas is an impressionistic piece in browns and whites. The bay birds soaring over the Chesapeake make it relevant to our area. Large over scaled pieces like this can really finish off a room, they demand your attention!
Also, very noteworthy in the vignette are the metallic finishes. The driftwood finish on the round accent table has a silver leaf finish that adds a certain patina . The interplay of metallics when using darker colors like black , eggplant or chocolates is very important to the success of the project. The classically shaped lamp in the back left corner is a wonderful bronzey finish. The bronze tone is also on the trio of mirrors down the left hand wall. Keep in mind that the reflective quality of mirrors can add sparkle to any of your richer colored rooms.,
Details of Design is a great source to find the rug that you have been looking for. The rug in this display is a Transitional Scrolled Damask in white on Chocolate. The creator of this rug has used a very traditional pattern and over scaled it to be more contemporary. You can update a tired room with a new look, like this rug! Keep that in mind when you are designing the next space in your home.
Please come in and see our new Fall merchandise and say “Hello” to our new recruit, Marie. It’s time to get your “Details Fix”!]]>
What fun! Crab season is almost here! Megan and Corey have put together a great vignette for the beginning of Spring and it is not floral! The driftwood finish wicker chairs are just perfect for a grouping in your great room across from your sofa. Another place to use them would be as host and hostess chairs in your dining room. It would be nice to make the dining room a bit more casual, you know, the way you actually live!
These original Oil paintings are so perfect for a den or anywhere in your Chesapeake Home. They are nicely framed in wood frames and at $688.00 each, you can afford two of them!
Our boathouse red and white picture frame is perfect for that picture of your Dad out on the water in his yacht or the shot of your niece at the beach. We are “Coastal Ready” at Details!
If you need a wedding gift this Spring, keep in mind our silver and gold leaf platter for the lucky couple! It’s a nice size to display on a bookshelf with a plate stand.
If you need a lamp to shed some light on the subject, this lamp in the background is like a crusty old piling from the local dock. The shade is in a tan burlap with a very smart bright white piping around the bottom edge of the shade. Very reasonable in price, it is $323.00.
Our Starfish on Stand is a unique little accessory for a tabletop grouping or on a wall of books on your bookcase. The Starfish is a mere $37.00.
The large red Charger really adds that splash of color to our display. Take a look around your home and if you are suffering from the beige blahs…. come in and pick up some color!
It’s new, it’s hot, it’s what’s happening!
The casual finishes that are distressed and carefree like the Driftwood finish, pictured here in our Vignette this month, are gaining in popularity. Whether it be an upholstery company or casegoods manufacturer the new finish is Driftwood.
There are not many people that want to be a slave to protecting every surface anytime they have visitors. The distressed finishes already have the patina of a lifetime of living, so, what’s a few more dings?
In our area the driftwood finish fits in with our Comfortable Chesapeake Cozy way of life. The ambiance that it adds to a room encourages putting your feet up and relaxing.
See the close up on your right——
The arm of the chair has one of the new finishes as well as the skinny depth console in the background!
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This will enable all the people that wanted to visit the Show Home but have had trouble with Hurricane Sandy and other holiday issues to still be able to go and show support for the two great charities, The Chesapeake Hospice and The Make a Wish Foundation.
The admission price is $20.00 per person
We at Fitzsimmons Design have really had the best time designing the Living room and Kitchen area of the Show Home. We have met so many fun people that volunteer for these two charities. Also we want to say a few words about the builder, Mike Baldwin. He is one of the most dedicated people we have met. He turns out a beautiful home with top knotch quality with his easy going personality.]]>