May-June 2011 | TROPICAL DELIGHT

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RIGHT AT HOME

TROPICAL DELIGHT

Kendall Home Furnishings transforms an Ocean City living room into a fun Caribbean getaway

Written By: Nick Brandi | Photographer: Stephen Cherry

When Dan Schappell of Potomac, Md. wanted to transform the living room of his Sunset Island beach home in Ocean City, he got lucky: He found senior design consultant Adele Zaniewski of Kendall Home Furnishings.

Armed to the teeth with innate talent and decades of experience, Zaniewski crafted a space so drenched in Caribbean flavor, you can practically hear the gentle clang of steel drums in the background — mon!

To achieve the evocative effect, Zaniewski needed to look no further than to the Lexington line of Tommy Bahama Home. Though the 3,200 sq. ft. condo unit boasts five
bedrooms on four levels, the living room is what you encounter first when you enter through the front door on the porch. Immediately you begin to relax and feel swept away by the earthy brown, cream and green earth tones that suffuse the space, sending the message to your senses that you’re still outdoors even though you know better.

Textured wide-plank hardwood flooring greet the feet warmly while a series of three bamboo ceiling fans rotate languorously overhead. For your conversation convenience and comfort, there is a wonderful wicker rattan wingback chair with fabric cushion in natural tones right off the plantation-style sofa from the Tommy Bahama Island Estate Collection. It’s accented perfectly with spice-colored throws in silk and lime-green cheetah-print cloth, both complementing the sofa’s cream-herringbone fabric pattern.

Two Agave chairs, also from the Island Estate Collection, offer a lively palm tree, coconut and floral fabric pattern that subtly but unmistakably interrupt the brown tones just enough to keep the space bright.

The whole thing is tied together with a coordinated tray table with alligator inserts, upon which nice touches such as a bamboo candlestick, oyster-shell candleholder and decorative moss spheres on an Asian-inspired tray with mosaic-tile trim and corded-bamboo surface wait to attract the eye. Either-side metal end tables with a crackle-glaze finish act as the perch for two candlestick-base lamps with taupe-linen shades sporting crewel-pattern embroidery. On the opposite wall from the sofa is the creamy-marble gas fireplace, which is flanked by two white in-wall bookcases featuring white moldings with corner medallions. The mantle and bookcase shelves are stuffed with lovely and lighthearted accent pieces such as shellfish, starfish, monkeys, sand dollars and conch shells all around an antique wicker clock. The firebox, meanwhile, is flanked by two compelling taupe urns under copper vases filled with green-glass orbs (which is one of many nice contributions by Schappell). The fireplace wall is topped by a framed, inset 42-inch flat-screen LCD TV that seems perfectly well-suited to watching the cricket matches coming to you live from Barbados.

Before the fireplace are two more wicker rattan chairs — one a chaise lounge with matching drum table, the other a Hamilton chair and utterly charming rattan potbellied end table complete with working hinged-hatch storage area. Three faux-stone wall-mounted pulp plaques atop the grass-cloth wallpaper (expertly hung by Ocean City-local Brian Conn), combined with a bamboo Roman door shade and Hunter Douglas Plantation shutters complete the concept to a tee.

In the end, Schappell and Zaniewski’s amazing West Indian living-room creation is just so much gorgeous fun, it may just be illegal.
 


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