Brown Davis Interiors Combines East & West
December 12, 2013
PHOTOGRAPHY BY GORDON BEALL
“East is east and west is west,” but when an Annapolis real estate developer married a Manhattan Beach stylist, their great conundrum was figuring out exactly how the “twain” should meet—at least aesthetically.
Robert Brown and Todd Davis of Brown Davis Interiors, Inc. were left to dress the spaces in a manner that would delight both husband and wife—which meant traditional for him and contemporary for her. To meet the challenge, they relied on a perceptively designed interior architecture program and a shrewdly chosen array of furnishings. For exterior architecture, using a charette, architect Michael Oxman designed the residence “literally right in front of them. It was a very interactive process,” he explains. “We sat there and discussed their wants and needs, and I drew as we talked.”
The plan features three octagonal forms, with the largest structure—a gathering room—overlooking the backyard and river. Flanking the area, wings spread out on either side to hold two large airy rooms that do double duty, one as a kitchen and family room and the other as an office and library. Both sport expansive windows and French doors to maximize water views and access the yard, where a deck, infinity pool and outdoor kitchen hold court.
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