The Rest: The Epitome of Eastern Shore Style & Design

In our line of work, we have the opportunity to work with many amazing clients on many memorable design projects. But this project is one that really stands out. The Rest is a stunning waterfront home on the Miles River on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Lead designer Amanda Friend worked with the owners of this home over a six-year period, transforming it from a dated, dark space to a light-filled, inviting family retreat.

Owners Susan and Andy bought this historic home for its gorgeous waterfront location. They were looking for a weekend retreat where the whole family could gather and relax. They certainly found that and more in The Rest!

When you first arrive on the property, you immediately start to relax. The tree-lined drive leading to the home sets a tone of southern hospitality and elegance.

The grounds include a beautiful, traditional red barn. The backyard overlooks the water, with plenty of space to relax and play.

Living Spaces: Inviting Interior Design

While Susan and Andy loved the setting of their new weekend retreat, the same could not be said for the interior of the home! It was dark and hadn’t been updated since the 1970’s. The house had good bones, but the finishings left a lot to be desired. The interior spaces didn’t reflect the fun personalities and active lifestyles of the family.

Amanda and Susan worked together to map out a renovation plan for the home. Susan prioritized the home’s gathering spaces, starting with the den and dining room, followed by the porches. After all, the reason Susan and Andy bought the home was to have an inviting space for the entire family to spend time together.

Susan gave Amanda free reign to create spaces that were sophisticated yet comfortable. A classic color palette of blues, greens, and yellows was selected to complement Susan’s cheerful personality and highlight the waterfront views.

These are rooms that are truly meant to be lived in! With teenagers and dogs in the house, that meant fabrics needed to be durable and practical. We avoided silks and embroidery and instead chose indoor/outdoor weaves.

Kitchen Design: Unique & Functional

The next area of the home that was tackled was the kitchen. And oh my, what a stunning kitchen it is! Tons of storage, a beautiful island, a one-of-a-kind hood… This kitchen design incorporates so many unique elements that create a show-stopping impression while providing all the functionality Susan and Andy needed.

The kitchen was designed by Susan Gilmore, who collaborated with Amanda and the homeowners. Susan had previously purchased the wall of cabinets on the left side of the kitchen, and was hoping to incorporate them into the home. The cabinets had been in storage in a barn for years, gathering dust and cobwebs while they waited for their chance to shine. Amanda could see their potential and worked with her cabinet refinisher to custom-mix the perfect shade of green. It ties in with the rest of the house but is unique to the kitchen, making Susan’s cabinets a true focal point.

The kitchen island is a very special piece as well. It’s a reproduction of an antique bread counter, which originally had a solid wood top. Andy used his carpentry skills to build a new top that was framed out to include a counter overhang for seating. The new top also included two quartzite stone slab drop-ins, making the island functional and durable.

Guest Bedroom Design: A Relaxing Retreat

Once the living spaces in the home were complete, Amanda and Susan tackled the bedrooms. The guest bedroom design incorporates shades of blue to tie in with the rest of the home, but the palette is more neutral and soothing. Chinoiserie patterns add a “traditional made modern” design element.

The en suite bathroom features a playful Chinoiserie wallpaper pattern that adds character to the space.

Master Suite Design: A Luxurious Escape

The master suite is one of the most recently completed projects within the home. An unfinished attic space was renovated to provide a private retreat for Susan and Andy. The angles of the roofline created some interesting challenges and opportunities in the design. Susan had fallen in love with a stunning headboard, only to find that it was much too large to fit within the space. Fortunately, Amanda was able to custom-design a headboard that fit within the space while giving Susan the unique appeal she was looking for.

As in the guest bedroom, the color palette for the master suite incorporates shades of blue, but it is more neutral than the rest of the house. This creates a relaxing and peaceful feeling within the space.

The en suite master bath is simply stunning! Andy once again put his talents to work in this space, completing nearly all of the construction himself. The bathroom has a unique walk-in style design that is open from both ends behind the double sinks. Custom drawer units are built into the wall to provide additional storage. A vanity area and seating area complete the space to make it a true retreat.

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  • Danielle Darling says:

    This is my absolute favorite project on the site! Where can I find that wallpaper in the guest bath? Love it!

  • Jamie Merida says:

    Thanks, Danielle! The wallpaper is from Thibaut. We’ll have to check on the pattern name and if it’s still available. We carry a great range of wallpapers and have samples available at the store. Let us know if one of our designers can help you find the perfect pattern!

  • Barbara S Rosen says:

    Absolutely stunning design down to the smallest details. Amanda Friend is brilliant!

  • Jamie Merida says:

    Thank you! And yes, Amanda is incredibly talented! She’s such a lovely person too. I love working with her!

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