By Mannig Lee, Photography by Gwin Hunt
Mary-Beth and Bruce Phillips dreamed of simplifying their lives and leaving it all behind. Unlike most of us, they turned this fantasy into reality. They sold everything, including their seven-bedroom Victorian home in Westfield, New Jersey, and moved into a 1,400 square foot, two-bedroom condo overlooking Annapolis Harbor. “We sold all of our antiques, furniture, and treasures gathered over our lifetime and moved to Annapolis with only our two chairs and our crystal,” says Mary-Beth.
The two-story loft condominium was just right for downsizing. However, its floor plan was slightly outdated, with the feel of the 1960s, and in need of revival. With an eye for design and a charismatic energy, Mary-Beth, a floral designer by trade, dove into the project. For help, she turned to a team of professionals: Cathy Purple Cherry, Principal of Purple Cherry Architects, Katalin Farnady of Farnady Interiors, and Andy Apter of Apter Remodeling/Craftsman. Purple Cherry felt limited by the width of the condominium. The height of the two-story loft and the original, outdated winding staircase made the space uncomfortable. Her solution was to enclose the loft and redesign the staircase, creating an even flow of open space downstairs and maximizing the condominium’s overall floor area. Click Here to continue reading.