This week we take a look inside one of those big, sprawling Roland Park homes that so many of us admire: dark brown cedar shingle, white trim, on a tree-lined street, elegant enough for adults, but roomy and comfortable enough for kids. Fun fact: The house was the childhood home of our friend and Pigtown Design blogger Meg Fielding.
The house has a lovely wide porch where the family entertains in the summer.
She is from Greenwich, Connecticut and used her mother’s New York designer to decorate the house. The house is traditional with a few added surprises, like the leopard print rug in the living room.
The house has many sitting rooms and holds a crowd well, but still feels cozy…
The owner of the house was not afraid to make a few bold design moves, like painting white the woodwork in the dining room. It really brightens up the space. (Big, solid houses like this one can sometimes be dark.)
Fine details like the old built-in cabinets in the bar area, stained glass on the second floor landing and woodwork in the entry hall add to the charm of the house.
The second and third floors hold the house’s six bedrooms.
Not all the bedrooms are used as such, and the third floor includes one spacious room that she has used for private yoga classes with friends for many years.
The wide entrance hall is not wasted space. Extra tables are set-up there for dinner parties and you’ll often see an unfinished game of chess waiting for the boys to return. The upright piano also gets played.
The owners both love books and every year we co-host a book exchange party for our friends. Her front hall table is always full of interesting tomes to read. It’s always inviting to be welcomed into a home with a table full of books.
The owner told me yesterday that she has lived here for 15 years and is now thinking about an update. Really? Looks perfect to me!