This gorgeous condo was commissioned by a newly-single man looking to set up a sophisticated, tasteful home that also had plenty of masculine touches. The airy condo, with high ceilings and lots of windows, was made cozy and inviting with lots of dark wood and a stone fireplace.
Wooden shelves to hold the owner’s antique book collection lead into the dining area where a round wood table and chairs waits for dinner. Animal skin rugs and a nailhead accent on the sofa reinforce the masculine theme.
A loft space was perfect for a large seating area with an ottoman to set the stage for football games on the flatscreen. Neutral colors make it comfortable, while a few touches of animal print set the mood.
Soft fabrics, velvet chairs, and oversize mirrors give a hint of luxury to this simple bedroom.
When the owners of the former Bill Bateman’s wanted to transform a run down bar into Tex-Mex haven Cocina Diablos, they came to us and we lept at the challenge. They had a limited budget and a VERY fast turn-around timeline. In one month, we transformed this place into a bright, fun, lively Tex-Mex gathering place by creating visual spaces where people want to linger.
With rich oranges and pops of blues, reds and greens, the dining room is a much warmer and more comfortable place for family get-togethers. It not only looks fun, but it is fun. The print are perfect for the space – bold and colorful. And who can stop admiring the accessories?
This is the front sitting area – dubbed the ‘Devil’s Lounge’ – the perfect place to gather to share drinks and appetizers with friends. Rich colors make the small space pop, and the scotch-guarded chairs are a special treat for the owners – easy clean up!
As an Americana bar, they used neutral colors, beer signs and LOTS more TVs to give character.
Now there are hanging sombreros to divide the bar from the dining area and Devil’s Lounge. A pig-shaped BBQ sign lets you know that you’re not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy. Accessories abound – and they are fun and interesting to look at. And the bold and colorful paint choices pull everything together cohesively.
This was a fun project that was focused on a young girl’s wishes for her perfect place to hang out by herself or with friends. Nouveau Home and Design heard the word “pink” and went to town. What young girl doesn’t want her own space, decorated in her favorite color, that she can share with friends?
We created a magical, playful space where girls could feel glamorous. Color combined with greys and creams helps balance the room. The sofa is natural and comfortable while not being the focal point.
This sophisticated seating corner added a quiet spot for reading. Even on a tight budget, small touches like the nailheads on the loveseat and the carefully selected accessories can give a room charm and personality far beyond the furnishings themselves.
Comfortable seating and colorful pillows make the visitor want to kick off their shoes and hang out! The sofa fits the space well, it doesn’t take it over. The room still has the feeling of open space, it’s not crowded. The accessories are a hit – spaced out well so they are noticed but not cramped.
This work space for doing homework kept the glam theme going. Color-focused accessories and a desk any girl would be proud of makes this idea for home studying. Both mother and daughter had a great time with this project. We loved putting it all together as much as they did!
This project presented a challenge – how do you turn a plain, small, rectangular commercial space into an inviting jewelry store? You need great lighting, you need lots of glass display cases, and a sense of wonder and excitement:
You turn the whole space into a jewelry box!
Using rich purple and shimmering silver hues, we transformed every surface to create the sense of being inside a jewelry box. We selected the flooring, the paint colors, the wallpaper, and the accessories. Lots of sophisticated lighting and mirrored surfaces added to the feeling.
Using inexpensive yet fabulously rich materials like this patterned wallpaper and a crushed velvet chair helped bring the glimmering richness to every corner of this space.
We added two more chairs and a small table with mirrored accents to another corner of this space. Lots of guests (and their spouses) sit here and read while others shop the beautiful jewelry and gifts. Small table lamps give atmosphere to quiet corners, while overhead lighting and spot lights light up the jewelry.
The overall jewelry box theme is carried throughout the store, so customers always know they are in a special place, with wonderful treasures. Carefully chosen lighting helps to set the mood, and the see-through shelving and display cases give the feeling of spaciousness and grandeur to a small space. Mirrors are always a welcome accessory – they make any room look larger than it is.
No matter what your profession, entrances matter. In this entranceway, guests at Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Maestra Marin Alsop’s condo get a glimpse of the eclectic look we composed for her first home in Baltimore, a condo in a restored Church. Every entrance, when filled with personal treasures, says ‘welcome’ to family and friends.
This loft-like bedroom offers a window onto Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Maestra Marin Alsop’s inspired style. From her master suite, we carved out space for an office nearby and filled it with memorabilia from Marin’s hits. Our goal is to invent spaces that reflect an owner’s individual style, whether she is a novice or world-renowned pro.
This dining nook in Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Maestra Marin Alsop’s kitchen is ready for a newspaper and a cup of Joe. Steve combined Marin’s fabulous antique pieces with modern accessories to cook up something new and fresh: an inviting, eclectic condo for this world-traveler to look forward to returning home to, again and again.
When new Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Maestra Marin Alsop wanted a City pied-á-terre, she chose a condo in a redeveloped historic church—and the right designer. Steve combined antiques, treasures from Marin’s father, and contemporary furnishings to hit all the right notes for this world-famous music director. And, now she calls Baltimore home!
Nouveau Home and Design owner Steve Appel was taken to an empty room on the top level of a new townhome, built in the Woodberry neighborhood adjacent to an old foundry and mill. The owners asked what he could do in this small space and Steve said “skybar”!!! Using the owner’s good taste and Steve’s eye, together they created this inviting space to relax, entertain friends – or spend the night on the pull-out sofabed.
The effect of several pieces of shapely furniture in this room is evident in this photo, where this square room with square windows is given over to luscious curves. The effect is heightened by the lighting, all of which is round.
Details like nailheads on the sofa and chair, mirrored end and coffee tables, and turquoise chandelier give this room an opulent feel without breaking the budget. Different lamps offer lighting for distinct tasks like reading or just setting the mood.
A rich, flocked wallpaper add softness and luxury to the room. Everywhere you look there is a surface you want to touch – doesn’t this photo make you want to take your shoes off and unwind?
The University Club inside the Towson Marriott was looking a bit dated and faded. Not warm or inviting, or even comfortable. The seating was bland, the lighting was cold, and the accessories were tired.
Lead designer Steve Appel brought dynamic two-toned chairs and large tufting buttons in to give the built-in booths a much needed ‘WOW’ factor. Changing the table tops from wood to glass gave the space some elegance, and the bright fabric on the chairs added a splash of color.
Relax, have a drink, get some work done in the VIP lounge.
This VIP lounge and business center at the Towson University Marriott was in need of an update. Nouveau turned it into an upscale business suite, where weary travelers can enjoy a cocktail or have an impromptu meeting.
The redesigned lounge now beckons visitors to work or relax during their stay. Drinks and snacks are provided, as are computer stations and printers.
Enjoy the deck after dining in the VIP lounge.
In the warm weather, visitors can grab a drink and head outside to the deck, or hang out in the bar-height tables and enjoy the view.
While staying firmly within Marriott brand guidelines, Nouveau brought elegance to the space, even creating a niche where business associates can hang out by the bar and socialize together after a long day.
Meet your friends at the bar in the VIP lounge.
Don’t feel like going to a busy local bar? Invite your friends to meet you at the new bar area in the VIP lounge. New sofas and chairs invite you hang out here and watch TV with friends or colleagues.
When a member of the Marriott family visited the space, he absolutely LOVED it!
Baltimore “rowhomes” are known for their rich history and their awkward layouts. Each room offers a view to the next. Our challenge was to make the most of this home’s long, narrow floor plan. By adding layers of fabric and plenty of texture, we created drama, intrigue, and a beautiful view from the moment you open the door. Welcome home!
This renovated “rowhome” is in one of the Baltimore’s hottest neighborhoods. But it lacked character and a cohesive look. We planned a design that fills every room with floor to ceiling interest and showcases the style of its new owner. Even the kitchen flows seamlessly from the living and dining rooms. And, it’s beautiful on its own! Specially selected accessories bring it all together – and who would expect a chandelier like that over a dining table?
Our design for this living room in a Canton “rowhome” makes the most of its narrow shape. We teamed furniture of various styles, textured fabric, and colorful accents to give the owner the glamorous lounge feel she wanted. Look at how the sheer curtains separate the living and dining rooms, without minimizing the space. Now, the living room is perfect for relaxing alone or watching games with friends. Score one for the home team!
When the owner of a company that plans phone campaigns for the country’s progressives needed a design for his new headquarters, he called on Nouveau Home & Design. And, we answered! This contemporary office dials up the look—and the support. Funky chairs and bright paint colors give a lively look to an otherwise muted office space.
Making over this former candy business was a sweet enterprise. Each office had to meet the needs of its new owner, and we took up the charge. We mapped out quiet cubbies, brainstorming spaces, and a truly modern lounge. With a new layout and furnishings, this phone campaign headquarters is working those progressive causes from nine to five. The goal was to appeal to a younger crowd (their employees) so a mix of furniture in modern colors was definitely the way to go.
Our bright, cutting edge furnishings and accessories send the right message for this national phone campaign company while referring to the history of its new location—a former candy business in downtown DC. A separate space with a comfortable sofa and chairs gives employees a place to recharge.
When McDonald’s franchise owners called after seeing an article about Nouveau in The Baltimore Sun, we were quick to respond. What better challenge could there be than the makeover of a nearby McDonald’s? After a complete renovation, the owners wanted a hip, modern restaurant for a diverse local community. As you can see, we served up the design!
The ingredients of original artwork, whimsical sconces, flat screen TV’s, and wood and glass accents combine to make a winning recipe for this Baltimore County McDonald’s. The owners were delighted with the result—a unique restaurant unlike any other McD’s anywhere in the world. Over freshly made latte, the customers will tell you they agree.
Cozy nooks, high tops, and not-so-squares—You’ll find plenty of seating to catch up on the news in this magnificent McDonald’s. We overhauled this restaurant top-to-bottom for franchise owners who wanted to give back to the community. The stools brought a sense of vintage chic, which the custom lighting created spaces bright enough to sit and read or work on a laptop.
It’s part of our mission—to make Baltimore hipper and fresher—one restaurant, office, or home at a time.
This gorgeous townhome in the coastal city of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, was definitely a challenge. The client wanted a kid-friendly home that was like no other beach home – no ducks, no shells. Steve and the gang at Nouveau created a space that is light, airy and comfortable without a single duck!
This lovely bedroom was created from bright colors and rich wood furniture. The bright lamps and coordinated prints bring it all together. This space is livable and comfortable.
A few vintage accessories and furniture made from reclaimed wood helps give this brand new space a “lived-in” feel. A great place for kids to explore, relax, and have fun, with a happy and comfortable space to please adults.