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When a couple of empty-nesters wanted to make a new life in the city, they chose Nouveau to decorate their new high-rise condo. What a perfect city vibe!
Different groups of seating areas allow for plenty of guests to socialize and relax.
Cat takes it all in….
Beautiful liquor bottles on the ready for an impromptu toast.
Lots of color here, but a distinct color palette – everything flows together beautifully.
Impeccable attention to detail makes a house a home.
The owners love color, and they wanted a vibrant view, even with the exciting view from their dining room window.
This financial advisory firm was looking to update their lobby with a more modern look. Nouveau redid the space with bright inviting colors, modern but approachable furnishings, and an overall friendly vibe. What do you think?
When clients walk in the door, they feel instantly invited to sit down. Like your own living room….
Smart, colorful details make the lobby look intentional, professional, considered. All things you want from your financial advisor.
A large horizontal mirror on one way enlarges the space – this is not a cramped lobby!
In case you want to read through your portfolio, a cozy chair and bright light are available in a quiet corner.
Using “watercolors” to define the space, a bit of wood and other textures ground the space.
When you have a lovely backyard and want to enjoy it, what should you do? Call the designers at Nouveau and ask them to design a new outdoor space for you!
Getting from level to level has never been more beautiful.
Some chaises longues for sun bathing (but with an umbrella in case it’s too sunny!) gives guests lots of seating and activity options.
A bar and some wide open space invites mingling.
A comfortable conversation area, out of the sun and the wind, makes a peaceful space to enjoy company.
On a screened-in section of the deck, a large table invites family gatherings for mealtime.
A great place to spend a cool evening or a sunny fall day, with this warm gas fire and comfy Adirondack chairs.
Durable fabrics made for outdoor use can provide shade, privacy, and warmth.
Can you feel the breeze gently blowing?
Personal touches that reflect the owners make it a special place to spend a LOT of quality time.
What do you get when you select the homeowner’s favorite colors and use them to decorate the poolside? You get this gorgeous explosion of fresh vivid color sprinkled with a lot of fun!
Beside the bright blue lounge chair is a whale, and inside that whale is cold beer, chilling on ice. Everyone needs a blue whale ice bucket!
These all-weather chairs and loveseats work perfectly out by the pool. Very comfortable and durable, a great place to relax even in your bathing suit!
These gorgeous bar stools make me want a cool beverage after my swim. And a little shade under the umbrella…
Imagine buying a piece of property, then having the team at Nouveau Home help plan every inch of the house that is going to be built there. The result might look like this – a well-conceived home filled with carefully selected features and furnishings, each one curated by the thoughtful owners. Nouveau is proud to showcase this home on our portfolio, enjoy the tour!
This photo was taken toward the end of construction, but before interior finishing. This is what it’s like to really work with a blank slate!
This is the main floor, with a wide open plan that encompasses the kitchen, the dining room, the living room, and a quiet reading nook. Despite this multi-functional design, each space is set apart on its own, with visual separators like floor rugs to delineate each space. The neutral color scheme is punctuated by striking art work and a gorgeous turquoise velvet sofa on the far wall.
Looking across the entire open room, the colors, textures, scale, and style of the space comes together beautifully. The accessories and lighting along with family photos and other personal treasures make the space complete.
The small nook off the kitchen provides a space for a quiet break, a quick read, or a view out to the backyard. Lots of natural elements like wood and plants carry over to the wooded vista. A great space to take your shoes off and curl up in that luxurious throw.
This gorgeous kitchen features lots of lighting for many different tasks, plugs everywhere for recharging devices, a striking (but not busy) tile backsplash, and lots of seating for friends and family to hang out while dinner is cooking. The well-planned workspace is functional without being crowded – multiple cooks are welcome in this kitchen!
This gorgeous formal dining room sits in the midst of the wide open floor plan, yet holds it own design-wise. With cherished family heirlooms that display wedding china beautifully to the grand table that seats 8 comfortably, this is a striking dining space. Overhead lighting (on dimmers, of course) provides just the right ambiance.
The owner often works from home, so a space was carved out on the main floor for a spacious home office. The room features a handsome desk and bookcase filled with personal mementos and family photos.
The front hallway continues into the main part of the house, with a great view all the way to the woods outdoors. A wide, welcoming space so family and friends can take off boots and coats with ease.
Hope guests are ready for the surprise that awaits them in the powder room – shiny silver wallpaper and glam fixtures all around! Plus of course a fashion print from vintage Vogue photography.
This master suite makes use of wallpaper very courageously – it’s even on the tray ceiling! It has a slight shimmer which goes well with the mirrored dresser and night tables. The blue bed fabric subtly carries the overall theme of the house upstairs, while the soft pieces like the rug and the chaise give texture to the room.
The view from the bed – soft, comforting, relaxing. Carefully selected lighting from the ceiling to the bedside chandeliers (on a dimmer of course) gives the room just the right ambiance anytime of day or night.
With shimmery wallpaper, sophisticated delicate lighting, and a chandeliered walk-in closet, it’s hard not to envy this gorgeous bathroom. Muted, clean, yet with warm tones this space has an intimate, quiet sensation.
The master bath/dressing room flows seamlessly from the bedroom, carrying the same tones, glamour, and sophistication. A quiet oasis for this busy family.
The client’s two daughters have an awesome space on the top floor – this photo shows a common area they share next to their bedrooms. They helped select each piece, including the colorful mirrors and the fun floor rug. The large sectional sofa gives them and their friends plenty of room to hang out together.
Here is another view of the girls’ common area, with their treasures displayed in the cabinet and the wall-mounted TV. Talk about a girl cave!
Vivid colors and fashion prints highlight one of the bedrooms, giving the room a fun and modern sensibility. The chandelier is very grown-up choice from a girl with great fashion sense.
Another view of this lovely room, with custom bedcovers and window treatments, leading to a bath with lots of animal prints.
The second girl’s bedroom is more muted than the other, but full of plush accents. The tall velvet chair in the corner next to the chandelier print gives the room a more sophisticated look, yet it retains its fairy tale character!
This view of the second bedroom shows the chandelier wallpaper that matches the print across the room. Lovely, age-appropriate, and fun.
This is the girls’ bath, with animal touches and custom privacy screens, created with fabric used elsewhere in the rooms.
The lower level of the home speaks for itself – warm, comfortable, inviting, vibrant, fun. From the ceiling to the floor, each piece was carefully selected for its relationship to the theme. Rich textures, warm colors, and plenty of seating areas for various groups and activities – all come together in a cohesive space for family and friends to enjoy.
The detail in the lower level bar area reveals how Nouveau Home interpreted the client’s taste. The wallpaper on the wall is cork, and the bar itself is covered with wallpaper that resembles leather. Custom lighting inside the upper cabinets not only showcases the glassware, but also changes color with the press of a remote! Family treasures combine with new accessories on the shelving, and the antiqued leather bar stools complete the rustic look.
This is a photo of one of the many colors that the bar can change to. What a great way to set a mood!
From this side of the room, you can see the owner’s taste in the target prints and the large image of a Venetian canal. The room is spacious enough for a large party, but it has several smaller areas to gather for conversation, like the round table, the bar, and the sectional seating.
This custom wine rack, made by local metalworks artist Malcolm Majer of Majer Metal Works, fits beautifully into an alcove near the lower level bar area. It holds about a dozen cases of wine, and features two wine coolers, that hold reds and whites at the perfect temperature. Custom lighting and featured vintage accessories tie it beautifully into the rest of the room.
Another view of the wine rack, next to the stairs leading to the main floor. It’s a true work of art!
Also in the lower level, the owner installed custom lighting into a cabinet that features a variety of spirits. The colors change with the push of a remote!
On the lower level of the house, a comfortable spare bedroom and bath have been added that are completely accessible – no stairs required. The room features a sliding barn door for additional ease.
The lower level bath features a shower that is level to the floor for ease of use. The decor matches the dark wood tones and masculine textures and colors from the bedroom.
Vivid red walls and inspiring artwork certainly would make anyone want to MOVE in this room. With a mirrored wall and cold drinks nearby, it’s not hard to get motivated to exercise here.
Where do we start? A traditional house, purchased by a single man who wanted vitality and richness, combined with fun. Taking a cue from the owner’s love of antique French posters, Nouveau Home brought the home to life with color, contrast, glamour, and texture, lots of texture. Don’t you want to squeeze that pillow or run your hand across that dining room table?
The dining room, visible from the entrance, speaks of elegance and taste. Dramatic chandeliers give vibrancy to the wood floors and banister. The varied blue walls bring cohesiveness from room to room, and show off the antique French posters. Upholstered chairs in the room can be brought over to the table to fit a few additional guests.
The large, open dining space is perfect for the owner to entertain friends. Lots of extra seating along the walls work for buffet style dinners, and there’s plenty of room to walk around the table without bumping into other diners. The pale colors are sure to highlight any food brought to the table.
The home office is furnished with handsome chairs, lamps, and accessories that definitely say a man works here, but it’s not overdone. The carpet, fabric ottomans, and leather seating give the space a stillness that suitable for working from home.
A lounge space for hanging out carries over the blues and greys from nearby rooms, adding to the relaxed vibe of the space. That giant round object in the corner is a bar that opens to a collection of glassware and curated spirits. Lighting options vary from bright overhead fixtures to softer floor lamps – and even softer table lamps to set the right mood.
The new owners of Tark’s Grill & Bar in Green Spring Station wanted to update their popular patio space. With covered and uncovered spaces and a waterfall, it’s a three-season highlight for the restaurant. Nouveau Home delivered a clean, updated look with high quality outdoor furniture that’s sure to last for years.
Small tables for two are combined with expandable tables for up to 12 guests, giving this patio major flexibility for seating. The comfortable furniture is sturdy and substantial, nothing flimsy here. Outdoor furniture has come a long way from the days of folding chairs!
A bar space was created by using small and medium-sized pub tables and chairs. A great outdoor space for a quick bite or drinks with friends. The blue colors of the furnishings blend well with the naturals browns and reds of the environment, don’t you think?
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.
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!
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?
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.