Interior Designer Meghan Friedman Mixes Vintage with New to Infuse a New Home with Character

Before she begins any new work, interior designer Meghan Friedman, owner of Redhead Design, spends a significant amount of time really getting to know her clients.

“It’s so important to me to listen to your story and to really find out how you live so that I can create spaces that truly reflect your style and the way your family functions,” she says.

This full home design project in Phoenix, Maryland, was a perfect match for Meghan’s unique design strengths. “The couple was looking for a home with a great layout and design for their family. For them that meant a new home build. But they wanted some farmhouse and coastal character infused into the space.”

Meghan’s strategy for achieving that vision: “I like a home to look like it evolved over time, and I capture that by using vintage or antique elements mixed with new ones. In all of my work, I really like to source locally. This kitchen is a perfect example of how this all comes together.”

Consider the blue pantry door and Dutch door.

“The client wanted an antique door for the pantry, but we were unable to customize the size of the door opening. So instead, we customized the door,” Meghan says. “This is a brand-new door that we had custom faux-finished by Belle Patri in Jarrettsville to look old.”

“And the ceiling beams fool everyone!” she says.

They are new, but they look old, thanks to artfully applied textured color and finish. The placement of the beams is also carefully considered and executed.

“When it comes to installing faux beams, they have to be installed so they appear to support the ceiling in a way they really would in an old home.”

The kitchen’s focal point, a blue-gray trestle table, was custom-made and finished locally by Monkton Studios.

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Meghan created a warm and inviting atmosphere in the living room with details like wire-brushed ceiling boards, sourced locally at Brick + Board in Remington, and a fireplace mantle constructed from a vintage board.

A faceted crystal doorknob completes the vintage look of the pantry door, custom faux-finished by Belle Patri in Jarrettsville.

The powder room features tongue and groove wainscot paneling, an old dresser converted into a vanity (with drawers for storage), fun gold sconces inspired by a pineapple design and an oversized mirror with an antique nickel finish.

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