Dr. Regina Anderson and her husband, Dr. Jim Campbell, designed their condo in Baltimore's Ritz-Carlton Residences around one magnificent point — a Steinway & Sons baby grand piano.

It occupies a place of honor at an angle in their open living room, kitchen and dining room. But there's another star element in this couple's home.


"The vibrant pulse of city life, which opens up in a panorama of windows around this space, is the focal point of our living experience here," Anderson said via email.

She and her husband, a 66-year-old neurosurgeon and professor of neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Medicine, purchased the fourth-floor unit (one of the larger floor plans), with three bedrooms and three bathrooms.

After gutting a great portion of the interior, including swapping out a third bathroom for a closet and repositioning the kitchen, the empty-nesters with two grown children took possession of their home in January 2012.

Anderson hired the design firm of Rita St. Clair Associates Inc. to handle the interior decor that she refers to as "classically contemporary." She said the colors reflect Baltimore's Inner Harbor and the overall design scheme was "part of our vision when we first engaged in conversation with Rita and [design director] Brian Thim."

That vision begins at the private elevator that opens onto the foyer, which is painted a vibrant tomato red. A marble-topped credenza shows off some small, delicate Asian pieces. Above it is a mirrored and wooden 3-D wall hanging. Two side chairs of metal and colorfully checked fabric, along with a vase of flowers resting on a glass-topped pedestal, greet visitors.

Just beyond the foyer, the entire length of the front hallway features a series of 10 matted and framed drawings hung in a horizontal line.

"[These] are our most treasured pieces; Jim's father's mechanical drawings from Marquette University, done in 1926," said Anderson, a 64-year-old dermatologist. "These drawings were resurrected and restored by a Smithsonian paper conservator."

The hallway leads to the bright living room, adjacent dining room and kitchen. Light, neutral furnishings here include a low-backed sofa and side chairs in beige microfiber sitting on a silk carpet, which covers the Asian teak flooring found throughout the entire unit.

A north wall in the room is dominated by a fireplace with a large travertine stone surround. An adjacent built-in shelf, painted a deep eggplant shade, contains three open niches for books. The room is accessorized with colorful throw pillows and metal sculptures, including a large sailboat sitting on the fireplace's modern mantel.

"This living area ushers us to our favorite space in our home, which is the outdoors," Anderson said. "The corner balcony looks over Baltimore and the Inner Harbor, as well as the Ritz-Carlton [formal] gardens."

On the balcony, wicker chairs around a spool-based round table, as well as two wing chairs, make for comfortable seating while watching boats on the water or people strolling along the promenade below.

Back inside, one of Anderson's favorite pieces of artwork hangs over her walnut and glass dining room buffet: an abstract painting in rectangular blocks of gray, black, orange and gold. The work is by Baltimorean Kelly Walker and was a gift from the painter. The couple also own more pieces from Baltimore artists — including renowned sculptor and painter Joe Sheppard, whose framed watercolor of a Buddhist temple in India hangs on a wall perpendicular to the kitchen. Elsewhere, works by local photographer Michelle Caudill are found.

Anderson enjoys cooking and entertaining from the open kitchen. She is able to look out at the water from the island there, while preparing food for her guests. Cabinets are cherry wood and the backsplash is made of thin metal blocks. All of the appliances are stainless.

The floor plan is designed with a north wing, which serves as a master suite. At its entrance, a bay of wood-framed, floor-to-ceiling mirrors reflects a metal sculpture of a dancer on a pedestal placed in front of the center bay. The mirrors give an illusion of multiple ballerinas skirting throughout the wing.


The neutral shades of the bedroom, such as painted beige walls with tan-colored molding and light wood built-ins on either side of the bed, are punctuated by colorful abstract paintings hung on the wall.

The south wing of the unit contains an office, bathroom and guest room (which Anderson calls an "all-purpose room"). Here, she has decorated the walls with framed family photos. A collection of stuffed animals sit on a rocking chair and two futons placed perpendicular to each other. Designed in cool tones of gray and eggshell, the room exudes peacefulness. It is also a place where her children can stay when visiting, surrounded by familiar things they grew up with before their parents downsized.

Today, the couple are glad they decided to downsize.

"This is not only a dream home, it is a dream lifestyle," Anderson said. "It is a privilege to share it with our family [and] our dear friends."

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