It's a scene from a summer sampler, or a postcard to office-bound friends — the quintessential beach landscape.

In the foreground, an American flag flies from the rail of a screened-in porch; thin fence pickets emerge through tall sea grass; the sand beyond is powdered-sugar white.


Closer to the sea, staggered colored umbrellas are like connecting dots straight to the waves beyond. The water is clear; the horizon line distinct. Boats pop into the picture from time to time, as do small aircraft pulling advertising banners.

This is Mary Widomski's everyday view as she sips morning coffee at her dining room table or enjoys a late-afternoon glass of wine on her porch. And when necessity calls the 67-year-old real estate agent with Berkshire Hathaway Homesale Realty back to Baltimore, at least departure is a snap.

"I just pull the [porch] shutters down and leave," she said. "No maintenance."

In 2009, she and her husband, Richard, a 69-year-old retired corporate manager, bought their Ocean Place condominium in Ocean City for $675,000. With two bedrooms and two full baths, it was the perfect size for them and for summer visits from their daughter and grandchildren, especially after tearing down a few walls and reconfiguring the kitchen area to create a more open feel.

They pulled up the original carpeting and replaced it with walnut flooring throughout the condo — what Mary Widomski refers to as "extremely beach-friendly."

Because she harbors a passion for design, her decorating scheme was focused and simple. Her plan was to give the entire space a nautical, Hamptons-style look.

"I worked in light blue, blue, white and tan, which blends with and brings the outside in," Widomski said.

In the living room, three-quarters of the walls are covered in white wainscoting, with a ledge for photographs in wood frames of various colors and shapes. Above, the walls are a pale blue to the white ceiling molding. An oversize, overstuffed sofa and chair are covered in white sailcloth. The large throw pillows have beachy designs, with light blue and tan as the predominant colors. A large hassock matching the sofa is flanked by wicker containers topped with white and tan pillows. Two brushed-nickel floor lamps are topped with white linen shades.

White linen is also the choice for floor-to-ceiling drapes that hang over the three-paneled sliding-glass door leading to the covered porch. Here, wicker sofas with white sailcloth cushions face each other, separated by glass-topped tables of white metal. The natural-fiber rugs that lie on the ceramic floor are also found indoors in the living room and dining area.

Just inside the front door, the kitchen is the first room encountered at the end of a hallway. The Widomskis opened the area to make it part of the rest of the spacious layout. The U-shaped range and oven area with its butcher-block counter faces into the living room and out to the balcony — and beyond. Off-white laminate cabinets feature glass doors, and the backsplash is made of tumbled marble set in a subway tile pattern. Between the kitchen and living room sits a large dining table in wood and white laminate with matching chairs.

Two bedrooms and two baths on the north side of the condo are separated by a built-in unit that matches the kitchen counters and cabinets. Serving as a buffet table-curio shelf with glassware stored above, it pulls together the informal yet sophisticated design.

That same feel is present in the Widomskis' master bedroom suite, where tan walls softly coordinate with white furniture, bed linens and shutters on three-paneled glass windows looking out to the sea. Perpendicular to the windows is a white shuttered patio door to the screened-in porch.

The guest bedroom sleeps four comfortably with a queen-size bed and bunk beds.

One of Mary Widomski's favorite amenities in the condominium complex is the swimming pool just steps from the door of her first-floor unit.


"Our grandkids love it; the pool is on one end and the ocean is on the other," she said.

But the sounds one hears are the waves and distant laughter on the beach — the delights of summer by the sea.

"This is a place to get away that's very special," she said.

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