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One thing you don't see every day among Federal Hill's beautifully renovated, traditional brick rowhouses is a front door painted cotton candy pink.

"I've wanted a pink door since I moved to Federal Hill in 2012," says the home's owner, Lauren Lucido. "It's my favorite color."

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However, unless you know this 25-year-old director of marketing with the Bob Lucido Team of Keller Williams Integrity Realtors, the house will only be something unique that passers-by point at.

It is not until stepping inside and taking in the sparkle of urban contemporary glamour that one realizes the pink door represents the personality of its owner and her design style.

After two years of renting in the neighborhood — to see if city living suited the lifelong suburbanite — Lauren Lucido, who is Bob Lucido's daughter, purchased her first home in fall 2014 for $402,500. While it had been renovated, she found its look too ordinary for her taste.

She decided to redo every room in the house to her specifications, calling on architect Doug Beims of Castles and Cottages to handle the design plan and the construction. The main and lower levels in the 2,001-square-foot interior were completely renovated, while the upper two levels received new paint and window treatments.

On the main level, all hardwood and tile flooring were taken up and wide planks of walnut were laid in its place. A brick wall in the living room was exposed leading up the stairway, where cable and chrome railings were added.

One of the biggest architectural changes took place in the kitchen, which was torn up and rebuilt. The sleek walls are painted in a shade Lucido calls "proper gray. … The only gray I use." The color contrasts with the custom wood cabinetry in white Shaker style, the cabinets' chrome handles, the stainless-steel appliances, the white quartzite countertops, and the backsplash of clear glass subway tiles. Pink accents are splashed throughout the kitchen, including the soft shade of pink lemonade in bottles lined along the counter and the lipstick pink of a KitchenAid mixer.

The view from the kitchen through to the living room further reveals Lucido's effervescent style. Crystal glasses twinkle on a portable bar next to swizzle sticks of pink and white stripes. White faux fur rugs look like small piles of snow on the dark flooring. A white leather sofa and love seat sport black and white pillows with gold trim, and a round wall mirror features metal and crystal beads emanating from its periphery.

'I wanted the look to be me," says Lucido of a living room that has the black-and-white sparkle of an outfit one would wear to a formal event.

The home's second level consists of a master bedroom, a study and a large bathroom. Each room is entered through by French doors.

A contrast of colors in the master bathroom commands attention. Walls painted a vivid berry shade are the backdrop for the whiteness of everything else — the corner tub, the sink and vanity, and even a dresser.

Lucido's bedroom channels the cool of a young professional in its medium-gray walls, white furniture, trim and window shutters. Her style, however, is represented in touches throughout the room. For example, gold stripes wind their way around the lampshades of the gold lamps on her bedside tables and over her bed hang three gold canvases each featuring an individual hashtag. Lucido isn't afraid to showcase her sense of humor.

But defining her more serious side was Lucido's intent when designing her office, which sits down the hall from her bedroom. Here, a white lacquer desk sits in the center of the room with a white leather chair and a white, two-drawer file cabinet behind it. Never one to settle for anything ordinary, one wall of her office is papered in a black-and-white medallion design.

Lucido's third floor is occupied by a roommate with her own bedroom and two full bathrooms. A hop up the last stairway leads to a rooftop deck that spans the entire house. Gold bar stools glimmer in the sun, while two chaise longues in bright white rest on a lime-colored rug. The entire space is lit up naturally, like a summer's day at the beach.

Block letters, lit with white twinkle lights and hung on a brick wall leading up the stairs from the first floor, may very well sum up her design style. The letters spell out "#HON."

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"This is a house Audrey Hepburn would love to party in," Lucido says.

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Making the dream

Dream realized: Like many young urban professionals, Lauren Lucido's dream was homeownership. But more than just purchasing a home on her own, hers was a wish to transform a city rowhouse into a reflection of her personality. Since she moved to the city, she has worked hard to achieve that goal. "I'm a HomeGoods addict; I find pieces there that other people don't have," she says.

Dream design: Lucido describes her personal design style as "contemporary glam," noting she is attracted to anything sparkly. Her main color scheme is the blending of stainless, white, gray and pink.

Dream location: Lucido loves the idea of being at the center of vibrant city life. When looking for the right home to buy, a parking pad was a nonnegotiable requirement. "I love this side of town," said Lucido. "I love walking to both [Ravens and Orioles] stadiums. There are a lot of young people here."

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