On a quiet street in Northeast Baltimore, one home possesses a dual personality, proving that it is possible to satisfy the completely opposite design tastes of both its owners.
The home's framed exterior, front bay window, second-story dormer, and wooden stairs with chunky wood railings leading to a recessed front porch harks to the Craftsman style of the mid-1920s, when it was built. The solid, traditional construction appealed to owner Mike Rozier.
Jean Rozier, on the other hand, was thrilled when she first saw the interior open-design concept, which is a hallmark of John Yaker, a renovator whose specialty is breathing new life into old homes like this one.
The couple, both Louisiana natives, purchased the home for $269,900 in June, and Jean Rozier, a 59-year-old homemaker, got right to work. The light gray paint throughout the first level, as well as an all-white kitchen and dark Brazilian flooring for contrast, appealed to her.
"I'm not a traditional girl," Rozier said. "I'm contemporary with a good dollop of glitz."
She is also a fan of the linear look, which defines the geometric style of her furniture.
A black accent wall in the living room is a dramatic touch that contrasts with white, perpendicularly placed leather sofas. Glass-based table lamps with round, white shades present a sleek, polished look on matching dark wood end tables. On a black coffee table, a tall ceramic urn in deep red displays a silk bouquet of peach-colored gladiolus. Over the sofa, a large photo on canvas depicts a forest with rays of sunshine illuminating a tree's leaves and branches.
"That picture represents life for me," Rozier said. "Especially during a time in my life when I thought I was dying" when suffering complications from major surgery.
Rozier can peek at the picture from behind a three-paneled fabric screen with a black wooden frame, which blocks off a small area of the living room that she uses as her office.
The dining room and kitchen are located halfway through the first level. Here, a black wood table is covered with a glass top, under which is a white mat-like material with cutwork scrolling. Six matching chairs are covered in white leather. A crystal bead ball and a large crystal bowl atop the table catch the light from the nearby windows.
The same black-and-white contrast is found in the kitchen, where appliances are black and cabinets are white lacquer. Quartz countertops add a natural touch of sparkle.
Farther back through the house, the family room features a slider with black-and-white-striped drapes, a bold backdrop for a sectional sofa of gray microfiber. Bright red throw pillows add color.
A large back deck and pergola look out over a backyard that is almost three-quarters of an acre. Mike Rozier, a 59-year-old project supervisor for Baltimore's public schools, looks forward to building a patio beyond the deck.
A master bedroom and bath, along with Jean Rozier's private dressing room and bath, are on the first level opposite the living areas. In these rooms, especially, she shows off her love of glitz and glamour.
In the bedroom, a two-tiered crystal chandelier hangs from a large ceiling medallion, both installed by Mike Rozier. Black-and-white bed linens with matching pillows are subdued compared with the rest of the room, which features a tall, tufted fabric headboard, a mirror framed in crystals and mirrored end tables.
Glamour also rules in Jean Rozier's favorite space — her dressing room, which she calls "a place of solitude, a therapeutic place and a place of transformation." The color scheme here is yellow, black and white. Like a boudoir of a Hollywood star of the 1930s, the furniture is bold and Art Deco in style. A completely mirrored dresser with crystal drawer pulls displays glass and crystal perfume bottles. A cage-like dress form filled with flowers sits next to a vanity and lighted makeup mirror. Two bright yellow shelving units, with a full-length mirror in between, contain a number of purses and accessories, as well as 20-plus pairs of shoes and boots. A black wool rug with white circles adds the finishing touch of elegance.
An additional three rooms and two baths are found on the second floor of the home and are occupied by Jean Roziers' sons, Earl Little, 28, and Joshua Little, 24.
For the Roziers, compromise was the key element in making their dream home.
"Mike wanted Old World charm in an older house, [and] I wanted a new house with the open concept," Jean Rozier said.
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