Brandywine Creek Condominiums on Superfine Lane
A superfine spot: Annabelle and Hank Kressman found an unparalleled view along the Brandywine. The condo just needed their personal touch.
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Dining in Style
Kressman has enjoyed entrepreneurial pursuits after serving as executive director of the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay Council. Her husband, Hank, retired after a career in labor relations at Atlas. They devote much of their time to the community and friends, so entertaining is a priority.
To that end, most of the square footage reclaimed from the kitchen and fireplace went to a spacious formal dining area that is open to the living room. A large window with folding shutters connects the space with the kitchen.
“We can set dishes on the pass-through—or close the doors when we want the kitchen to go away,” she says.
The set of six Chippendale-inspired chairs, first sold at John Wanamaker’s department store in 1901, were bought at a house auction in Salem County, N.J., where Kressman grew up. She started buying antiques at estate sales and auctions as a young mother of four, taking the kids along so they could bid on beds and bureaus for their rooms.
There was a hole in the exuberantly patterned blue-and-rose vintage Heriz carpet under the dining room table, so Kressman snapped it up for a mere $100.
The dry sink was passed down by Hank’s mother. “I remember her washing dishes in it on our family’s farm in Bucks County,” he says. “We like old things, furniture that comes with a story.”
A wet bar with a built-in fridge allows guests to serve themselves at parties. It also provides extra storage for glassware.
“If it’s Thanksgiving, there has got to be champagne,” Annabelle Kressman says, “and the glasses are right here, ready for us to pop that cork.”
She sets the holiday table with blue-and-white china made in Germany in the 1800s and handed down from Hank’s grandmother. Gold chargers add an extra touch of glamour.
The Kressmans discovered the ornate brass chandelier in an antiques shop in Manhattan and brought it home to Delaware. The piece is embellished with royal blue glass and enamel, a hallmark of Empire design, a 19th century movement inspired by classic Greek and Roman design.
“That bit of color brings the whole table together,” she says.