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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True Blue Inspiration
Annabelle has an affinity for blue, especially the clear, true blue of a sapphire.
Sapphire is a gem on the color wheel, a vibrant and classic hue that is compatible with yellow, red, and various shades of cream and white.
Choosing a color based on personal preference rather than prevailing trends also gives a space a timeless look that never goes out of fashion. (Remember mauve and gray? Your mom’s avocado appliances?)
Sapphire is the connecting thread that runs throughout the rooms on the main floor. Decorative painter Vicki Vinton combed blue paint onto the walls of the den to create the look of linen.
In the formal living area, a pair of salmon-colored sofas cozy up to blue paisley pillows. Floor-to-ceiling built-in cupboards are painted glossy white, a crisp contrast to sparkling blue art glass.
“There’s a tremendous amount of storage underneath, very easy to access for entertaining,” Annabelle Kressman says.
A Private Gallery
An open staircase with a two-story expanse of wall is ideal for displaying art, meaningful pieces the Kressmans have collected for years. She is passionate about art and launched the Annabelle Project, which provides framed paintings and prints for new homeowners in the Habitat for Humanity program.
The Kressmans’ collection includes a rendering of the Wilmington Flower Market by Carolyn Anderson, an oil painting of Delaware beach dunes by Scott Cameron and a wistful interpretation of flowers by Mary Page Evans. Annabelle’s daughter-in-law, Assunta Sera, created the impressionistic swirl of passengers in New York’s Grand Central Station.
“Many of the paintings are by people I know, a number of them from Delaware,” she says.
Cleveland Morris, longtime artistic director of the Delaware Theatre Company, painted the still life of peaches that hangs in the dining area.
“The blue velvet is so real you feel like you can touch it,” she says.