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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Into the Closet
Annabelle Kressman is a style consultant for Doncaster, an upscale fashion shopping service. Dressing the part requires an extensive personal wardrobe. To keep clothes, accessories and shoes accessible and organized, she turned to California Closets to design and install a custom walk-in closet.
To maximize space, shelves, rods and cubbyholes are stacked from floor to ceiling, with seldom-used items placed in the highest, least-accessible spots. Open shelving for shoes makes it easy to spot the perfect pair of pumps. Handbags are neatly displayed in cubicles. A central island is outfitted with drawers for accessories.
Good lighting is an essential element in a closet—you need to be able to survey the contents on a dark winter morning—so don’t skimp on the wattage. It’s also an opportunity to add bling by mounting a chandelier over the island.
But what about off-season clothes? Don’t they deserve a lovely home, too?
The Kressmans transformed a seldom-used closet in a guest bedroom into a cedar closet, keeping clothes fresh between seasons.
“Guests typically don’t stay long enough to need a whole closet,” Hank Kressman says. “A cedar closet is a more sensible use of space.”
A Room with a View
Large balconies overlook the river from both the main floor living area and master bedroom. Inside, they provide abundant natural light and a vista of the urban skyline.
Outside, the Kressmans say, “We watch big turtles sunning themselves on rocks. You would never know that you are in the middle of a city.”
The upper balcony is a quiet place to read or contemplate the stars at night. The lower balcony is the couple’s private al fresco bistro, their favorite place to dine well into fall.
“Autumn is the best time to eat outdoors, especially when you live on the eighth floor,” he says. “The birds are migrating and we see geese fly by in perfect formation—right at our eye level.”