Posted October 27, 2020

Architects Don’t Do Math

Every architect has probably had the experience of telling a new acquaintance they’re an architect, and being told, “I always wanted to be an architect, but I couldn’t handle the math.” While it’s true that most architects have to take calculus in school, the reality of architectural practice is that there’s very little math involved, at least in terms of calculations or high-level mathematical concepts. What architects do need is a good understanding of three-dimensional geometrical relationships and the ability to...

Posted October 22, 2020

Four-Legged Design Trends

For many of us, dogs are much more than pets – they’re full-fledged, four-legged, furry family members. After welcoming a dog into your life, it can be hard to imagine arriving home without a wet nose and wagging tail greeting you at the door. But even the most dog-friendly homeowner recognizes that loving our canine companions can bring design challenges. Fortunately, skilled design can provide creative solutions, many of which will be appreciated by the two-legged residents as well! Maybe...


Posted October 15, 2020

Deciding on Siding

When designing a new home or remodeling an existing home, the decisions that often have the most visible impact are the ones made regarding exterior finishes. As custom residential architects, we begin these discussions early on in the design process because the decisions tie heavily into what style of home a client is designing and at what budget – whether it is Nantucket shingle style, a sprawling modern, or a classic Georgian. The selection of exterior materials can also impart...

Posted July 8, 2020

Interior Paint Selection 101

Did you know that Purple Cherry Architects has a full-service Interior Design team?  Our Interior Design services can be utilized independently or in conjunction with our architectural design services. Today, we tapped into the expertise of the design team to compile our top seven tips for selecting paint color and sheen for every room in your home. 1. Exercise your patience. Believe it or not, paint is one of the last decisions we make – and it is usually one...


Posted June 25, 2020

Spa Living at Home

With the pace of modern life seemingly increasing all the time and the boundaries of the nine-to-five work day expanding with unceasing electronic communication, who doesn’t sometimes feel the need to escape to a peaceful oasis of serenity for a relaxing interlude? Fortunately, that escape can be just around the corner with a well-designed, spa-like bath in your home. Far from the cramped, utilitarian spaces many of us remember from childhood bathrooms, a luxurious custom bathroom can be spacious and...

Posted May 20, 2020

Choosing the Right Roofing Material

An old song says “you’re never fully dressed without a smile.” While it might not be as catchy, it’s also true that no house is complete without an attractive and watertight roof. While we won’t quit our day jobs to write song lyrics, we will note that selecting the roofing material for a house is a decision that must be made keeping a multitude of factors in mind. Not only is the roof’s appearance often a primary visual element of...


Posted April 29, 2020

Inspiration from the Internet

Once upon a time, new clients would come to architectural design meetings with piles of magazines or stacks of binders stuffed full of photos, each one representing an idea. A concept. A possibility. And every so often, an inspiration. Sometimes, a client finds just the right image: a picture that evokes a feeling or a mood that somehow calls to them. It may not be a specific design feature, or color, or style of window, but something about the image...

Posted April 20, 2020

A Guest House to Remember

Imagine sitting on a screened porch overlooking the Chesapeake Bay, enjoying the autumn breeze while watching the kids catching crabs off of the dock just below. This is just one of the breathtaking scenes that will be offered at our new Centreville Estate’s guest house. We previously divulged some exciting details of the nearly-completed main house, but in this post, we will to focus on something a little smaller – the Guest House. This two-story, three-bedroom home may be subordinate...


Posted April 1, 2020

Hospice of the Chesapeake: Caring for Life

Philanthropy, purposeful, non-profit, and special needs – these are all likely terms you have heard associated with Purple Cherry Architects for years. That is because the work we do is not limited to just the residential work that you may see at Purple Cherry. However, it is those projects that allow us to do the purposeful and non-profit work that really touches your soul. For example, in 2013, Purple Cherry was blessed to be awarded the job of designing a...

Posted March 24, 2020

Revit and Enscape Technology

You most likely played a video game or two in your life. Anything from Pac-Man to Mario’s World or GoldenEye 007. Video games have all different types of platforms and interaction models. You may ask “what do video games have anything to do with architecture or even architects and interior designers in general?” Technology has become so advanced in the world of architecture. Computer-Aided Design (CAD) was developed from a line-based simple software to a complete 3D interactive parametric modeling...


Posted March 11, 2020

Door and Window Installation: Details Make All the Difference

Door and Window Installation: Details Make All the Difference Have you ever walked by a window and felt a cool draft coming in? Looked across the room and saw light shining through the cracks of a door? Has water ever found its way onto your floor during a rain storm? For all you DIY’ers or homeowners, you may be shocked by how basic techniques of door and window installation can go a long way! Working through the smallest of details...

Posted March 4, 2020

An Urban Oasis in Harbor East

Purple Cherry Architects was excited to take on a new challenge when we were offered the opportunity to design a 3,400 square-foot urban condominium. A client for whom we had recently designed a custom waterfront home wanted to create a spacious and stylish retreat in Baltimore’s thriving Harbor East neighborhood, in a new multi-use building containing retail, apartments, and condominiums. After taking over a space that had been originally divided into three smaller units, the owner asked the PCA team...


Posted February 27, 2020

Ronald McDonald House: The House that Love Built

If you are a follower of PCA posts on social media, you will see everything from exciting project updates, to blogs filled with interesting tidbits, to fun-filled event pictures and so much more! You will also see posts about various team members, in the community, giving back—something that PCA holds near and dear to its heart! One of the most long-standing philanthropy efforts you will see from time to time is the firm’s involvement at the Ronald McDonald House in...

Posted February 24, 2020

Announcing the Pantone Color of 2020

New decade, new Pantone color. A crisp blue hue, PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue is timeless. You may wonder, who is Pantone and why do they select a new color each year? The answer to that first question is they are a color consulting enterprise. In addition to selecting the Pantone color of the year, The Pantone Color Institute is the business department within Pantone that forecasts color trends globally, influences the top fashion runway colors, and provides guidance to companies...


Posted February 6, 2020

Building Your Custom Home In Real Time

As a client, how can you avoid paying for a new custom home you don’t want? Here’s how. Make sure you know what you’re getting before you have it built! There is no better way to understand and have a feel for a new design than to see it three-dimensionally! Rather than relying on imagination to see if the bathroom door will be far enough away from the kitchen, 3D drawings allow you to virtually walk through your home before...

Posted January 31, 2020

What do you Meme?

A Meme is a humorous image, video, piece of text, etc., that is copied (often with slight variations) and spread rapidly by online users. They have taken over the internet! We all have seen them and likely sent them a time or two. Have you seen the ones about Architecture? We get a few good laughs in ourselves. Especially the ones about architecture school! Go ahead and Google away “Architecture school memes”. With some of the memes out there, it...


Posted January 15, 2020

The Design Process

The Journey from Concept to Completion Architectural design is not a job when you are a passionate architect who loves your profession. Rather, it is a design process that starts with the conceptualization process and ends with a complete design drawing submission and 3D presentation model. This process usually starts when the client or owner brings their ideas to an architecture firm. The firm takes these client visuals and verbal wishes and designs a structure with all appropriate zoning and...

Posted January 9, 2020

Behind the Scenes: Shop Drawings

As anyone knows who has been through a complex construction project, thousands of decisions large and small must be made to bring a design vision to reality. From major decisions like style, size, material, and location to the infinite variety of fixtures, finishes, appliances, and colors, everything must be picked from the variety of options available. But what about custom components, things that must be designed rather than picked from a catalog? Many of these items are designed in great...


Posted December 30, 2019

Express Yourself with Interior Cabinetry

Many people think first of kitchens when considering interior cabinetry, but cabinets and millwork can be successfully integrated into any space in the home, and have an incredible ability to take multiple forms, adding function, beauty, and craftsmanship to an interior. Cabinetry is both functional and decorative, providing storage, concealing clutter, and displaying heirlooms while providing accent points to a space or completely setting the tone for an interior. While kitchens are necessary functional spaces as well as social hubs...

Posted December 23, 2019

Dream Big – Centreville Estate (Pt. 1)

Ever had a dream that you have been working towards your whole life? I am sure the answer is yes! One of the greatest experiences is to help someone’s dream become a reality. That is the beauty of residential architecture! A little over five years ago, a client came to us with a dream. A dream to develop a Centreville estate that he has been envisioning for the last twenty-five years on 100 acres of pristine waterfront property he had...


Posted December 16, 2019

Fall 2019 High Point Market | Design Trends and Finds

Purple Cherry’s interior design team made its way down to High Point, NC this fall (the furniture capital of the world) and is thrilled to share our finds! If you are unfamiliar, High Point Market is located in this sleepy little town and is THE interior design trade show to attend. Twice a year, this small town welcomes tens of thousands of vendors, buyers and designers from all over the world. One of the top perks of attending the High...

Posted December 12, 2019

Holiday Decorating | Merry & Bright

Our Pinterest and Houzz feeds are overflowing with imagery of twinkling lights, lush Christmas wreaths, and a big round guy. It’s that time of year again! Tis the season to make your holiday a little brighter and cohesive by using our six decorating tips! 1. Less is more. This motto can be used in most applications, but it could not be more relevant for modern-day holiday decorating. Gone are the days of every surface saturated in red and green. The...


Posted November 27, 2019

Purposeful Architecture – “Galaxy of Possibilities”

You know the name “Purple Cherry Architects”, but how well do you know “Purposeful Architecture”? If you google it, it’s the first thing that comes up. The logo looks strikingly similar to that of Purple Cherry Architects’ logo! That’s because Purposeful Architecture is a design studio within Purple Cherry Architects that specializes in “creating learning and living environments that inspire creativity and individuality in children and adults with special needs.” Purposeful Architecture and Purple Cherry Architects are likely names that...

Posted November 12, 2019

Designing for the View

Is there anything better than a house with a beautiful water view? Whether it be waterfront on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay or sitting on a sheltered creek, a home site with a view of water gives homeowners opportunities for unparalleled beauty. While a spectacular water view is one of the most important factors in design, other site characteristics should always be considered. Observe how the sun moves across the sky throughout the day. Morning light streaming into an...


Posted November 1, 2019

Bunny Mellon Home Tour

Have you ever seen a house with a painted floor that looks like blue jeans? Or, walls so thick they accommodate multiple levels of sliding doors or shutters? Well, the PCA team surely has! Where may you ask? At the legendary Bunny Mellon estate in Upperville, Virginia.   Rachel “Bunny” Mellon is a name that often comes up when talking about Paul Mellon--her second husband, banking heir and art collector--and even her best friend, Jackie Kennedy. While Bunny was most...

Posted October 22, 2019

Q&A Time with PCA Interiors

You asked and we answered! There are many ways to approach interior design. With the vast amount of available products to choose from, it can be overwhelming. The interior design team at Purple Cherry Architects decided to ask our Instagram followers for their top interior design questions. Let us share with you findings and solutions… Q: Is wallpaper dated? It seems like a big commitment. Absolutely not! It is that “little something extra.” We are seeing beautiful linens and grasscloths,...


Posted September 20, 2019

Building For Vacation

As I bask in the luminous sun and indulge in the tranquil waters of Ocean City, MD, I wish time would stand still. Watching my son play in the sand and enjoying the silence of my daughter taking her afternoon nap on the beach is truly priceless. Without a care in the world, it's no wonder why families choose vacation homes in beautiful ocean towns as their destination to escape from the daily grind to relax and enjoy life with...

Posted September 9, 2019

The Power of Stair Design

Anyone who’s ever seen Scarlett O’Hara make a dramatic entrance, sweeping down the curving stairs of an antebellum mansion, knows the dramatic impact of a staircase. Less well known is the power of stair design to help set the character of an interior, provide a focal point of architectural interest, or entice a viewer into exploration of a space. Although most of us don’t live in houses as grand as Tara in “Gone With the Wind,” stairs are a uniquely...


Posted August 28, 2019

Cherry Thoughts – A Note from Cathy Purple Cherry

I’ve been practicing architecture for 30 years and it never gets old. Architecture is art and interior architecture is the brushstroke that creates the whole. When you’re truly passionate for your profession, it no longer is a job but rather an incredible journey. And when opportunities are presented that blend the passion of architecture with compassion, it is the greatest joy. I have been so very blessed to have incredible opportunities. They come in many forms and I’d like to...

Posted August 23, 2019

NY Now

What is Happening NOW? Twice a year, thousands of vendors show up to the “NY Now” tradeshow at NYC’s famed Javitz Center to showcase their newest home and lifestyle products. Similar to the famous High Point furniture market in NC, the show is open to the design trade and our Purple Cherry interiors team went to check things out! Our team works with clients to design functional and beautiful homes. It is common to move through the architectural and interior...


Posted August 13, 2019

Etlan Residence

Under Construction - Etlan, VA Residence Renovations to this contemporary farmhouse-style home are well underway. Located in Etlan, VA, this home will soon take full advantage of the incredible mountain views beyond by implementing expansive windows and new siding along the rear side of the home. Outdoor entertaining will be made easy with ample dining space, a lounge chair area, and an adjacent deck, all within close proximity of the pool. The clients envisioned creating a compound-like homestead on the...

Posted December 7, 2017

Cherry-Pick: Alaska White Granite

The Alaska White granite by M S International, Inc. is a favorite of the firms. The blend of frosty silver and white tones complements the name of this natural stone. While we are keen on this granite as a countertop surface, it can also serve other purposes such as material for flooring or an accent piece for a coffee table top. Imported from Brazil, this polished stone boasts a warmness and richness in its color. The ability to be in...


Posted September 7, 2017

Cherry-Pick: Visual Comfort Lantern

This Visual Comfort lantern designed by Ralph Lauren is the ideal kitchen island light fixture. Our team implemented the Modern Large lanterns in the most suitable way for this kitchen remodel project for a waterfront estate on the Eastern Shore. Featuring a polished nickel finish and candelabra bulbs, the pendant light is both contemporary and classic. Additional finish options also include a bronze and natural brass. The marble countertop and gray accent color on the cabinets and base of the island tie together a...

Posted August 8, 2017

Shingle Style Renovation

The transformation of this $2.5 million shingle style renovation project is simply jaw dropping. Our clients desired an incredible water view that their previous home provided, but needed a location not as remote. This property situated on the South River in Annapolis checked both of those boxes. The dramatic conversion of the exterior and interior began in 2015 and now boasts a stunning new look. Utilizing Weather Shield Premium Series windows allowed for the home to maximize views while still...


Posted July 25, 2017

Cherry Pick: Thibaut Chatham Chair

The Thibaut Chatham Chair found in Thibaut's Fine Furniture line has become a personal favorite piece of our firms. This classic chair features English-style arms and serves as a fun, yet comfortable accent piece for the home. The Spring Down seat cushion allows for maximum comfort as you relax. While this photo features the "Leon in Aqua" fabric and the Faded Ebony wood finish, there are multiple other fabric and finish options available to customize this piece to suit your preference. The...

Posted June 7, 2017

Easton Home- Under Construction

Our team paid a visit to the site of this incredible Easton home project under construction on the Eastern Shore. The 7,000 SF home sits on a stunning waterfront piece of property. The 3-car garage connects to the home by an arched breezeway, as seen in the picture. The exterior facade boasts a beautiful chocolate full-bed irregular stone and copper dormers. The inside will be fully furnished with pieces selected by our interior design team. This has been such a rewarding...


Posted May 25, 2017

Spring Design Trends

Our interiors team gathered incredible knowledge and a multitude of design ideas at this year's spring High Point Market. One of the common spring design trends they noticed this visit is the use of mixed material furniture. The marriage of contrasting natural materials create pieces that are both strong and elegant. Pictured here are examples of this application. The cocktail, console, and end tables (top) feature a black metal base with a smooth, solid wood top. The desk (bottom) is made of...

Posted April 26, 2017

Harwood Home – Under Construction

These stunning aerial shots show the tremendous progress being made on our Harwood home project. The new residence, totaling 14,000 SF, is situated on 500 acres of land with two ponds. This traditional-style home will boast a stone center and clapboard wings. Stay tuned for more developments as this property reaches further stages of completion!


Posted April 6, 2017

Cherry-Pick: Hardwood Floors

Custom, handcrafted hardwood floors by Burchette and Burchette are designed to fit each client's vision for their home. The family owned business offers over 70 different species of wood to choose from. Their process includes selecting the right type of plank for the project, handcrafting the plank, and then applying the finishing handmade stain. While multiple collections such as the Signature, Vintage, and Luxe are available, their Signature Collection houses the most popular floors. "The quality of this collection serves as the...

Posted March 10, 2017

Kitchen Transformation

Our team is truly delighted with this kitchen transformation. The kitchen in this waterfront Shady Side home was previously closed-in and allowed minimal space for food production or entertaining. By opening the space, expanding the island, and adding larger windows, this room has taken on a new function. The white beadboard ceiling, brighter cabinets, and island countertop instantly create a cleaner feel. The extra windows allow for plenty of natural light to shine through. The additional drop-in sink with polished...


Posted February 21, 2017

Centreville Estate – Under Construction

Construction is underway on the main house of a seven-structure waterfront estate located in Centreville, MD. 40 truck loads of concrete were needed to pour all 385 yards! This four-floor, eight-bedroom home will total 25,000 SF once completed. Additionally, a three-car garage with party barn will link to the main residence. We are excited to see this project in progress!

Posted January 10, 2017

Chesapeake Bay Project Update

Renovations to this waterfront brick home on the Eastern Shore are nearing completion! The stunning new patio and pool area, along with an enclosed sun room, offer magnificent views to the Chesapeake Bay. The addition of a front entry porch completes the courtyard design. We have enjoyed seeing this project progress through each design phase. The final product is sure to be incredible! [gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="2715,2716,2717,2718"]


Posted December 22, 2016

Cherry-Pick: Decorative Lighting

The decorative lighting collection created by artist and lighting designer, Barbara Cosgrove, appeal to a variety of style preferences. Focusing on form and function, "Barbara strives to create designs that are personal and life-enriching." Ranging from table and floor lamps to wall sconces and pendants, each fixture displays touches of classic, modern, and original elements. Her full line of products can be viewed online here. Photo Credits:

Posted November 10, 2016

Cherry-Pick: Expandable Farm Table

  The expandable farm table by French based company Michel Ferrand is every entertainer's dream. This solid wood oak table begins at 8 ft long and can expand out to 14 ft! With three butterfly extensions hidden beneath the top, the options of uses for this table are endless. Any product from Michel Ferrand allows for custom dimensions and distressed finishes. As the holiday season approaches, this table welcomes a multitude of family members for various occasions. Photo Credits: Eric Kelley Photography &...


Posted August 16, 2016

Backyard Escape

Summer may be coming to an end, but we know these homeowners are making the most of their backyard escape. This pool house from our Harness Creek project provides a resort-like getaway without needing to leave the property. The fountain on the stone wall adds an extra touch of serenity to the pool and hot tub area. Equipped with an indoor sitting room, full indoor shower, and additional outdoor shower, this space has everything needed for a day by the pool....

Posted August 4, 2016

Incredible Indoor Pools

We are excited to have one of our projects included in the list of "25 Incredible Private Indoor Pools You Won't Believe Exist" on The timber-framed stone pool house with kitchen and full bath provides year round activity and entertainment, features a six-foot masonry fireplace, and visually connects to a timber-framed barn accessory structure. Mounted above the stone fireplace designed by Purple Cherry Architects, are Indonesian Medan masks. The unique African sculpture in the right corner was crafted from a...


Posted July 21, 2016

Cherry Pick: Custom Wine Cabinet

This custom wine cabinet, designed by Purple Cherry Architects, is the product of another amazing renovation project coming to life. Clients wanted to convert a bare wall in their dining room into a wine cabinet and cooler. Our design team took that idea and created a custom piece which transformed the space. The final product is truly stunning.  

Posted May 5, 2016

Cherry-Pick: Live Edge Table

This unique Live Edge Table was a fun find by our team at the High Point Market this year. Manufactured by The Table Factory, this dining table makes an instant conversation piece for a room. The surface is derived from reclaimed North American wood. This limited edition table collection features the choice of a zipper or a corkscrew motif. With each solid wood slab being one-of-a-kind, no two tables are identical. We have seen table sizes range from eight feet to an impressive fourteen...


Posted May 4, 2016

Freehand Sketch Process

Whether the freehand sketch occurs during the concept and schematic design phase of a project or is completed in support of a feasibility study, our design team’s ability allows clients early in the process to envision their dream home in a very real way. This phase of the process enables plan revisions to be made in a more cost effective way before it is loaded onto the computer. We take the time to listen to each clients wants and needs. Various sketch...

Posted April 28, 2016

Pool House on Harness Creek

[gallery ids="2008,2010,2013,2016,2015,2011"] This tranquil glass pool house is situated on the waterfront of Harness Creek in Annapolis. Homeowners desired a meditative reflection space that mirrored the same aesthetic as the main house it is detached from. The feature story in Home and Design Magazine, In Harmony, further details the connection of the pool house with the meadow and shoreline garden. Emphasizing nature and it's elements was a major component in this project. The grasses and plant beds throughout create a "tidewater habitat."...


Posted April 26, 2016

Under Construction in Queenstown, MD

Our team had the opportunity to visit the site of this extensive renovation project under construction in Queenstown, MD. The structure originally built in 1936 will total approx 8,000 SF after renovations. Changes include the addition of an octagonal sun room, the conversion of the maid's quarters and kitchen to a suite, the removal of an addition and existing garage to make room for a new 3-car garage, the addition of two master bedrooms, the reconfiguration of the living space to...

Posted April 13, 2016

Best of Houzz 2016

We are delighted to announce Purple Cherry Architects has been recognized as a Best of Houzz 2016 award recipient. Our work received awards in both the Design and Customer Service categories, as our portfolio included some of the most popular images and consistent reviews on Houzz this past year. Awards were decided by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million  active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals. Our...


Posted March 3, 2016

Revit Technology

By utilizing Revit, 3D visualization software, homeowners are able to truly see their vision come to life during the design process. This can be particularly valuable when undertaking a major renovation since the technology allows our clients to see their "new" home from all angles and viewpoints before construction begins. Check out these before pictures and the proposed perspectives of a $1 million renovation on the South River in Annapolis, MD. What an amazing transformation! [gallery columns="2" ids="1901,1900,1906,1905"]  

Posted February 11, 2016

Cherry-Pick: Whiskey Barrel Tiles

The Eco Floor Store has produced a product that we find exceptionally fascinating— Whiskey Barrel Tiles. These unique wood wall tiles are recycled from American whiskey barrels previously used to hold aging whiskey or bourbon. The eco-friendly wall covering can be installed on any interior surface of your choice. Image credit: The Eco Floor Store.


Posted December 4, 2015

New England Barn Design

Maine Barn Company brought to life our design for this 19th century New England barn that serves as showroom to our client's extensive classic car and motorcycle collection. "It was the showroom for the most part that drove the design," states Cathy Cherry. Annapolis Home Magazine's feature on this barn shares the strategic design and planning our team used to make this space a spectacular showcase for the homeowners. Image credit: Anne Gummerson     [gallery columns="2" ids="1912,1913,1914,1911"]

Posted August 27, 2015

Cherry-Pick: Movable Pool Floors

[gallery columns="2" ids="1930,1929,1928,1927"] AGOR Creative Engineering  produces one of the most unique ways to customize a swimming pool: movable pool floors. The two components—a water based hydraulic system and stainless steel floor—have the ability to create a space used as a swimming pool, or covered to be used as a solid floor for entertaining. Their online gallery showcases a variety of ways this movable floor is used in both residential and commercial spaces. Image credit: AGOR.


Posted August 3, 2015

Deep-Rooted Beach Cottage

The Purple Cherry Architects team has had the privilege of supporting the evolution of this early 20th century deep-rooted beach cottage through multiple stages of renovations so that it may grow with it's family. Our client and team were dedicated to maintaining the home's beach cottage aesthetic. Foremost, transforming the home in ways that did not include the addition of a second story. The feature in What's Up Annapolis Magazine explores the design goal: open up the home and create great inviting spaces throughout. Skylights to expose natural sunlight, a large nautical...

Posted July 29, 2015

Timeless Waterfront Retreat

[gallery columns="2" ids="1607,1608,1609,1610"] After being destroyed by Hurricane Isabel in 2006, a new vision was set — to rebuild on this 6 1/2 acre Harwood property a timeless waterfront retreat. The feature in What's Up Annapolis magazine shares that the home was to be redesigned to host small gatherings and accommodate conversation nooks for visitors. This vision did not limit the homeowners who, within their first year after moving in, hosted around 300 overnight guests. By creating unique and defined spaces, each room...


Posted May 14, 2015

Shoreham Beach Waterfront Cottage

A small Shoreham Beach waterfront cottage has been a family summer getaway for over 70 years. To better serve entertaining family and hosting guests, our firm had the pleasure of giving this waterfront escape a face lift. What's Up Annapolis Magazine featured the rewarding transformation that turned this project into a spacious weekend retreat and some day, a forever home. “Day by day and season by season, there is always something to see here.” Image credit: Stephen Buchanan in What’s Up Annapolis...

Posted April 16, 2015

Cherry-Pick: Hudson Valley Lighting

Featured in one of our custom residential homes is the Larchmont lantern, making this week's Cherry-Pick: Hudson Valley Lighting. Like many of the decorative lights in this collection, the fixture evokes the industrial and historic feel of the Hudson Valley. Inspired by majestic views of the Hudson River Valley in New York, each piece has the ability to help tell a home's story while serving as the perfect finishing touch. Image credit: Jay A Stearns Photo Design.    


Posted March 12, 2015

Cherry-Pick: DEDON Outdoor Furniture

[gallery columns="2" ids="1984,1985,1986,1987,1989,1990"] DEDON produces exceptionally unique hand-woven outdoor furniture. Manufactured on the island of Cebu in the Philippines, these products take leisure to a new level. Pictured are their original Nestrest and Swingrest daybeds. Weather resistant and environmentally friendly, the furniture is a perfect addition to your outdoor entertaining space for summer. Ranging from daybeds, beach chairs, couches, and tables, this company has a wide variety of products for every need. Image credit: DEDON.

Posted March 6, 2015

The Art of Cooking: Butler’s Pantry

This butler's pantry, part of a $2 million home addition on the Severn River, boasts a sleek and modern feel. And, the subtle farmhouse touches perfectly complement the Colonial revival style found throughout the home. Finished with a unique kitchen floor made from volcanic ash tiles and stainless steel cabinets and appliances, this is an enjoyable space that would satisfy any personal flavor.  


Posted February 12, 2015

Cherry-Pick: Electronic Home Environments

Annapolis based Electronic Home Environments provided the services to make this such a multi-useful piece of art. This 10'x10' four-panel custom painting splits in half at the push of a button to reveal a 72" flat screen TV. This is an amazing way to hide electronics when entertaining. The incredible piece was built into the home's living room stone wall above a triple fireplace. Pictured: living room from Harness Creek Waterfront Residence. Image credit: David Burroughs [gallery columns="2" ids="1999,1998"]

Posted February 5, 2015

Utilizing Nooks and Crannies

We love maximizing nooks and crannies in the home. The smallest and coolest "niche" was created by the firm in a tiny alcove space. This reading nook is the result of how form and function meet to create an incredibly unique element. We are thankful to our waterfront clients for allowing us to design a beautiful space in their home. [gallery columns="1" ids="2002,2003"] Pictured: alcove from Aberdeen Creek Waterfront Residence (top); exterior view of the alcove located under the chimney from Aberdeen Creek Waterfront Residence (bottom)....


Posted January 29, 2015

Indoor Swimming in Serenity

This small, yet effective 10' x 20' indoor swimming resistance pool (manufactured by SwimEx) is located in the basement of a custom waterfront home located on Harness Creek in Annapolis, MD. Natural stone and blue tile line the outer edges of the pool. Ranging in multiple shades of blue, the water color can vary from the aqua of the Caribbean to the teal of the Aegean Sea.  The expansive glass-paneled wall allows the pool to be viewed from all public areas of...

Posted January 15, 2015

Cherry-Pick: Colored Book Collections

Incorporating colored book collections can be used to enhance your interior architecture. The "library" landing at the top floor of this three-story custom waterfront home boasts green, blue, yellow, red, and black book collections from Books by the Foot. Placing them on a bookshelf, coffee table, or whatever your object of choice may be, instantly brings a fun and bright interior design element to a space. This is a great way to customize a room and make it your own. [gallery...


Posted December 11, 2014

2015 Leading Design Professionals

Introducing Purple Cherry Architects' profile in Luxe’s 2015 The Luxury of Home | Leading Design Professionals. We were flattered to be invited to participate in this publication as the exclusive architect for the Maryland/Washington D.C./Virginia region.

Posted December 4, 2014

Farmhouse Evolution

“On sprawling waterfront acreage in Pasadena , a 1930’s farmhouse has been given new life.” So begins What’s Up Annapolis magazine’s recent feature of a major renovation and expansion by our firm to this charming home overlooking the Magothy. The home’s exterior which boasts expansive water views and an epic wood porch combines seamlessly with its crisp, yet welcoming interior spaces to result in a home that beckons you to sit and stay awhile. Image credit: Stephen Buchanan in What's...


Posted November 20, 2014

Modern Condo: Small Scale, Big Style – Part Two

Sophisticated, bold, and charismatic. These are only a few of many words that can be used to describe this two-story modern condo recently highlighted on our blog― only this time with more incredible photos to share from this month’s feature in Annapolis Home magazine. Click here to read the full article that defines this space as one that “proves quite unexpectedly that one can live large on a small scale.”   Image credit: Gwin Hunt in Annapolis Home Magazine [gallery columns="2"...

Posted October 16, 2014

Home Sweet Home

In building their dream home, our clients not only sought luxurious finishes and stunning spaces – they also wanted a home that was comfortable, warm, and could serve as the touchstone for their family of four, plus two large dogs. So, while large in square footage, the scale of each room is expertly defined by the extensive application of millwork, lighting, furniture, and artwork. Kudos to Arlene Critzos and her team at Interior Concepts who selected incredible furnishings that beautifully compliment the...


Posted October 9, 2014

Small Scale, Big Style

Colorful Condo. Just because condominium owners may be working with a smaller space, it doesn't mean they need to sacrifice style. Check out these snapshots of a condominium interior renovation we recently completed. Ensuring this home was a welcoming pad for its globetrotting owners, interior designer Katalin Farnady brought each of these small scale spaces to life with colorful, playful, yet utterly sophisticated patterns.    

Posted October 3, 2014

Aqua Terra: Picture Perfect

We've just updated our web portfolio with stunning photography of our most recent project, Aqua Terra. A heartfelt thank you to David Burroughs Photography for expertly capturing several of the spectacular design elements in this 10,000 SF custom waterfront home on Harness Creek. Sure to delight is the wood and steel floating staircase, the custom painted glass interior panel imported from Israel, the sunken outdoor entertaining area with fire pit, the luxurious master bedroom, and the study fireplace integrating large...


Posted September 25, 2014

Cherry-Pick: Conversation Chairs

The Seat Belt seating collection of conversation chairs by Thai designer Nuttapong Charoenkitivarakorn is just one of the many striking collections offered by the Phillips Collection. Upholding the company’s tag line, “every piece a conversation,” Nuttapong has created a line of chairs that is functional, exotic, and surprising. He uses scrap metal from a local Thai manufacturer wrapped in a criss-cross pattern of bi-color cotton “seat belt” straps. The collection includes lounge chairs, bar stools, ottomans, and our personal favorite, the dining chair....

Posted September 18, 2014

An Entertainer’s Dream

Maximize flow and function. When designing your dream kitchen, consider a double island.  They add prep and entertaining space while also helping to define work stations and traffic flow. Pictured: kitchen from Duvall Creek Waterfront Residence (top); kitchen from Aberdeen Creek Waterfront Residence (bottom). Image credit: David Burroughs (top), Tria Giovan (bottom).  


Posted September 11, 2014

Cherry-Pick: Walter Gordinier Studios

  [gallery columns="2" ids="1316,1334,1315,1313"] Walter Gordinier Studios produces some of the finest examples of functional architectural glass we've ever seen. Their work consists mainly of conceiving, producing, and installing signature glass castings, functional architectural glass and sculptural installations. Check out their portfolio that includes glass counters and floors, glass paintings, and fine art cast glass features. Their most recent completed project in Alaska was a true piece of art.   Image credit: Walter Gordinier Studios.

Posted August 21, 2014

Interior “Highlights” by Shakuff

Our recently completed 10,000SF stone-and-glass contemporary waterfront home on Harness Creek features countless exquisite details. We looked to Shakuff, Exotic Glass Lighting and Décor (New York, NY), for some of the home’s unique interior “highlights”. As you enter the home, you’d be hard-pressed not to pause and admire the custom painted glass “fish” panel in the main hall or the larger than life 27’ long custom built 45-LED light hand blown Candle chandelier illuminating the three-story floating staircase. Venture farther...


Posted August 15, 2014

Maynard Studios: Elevating Design to New Heights

We recently completed an extensive Chesapeake Bay waterfront home renovation. The perfect finishing touch? A hand-forged custom stair railing by Maynard Studios Handcrafted Railings and Furniture of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Fabricated over a three month period, this unique railing is truly a work of art that elevates the interior of this home to a new level. Maynard's work is described as the following: "Each element of their work reflects their professional attention to aesthetic detail, design and function with a focus on quality over quantity."...

Posted July 17, 2014

Cherry-Pick: Artesanos Don Bosco

One of our clients just introduced us to the amazing craftsmanship of Artesanos Don Bosco, a non-profit organization that supports self-employed skilled artisans of Peru. Each piece of exquisitely-carved furniture is created by hand out of solid wood and reflects a contemporary Italian design with Andean-influenced depictions. The organization’s mission is to preserve the livelihood of the skilled individuals who craft these masterworks. All profits benefit the artisans and charity projects in the Andes. [gallery ids="1240,1241"] Image credit: Artesanos Don Bosco website


Posted July 11, 2014

Harness Creek “Aqua Terra” Sneak Peek

Yesterday evening, we had the pleasure of welcoming a very special group of colleagues, friends, and project team members for an exclusive walk-through and open house of "Aqua Terra", an incredible custom waterfront home on Harness Creek set to deliver in just a few weeks. We are so grateful to our amazing clients and our co-host and partner on this project Pyramid Builders. Before our guests arrived we took a few quick snapshots - enjoy! [gallery ids="1229,1234,1210,1208,1228,1226"]