May-June 2011 | BAYSIDE BEAUTY




Gail Lednum and Creative Concepts give a bravura encore at the home of two very satisfied customers

Written By: Nick Brandi | Photographer: Stephen Cherry

When Northern Virginia couple Gabor and Nancy Zsebo decided to retire to the Eastern Shore of Delaware, they arrived knowing they weren’t going to have just anybody decorate the space they intend to stare at every day for the rest of their lives. Instead, they put their money on a sure thing — design consultant Gail Lednum of Creative Concepts in Ocean View.

“Gail’s talents were immediately visible,” praised Nancy, who had employed Lednum on a previous home. “She listened to us and then created an interior-design plan that matched our style. Her knowledge of color and furniture design was vast and impeccable. She easily and flawlessly merged pieces we brought with us into the overall style and design plan. She conceived and executed everything from the largest furniture group to window treatments to the smallest vase.

“Gail always made us feel that we were the priority,” Nancy added, “and that we were going to have the best… and we did!”

Upon entering the Carl M. Freeman community home — built by NVHomes, reputedly one of the nation’s top luxury home builders — your feet fall immediately on the supple Brazilian cherry of the foyer, embellished by an authentic grandfather clock that’s been in the family for over a quarter-century. Opposite the clock is the home’s office, a bright and airy space that boasts an exceptional view of the sunrise-friendly lake off the 17th hole of the Jack Nicklaus signature golf course that calls Bayside Resort its home. The space comes with French doors, two 28”x34” sailboat prints on metallic paper and a charming framed collection of nautical knots, which is especially important to Gabor, considering he is a skilled sailor who has participated in the Governor’s Cup race on several occasions. The office’s look is capped with a navy blue (what else?) camelback loveseat with a Greek key fabric pattern.

The hallway, meanwhile, features lighted 32”x50” framed niches on both sides along with the first of many numbered Paul McGehee prints, including originals, that galvanize the home’s overarching theme.

The regal dining room is introduced elegantly by the fluted Ionic columns of its entrance, which quickly yield to a breathtaking octagonal tray ceiling painted with a custom-blend indigo by Sherwin-Williams. The rich eight-seat dining room table and matching chairs, china hutch and console are all from the Stanley Shelter Island Collection and feature a satiny marimba wood finish. Seat cushions are cotton upholstered with taupe, cream and black stripes. The dining room is opposed by a Shelter Island Collection server appointed with scalloped bookends and a gun-metal architectural lamp.

The open kitchen down the hallway sports Baltic-style granite countertops with bronzed Delta fixtures and stainless steel appliances by KitchenAid. The cabinetry is Timberlake’s Sierra Vista maple in an oh-so-creamy butterscotch. A glass-tabled breakfast area with ebony-finished birch chairs by Canadel complete the space’s form and functionality. That breakfast area overlooks a bright and lovely sunroom featuring a loveseat with matching rockers draped in canvas Sunbrella fabric and supported by matching cocktail and end tables that are all part of the Lloyd Flanders West Bay Collection. The look is topped off with Georgetown-stripe nautical throw pillows.

Almost like a guardian of the realm, a Sony Bravia 52” flat-screen TV overlooks the great room from over the gas fireplace with a textured-stone face and hearth — all of which is bookended by navy-blue stationary-panel draperies with white-stripe accents hung on a fluted wood rod with wood rings and finials. The room’s conversation area includes a Concepts Centennial chair set with matching ottoman. The stately crown-point fabric pattern over navy is secured by a decorative nail-head trim running down the armrests and off the rollbacks. The sofa is a sumptuous Concepts Microfiber in navy with beige contrast welts for a really synergistic effect. Finishing touches include an arboreal vignette in one corner — with assorted greens, wood-metal-leaf candlesticks and a potted palm — and a Candice Olson-designed Corner Concepts chair in taupe with white welts in another. Flat surfaces include a drop-leaf end table, a Shelter Island round end table and a rectangular cocktail table, also part of the Shelter Island Collection. A series of Oriental area rugs with traditional Persian patterns discreetly grace the hardwood floors throughout the first floor, while all window treatments are by the estimable Hunter Douglas, with Palm Beach shutters in the living room, Silhouette in the dining room and Pirouette in the master suite.

Speaking of the master suite, it features a sitting room with two Reed swivel chairs in beige Microfiber with contrasting navy welts — all in view of the Stanley American Classics’ entertainment chest, which is the platform for the flat-screen TV. Also by Stanley (this time the Barbados Line) are the nine-drawer dresser, two nightstands and complete bed, which features a Duvet with damask pattern, Euro pillows in king shams and decorative accent pillows — all beneath an irregular-octagon tray ceiling. The master bath cabinetry, meanwhile, matches the butterscotch maple of the kitchen and includes luxe Ubatuba granite countertops.

In the end, the Zsebo’s home is a masterful blend of subtle maritime influences, impeccable appointments and overall good taste.

Creative Concepts, 302-539-6989 /302-645-6200

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