Tour a Maryland River Home With Tons of Chill Charm

Family memories are made at a summer-camp-like getaway. HGTV Magazine takes you on a tour.

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June 29, 2020

Photo By: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

Photo By: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

Photo By: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

Photo By: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

Photo By: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

Photo By: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

Photo By: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

Photo By: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

Photo By: Stacy Zarin Goldberg

The Home

Paddleboarding, sailing, hikes, s’mores, repeat. That’s daily life in Sherwood Forest, a woodsy community in Annapolis, Maryland. “My husband, Burke, grew up going to his parents’ home here, and his grandparents and great-grandparents had houses here too,” says Sarah Hayes. It was only natural that Burke proposed to her by the river — and that the two would get a vacation home of their own once they had a family. (They live about an hour away, in Chevy Chase.) The 3,300-square-foot place they bought in The Forest, as locals call it, was a total teardown — the foundation wasn’t sound.

Paint color pictured: Essex Green, Benjamin Moore

The Family

Sarah, an architect, steered the new build, re-creating the space with cozy seating areas inside and out, chic cottage-meets-nautical touches, lots of blues — and dedicated screen-free zones. Says Sarah, “I’m grateful that our time here allows our family to go back to a simpler way of life.” Pictured: Sarah and Burke with twins Genna (standing) and Ella (seated, middle), 14, Lilly, 12, and Burkie, 9.

Living Room

“This is where we live and lounge, so it had to feel casual,” Sarah says. She brought in a skirted denim sofa from Lee Industries as comfy as a fave pair of jeans and an open coffee table by Noir. To keep the focus on old-fashioned fun (tic-tac-toe, anyone?), the TV stays off during the day and is recessed to minimize its presence. Clover, the family dog, is fond of lying against the cool stone of the fireplace.

Mess Hall (aka Kitchen)

Sarah’s campers are always whipping up snacks: “They make a mean guacamole!” she says. She went pretty-but-not-precious with white quartzite on the island, Shaker-style cabinets and wide-plank white oak floors. Unable to resist a seafaring touch, she picked up a pair of pendants salvaged from an old ship from GJ Styles and had them rewired. For custom style (without a big custom price tag), she added shiplap and white oak accents to the vent hood and island. Textured porcelain subway tiles by Architectural Ceramics look hand-glazed.

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Back Porch

Nobody’s complaining about no AC on this screened porch haven. A vintage table hosts chess games; rattan and plastic chairs by Serena & Lily can easily handle ice-tea spills. “Everything out here had to be kid- and dog-friendly,” says Sarah, who also chose virtually indestructible Trex flooring. The perky rug is from Wayfair.

Bathroom

"The minute I saw this wallpaper, I adored it. The sailboats and river remind me of Sherwood Forest, and it just feels old-school awesome,” says Sarah of the toile Serena & Lily print. The rope mirror is by Shades of Light. “Bringing in blues and natural fibers gives that indoor–outdoor feel,” she says.

Camp Bunk (Lilly & Burkie’s Bedroom)

A pair of bunk beds with trundles from RH sleep six — Sarah left room for cousins. She dropped in a fish pillow (made with Victoria Larson fabric and orange piping) and an ever-pleasing nautical touch: an oar propped in the corner. The rattan pendant by Selamat plays off the circles in the custom window shade.

Ella & Genna’s Bedroom

It’s tassel central — “I wanted to make our teens’ space boho-cool,” says Sarah — from a yarn chandelier by Justina Blakeney to the bed throws (actually Turkish towels by Fine Foutas). Bright yellow window shades with fabric by Quadrille bring the sunshine. The painting is by abstract artist Lanie Mann, a friend Sarah made when they had twins at the same time.

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Main Bedroom

Words to live by from a mom of four: “Parents deserve an escape!” Sarah says. She set a soothing scene with pale blue walls (painted Whispering Spring by Benjamin Moore, same as in the bunk room), an airy beaded chandelier by Ro Sham Beaux, and barely-there glass bedside lamps from Pottery Barn. For a reading-with-wine “nook,” she put in an armchair and a side table. Bits of color come from a striped bolster pillow and a textured throw, both by Anthropologie.

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