Cottages & Bungalows

An Eye-Catching Cape Cod


Located in the historic Westmorela­nd Hills neighborho­od

of Bethesda, Maryland, this charming 1930s Cape Cod-style cottage needed updates, both inside and out. The Anthony Wilder Design/Build team (anthonywil­ added 1,000 square feet to the back of the home; it also gave the façade a facelift.

Led by founder and architectu­ral designer Anthony Wilder and architect Sean Mullin, the design-build team incorporat­ed some of the exterior elements, such as the arched front door surround, into the interior updates.

On the outside, the owners wanted a whitewashe­d look for the brick, so they hired painters to lightly hand-scrape the exterior paint to reveal the brick underneath. The final effect is a “German schmear” finish. Combined with navy-blue shutters painted in Farrow & Ball “Hague Blue,” white dormer windows, a white mailbox and post, as well as a pop of yellow in the entry planters, the home now has a fresh, vintage style that the owners wanted and that perfectly complement­s nearby homes in this historic neighborho­od.


What’s not to love? Although we can’t all live in an historic neighborho­od, we can emulate the stylish touches that enhance this home. Notice the matching lighting on either side of the front door, the vibrant plants in majestic urns and a statement-making mailbox—all doable additions to many homes.

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