Area Designer Sets Her Sail on Nautical Library

Business and Professional

April 11, 2014


Landenberg, PA, April 14, 2014 by Jennifer A. Terry

 A fresh ocean breeze blows though the library of Ware mansion in Oxford!  Area interior designer Kate FitzGerald-Wilks of Timeless Design has enlivened the architectural gem by redesigning the interior to celebrate its rich ode to the sea.

Legend has it that John H. Ware, Jr., who bought the red brick Georgian mansion in 1919, loved his yacht!  He loved being on the sea so much that he had the library designed to resemble a ship's interior full of nautical details.  The room is heavily paneled in warm wood like a ship's hull.  There are ropes, shells and sea creatures carved into the wood surrounding the fireplace, worked into the leading on the glass bookcases, and added to medallions on the curved beamed ceiling.

FitzGerald-Wilks knew right away that she wanted to enhance those details while adding a touch of modernity.   Her color palette of blues, navies, and creams is a nod to the sea;  the classic furnishings she has chosen will be a nod to the time period of the original home and her use of silver and nickel accents in the light fixtures, accessories and a bar cart will say, "Hello 21st century!" 

The Ware mansion has a very rich history having served as a sanitarium prior to being the Ware's family home.  The mansion was famously moved across town to its current location by John H. Ware, Jr. after falling out with his neighbors.  It now serves as a centerpiece of the Ware Presbyterian Village

The Landenberg designer was delighted to be chosen to redesign the nautically themed library as part of the upcoming 2014 Ware Mansion Designer Showhouse and Gardens.  The historic home, built in 1888 by Milton Walker is located in the heart of Ware Village in Oxford.  You can come see the Showhouse when it is open to the public Sunday, May 18- Saturday, June 7, 2014 or visit FitzGerald-Wilks at her website:  www.timelessbykate.com

FitzGerald-Wilks founded Timeless Design in Maryland and moved it to Landenberg, PA in 2004.  Since then Timeless Design has steadily become a sought-after creator of warm, livable, exciting interiors. The decorator's signature weaving of pattern, color and texture, in fabulous balance, has brought out the best in residences throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.