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Made to order

Charlestown’s Custom Interiors offers options to turn every apartment into a unique home

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February 16th, 2018
No detail is too small when it comes to customizing your personal space.

No detail is too small when it comes to customizing your personal space.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Americans move an average of 11.7 times during their lifetime. Each move represents a new opportunity to create a living space that reflects an individual’s unique tastes. 

When people move to Charlestown, an Erickson Living community in Catonsville, Md., that opportunity is more convenient than ever. Charlestown’s Custom Interiors department offers a wide range of services to turn every apartment into a beautiful, unique home. 

“With Custom Interiors, the world is your oyster,” says Stephanie Carideo, Charlestown’s design coordinator. “Our goal is to make each resident’s new apartment feel like home—a place where they can feel happiness and joy surrounded by an aesthetically beautiful and functional environment.”

Before community members move into an apartment home, Charlestown updates the space in a plethora of ways, including fresh paint, new flooring, cabinets and countertops, and new stainless steel appliances. However, many residents are eager to put their own stamp on their new home. Whether it’s new window coverings, custom carpentry work, lighting, or storage solutions, the sky is the limit. 

Carideo’s design services are complimentary for Charlestown residents, who simply pay the cost of materials and labor. All work is completed by trusted, specialty vendors that have been vetted and approved by Charlestown.

Important elements

One of the features Ellen Rosenthal loved most about her four-bedroom ranch house in Baltimore was the abundance of natural light. 

“Our house was unique in that one corner of the house faced north and the other faced south,” says Ellen. “Consequently, during the month of June, we would get sunlight in every single window of our home.” 

So when Ellen and her husband Jim decided to sell their home and move to Charlestown, finding an apartment with a west, southwest exposure was paramount. A sunny, two-bedroom apartment in Charlestown’s Harbor View neighborhood was the perfect match, but before they ever moved a piece of furniture, they met with Carideo to make a few changes. 

“Years ago, we lived in a house that had wall-to-wall carpeting, and we discovered that the carpet triggered Jim’s allergies,” says Ellen. “So it was important to us to have wood floors. We chose a wood laminate and had it installed diagonally to make it more visually interesting. We also wanted a double vanity in the master bathroom like the one we had in our house. We showed Stephanie a photo of the specific vanity we had in mind and asked if they could duplicate it. We also had glass doors installed on the shower. We are extremely pleased with the way everything looks.”  

Light-filled from sunrise to sunset

Like Ellen and Jim, having a home filled with natural light was at the top of Lucille and John Roth’s list when they began their apartment search at Charlestown. A spacious two-bedroom apartment with a sunroom was the answer.   

“It is a great place to sit and read and enjoy the sunlight,” says John. It’s also the ideal place for Lucille’s plants and flowers. “We are really blessed because we get to see the sunrise and the sunset. It’s just wonderful!” 

John and Lucille always loved the oak parquet floors in their last house and worked with the Custom Interiors team to choose wood floors for their new apartment that were both beautiful and functional.  

“It is very popular for residents to tie in elements from their previous home, such as using the same color scheme or having a custom piece built to display special treasures they brought with them,” says Carideo. “Of course we’ve also had many residents go for a completely fresh new look, such as a popular contemporary white and gray color palette throughout their new home. I think many residents would agree that choosing the custom finishes for their new home is probably the most fun part of the process of moving to Charlestown.” 

Although it was difficult for Ellen and Jim to leave the house they cherished for 30 years, they are confident they made the right choice in moving to Charlestown. 

“We raised our children in that house and loved the neighborhood, but the time had come to move, so we just took the plunge,” says Ellen. “We couldn’t be happier with the way everything turned out.”