`Pride and joy' house

A second marriage was sealed with the purchase of a new home in Perry Hall


Six years ago, Gayle and Sonny Schubert celebrated new beginnings when they married, each for the second time. A new house followed, one they had built in Perry Hall's new community of Glenside Farms in northeastern Baltimore County. Five years after the move, she refers to the 4,000-square-foot, Georgian-style home as "our pride and joy."

The brick-front house with cream-colored vinyl siding initially cost the couple $350,000. "There were so many extras I wanted at the time," Gayle Schubert recalled. "Now I wish I had gotten them."

Even without the upgrades, the couple spent over $120,000 on an extra back deck, a backyard patio, a lower-level in-law apartment, paint, wallpaper and new furniture for 10 rooms and 3 1/2 baths.

Gayle Schubert enjoys decorating and chose the home's window treatments. Additionally, she honed her painting skills on several ceiling borders.

"I wanted light and airy," she noted, referring to the back of the home, which houses the kitchen, family room and sunroom.

In the sunroom, white wicker furniture sits in front of three large, multi-paned windows. The window valances and seat cushions are covered in the same matching floral print. Transoms above the windows are left uncovered, suggesting a French country look. A wide paddle fan hangs from the cathedral ceiling, its slow movement drawing attention to a hand-painted ceiling border of green leaves and vines.

Gayle Schubert's handiwork is carried over to the adjoining family room. Once again, soft green leaves flow along the line where ceiling meets wall, stopping at a long transom window above the mantle of a light-marble fireplace. The room's casual furniture includes a pub-style sofa and love seat fashioned of green and beige striped cotton duck.

"I love light furniture in [these] rooms," she said, referring to a light birch entertainment center and the light oak cabinets of the kitchen adjacent to the family room.

She has papered the kitchen walls in a cream and light green trellis pattern to further emphasize the airy atmosphere in the back of the house.

The living and dining rooms have a more formal feel. The dining room has a Williamsburg ambience with its 10-foot-long mahogany Queen Anne table and chairs with ball and claw legs.

The top portion of the walls is painted a soft butterscotch as is the tray ceiling. White chair rails over extensive molding on the lower half of the walls are topped with a border in a dark floral pattern. Mini-tapestry swags crown a three-panel bay window.

The look carries over to the living room with the same shades of light and dark, formal Queen-Anne styling, and long tapestry swags.

The center foyer is open to the second floor, its winding oak staircase climbing to an open hallway that leads to four bedrooms. The master bedroom, reached through wide double doors, features early American cherry furniture and dark floral drapes and bedspread.

Gayle Schubert's teenage twin daughters, Cara and Kristen, have brightly decorated bedrooms, one in blue, the other in pink, at the opposite end of the floor.

Back at her kitchen table, Gayle Schubert refers to her dream home as a forever place, "to the last hurrah."

She appreciates its spaciousness and having her mother close by in the lower-level apartment.

"I have a good life," she said. "I'm grateful."

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