Adam and Andrea Weinstein's 12-year-old house on Kent Island was in move-in condition when they bought it in 2006, so Andrea Weinstein was able to start decorating its 14 rooms immediately.
"Each room has a bit of a water theme, since we live down here," she said. "And each room has a different furniture style."
The couple paid $679,000 for the dark gray, vinyl-sided Colonial-style house about the time Adam Weinstein, a doctor, transferred to a private practice on the island. They spent $15,000 for new furniture and cosmetic changes to their large country kitchen, which included installing granite countertops.
Andrea Weinstein, who wanted to be subtle in style and theme, let her creativity flourish in the 4,000-square-foot house. She had a keen eye in the antiques and consignment shops.
"This is the only room in the house I splurged on," she said of the large living room, with its 20-foot ceiling, two clerestory windows and marble fireplace.
The furniture is traditional; highlights include two 18th-century side chairs. A framed bathing suit from the 1940s hangs on the wall for a touch of beach whimsy.
The dining room, on the other hand, is provincial French country, with a double-pedestal walnut table and six provincial chairs sent from France.
A guest bathroom showcases shelves lined with Weinstein's compact collection. The beautiful compacts date from five decades, and many look like large jeweled pendants.
Flights of fancy define the home's second level. This is where Andrea focused on her two young sons, Jack, 3, and Parker, 2. Wall murals cover their bedrooms and playroom, and furniture was purchased around a specific theme. The playroom, for example, has a circus theme, complete with a blue fabric circus tent for a toy shelf and a wall dedicated to a painted high-flying act.
"I love talking about the house," Weinstein said. "I love everything in it."
making the house their own
* Keeping symbols of faith present. The Weinsteins have placed a mezuza, a Jewish symbol of "oneness with God," on every door frame. Each one is a different style and material.
* Solving a storage problem. Many houses on the shore do not have basements. The couple keep one car in their 2.5-car garage and use the rest of the space for storage.
* Displaying photos. Andrea has created photo galleries on the walls of many rooms. Some pictures are in antique frames, and many photos, showing the couple's sons from infancy to present-day, are in black and white.