Jennifer Klein and her husband George Klein, Jr., with their… (Chiaki Kawajiri, Baltimore…)
Six years ago, George and Jennifer Klein were looking for the perfect spot to build a new home. They found it in a wooded lot in the Baltimore County development of The Highlands of Perry Hall.
Later, in March 2007, the Kleins moved into their two-story Colonial with a gray stone facade, a house they had watched going up at every stage of construction, while selecting interior and exterior options and upgrades throughout the process.
After five years of settling in, the couple could not be more content.
"I would not change one thing," said Jennifer Klein, a 37-year-old stylist and partner in Silo Point's Prive Salon and Spa. "I am happy just the way it is."
George Klein, 46, and a mortgage loan originator for Emery FCU, agreed. "The back of our house faces west to woods that will never be developed because they butt up to Gunpowder [Falls State Park]."
The home where both love to entertain is a tribute to their vision and accomplishment.
The Kleins paid $731,000 for lot and home. Interior upgrades included flooring of Brazilian cherry wood and a combination security and stereo system throughout the house.
At the front hall, the autumn colors of the living room and dining room add to the solid richness of the open oak staircase to the second level. The morning sun floods through the large Palladian-like window above the front door.
Beyond faux marble columns, the living room features transitional furniture that includes a sofa, love seat, occasional chair and hassock in a beige suede microfiber. Against their neutral palette, the berry color of the walls, together with accent walls textured in pearl-shimmered paint, provide a backdrop for flowing beige draperies, dark mahogany tables and bright orange and yellow sunflowers in a corner floor stand. Brushed aluminum sculptures of female torsos hang on the walls, while a Matisse-like painting of a living room in bright, primary colors hangs above the sofa, pulling every other color in the room together.
The dining room, across the hall, is awash in shades of berry below the chair rails. Above, textured walls of gold shimmer, almost matching the light wood of the modern-style dining room set. Fashioned of maple with a clear lacquer, the suite is of contemporary Italian design. A crystal chandelier dominates the room, which also includes a resin wall sculpture of a man smoking two cigars. The contrast of formal dining room furnishings and abstract art make for an interesting juxtaposition.
If these two rooms, along with a hall chandelier of wildly molded orange and yellow blown glass, represent the artistic spirit of the Klein home, the three large rooms in the back of the home are its heart and soul.
The great room, with a 23-foot ceiling, is adjacent to a large kitchen that is joined by a breakfast room opening to an outdoor deck and gazebo. The flow of these rooms begs for a party, with the cook happily ensconced in a porcelain-tiled kitchen with cherry cabinets and upgraded appliances. Guests can gather in the great room and admire the wall art, including a brushed aluminum wall clock and three abstract paintings in shades of yellow, red and orange hung near the top of the ceiling.
"I had to get on a 20-foot extension ladder to hang these," George Klein remembered. "And I'm still not sure they're right."
Scattered about the room are a variety of baby toys, cradles and chairs, all for the Kleins' 2-month old son, Luke Edward.
The second story, with its open railed walkway across the width of the great room, is home to the infant's nursery, where the ceiling feayures a spacious blue sky with white fluffy clouds and dotted with airplanes, courtesy of Baltimore painter Mary Veiga, who also made the couple's living room faux-marble columns. A master bedroom and bath, along with two guest rooms, complete the upper level.
In the house made to fit their dreams of graceful living on the wooded plot that first lured them to Perry Hall, Jennifer Klein noted, tongue-in-cheek, "Friends always ask who decorates and who cleans. I decorate and George cleans!"
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Making the dream
Dream realized: "This house … was built from the ground up; everything in it was a choice of our own and it is now our hard work which makes it our home, especially with our newest addition, Luke," said Jennifer Klein.
Personal touches: "The most challenging project [was] picking the right color for each room so it flows through the whole house to make it warm and cozy," Jennifer Klein said. Care was given to the choice and application of paint colors such as butterscotch for the kitchen and olive green for the great room, where rich leather furniture and bright yellow- and pumpkin-colored furnishings provide a warm contrast.
Dream rooms: "My favorite room in the house is the kitchen, as cooking and creating mouth-watering dishes from scratch, and from my mother's recipes, has always been a passion of mine," said George Klein. His wife's favorite place is the family room where, she says, "we can sit around and laugh, relax and enjoy each other's company."