January 22, 2011
Remember when a walk-in closet was considered a luxury item in a home? Now, what makes any fashion fan salivate is the idea of a closet room. Baltimore interior designer Amanda Austin says more and more homeowners are converting a room to a closet. "No one likes to dig for things; having things stashed underneath the bed," says Austin, who has created her own closet room. "I do think people are willing to have a smaller bedroom for a larger closet. ... I think everybody wishes to live in a state of convenience and bliss.
May 2, 2010
Last spring, Robert and Allison Ross charted a course for their future, signing a contract on a townhouse to be built in the Ellicott City community of Shipley's Grant. One year later, the couple has sailed smoothly from getting married to moving into their first home. Both originally from Howard County, they purchased their townhouse from Bozzuto Homes in April 2009. Three months later, they married and spent the summer biking to and from the construction site of their new home, watching it materialize a bit each day. They moved into their three-story dream home in November, just in time for Allison Ross to settle in, decorate and serve Christmas dinner to her relatives.
October 2, 2009
Watching the Roller Derby movie "Whip It" is like spending roughly two hours with a frisky group of girls in a female empowerment camp. In the young-adult source book of the same name, the heroine, Bliss Cavendar, says in her first-person narration that "for the record, the roller-derby sisterhood is the real thing, not tainted by that fake you-go-girl, Oprah vibe you get from Noxzema commercials." She states she "really knows this" because "no one actually says 'you go, girl,' " - instead they say things like "you rock the house."
March 1, 2009
On February 3, 2009, MARY AHLERS BLISS, a retired school teacher who was active in the College Club of the AAUW and as a volunteer at the Cares Food Pantry, died at the Gilchrist Center. She is survived by her husband William DeWitt Bliss, a son, Anthony De Witt Bliss, two daughters, Mary Clarke Bliss and Elizabeth Erskine Bliss, and three grandchildren, Carly Weinsheink and twins, Heather Anne and Andrew Michael Bliss. A Memorial Mass will be offered at St. Mary of the Assumption Church, 5502 York Road in Govans, at 9:30 a.m. on March 7. Memorial contributions may be made to the church, Cares Food Pantry, c/o, GETCO, 5513 York Road, Baltimore, MD 21212.
September 11, 2008
SAMBUCA FRIEND SQUASH The more casual side at Cinghiale - the enoteca - keeps getting more accessible. So get a plate of late-summer bliss - firm yellow squash enveloped in a crispy batter, pleasingly salty with just the faintest whiff of anise. Better yet, have them as an accompaniment to executive chef Julian Marucci's Roman fried chicken (R.F.C.), where the tempura-like batter seems to be suspended in air over the juicy skin beneath ($16). Eat it outside, with a glass of Frascati. Try the Sambuca Fried Squash at Cinghiale, 822 Lancaster St. 410-547-8282.
August 3, 2008
City dwellers who are used to urban coffeehouses and wine bars, normally found in renovated storefronts and converted townhouses, will have a hard time relating to Bliss, the new coffee and wine bar in Riverside. (It's not in nearby Bel Air, in spite of what the Web site says.) When I say new, I mean really new. Bliss is one of the first tenants in the new Riverside shopping center. Everything about it is shiny new, from the walls of windows to the casual, contemporary furnishings to the industrial chic exposed pipes to the flat-screen TV. (Not something you expect in either a coffeehouse or wine bar.)