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By Rita St. Clair and Rita St. Clair,Contributing Writer Los Angeles Times Syndicate | November 21, 1993
Q: It's time to redo our family room, which has sustained a lot of wear and tear from three super-active children. What sort of furnishings would you suggest? My own stylistic preference can best be described as relaxed and comfortable.A: While the size of your budget will be the determining factor, I hope your do-over can involve more than just the furnishings. Floor coverings, fabrics and various bits and pieces contribute just as much to a comfortable and relaxed look as do tables and chairs.
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By Liz Atwood, For The Baltimore Sun | August 19, 2014
Third in a summer series highlighting dream homes on the water. When Wendy and Alex Haig set out five years ago to find the perfect weekend retreat, they were torn between two different bucolic areas: the rolling horse country of Middleburg, Va., and the wide expanse of the Chesapeake Bay. "The bay very clearly won out," Wendy Haig says. Alex Haig, a lawyer and son of former Secretary of State Alexander Haig, and his wife, a managing partner for a marketing strategy company, wanted a place where they could relax with family and friends and escape from the pressures of Washington.
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June 21, 1998
Pulte Home Corp. is down to its final 24 homes at Windgate in the Bestgate Road area of Annapolis, where the company is building 167 three-level townhouses with gas cooking, heat and hot water.A sprinkler system, six-panel Colonial doors, Merrilat brand kitchen cabinets, prewiring for telephones and cable TV are some of the standard features in the Anne Arundel County community.The Rhodes and the Severn are 2,048-square-foot homes with a starting price of $147,990.In both models, the lower level houses a laundry area, utility room and space for an optional 19-by-19-foot family room and full bath.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
A 17th century land grant formerly known as Planter's Paradise, is now the setting for 2316 Bauernschmidt Drive in Baltimore County. Here, on property once owned by Baltimore philanthropist Enoch Pratt, sits a charming example of a rural frame-and-clapboard mansion designed in the Italianate style. This mansion was built in 1909 by Agnes and Frederick Bauernschmidt, who owned a brewing company in Baltimore, as their summer home just blocks from the Middle River. Now on the market for $995,000, this manor house on three-quarters of an acre showcases a three-sided wrap-around porch with columns that support a four-sided second-story balcony.
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By RITA ST. CLAIR and RITA ST. CLAIR,Los Angeles Times Syndicate | July 21, 1991
Q: We're going to remove a wall in order to combine the kitchen with the adjoining family room. I think, however, that it may still be necessary to have some sort of visual barrier to the more messy food preparation area. A two-way fireplace seems an intriguing possibility, but it's not very functional. Do you have some suggestions?A: What you really need is a partial division between the two rooms. A good solution might be a sturdy, self-supporting structure that doesn't go all the way up to the ceiling.
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By Rita St. Clair and Rita St. Clair,rsca@ritastclair.com | November 22, 2008
I'm puzzled about how to decide on a color scheme for the family room in our new home. Someone told me to start by choosing a work of art for the room and to base the color scheme on that. Is that a good idea? Do you have other suggestions for how I can move in the right direction? I'm familiar with the pick-a-picture approach to color scheme selection, and my advice is to forget it. Especially in today's family room, there's likely to be little wall space available for an important work of art, what with the flat-screen TV and the bookcases, mirrors and cabinets typically deployed in these spaces.
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By RITA ST. CLAIR | May 19, 1991
Q: Please give me advice about creating an informal atmosphere in a small family room. I need help with colors, fabric and the floor covering. The furniture looks like the contents of my fridge: a combination of leftovers.A: The proper use of pattern, texture, color -- and don't forget the lighting -- will enable you to produce the desired mood, even with nondescript furniture. Do with the old furnishings what you'd do with most of the leftovers in your refrigerator: Warm them up.My first bit of advice is to add some deep and contrasting colors.
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By DeWitt Bliss and DeWitt Bliss,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 15, 1996
For the past 17 years, when Fred I. Henry was not driving a new-car carrier, he was likely to be building something at his home in Ellicott City.Right after he and his wife, Ann, moved into the house, which had been built for them and was the first on their street, he remodeled half of the two-car garage to make a family room.He hasn't stopped since.In 1993, he tackled his biggest project -- a new kitchen across the back of the house, hiring outside contractors just for digging the foundation and for tasks requiring a licensed contractor.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,andrea.siegel@baltsun.com | December 14, 2008
To make their young son's room distinctive as well as create easier access to attic storage, Katherine and Robert Dwyer ripped out the ceiling of his bedroom. They left the exposed wood beams and added a skylight and a loft, reachable by ladder. That was 20 years ago. A few years later, in their daughter's room, they built an enclosed area they called a "nest," with louvered doors and a window. Those bedrooms in the Ten Hills house in the city were fun spaces for the children back then.
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December 12, 1993
MODELS OPENGrace Harbour1. Ryan Homes will hold the grand opening of its New Haven model Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 18 and 19, at Grace Harbour in Havre de Grace, where the company is building eight different homes.A 1,225-square-foot split-level home, the New Haven comes with three bedrooms, one full bath, a living room, dining room, kitchen and an unfinished lower level for $117,400.The kitchen and dining room can be combined to create a 12-by-19-foot country kitchen at no additional cost.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | August 8, 2014
A cedar shake and stacked-stone transitional-style home, priced at $625,000, is at 6177 Wooded Run Drive in the Columbia neighborhood of Owen Brown Woods. This two-level 26-year-old home sits on over a third of a wooded acre. The open interior features four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and a powder room. The house has a two-story marble foyer entrance and a formal living room with skylights, as well as a formal dining room and a second-floor overlook. The family room, opening to an outdoor deck, has as its centerpiece a stacked-stone fireplace, while a large study leads to a screened-in porch with a cathedral ceiling.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2014
A contemporary, villa-style home made of brick and cedar siding, found at 4205 Sweet Air Road in Baldwin, is for sale for $675,000. Resting on nearly 1.5 acres, the property is a golfer's dream with a professionally designed five-hole putting green that backs up to a meadow and pond. Brick entry posts with lanterns sit at the foot of the recently repaved driveway, while curved brick steps lead to the home's impressive entrance. "This is a well-built house, close to walking paths and shopping," said Lynn Plack, listing agent with the Hubble Bisbee Group of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
In the Lutherville development of Mayfair, 1 Seaberry Court is a traditional Colonial-style home. The interior, however, is designed for a modern, minimalist lifestyle. "This home has a current, versatile [floor plan] that features an open design in the casual areas, but also includes the formal adult entertaining areas of the living room and dining room," said listing agent Diane Donohue of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. "People love the flow from the living room to the office and from the breakfast [room]
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2014
Terry Stafford grew up in Chatham, Va., before bringing her Southern lifestyle to Abingdon some 28 years ago. Of her dream house, she proudly remarks, "Everybody who comes into this house says it should be in Southern Living magazine. " That was her plan all along when the builder she worked for designed a three-gabled, Colonial-style home for her and husband, Jim Boyd, for which they paid just under $750,000. A licensed real estate agent with Keller Williams Premier Realty and the host for 20 years of the WCBM talk radio show "All About Real Estate," Stafford, 64, insisted that her home fit the couple's lifestyle.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
When Steven and Mary Lynn Lakin purchased their two-story Colonial-style home in Gambrills 12 years ago, they didn't see it as a longtime residence. "I thought we were one house away from 'the one,' but as it turns out, we've lived here longer than we ever thought we would," said Steven Lakin, president of a construction trade association. Plans change all the time, and the Lakins are proof of that. "And so, we decided many years ago to make this house the home we always wanted - [and]
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2014
Annapolis officials know that local homeowners who restore and preserve their historic properties play a vital role in the city's architectural legacy. Bill and Judi Kardash, owners of the circa 1770 Colonial mansion Acton Hall, are some of these top players. They consider themselves the current stewards of the home, which sits on an acre of land on Spa Creek. Acton Hall is a perfect example of Georgian period architecture. The brick home features white trim, multipaned windows and a symmetric front elevation with a recessed center bay, along with well-proportioned wings that are adorned with pediments.
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By Marie Gullard and Marie Gullard,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 5, 2004
Ivo Jamrosz can relate many interesting facts about the Federal Hill rowhouse that he shares with his family. For example, he and his wife, Rosalie McCabe, note that the 2 1/2 -story brick dwelling has several distinguishing plaques hung both inside and out. One highlights the restoration of the 1845 property by historic preservationists. And then there is the shiny brass marker noting that the television series, Homicide: Life on the Street, filmed a scene in their living room. Yet, all these distinctions pale next to one feature: "Everybody in the neighborhood knows about [my wife's]
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June 12, 1991
The Child Advocacy Network is seeking volunteers to help abused children.People are needed for administrative duties, court-school coordination and court advocacy.Volunteers also are needed to work as court-school leaders and to follow-up cases and supervise the family room. Call 396-5165.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | May 2, 2014
A popular living choice for retiring baby boomers is fast becoming what's known as "55-plus" communities. Such an option is found in a lovely Colonial-style home in the pet-friendly Highland Woods development, just minutes from Main Street in Annapolis, at 714 Darlow Drive. Priced at $539,000, this two-story, vinyl-sided home with a basement is one of just 25 built in the suburban neighborhood and faces a community park. "I like the home's open floor plan that some people call the 'open concept,'" said listing agent Wilma Richards with Long and Foster Real Estate's Annapolis office.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2014
Brian Dermitt is ready for the rave reviews from visitors who arrive at his front door: "This is not your typical Cross Keys condo," he says. The spacious open-floor plan, contemporary decor and large windows of his seventh-floor unit at Harper House in the Village of Cross Keys make that evident. "The larger apartments on the ends and corners go quickly, but this sat on the market for two years," says Dermitt, a 45-year-old buyer for Shofer's Furniture in Federal Hill. "It was a three-bedroom floor plan [but]
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