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By Rita St. Clair and Rita St. Clair,LOS ANGELES TIMES SYNDICATE | March 16, 1997
I've long wanted to add a serving bar to my living room. What's held me back until now is the room's 18th-century furnishing style, which has always seemed to call for something more than the usual mirrored alcove with shelves. Can you help me come up with a suitable alternative?Whether you'll find my main suggestion acceptable will partly depend on your willingness to have a bar that makes do without refrigeration and running water. If that's OK with you, perhaps you'll find my advice appealing.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard and For The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
Ann and Dominic Wiker loved life in their Federal Hill home. As a professional couple in their 30s, the neighborhood was ideal - they could walk to most attractions, shops and restaurants. It seemed there was always something fun going on outside their door. Then parenthood happened, and with it came the idea of moving to the suburbs. They would move, but they wouldn't leave Federal Hill. Nine years later, the Wikers - mom, dad, 9-year old Alex and 7-year old Tommy - have, to their delight, become a poster family for raising children in an urban environment.
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By JAMIE STIEHM and JAMIE STIEHM,SUN REPORTER | November 4, 2005
Behind the doors of 10 historic houses in downtown Annapolis, which will open to the public this weekend, the centuries have left their mark on the walls and the present-day inhabitants. The 2005 Annapolis by Candlelight tour, a self-guided tour from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, offers those interested in architecture and history a glimpse into some of the city's most treasured dwellings. Take George Brown, a film producer who recently moved into a rare 1774 terraced townhouse on 112 Duke of Gloucester St., in a cluster of Georgian residences originally known as Ridout Row. "When my wife and I got married, we went to Williamsburg, and we've always wanted to live in an 18th-century house," Brown said.
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By Al Cunniff | September 15, 2014
I was already a huge Beatles fan when the group performed at the Baltimore Civic Center on Sept. 13, 1964. So that's why my Catonsville friends were surprised to learn where I spent that evening: at home. Those same friends were again surprised about 10 years later when I told them how I had met Paul McCartney by accident (well, sort of). Let me connect the dots between those two stories. I became an instant fan of The Beatles after hearing their music on Baltimore WCAO-AM radio in late 1963.
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By Rita St. Clair | April 21, 1991
Q: I'm planning to furnish a small seaside apartment with some wicker and upholstered pieces. But I need advice about what to do with a dining alcove that is really part of the kitchen, yet is also visible from the living room. Should I try to block that view, or would it be better to make the alcove look more like it is part of the living room?A: Creating a shield around a partition of an apartment is usually a lot more difficult than blending one space into another. That's especially true when the overall dimensions aren't very large.
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By RITA ST. CLAIR | April 14, 1991
Q: I want to create a formal look for the living room of my new apartment, but I'm stymied by the fact that the entrance door opens directly to the room. Do you have a suggestion for how to shield the space from the door, so that there's an intermediate area between the entrance and the living room? I'd also appreciate advice on selecting a sofa that's comfortable as well as elegant.A: Your concern over an ungainly entrance to your apartment is certainly warranted, especially since you want to give the living room a formal appearance.
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By Michael Walsh and Michael Walsh,Contributing Writer | February 14, 1993
Stroll through almost any urban or suburban neighborhood in the country after sundown these days and you'd be hard-pressed to tell that anybody's home. If not for the street lights, there often are no lights at all. At house after house, darkened picture windows face the street. Have you wandered into a ghost town? Has there been a blackout? Where has everybody gone?To the family room, that's where. Or the "TV room" or the "spare" bedroom cum den. It is in these back-of-the-house spaces and not in front-of-the house living rooms that Americans now live by day and by night.
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By Rita St. Clair | July 5, 1992
Q: We'll soon be moving to a condo, and that will mean changing the style of our furnishings. The biggest problem is what to do with a fairly large living room that has sliding glass doors along its longest wall. With the exception of a 10-foot-by-12-foot corner across from the glass doors, there's no available wall space wider than four feet. How are we going to arrange our new furniture? And what sort of pieces would make the most sense in this setting?A: Because the room is fairly large, some of the furniture can be placed elsewhere than against the walls.
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By Mary E. Medland and By Mary E. Medland,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 24, 2000
"There's no doubt at all that today the living room is the dinosaur in new-home construction," said Earl Robinson, sales and marketing manager for Ryland Homes. Well, not quite. Living rooms are still around, but getting smaller as family rooms get bigger. "Having done a lot of building in Baltimore and the Washington, D.C., market over the years, I've found that there generally is a hesitation on the part of builders, especially here, to go against convention and eliminate the formal living room," said Joseph Link, president of Marketwise, an Ellicott City consulting firm to the homebuilding industry.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,Sun Television Critic | March 10, 1991
It was not a big television moment, but it was an important one.On the first night of the ground war, NBC went live to one of its reporters in Denver who was with the family of a GI who was near the front of the battle.The soldier's mother and father sat in matching corduroy recliners in a circle of light in front of the television. His sister sat at the feet of her mother's chair. They all tried to talk about the soldier in the desert. They all cried -- the soldier's sister most of all. It was impossible to watch and not share their suffering.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
When Evelyn Gorman bought her then-10-year-old contemporary brick townhouse in Ruxton 25 years ago, change was the first order of business. To this seasoned interior designer from New York City, there was no reason not to create everything in her style - one she calls "country French in an eclectic, sophisticated approach. " The obvious starting point was getting rid of the 1980s kitchen that was prominently avocado green. "I have always tried to be true to my own design concepts," said the award-winning designer and former interior design columnist for the Baltimore Jewish Times.
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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 | August 7, 2014
Brockett Horne and her husband, Chris Tesluk, say they chose their city home with the flip of a coin. "Chris works in College Park and I teach at MICA; we ended up choosing Baltimore over D.C.," says Horne, a 40-year-old graphic artist. "We wanted an old house and close to a park. The city suits us … there is so much going on. " The couple purchased a three-story Butchers Hill rowhouse near Patterson Park in 2008 for $182,000. A former barbershop, it hadn't been occupied in 20 years.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2014
It is not often that a piece of Maryland architectural history goes on the market, which is one of myriad reasons that the Springfield Estate (also known as Peerce's Plantation) in northern Baltimore County is such a treasure. At a selling price of $1.975 million, this circa-1800 homestead was accurately restored and renovated by a previous owner.  "The original block of the house is a classic and true Federal period residence," said Nancy Hubble, the listing agent with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | July 2, 2014
Jennifer Etheridge has more than a city view from her 12th-floor condo at 414 Water St. She is in the heart of downtown Baltimore's business district - any more of a cosmopolitan feel would have her perched on top of City Hall, whose dome she sees from her bedroom window. "This place also overlooks the Hustler Club, which is a great conversation starter," she said jokingly. Among the many perks of living in the 31-story building - including round-the-clock front desk service, a fitness center, outdoor pool, business center and multipurpose room - is that she can walk to M&T Bank each morning, where she works as a treasury management consultant.
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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 Greg Garland and Greg Garland,SUN STAFF | August 24, 2003
Police were searching yesterday for a suspect and motive in an early-morning shooting in West Baltimore that left a young mother of two dead and her 2-year-old daughter wounded. Police said one or more assailants fired "multiple shots" through the living room window of a duplex in the 2200 block of Lyndhurst Ave., killing Sherina Greenwood, 21, and wounding her daughter, Skyy. Det. Sgt. Darryl Massey said the killer appeared to have targeted Greenwood. But he said that police have not determined a possible motive or identified suspects in the attack.
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By Lane Harvey Brown, Rona Kobell and Laurie Willis and Lane Harvey Brown, Rona Kobell and Laurie Willis,SUN STAFF | April 27, 2004
A 4-year-old boy died after being shot in the head yesterday evening, stunning the quiet Randallstown neighborhood where his family lives. Miles Patrick Smith Jr. was pronounced dead at Johns Hopkins Hospital's pediatric intensive care unit after police and paramedics were called to the home in the 3900 block of Bryony Road at 5:54 p.m., Baltimore County police said. Police were trying last night to sort out the circumstances surrounding the shooting. It was not immediately clear who was home at the time or who owned the handgun, which was found in the living room along with the wounded child, said police spokesman Bill Toohey.
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By Marie Marciano Gullard, For The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
Keith Kratz grew up in White Hall in northern Baltimore County with happy memories of visits to the general store just across the two-lane street from his home. "It was a mom-and-pop convenience store back then," he said. "There was even a gas pump out front. " Kratz, 49, hasn't strayed far from his roots. In fact, he purchased that general store in 2001 for $170,000. His intention was to turn the property, sitting on 2.2 acres, into a home for himself and commercial space for his landscaping business, Outdoor Expressions.
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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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