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The House of Playful Gables

The Brown-Nebel residence overlooking Round Bay is like a typical waterfront home in the neighborhood—it has a dual identity, or at least this is how the architect, Wayne Good, who designed the home, describes it. “Waterfront houses around here have a duplicity of identity. You let the house reveal the view. As you approach the house from the street side, it is contained and quiet. Then, when you open the door, there’s all that glass.”

Inspired Table Settings to Dazzle Your Friends

The next time you set your table for guests, don’t dare fill a vase with a mixed bouquet surrounded by two candles and your favorite dishware. It’s time that you leave the realm of the uninspired. You may be someone who thinks that only the experts know what to do. However, with some simple materials found in your home, yard, and at a craft store, you can set an amazing table your friends will swear you hired a professional to create for you. In general, use what you have on hand for vases. If it can hold water, it has potential. And, use all kinds of nature, going beyond flowers to include seasonal branches, and fruits and vegetables such as artichokes, gourds, and pomegranates.

Ask the Home Editor | Should I paint my bricks?

Ask the Home Editor: I think I want to paint my bricks, but I’m unsure of what type of paint to use? Can I just use regular exterior paint? – MCE

Female Fix-It-Yourself Revolution

Solve Five Common Household Problems From pink screwdrivers and mini toolboxes to a surge of female-targeted home improvement sites and guidebooks, the fix-it-yourself revolution has come for women in the U.S. More empowered females are taking on household problems themselves instead of spending the money to hire a plumber, electrician or contractor.

Put the Fun in Function

Making the most of kitchen storage

Candlelight Tour Features Historic Annapolis Homes

Sometimes the size of a house is not entirely apparent until you’ve actually stepped inside. One example of this deception is in Annapolis’ historic district.

Deck the Halls with Cans of Spray Paint!

Spray paint can transform anything into a gilded Christmas treasure, a shimmering silver or snow-white sensation. Venture outside for some pinecones, acorns and unusual twig formations, gather a few dented and scratched up ornaments, and place them on some newspaper. Then work your magic with a can of paint.

What’s Up? Media Has Winning Wreath

This season, the Chesapeake Arts Center inaugurated a Wreathfest to inspire local businesses to create holiday wreaths for display at the center. The event also raised monies and awareness to support continuing e xhibits, performances, and classes at the Arts Center located in Brooklyn Park.

Hot New Holiday Color Trends

If you’ve been out and about, you may have noticed something … Christmas colors are way beyond the traditional red and green this year!

Empty Nester Organization Tips

The season of three-back-at-home has ended with the special significance of my 22-year-old moving to Baltimore, the 20-year-old going back to college and then studying abroad this spring, and the youngest entering the second semester of his first year of college. This is all happening the shortly after the announcement of the first grandchild being made. By my calculations that leaves me and my beloved, empty nesters, expecting.