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Eccentricity, detail make house a show

Styled 19th-century summer retreat does 'Show House' turn for Ellicott City
By Sandy Alexander sun reporter

Some elements in Historic Ellicott City Inc.'s latest Decorator Show House jump out at visitors right away, like the cobalt-blue walls of the family room, the bright red embroidered curtain in the upstairs hallway and the ornate carvings on the antique dining room furniture.

Room with a view

Window treatments can be overlooked, but they can often set the mood in a space.

Fussy, traditional draperies (far left) have given way to design elements such as a cornice board with streamers and bracelet accents.

By SUE DOERFLER Gannett News Service

Ah, the lowly window. It's all too often the last element we think about when we decorate a room.

Perhaps it's because we're too busy trying to decide wall color or we've spent all our extra cash on a new sofa.

Warm decor is Rx for doctors' offices

There's not much to like about a doctor's office. It's a place too often associated with pain, embarrassment and the secret dread that a lump, rash or shortness of breath may be cause for serious concern.

But what if the waiting room were more like a living room, with comfortable chairs, warm lighting and attractive paintings? What if the examination rooms were fitted with wood cabinetry instead of stainless steel? If the walls were painted with flowering vines, not hung with lurid renderings of vital organs?

Small-town attraction

An often-used room, the kitchen is a gathering spot for friends who come to dinner. A lounge chair, next to a case filled with cookbooks, is a cheery reading nook for hungry visitors waiting for the suppers the couple enjoy cooking. "I like to take older things and mix them with the modern," said Barb Hembree, leading the way out of the kitchen to the living room at the front of the house.

Add Style to Your Windows!

draperiesI've heard it hundreds of times, "I just can't believe how window treatments finish the room!" When a window fashion is designed specifically for you, all the elements in the room magically come together. To achieve this decorating nirvana, you should consider working with a professionally trained expert in window fashions.

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