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Spring Home & Garden Guide

Renewal is the irresistible urge of spring, reaching from the ground up into our homes and hearts.    
    It’s time to make some changes. But unless you bring home some new ideas, you’ll be recycling the same old stuff.    
    In the nick of time, here’s Bay Weekly’s 2015 Home and Garden Guide, bringing you 28 partners to inspire and assist your renewal.

All the Tools Your Inner Artist Needs

Are you a DIY sort of person? Do you need supplies and inspiration for your creative projects?
    Art Things, Inc. in West Annapolis is a place you should explore.
    Since 1966, the friendly and knowledgeable staff has been helping locals choose what they need from the amazing inventory of quality tools and materials at Art Things — from fabric painting to screen printing, from gold leaf to handmade papers, specialty markers, brushes, clays, paints and canvas, how-to books and lots more. Don’t miss the Creative Kid section with birthday gifts galore.
    Plus, you’ll find the area’s most original selection of greeting cards and arty gifts.

Art Things:; 2 Annapolis St., West Annapolis; 410-268-3520

A Woman’s Touch for Your Home’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing

Belair Engineering is a woman-owned and -managed air-conditioning, heating, standby generator, gas fireplace and plumbing contractor. We’re celebrating our 53rd year of providing exceptional repair service and replacement installation for your air conditioner and heat pump cooling systems at great prices. All of our technicians are drug-screened and mom-approved. We also provide a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee for your added peace of mind.
    Call today!

Belair Engineering and Service Company:; 888-8BELAIR (823-5247)

Change Appliance ­Filters Twice a Year

Every spring and fall, remove all filters on your over-the-range microwave and in your refrigerators. Replace them with new filters. Most filters can be purchased right from the manufacturer.

The Appliance Source:; 1823 George Ave., Annapolis; 410-267-7110; 9225 Ocean Gateway, Easton; 410-879-8900

Decorate for Spring to Banish Winter from Your Home

Spring is always a wonderful time in the shop. The door is propped open, garden items I’ve collected over the winter are put out onto the sidewalk, fresh flowers and boxwood topiaries fragrance the air inside and canvas slipcovers and linen replace the winter chenilles and velvets.
    At home it’s much the same. We all start seeing our homes in a different light. Maybe it’s time to change out the lamps or shades, or possibly give life to your favorite reading chair with a new fabric. Or simply a newfound treasure for the center of the coffee or dining table.
    Antiques offer instant quality and character to a room. There is always a treasure to be found in the shop to fill that special spot. We offer a choice of fabrics and upholstery service as well as gift items for the hostess or birthday occasion. I hope you’ll stop by.

Cindy Bateman Antiques and Decoration: ­; 554 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd., Severna Park; 540-222-4969

Designer Looks at a Fraction of Designer Cost

Spring is finally here, and Gypsy Vintage Ltd. has plenty of inspiration on how to infuse the season’s freshness into your home.
    Showcasing bright and beautiful style, Gypsy Vintage’s once-a-month tag sale features an eclectic collection of carved bookcases, whitewashed hutches, curvy sideboards, French cabinets and upholstered pieces for a designer look at a fraction of the cost.
    The farmhouse is also full of painted vintage furniture, architectural salvage, unique home décor, earth-friendly soaps and lotions, and Gypsy’s heavenly-scented signature candles.
    For a spring décor makeover, Gypsy Vintage offers these tips:
    Think light wood and calming neutrals.
    Use texture to give décor depth and add pops of color like pale-pink, fern-green or aqua in cushions, wall art or accessories.
    Pack away heavy fabrics; instead add cotton throws and wispy window panels.
    Bring a touch of nature indoors with simple bouquets in pretty hobnail glass vases, greenery in repurposed or vintage containers and, most importantly, anything that makes you smile.
    The next sale is April 11 and 12, Saturday 8am to 4pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm.

Gypsy Vintage Ltd.:;; 5911 Southern Maryland Blvd., Lothian

Dress and Design in a Tropical State of Mind

Upon walking into The Painted Cottage in Edgewater, you will be transported immediately to a tropical state of mind.  Owner Andria Chiaramonte has redefined the joys of living a carefree, comfortable lifestyle by incorporating whimsical and luxurious themes throughout the boutique.
    This labor of love is a showcase for style, value and good design. It houses a treasure trove of upscale, eclectic gifts, clothing, jewelry and home décor. Notable brand names include Scout bags, Lampe Berger fragrances, Dash & Albert rugs, and the ever-popular CeCe Caldwell paints.
    This haven for enjoying life to the fullest is a must-see destination soon to be a crown jewel of South County. Visit Monday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm.

The Painted Cottage:; 164 West Central Ave., Edgewater; 410-956-2434

8 Tips to Spruce up Your Home’s Street View

With spring comes time to spruce up the street view of your home to enhance the curb appeal. You’ll enjoy the fresh look, and — should you be looking for buyers — it will help you sell. Try these eight manageable improvements:
    1. Powerwash house and decks.
    2. Paint trim.
    3. Freshen front door with paint, stain or decoration.
    4. Stain decks.
    5. Resurface or regravel drives.
    6. Clean up the ravages of winter.
    7. Plant flowers.
    8. Mulch flower beds.

Schwartz Realty:; 5801 Deale-Churchton Rd., Deale; 410-867-9700

Enhance Your Summer Garden

Try these six tips. Then, when everything is blooming, reward yourself with a deserved bouquet of flowers cut from your own garden.
    1. Keep plants watered.
    2. Prune wild or straggly growth on spring-blooming shrubs such as lilac, forsythia and viburnum.
    3. Snip off suckers, and water sprouts.
    4. Turn pots weekly to ensure plants get good light from all sides.
    5. Trim annuals to boost blooms.
    6. Harvest your vegetables regularly.

Barbara Raley at The McNelis Group:; 14488 Solomons Island Rd., Solomons; 301-904-2172

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