Home of a Week: ‘Golden girl’s’ design is a focal indicate during Mariners Point …
June 26, 2015 - table lamp
“I wanted Mom to be nearby me,” pronounced Annapolis proprietor Gina Fitzsimmons, looking over during her mother, Charlotte Matusewicz.
Her mom is a “golden girl” who paints as if she has a golden brush.
Matusewicz, 82, lived in Bridgeville, Delaware, for years. She’d staid there with her late husband, Bob Matusewicz. Her father died 3 years ago; their son died 18 months later.
Matusewicz, who has never driven a car, was vital alone. Isolated.
Because Matusewicz was scarcely 70 miles from Fitzsimmons’ Annapolis home, if she indispensable a float to a grocery store or doctor, it would be a 90-minute to two-hour outing any approach for her daughter.
“I would have been in a pickle,” pronounced Matusewicz.
A local of Germany, she grew adult in Fulda, in a western partial of a country. Her destiny father had enlisted for a two-year tenure in a U.S. Army and was stationed during a Stuttgart Army Airfield, partial of a Army’s Garrison Stuttgart. The dual met, magically clicked and married. Bob found a pursuit for Charlotte as a nanny for an American family. She took caring of a domicile and a family’s newest baby while Bob and his section members worked on airfield machinery.
Fitzsimmons, their initial child, was innate in Germany.
When Bob Matusewicz was eliminated stateside, his mother and child followed.
The family staid initial in Beltsville, then, for a few years, in Annapolis’ Hillside community. Matusewicz worked as a librarian during a Eastport Library. When a family changed to a 5-acre skill on Kent Island, she operated a laundry. Later, a integrate moved, again, to a 31/2-acre skill in Bridgeville.
Fitzsimmons and her father finished Annapolis their home. Fitzsimmons, a connoisseur of Maryland Institute of Art, founded a home interior pattern firm, Fitzsimmons Design Associates Inc., on Bay Ridge Road in 1991.
“We looked during retirement communities all over a area,” pronounced Fitzsimmons, “But Mom didn’t wish to be with people her age. She wanted to be with people of all ages.”
The mother-and-daughter span finally detected a Mariners Point community, a brief stretch from Fitzsimmons’ office.
Together, they found a one-story duplex, an finish section built in 1985. The one-bedroom chateau has a basement and dual full baths.
Very tiny had to be finished to prepared a tiny section for Matusewicz’s arrival. The kitchen’s carmine red walls were embellished a soothing blue. Fitzsimmons commissioned a backsplash in a kitchen stoical of incomparable cream tiles accented and banded with multihued blue mosaic tiles. They also pulled out a wall-to-wall carpeting and laid down hardwood flooring.
Outside, a chateau looks vast — until one realizes it is indeed dual homes. The section that shares a wall with Matusewicz’s chateau is a two-story chateau that adds tallness to a roofline silhouette. The conjoined homes competition a same slate-gray siding highlighted with cream trim and window sashes.
Matusewicz’s apportionment of a front grass is accented with a lush crepe myrtle. The front of a chateau is bordered with a low mill wall. A tiny Chinese maple, greenery and fuchsia flowers joyously decrease over a layered stones.
A low mill limit and abundant, colorful garden blooms continue around a side of a house, where a residence’s front doorway is located. The red doorway is flanked by lush hydrangea underbrush ripping with snowball-sized clusters of flowers.
The backyard and square area is forged out of a slight hill, terraced with railway ties.
Tiny ceramic German homunculus statues keep an eye on things as they hunker underneath shaggy fronds or float astride smiling toads. Here and there in a manicured gardens, swaths of stream rocks yield alternatives to mulch or plants.
“She does all her gardening herself,” pronounced her daughter. “Mom brought many of a flowers from Delaware.”
An astonishing warn — on a severe wooden blockade row separating her square from her neighbors’ is a vast freehand design of a margin of sunflowers Matusewicz embellished it regulating all-weather outside chateau paint.
“I had difficulty with a coherence of a paint,” she said. “But we like a design — it stretches up.
“Everyone who visits likes it.
“I started portrayal in Beltsville, when a kids were small,” she said. “I used oil paints during first, though we found out a apparatus for oil portrayal is really expensive. we switched to watercolors.”
After her art was displayed during a Massachusetts library, she began portrayal anything that held her eye. She went to exhibits by other artists to observe their brushstrokes.
Though her works were exhibited during other shows, she’s never sole any. She prefers to give them away.
The rest, she rotates via her home.
It can be disorienting for her daughter, who gets used to saying her possess personal favorites in certain spots – afterwards has to go sport for them when Matusewicz rearranges a paintings.
The chateau as an easel
Beyond a red door, a home is embellished in a palette of soothing blues, sunflower or butter yellows, low cream and dim taupes.
“When we found out we don’t have an integument in this home, we thought, ‘Holy smokes, what am we going to do?” pronounced Matusewicz.
“But we like this house, now. It’s nice, open and sunny.”
A caller enters into a large, open room with a vaulted ceiling. The behind wall houses a operative grate with floor-to-ceiling windows on possibly side of a mantel. Above a mantel, Matusewicz has hung dual of her favorite paintings.
A triple bank of bookshelves, one of her finds on a outing to Pennsylvania, lines partial of one wall in a room. To accommodate a vital room seat she brought from her former home, a lounge abuts a bookshelves, slicing off entrance to a lowest niches.
Displayed prudently on one shelf is a coronet unicorn.
“My father bought it to move him luck, though he upheld divided on a Friday a 13th,” She shook her conduct and smiled as she removed his affinity for talismans.
There are dual eating areas in a tiny though atmospheric place: one off to one side of a vital room area, a second in a kitchen, subsequent to a back door.
Both tables are turn and dressed with Dresden blue and white cloths. Next to a vital room table, on a healthy timber and white sideboard, is a tiny arrangement of blue and white porcelain things and figurines.
A cream wooden armoire with high potion doors and a half-bureau inside houses some-more of Matusewicz collection of china, cut clear glassware and tea sets.
In a line atop a white wooden cabinets in a kitchen is an array of hand-woven wicker baskets and additional blue and white porcelain pieces.