Cou­ple’s home ‘60-plus, for­ever’

The Hazleton Standard-Speaker - - FOOD / HOME - BY AN­DREA SIEGEL THE BAL­TI­MORE SUN (TNS)

MAPLE LAWN, Md. — Anne and Corky Franklin had lived in their house just a year and a half when Anne Franklin saw a builder’s sign down the street on a cor­ner lot and de­cided “this was the lot for me.”

It backed up to open space, a wooded con­ser­va­tion area was next door — and she was taken by all that green out­doors.

“This morn­ing I went out to the screened porch, and I heard the birds chirp­ing in the trees,” she said dur­ing a spring day in her new home. “And there were birds in the bird­house we put up last year. The trees are turn­ing green. I sat down to have my break­fast. I love it here.”

In 2015, after work­ing with Wil­liams­burg Homes and in­te­rior de­signer Michele Drury of Drury Lane In­te­ri­ors in El­li­cott City on plans for the new place, the cou­ple moved in. Last sum­mer, the Franklins added a pa­tio and the porch.

“I al­ways wanted a screened porch,” Anne Franklin said. “I love to sit out here when it’s rain­ing. You don’t get wet and you’re still out­side.”

A sign on the porch says “RE­LAX,” and that’s what ev­ery­one does there, she said, whether eat­ing at the teak ta­ble or un­wind­ing in the blue-cush­ioned seat­ing.

“I re­ally had some very spe­cific de­sign ideas for that porch — a cen­ter door when you go down the porch stairs, a white rail­ing,” she said.

Franklin said the views from the porch com­ple­ment those from inside the fourbed­room, 3½-bath­room house, which has an open floor plan.

“I love it,” she said. “It’s open, yet it feels com­fort­able and wel­com­ing.” That goes for vis­i­tors of all ages— es­pe­cially her grand chil­dren.

It has ex­actly what the cou­ple wanted in the Howard County com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing a lay­out that works well for gath­er­ings of all sizes, and it has a first-floor master bed­room suite.

“We had Cork y’ s 60 th birth­day party here, and the flow was amaz­ing,” Franklin said, not­ing that at least 50 guests at­tended .“People used ev­ery room.”

That’s what the cou­ple — Anne is a real es­tate agent and her hus­band is in car sales — had in mind.

The Franklins knew they’d use their fur­ni­ture, most of it in tra­di­tional style, in the new house. They liked the decor’s color basics — grays, white sand wood ac­cented with col­ors in up­hol­stery and art­work.

“We had this wall built here specif­i­cally for this piece,” Franklin said, point­ing to a wood cu­rio cab­i­net against a sliver of wall that di­vides the wide hall­way from the liv­ing and din­ing spa­ces. Franklin filled the cab­i­net with such keep­sakes as her great-grand­mother’s dec­o­ra­tive pitcher, her mother’s lac­quer boxes from Rus­sia and her own porce­lain lemon tree from Italy.

Against the wood floors and g ray walls — a shade with a blue-green cast— up­hol­stery, art­work and cus­tom rugs stand out. In the liv­ing room, that in­cludes a cream-col­ored couch with a bright paint­ing of birch trees above it. In the din­ing area, a round, hand-ham­mered copper din­ing ta­ble has an ivory and copper-color rug be­low and a crys­tal chan­de­lier over­head.

The kitchen and fam­ily room pro­vide a less for mal area, which Franklin called “per­fect” not only for her­self and her hus­band of 17 years, but also for a group — im­por­tant for a cou­ple who of­ten have guests.

The kitchen’s cen­ter­piece is its large is­land, where a veined gran­ite sur­face adds blue and other col­ors to a space that fea­tures white cab­i­nets.

“We can sit here, but if I need this space for serv­ing, I just move the chairs” at the is­land, Franklin said.

A wood plank ta­ble with a re­claimed leather bench on one side adds a rus­tic touch.

“We have fam­ily din­ner here on Sun­days,” Franklin said. One of her daugh­ters lives in Maple Lawn with her fam­ily, and the other lives nearby. (Her son and his fam­ily live out of town.)

Fam­ily photos are dis­played in the wall units in the fam­ily room, where they flank a stone fire place. A curved sec­tional sofa in light co­coa with gray un­der­tones in the weave — one of a few new-home pur­chases — seats at least 10.

“This is where we watch TV all the time, and the kids play here,” she said, re­fer­ring to her grand­chil­dren, who have a play ta­ble and toys there.

The home is ideal for Hud­son, the cou­ple’s dog. Steps from the back­yard is a dog park, where the Franklins have made friends. “I’m the chair man of the dog park com­mit­tee,” she said.

Hud­son keeps Franklin com­pany in her home of­fice from a chair where he can watch her or look out the front win­dow or nap.

The up­stairs is for guests, with its chil­dren’s play area on the land­ing and three bed­rooms. Walls of a yel­low bed­room are dec­o­rated with an­i­mals and the names of Franklin’ s grand­chil­dren, and a crib makes the space con­ve­nient for a young grand­child to sleep after a bath in the suite’s bath­room, with par­ents steps away.

The master bed­room suite on the first floor wasn’t the driv­ing force in the move, as it is for many empty-nesters. But the Franklins de­cided it would be wiser to plan for liv­ing en­tirely on one floor. They chose to in­clude a beige bath­room to blend with their ex­ist­ing bed­room fur­nish­ings.

“It seemed to make sense to us, for our age, be­cause we don’t have any plans to leave Maple Lawn. It’s a 60-plus, for­ever home ,” Franklin said.

ALGERINA PERNA / BAL­TI­MORE SUN (TNS)

Corky and Anne Franklin pose in their dream home in Maple Lawn, Md., with their golden doo­dle, Hud­son.

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