This is not a couple that blinks over color. The hallway is deep red, the dining room teal. The family room is purple — fitting for a family that flies a Ravens flag outside.

They kept the kitchen conventional, resale options in mind, but what makes it Penzian is the contemporary light fixture from Jones Lighting Specialists, with its green glass and exuberant squiggle shape. Coordinating pendant lights hang over the restaurant-style booth they built for casual family meals.

They also built in shelves over the sink to display Laura's colorful collection of a few dozen pottery mugs. Every morning Jeffrey picks one and brings her coffee in bed.

The couple regularly hit local and regional craft fairs, like the annual American Craft Council show and the Sugarloaf Craft Festival. Pieces they've fallen in love they have found a place for.

Laura's mission at these craft shows: "Find something wonderful."

The hallway upstairs is a gallery of sorts filled with their children's art works. The paintings are framed, the clay work arranged on shelves. Altogether like that, it's a space filled with impact and personal significance.

"It feels like our collection of fun things that we love to surround ourselves with," Laura says of her style. "That's what makes a house a home."

Laura Melville Thomas and George Thomas

Melville Thomas Architects

They'd barely stepped over the threshold, but Laura and George Thomas knew, 18 years ago, they'd found their house.

Standing in the doorway, they could see straight through to the lush backyard. They saw sun spilling in through the French doors in the next room and, beyond that, an all-glass sun porch.

They just about wrote a check on the spot.

"It was all about the light," George says. "Everywhere you look in this house, your eye is pulled through by the light."

It was also about urban living, a big part of the Thomas family ideal. Laura's goal, in fact, was living, working and enrolling her kids in school in the same ZIP code. In Roland Park, in their 1920s Georgian, they could meet it — and still have the original moldings, trims and thick, thick plaster walls that make architects' hearts sing.

The two met at architecture school at Virginia Tech. George was a graduate student, Laura a few years younger. She needed power tools one day and heard about a guy that had them.

"I heard he had a saber saw, and I found that very attractive," Laura says, a twinkle in her eye. She jokes that she had to come back again and again, to borrow it before he finally got the hint.

After a stint in Boston, the couple moved to Baltimore, first living in Bolton Hill and moving to Roland Park when their family started to grow.

Laura started the firm in 1987, George joined a decade later. Now they run a 10-person office.

The sun porch is their favorite room, with its pure dose of outdoor light and clean view of the serene landscape and goldfish pond out back. Here they curl up on the sofa to read or talk and eat dinner at a little dining table.

The adjoining living room, with its fireplace and comfortable furniture, is even cozier. On the walls there are two framed silk scarves featuring bold, colorful works by one of their favorite artists, the architecturally oriented Friedensreich Hundertwasser.