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Local designer has a role in Decorator Show House [West Friendship]

A local designer has a role in the 29th annual Decorator Show House presented by Historic Ellicott City, which remains open for tours until Oct. 19.

Western Howard County's own Ingrid Melber of Westwood Unique Furnishings has decorated the office space at the historic Meriwether Farm with her usual eclectic pastiche of rustic and primitive antiques. "Evokes the spirit of the 19th century house," said a visitor to Westwood, followed by, "Quintessential Ingrid."

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The stately stone mansion has been transformed by dozens of designers including Westwood Unique's latest shopkeeper, Sandy Hepler of Ma Maison. Sandy's shop at Westwood is a high ceilinged serene space loaded with luxury soaps, exotic smelling candles, lip balms, linens and fancy creams.

Hepler created the luxurious atmosphere of the show house master bathroom with linens, towels, candles, soaps and more.

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"The 'Vintage Girls' who decorated the master bedroom at Meriwether let me make up the bed," Hepler said.

Indeed, not just luxe linens in the master bath, but the tastefully done master bedroom with linens straight from Hepler's shop add to the aesthetic of this 5,757-square-foot manse on Roxbury Road.

Hepler has just celebrated a grand opening of her shop space at Westwood Unique Furnishings and now to have completed the design and decoration for the show house is icing on the cake. For Sandy it's been quite an early autumn. Tickets for the show house are available at Westwood Unique Furnishings, the Pink Cabbage, River Hill Garden Center and Clark's Hardware.

Glenelg Country School Headmaster Greg Ventre had me at "Boost Your Brain Performance." That's the name of the program to be presented on Oct. 14, at 7 p.m., in the Mulitz Theater on the campus of Glenelg Country School, 12793 Folly Quarter Road.

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The presentation is free and open to the public. Majid Fotuhi, M.D., Ph.D., educated at Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University, will lead the presentation, accompanied by a panel discussion including Greg Ventre, occupational therapist Madeline Rosewag and clinical social worker Emily Greenberger.

This past summer, I did not need the news to alert me to the "super moon". The July 12 spectacle, observed along the Delaware coast, was an unexpected visual treat that I won't soon forget. Joel Goodman and his merry team of Celestial Searchers know all about such night sky observations — meteor showers, the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in the sky, planetarium adventures, solar telescope observations and so much more.

That's what's in store for the members of Celestial Searchers, who meet on the fourth Monday of each month at 7 p.m. in the art room at Bushy Park Elementary. The astronomy club is open to students in K-12. This is the 17th year for Goodman and the Celestial Searchers. Interested? Come to the next meeting on Oct. 27. Questions? Email Joel Goodman at StardocJG@aol.com.

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