Give Some TLC to the Forgotten Spots in Your Home

Decorating your brand new Miller & Smith home is going to the highlight of moving in. But with that being said, there are always certain spots of a home that are perfect for adding some unique décor, but are often forgotten about. Regardless of when your family will be moving in, it is never too soon to plan the layout of decorations and accessories for your home! Check out some of our ideas to give the forgotten spots in your home some TLC:

Corners: These tricky spots in your new home are the perfect opportunity to add a little something extra to a room. Take advantage of these angles with a cool sectional, unique floor lamp, or custom shelving unit to fit perfectly in the corners of your home.

The Grand Central at Signal Hill Station

The Grand Central at Signal Hill Station

Outdoor spaces: Many homeowners think of an outdoor space as more of a functional space than a fashionable one, but it’s time to think again! There are so many options out there for stylish outdoor furniture and accessories, like the modern patio space seen below in the Hartwood at Embrey Mill.

The Hartwood at Embrey Mill

The Hartwood at Embrey Mill

Windows: The most obvious way to decorate windows is with window treatments, such as curtains or blinds. Instead of neutral or solid colored curtains, utilize window treatments to create a bold statement in a space with an interesting pattern. Another way to dress your windows up is to extend the windowsill into the room with a narrow console table, which can be accessorized with other items.

The staircase: Just because we don’t see the walls above a staircase often, doesn’t mean they can’t be decorated! Create a gallery of wall hangings or a hidden accent wall that will create a better flow from one level of your home to the next.

The Calahan at Aspen North at Lake Linganore

The Calahan at Aspen North at Lake Linganore

Hallways: Another forgotten space in many homes, hallways are the best place to add an accent piece that wouldn’t otherwise fit the style of one specific room in your home. Take some cues from the Calahan at Aspen North at Lake Linganore with a skinny table along the wall, or mirrors to create depth in the space.

The Calahan at Aspen North at Lake Linganore

The Calahan at Aspen North at Lake Linganore

Bathrooms: It seems silly to decorate a bathroom with pretty paintings or vases, but these small touches can actually create an even more relaxing space!

The Silverton at Aspen North at Lake Linganore

The Silverton at Aspen North at Lake Linganore

Kitchen spaces: Although cabinets and shelves in your kitchen serve a purpose, there is no reason they can’t be accessorized strategically to fit the style of your home. Take a look in the photo below at how the kitchen in our Silverton model home at Aspen North displays items that color coordinate with the rest of the décor in the main level of the home.

The Silverton at Aspen North at Lake Linganore

The Silverton at Aspen North at Lake Linganore

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Year-Round Resort Living at Aspen North at Lake Linganore

Wouldn’t you love to enjoy year-round, resort-style amenities just steps from your brand new home? Make this dream a reality with a brand new single-family home from Miller & Smith at Aspen North at Lake Linganore! Let us take you through everything you need to know about the community, amenities, and features of the Aspen North community!



Lake Linganore and More

Spring, Summer, Winter, or Fall, the four lakes around Aspen North certainly have it all! Lake Linganore, Lake Merle, Lake Anita Louise, and Lake Marian make up the four historic lakes surrounding our new neighborhood here in New Market, MD. Lake Linganore is the largest of the four, boasting miles of shoreline and two sand beaches, while the smaller lakes are perfect for fishing. Lake Linganore also allows for boats and other watercraft during the warmer months, with storage locations scattered around the lake.


Lake Linganore through the seasons


Boat storage at Coldstream Beach

Boat storage at Coldstream Beach



Over 30 miles of scenic trails connect around Lake Linganore, overlooking the water and creating access points to all of the other resort-style amenities in the community. The marked trails at Lake Linganore are one of a kind, featuring natural twists and turns, paved and wooded trails, and even an esplanade!

Trail at Lake Linganore

Trail at Lake Linganore


Pools and Tennis Courts

Living at Aspen North at Lake Linganore gives you exclusive access to the three pools and six tennis courts located in the community and run by the Lake Linganore Association. The pools are open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, while the tennis courts are open year-round (weather permitting) on a reservation basis.

The Tennis Courts at Lake Linganore

The Tennis Courts at Lake Linganore


Playgrounds, Parks, and Ball Fields

With over a dozen park areas throughout the Lake Linganore community, there is no shortage of open space to enjoy! These open spaces include picnic tables, grills, playgrounds and tot lots, open fields, basketball courts, and more!


Community Events

Like any great community, Lake Linganore offers monthly community events throughout the year hosted by the Lake Linganore Association and even offer some in Historic New Market and Downtown Frederick! Check out some of the events happening throughout the holiday season below!

12/3 – Winter Festival: Celebrate the winter season with neighbors and friends while enjoying hot chocolate and a special fire engine visit from Santa! 3pm

12/9 – Toys for Tots: The Lake Linganore Association is collecting new and unwrapped toys for the Toys for Tots organization through 12/9.

12/9 to 12/10 – Christmas in New Market: Enjoy a holiday parade, tree lighting, carolers, a silent auction and more!

12/10 & 12/11 – New Market Christmas Craft Show: Get some holiday shopping done early with crafted items from local businesses.


New Homes

Along with all of the established features and amenities that are found at Lake Linganore, our new home designs lend beautifully to modern lake living. With indoor/outdoor living spaces, walls of windows, and dramatic open floor plans, the modern design and natural materials work together to create the home of your dreams!

New homes at Aspen North at Lake Linganore

For more information on resort living at Aspen North at Lake Linganore and new Miller & Smith homes available now, including immediate deliveries, visit!



Tips for Downsizing Clutter In Your Home

Whether you want to downsize the amount of junk in your home or you’re looking to clear through some clutter, now is a great time to start! Doing this before the holidays will make more room for any gifts that make their way into your new Miller & Smith home, and it will also give you a refresh for the New Year. Check out our list of tips below for sorting through items in your home. Toss or keep? – You decide!


Set a plan: Even though your goal now is to clear out things in your home, you still need a plan of attack. Our suggestion would be to move from room to room and try to stick to one room at a time. It’s easy to get distracted or avoid making decisions in the moment.

Let go of the old: We all have those few (or many) heirloom pieces that sit in the basement for years and years without attention. If you think you can bear it, get rid of anything that has no purpose or sentimental value to you – even if it is “antique”. There are plenty of consignment shops that have space for all of your interesting items from the past, and those items can find a new home!

Do you love it?: Especially with clothes, we tend to hold on to items just to have them. If you are choosing whether or not to get rid of something or keep it, think to yourself, “do I really love it?” If the answer is no, toss it to make room for more things in your home, like a new sweater or an antique lamp you decided to finally recover from storage.

Multiples or maybes: Multiples are never very practical, especially if you use one and not the other. Get rid of anything you have two of, especially if they take up a lot of space, like vacuums or strollers. There may also be some items that you are wary about, so if you have a “maybe” pile, keep it hidden away for about 2 months. If you do not miss anything in the pile, out it goes!

Bring some assistance: Sorting through things in your home can be difficult to do all on your own. If you have help from a friend or family member, it will go much faster and they can talk you through the always-tough decision of “toss or keep”. Make a game out of it and have a goal to eliminate 50%, or more of the clutter that is taking up space in your home.

Get rid of an item if:

  • It is broken beyond repair or a repair would cost the same as replacing it
  • You no longer have a use for it or have never used it
  • You considered throwing it out years ago

Remember that downsizing clutter takes time and that’s okay! If you allot about 20 minutes or more every day, your entire home will be refreshed before you know it. Downsizing is a great way to start the moving process to your brand new Miller & Smith home, so let us help you find your dream home here.