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Urban Jungle

“For me, it’s all about creating an environment that blurs the lines between exterior and interior,” says filmmaker Hilton Carter of his verdant Hampden loft. The airy apartment is home to more than 120 plants of all species, sourced from the various places Carter has called home: L.A., New Orleans …

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Finding the Light

“One of the evening’s notable heroes is the lighting designer, Bradley King, who here treats illumination not as a decorative accessory but as a pivotal narrative element,” writes The Washington Post’s Peter Marks of Broadway musical “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812.” “Glistening chandeliers and single light bulbs …

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In Vein

A note to the needle-shy: The Revitalize program at Annapolis’ Sullivan Surgery and Spa is probably not for you. After all, it’s based entirely around intravenous treatment and injections—a total nightmare for the trypanophobic. But for everyone else, the pioneering program is an odd but effective addition to the relaxation …

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Rainbow Bright

Rainbow hair is everywhere right now—from the over-the-top unicorn trend to “eclipting” (whatever that is), it seems traditional blondes and brunettes just aren’t cutting it anymore … even for the over-30 crowd. Enter Salon Craft, a Lutherville-based salon that’s fully embracing the rise of fashion color. “We have a very …

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Single Malt Duo

Quick, what do the Scottish Highlands and Highlandtown have in common? No, an artisanal haggis eatery hasn’t opened on East Pratt. But a single malt distillery has: Old Line Spirits, the latest addition to the state’s bourgeoning craft-distilling scene. It was launched in February within a 25,000-square-foot industrial building at …

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Reality Star: 8 Questions for Laura Mitchell

Baltimore has a lot of things going for it—the great arts scene, the laid-back vibe, the cool people. And now, thanks to a one-year-old Facebook group, an increasingly active queer women’s community. The 2,000-odd member group, aptly named Young Queer Women of Baltimore, was started by 30-year-old nurse practitioner Laura …

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Natural Selection

More than anything, Steven Hargrove loved the natural world. At 13, he spent two months discovering the summertime forests, meadows and lakes of the Adirondack Mountains. “It forever opened my eyes and heart to the immense beauty of the wilderness,” he wrote on his website. And so, not surprisingly, as …

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Island Escape

Some people hear “Chincoteague” and immediately think of a certain beloved pinto named Misty, made famous by writer Marguerite Henry in 1947. But to other, less horse-oriented people, Chincoteague is known as a birder’s paradise, and still others treasure it as a wildlife refuge. It can be a sanctuary for …

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Savvy Shopper: April

A World of Good If there’s anything Savvy loves more than shopping, it’s shopping local. And Waverly’s new Mondo Deco has walls and shelves full of art from Baltimore-based creators: bright watercolor scenes from Rod Cook, otherworldly black-and-white rowhouses from Amanda Burnham and upcycled mosaic pieces from owner Leigh Kramer, …

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Paint the Village

 Earn Your Stripes $449,000 Bedroom: 5, Bath: 3 Square feet: 2,982 Don’t let the vibrant striped door and windows throw you off. Inside the brownstone is a study in bold contrasts—a wall painted black on the bottom and white on top, the spotlight lighting. And what’s even better than a …

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Open Secret

Butchers Hill Society was named to underscore owner Malcolm Mitchell’s hope that it becomes a go-to for the neighborhood, a kind of secret society supper club. A tiny commissary in the basement level opens at 7 a.m. and sells breakfast items, grab-and-go sandwiches and charcuterie as well as wine, craft …

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Pop Art

We used to think there was nothing particularly glamorous about a toaster … but then we discovered this powder-blue beauty from Smeg. The winner of multiple design awards from The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and Red Dot, this ’50s-style appliance brings major retro-cool vibes to the kitchen. …

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