Home & Garden

Full Bloom On the Upperco land of her childhood, Carol Warner has become an iris and peony expert.

For Carol Warner, owner of Draycott Gardens, the adage “bloom where you’re planted” literally rings true. On 10 acres given to her by her parents—part of the Upperco farm where she was raised—Warner has developed a series of outstanding gardens featuring irises, multiple varieties of which she sells via her …

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A New Lease on Life New year, new you … new house? Take advantage of that squeaky-clean slate with a serious domestic upgrade.

$5,495,000 Dark Temptation Bedroom: 6, Bath: 7/1, Square feet: 23,140 This stately yet sexy Maryland mansion boasts plenty of dignified details, from the arched, almost haughty, entrance to the tall, bright windows and clever light vs. dark design. It’s the Christian Grey of homes, with bold, alluring architectural touches—a night …

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On the Agenda It's time to make a plan.

Is there anything better than cracking open a brand-new planner on Jan. 1, its crisp blank pages just begging to be written in and the promise of “2017” starkly emblazoned on the cover? Short answer: Yes, and that’s cracking open a Day Designer. This thing is the mother of all …

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Monkey Man Go ape with this inspired accent piece.

Celebrate the final months of the Year of the Monkey with this surprisingly stylish side table from Arhaus. Part of an authentic collection of refinished 19th-century Asian artifacts, the carved accent piece is a stunning addition to any Orient-inspired aesthetic—or simply an eye-catching standalone. Each one-of-a-kind table is hand-painted and …

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Set Design There’s nothing more festive than decking our homes this time of year. And these holiday-friendly houses are just made for lighting up.

Deck the Halls $549,900 Bedroom: 3, Bath: 3, Square feet: 2,100 This Federal Hill rowhouse may look fairly standard from the front, but a fully landscaped backyard and patio give ample space for all sorts of holiday shenanigans—decorating and otherwise. The beautiful wood stair rail would definitely benefit from a …

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Remington Steals Remington is often tagged “up and coming.” These charming houses prove the place has arrived.

Dream Factory $1,176/month Bedroom: 1, Bath: 1, Square feet: starting at 606 If warehouse-chic is your vibe, then not only is Remington up your alley, Remington Row, the factory-inspired apartment building, should speak to you. Floor-to-ceiling windows bring natural light and openness—classic features that never go out of style. And …

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Open House In Stevenson, a custom rebuild, with an emphasis on entertaining, required rooms without walls.

This Greenspring Valley home is brand new, but its design needed to incorporate a family’s decades-old tradition of entertaining. Peter Twohy of 2e Architects led a team effort to create a light-filled house that can seat 60 for dinner—where the kitchen is a family room, and a piano takes center …

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Native Instinct Over the past 11 years, Friends School has woven a harmonious tapestry of native plantings throughout its North Baltimore campus.

“It felt jangly!” recalls Kay McConnell. She’s describing the bare, dissonant way the mulched and sparsely planted landscape around Friends School’s then-new Middle School building felt to her as she dropped off her daughter one morning in 2005. “They [the plants] were out of synch,” she says. “Then I thought: …

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