Home & Garden

Family Style

When designing a living room addition for a family in the Homeland neighborhood of Baltimore, Elizabeth Cross-Beard found the harmony between coastal and traditional styles. “The architecture in that neighborhood has so much soul,” says Cross- Beard, a designer with Jenkins Baer Associates. “We wanted fresh details that were very …

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Walnut Hill Splendor A.C. and Penney Hubbard’s Ruxton Garden Shines in Fall

Fall has come as one of the biggest surprises,” says Penney Hubbard. Over 46 years, the Ruxton resident and her husband A.C.—with the late, renowned plantsman, Kurt Bluemel—have transformed a two-acre hillside into one of Maryland’s finest gardens. Like any gardener, Penney appreciates her garden in all seasons. But she …

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Soap Opera

Ever wonder why you get all your best ideas in the shower? Bathrooms are the place of clean slates, soapy strategy sessions and imagination. No wonder when we step inside the new Kohler Signature Store by Thos. Somerville, we get a little misty eyed considering all the creative options we …

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Object: Love-A-Lamp

Just because “Mad Men” wrapped doesn’t mean we’re ready to give up our love affair with mid-century modern design. Thus, our obsession with this teardrop Hal Lamp—handmade by Slip Lighting in Hickory, N.C.—that combines the sleek elegance of mid-century with a free-wheelin’ ‘70s vibe, evident in the bohemian burlap drum …

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Pop Art and Ping Pong

Margo Downing didn’t let a complication like the recession get her down. “It was a good thing,” says the interior designer. “I had to be more creative and [take] more chances.” That included reaching out to local craftsmen for original pieces. When designing this dramatic, Pop Art living room for …

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Object: Love Shack

Some of my favorite memories from the mid-1990s are the weekends when I hopped on an Amtrak train to visit my best friend at NYU—trading fraternity parties at my (fantastic, but thimble-sized) liberal arts college for all-nighters dancing at the Limelight, table-sharing with strangers at the world’s best greasy spoon …

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Dream Destination

RIDICULOUSLY COMFY. SHOCKINGLY SOFT. INDISPUTABLY AWESOME. That’s how Yellow Leaf Hammocks describes their gorgeous, snuggle-fest-inducing, outdoor “nap” furniture—hand-woven by expert artisans in hill tribe communities in Thailand who earn middle-class wages working from home. Each model is named after a favorite vacation destination—this one’s the “Kilauea” inspired by molten lava …

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Camp it Up

Forget glamping. With this groovy tent modeled after the iconic Split Screen VW Camper Van (which, yes, my own family rocked in the ’­­70s) you can re-create the Summer of Love at your favorite music festival, campground or even in your own backyard. Hey, the proximity to running water never …

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Curb Appeal May/June

$1,725,000 Suburban Swimming Bedrooms: 6 | Baths: 6/2 | Square Feet: 5,700 “Located in one of the best neighborhoods in Howard County, this home is ideal for outdoor living. It’s fenced in, but there’s still an abundance of land outside the fence for recreation. The upgraded pool, which is accompanied …

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