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Inside chef Cindy Wolf's country retreat

Cindy Wolf spent 22 years looking for her dream home on long Sunday drives down the curvy roads of Baltimore County’s countryside. After six-day work weeks, the drives were relaxing for the celebrated chef, best known for her flagship restaurant, Charleston. One spring day in 2015, Wolf wound her...

  • Home additions: What you need to know

    Home additions: What you need to know

    Whether it’s a mudroom, bathroom, bedroom or closet, an addition can add aesthetic, functional and even monetary value to a home. But the trick is to make the new space fit with the rest of the home. To do that, homeowners should consider scale, proportion and materials, says Eli Northen, a licensed...

  • Turning functional bathrooms into luxury living spaces

    Turning functional bathrooms into luxury living spaces

    For Michele Guyton, the bathroom is more than a functional water closet; it’s a place to escape. So when she and her husband, Greg, renovated their Phoenix, Md., home, a luxe master bath was a priority. “It’s one of my favorite spaces as a retreat,” she says. “I have three boys and we have very...

  • This bayside home challenges convention in Ocean City

    This bayside home challenges convention in Ocean City

    Forget the light-colored siding and white trim. This contemporary bayside residence challenges all the conventions of Ocean City home design. Boxy shapes and banks of windows dominate the framework of the home, completed in 2015, while a black-and-white motif designed by Tiffanie Adkins Interiors...

  • Vintage finds for a timeless home from Baltimore-area shops

    Vintage finds for a timeless home from Baltimore-area shops

    Outfitting your home with antiques no longer means living rooms full of heavy, dark wood or matching sets of Queen Anne-style dining room furniture. Today’s approach to vintage is eclectic, pulling pieces from different eras to create spaces that feel personal and of-the-moment. “You don’t have...

  • Handcrafted home decor from Maryland artists and artisans

    Handcrafted home decor from Maryland artists and artisans

    From painters to photographers to furniture makers, Maryland is filled with artisans creating masterpieces that could make your home sweet home just a little sweeter. We found six unique locally crafted pieces that will add a hometown touch to your decor.

  • What's hot in dining room decor

    What's hot in dining room decor

    As homeowners’ approaches to entertaining have evolved, so have their dining room desires. We asked local design and entertaining experts to dish on dining room trends in decor, layout and use. 1. Fun Over Formality In recent years, homeowners have shied away from uber-formal dining spaces. “Houses,...

  • Inside economist Anirban Basu's Indian-inspired home

    Inside economist Anirban Basu's Indian-inspired home

    Where many families would see problems, economist Anirban Basu and his wife, Debita, saw promise. In 2012, the couple was only informally looking for a new home for their family of four when Debita happened upon an open house at Devon Hill’s former carriage house. While the house had a lot of charm...

  • Baltimore at Home magazine launch party

    Baltimore at Home magazine launch party

    The Baltimore Sun Media Group celebrated the launch of its newest magazine, Baltimore at Home, at the Floors Etc. showroom in Timonium on Thursday, April 7. Guests enjoyed heavy hors d'oeuvres from Cunningham's and wine from Linganore Winecellars. Raimondi's Florist provided arrangements.

  • Baltimore's Airbnbs showcase diverse design aesthetics

    Baltimore's Airbnbs showcase diverse design aesthetics

    The vacation rental site Airbnb boasts more than 2 million worldwide listings ranging from a Scottish castle to a treehouse in the jungles of India. But you don’t need a passport or a plane ticket to enjoy a getaway in a unique home. Local homeowners are offering up stunning spaces that will have...

  • Farmhouse style meets industrial edge in Baltimore homes

    Farmhouse style meets industrial edge in Baltimore homes

    Aaron and Mallory Lembo love living in the middle of the city, on a busy street near Patterson Park. They thrive on the hustle and bustle of the urban environment and the closeness of their neighbors. Aesthetically, however, Mallory is inspired by a lifestyle with a much slower pace. She looks...

  • 10 hot home design trends

    10 hot home design trends

    What’s hot for spring 2016? We asked some of the area’s best designers what trends and concepts are on everyone’s mind this season. 1. Touchable Texture Design is inherently visual, but it’s best when it engages the other senses, too — including touch. “People have been incorporating a lot of...

  • A behind-the-scenes look at cabinet craftsmanship

    A behind-the-scenes look at cabinet craftsmanship

    To create a perfect fit, Chris Robertson spends hours every day cutting, chiseling, shaving and scraping and sanding wood for his custom cabinetry. Robertson, 31, owner of C.W. Robertson Traditional Cabinetmakers in Parkton, says the extra time and detail, combined with his love of woodworking,...

  • Made in Maryland: Home decor from local artists and artisans

    Made in Maryland: Home decor from local artists and artisans

    From painters and sculptors to furniture makers and metal fabricators, Maryland is filled with artisans creating masterpieces. These nine locally created decor items could make your home feel just a little homier.

  • Decorative lighting that doubles at art

    Decorative lighting that doubles at art

    Just because lighting is functional doesn’t mean it should be boring. In fact, the right fixture can be so much more than just a source of light — it can be a source of joy and an artistic focal point. Whether your decor is cool modern, edgy retro or fabulously eclectic, these artsy light fixtures...

  • Q&A: Renovation pro Jonathan Herman talks maintaining a home's historic charm

    Q&A: Renovation pro Jonathan Herman talks maintaining a home's historic charm

    Jonathan Herman, the president and owner of Herman Woodworking and Herman Construction, and former mayor of Sykesville, is a fan of the saying, “Do less; accomplish more.” In his decades of experience in woodworking and historic renovation, he has applied this motto countless times, most recently...

  • Just your type: Letters and numbers spell style at home

    Just your type: Letters and numbers spell style at home

    Letters and numbers have always played a role in home decor, but these days, elements of typography have expanded far beyond monogrammed silver and bath towels. Here, we’ve collected some of our favorite local letter-laden items for the home.  

  • High-tech gadgets for a masterful bathroom

    High-tech gadgets for a masterful bathroom

    Your master bathroom is outdated. You can thank the Internet, as usual, and our nonstop desire to be amused at every moment of the day, even when we are in the loo. Unless your plumber is also a relentless techie, chances are you are not enjoying the benefits of totally connected, spa-style, Bluetooth-enabled...

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  • Call it tiny luxury — one bedroom, one-time schoolhouse home in Sparks on the market

    Call it tiny luxury — one bedroom, one-time schoolhouse home in Sparks on the market

    A one-bedroom, Tuscany-inspired house in Sparks is on the market for $635,000. Built in 1879, the house, once a one-room schoolhouse known as the Trujay School, has been transformed into a modern, comfortable living space by current owners Steven Schiff, an architect, and his wife, Pamela, who...

  • Pikesville couple create a weekend waterside getaway

    Pikesville couple create a weekend waterside getaway

    David and Jennifer Landsman spend as much time as they can on the water. But their landlocked Pikesville home didn't offer an easy way for the couple to escape onto the Chesapeake Bay in their 37-foot center console powerboat. So, in August 2015, the couple purchased a 2,400 square-foot four bedroom,...

  • Cal Ripken Jr.'s Reisterstown estate goes on the market

    Cal Ripken Jr.'s Reisterstown estate goes on the market

    Cal Ripken Jr. has put his 25-acre estate in Reisterstown on the market for $12.5 million, nearly five months after his divorce from his wife Kelly was finalized. The former Baltimore Orioles ironman now lives in Annapolis. The 25,000-square-foot home, nestled into a ridge near the intersection...

  • Living small is big for business

    Living small is big for business

    WASHINGTON — The idea started on an empty alley lot in the Washington, D.C.'s little-known Stronghold neighborhood. Brian Levy wanted to show those around him the benefits of minimal and environmentally friendly living. So in 2012, he enlisted an architecture firm and builder to construct a 210-square-foot...

  • Garden Q&A: Basil plant has yellow and brown areas

    Garden Q&A: Basil plant has yellow and brown areas

    My basil plant has been in a pot for two years, watered regularly. Right now, it is in part sun outside and was producing great salad clippings, but I fear I am losing it. Leaves have yellow and brown areas. I trimmed it back and lots of new growth was stimulated, but as soon as the leaves start...

  • Baltimore-area home sales climb 13 percent in August

    Baltimore-area home sales climb 13 percent in August

    Home sales accelerated in the Baltimore area last month, bouncing back after falling in July as increasing incomes and the looming possibility of an interest rate increase pushed buyers to the closing table. Nearly 3,750 homes were sold in Baltimore City and the five surrounding counties in August,...

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