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Woodworker by trade, artist by choice Woodworker by trade, artist by choice

On a recent bright November morning, William Rhodes relaxed at the West Baltimore home of his friend and fellow artist, Joyce J. Scott.

Looking for a house in Monkton? Nick Markakis' old place is for sale Looking for a house in Monkton? Nick Markakis' old place is for sale

Nick Markakis left Baltimore for Atlanta last year, but never actually moved out of his old place. Now he is moved out, and you — yes, you! — can maybe replace him in the same way that Mark Trumbo did in right field last season.

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Most expensive Baltimore-area homes to hit the market in November Most expensive Baltimore-area homes to hit the market in November

These were the most expensive homes to go up for sale the Baltimore area last month, according to MRIS. (Note: The property at 1788 Bargers Road in Crofton, listed at $2.5 million, was not included because it is a land listing, not a home.) 

Home for the holidays: Design experts' tips to make your season more festive Home for the holidays: Design experts' tips to make your season more festive

In a holiday decoration rut? Want to update your look, but on a budget? Look no further.

Home of the Week: Elegant Gibson Island residence is a restful sanctuary Home of the Week: Elegant Gibson Island residence is a restful sanctuary

The guardhouse at the entrance to verdant Gibson Island, a private, gated archipelago off a tip of Pasadena, is serviced 24 hours a day to accommodate its residents and guests. The waves washing up on the western shores of the island are of the Magothy River. On the eastern side, Chesapeake Bay waves lap the isle's waterfront.

You need new Christmas tree ornaments. Here are some ideas You need new Christmas tree ornaments. Here are some ideas

You could devote every waking moment of the next three weeks to the study of holiday decorations and still not make a dent in the expanding universe of themed trees, hand-made wreaths and color-coordinated rooms.

Hot Property: The Silverton estate in Havre de Grace Hot Property: The Silverton estate in Havre de Grace

The next owner of the estate known as Silverton will be living in a piece of Harford County history. This stone home overlooking the Deer Creek Valley was built in the 1850s for Dr. Silas Silver, a physician with a “considerable reputation,” according to the Maryland Medical Journal, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Designed by architect William H. Reasin, also a Harford County native, the Italianate-influenced structure was restored in 2000, and a master suite was added in 2006.

Today, the home features updates including a sun room, screened-in porch, stone patio and updated bathrooms. But it still exudes historic character, with arched windows and doorways, an original marble fireplace mantel and exposed stone. A partially finished basement with exposed beams and painted stone adds intrigue.

3643 Harmony Church Road, Havre de Grace
Listing price: $1,650,000

Tim Hopkins for Streett Hopkins Real Estate, 410-879-7466

Move over, man caves, make room for 'she sheds' Move over, man caves, make room for 'she sheds'

Soon after Leila Sayegh and her family moved into their 1915 Silver Lake home a couple of years ago, a family member made a suggestion as what to do with the carriage house in the backyard.

Oh, Christmas tree: Tips for choosing a tree for the holidays Oh, Christmas tree: Tips for choosing a tree for the holidays

A Christmas tree lot is a swirl of fragrance and holiday dreams. Choose carefully for a tree that will stay beautiful and safe through the holidays, said Sharon Yiesla, plant knowledge specialist in the Plant Clinic at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

Home on the Harbor changes name to Design Distillery Home on the Harbor changes name to Design Distillery

Home decor retailer Home on the Harbor has renovated its showroom just south of Baltimore's Inner Harbor and changed its name to Design Distillery.

How to buy a wine fridge How to buy a wine fridge

You've been bitten by the wine bug in a big way. Bottles are stacking on your kitchen counter, you've started naming your wine keys, and you're on a first-name basis with a local merchant who specializes only in Champagne and sherry.