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  • Liven up your walls with bold wallpaper and other hot design trends

    Liven up your walls with bold wallpaper and other hot design trends

    Whether they’re painted plain white or covered in wild wallpaper, walls set the tone for a room. Local designers say today’s homeowners are willing to experiment with their wall coverings, trying out different textures, colors and materials. Here, they share the hottest trends in wall coverings....

  • Domain, Wishbone Reserve and other new home décor stores bring style to Maryland homes

    Domain, Wishbone Reserve and other new home décor stores bring style to Maryland homes

    One is a big box store with a new presence in Columbia. Another is a combination decor and interior design business in Catonsville. This year has brought a number of new shopping options to area homeowners. Domain Interior designer Laura Hodges opened her home accessories and design store, Domain,...

  • How a West African elephant tusk connects a Baltimore family to its roots

    How a West African elephant tusk connects a Baltimore family to its roots

    Guests often miss the three-foot long carved elephant tusk that’s displayed on a side table in the living room of Marie Washington’s Locust Point home. “They usually go right for the bedazzled turquoise bull’s head,” laughs Washington’s 42-year-old daughter, Jackie, who was given the tusk by her...

  • This South Baltimore rowhouse renovation is anything but cookie-cutter

    This South Baltimore rowhouse renovation is anything but cookie-cutter

    When Stanford Kimmel and Chris Franzoni were searching for a new home five years ago, they wanted three things: a place accessible to the interstate — Franzoni was working in Washington, D.C., at the time — lots of windows and parking. The four-story South Baltimore rowhouse only met one of the...

  • As congregations dwindle, Baltimore's empty churches become homes

    As congregations dwindle, Baltimore's empty churches become homes

    When Joe Rusko, 51, was looking for a home in Canton or Fells Point, he was disappointed that every renovated rowhouse he saw looked the same. Then he found a townhouse built inside the shell of the former Canton Methodist Episcopal Church. “I love the architecture and the cool spaces and that...

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