Design + Décor
By Julekha Dash
In search of a sustainable art medium, visual artist Kara Brook bought a beehive six years ago so she could use beeswax to paint.
She quickly discovered that those same bees could be the source of a sustainable business as well. She started packaging the honey and then expanded into making what she calls [...]
By Marie Marciano Gullard
Mary Veiga practices the art of deception — but only in the most respectable of ways. Since 1995, she has been plying her skills in decorative painting, which includes murals, faux finishing and trompe l’oeil for homeowners and businesses. With her, every assignment is a custom job and a new challenge that [...]
When Ward Westrick retired from commercial real estate development, he and wife Ginny were happy to sell their home in McLean and leave the density of Northern Virginia behind to settle on the Chesapeake Bay’s calmer shores. While Ward may have made a living in development, he and Ginny did not want to build a [...]
When I first moved to Baltimore from the Midwest, I couldn’t get over the azaleas. The 5-foot shrubs completely covered in fuchsia, purple, red, white and orange blooms are unavailable to residents of the more frigid parts of the United States.
Winterthur, the estate and gardens in Delaware once owned by the collector and horticulturist Henry [...]
An award-winning landscape designer brings a touch of the Caribbean to a Kingsville couple.
Recently back from a trip to the Caribbean, Jeannie Schwartz and John Macci still had the exotic scent of orchids and plumeria lingering in their imaginations when they stepped out their back door to take in the familiar sight of their own [...]
These three create as much beauty for themselves as they do for others.
By Kathy Hudson
When it comes to landscape architects’ own gardens, some are like shoemakers’ shoes — untended. Their owners are too busy making other spaces beautiful. Not so with Catherine Mahan, founding partner of Mahan Rykiel; Stuart Ortel, principal and founder of Stone [...]
At Harris Rubin, modern furniture starts with classic lines and high-quality materials.
By Marie Marciano Gullard
Furniture designer and craftsman Harris “Rick” Rubin works in the style of classic, timeless pieces, fashioned by hand and displayed in his Baltimore showroom, which also serves as his 6,000-square-foot studio.
Harris Rubin Inc. is open by appointment only and caters to [...]
Fun and affordable pieces abound in a new gallery-boutique in Ruxton.
By Kit Waskom Pollard
The concept behind the new Ruxton gallery and shop, V Fashion Towson/My Town Art Gallery, was born in the most unlikely of places: years ago, on the sidelines of a club lacrosse game.
Watching her now-grown daughters play lacrosse, Valerie Heneberry was struck [...]
From smaller projects to whole house redos, this year’s projects show high quality of construction and creative approaches to design.
Each year the Remodelers Council of the Home Builders Association of Maryland (HBAM) holds its Remodeling Award of Excellence competition, recognizing excellence in design and craftsmanship.
More than 20 categories included both commercial and residential projects. Here, [...]
Projects such as historic restorations and whole-house redos reveal that beauty and excellence are in the details.
Every year, the Maryland Improvement Contractor Association (MICA) selects winners for its Remodeler of the Year (ROYAL) Awards. Here, we present the ROYAL Award winners in the residential categories for 2013.
For a complete list of winners, including Merit Award [...]