Design + Décor
The beach home in Delaware is a showstopper. Its red exterior and angled modern lines make a dramatic statement. Yet the house itself is designed to be as low-impact as possible, embracing the “net zero” concept of design. Solar panels on the roof and a geothermal exchange heat pump ensure that the house generates as [...]
The homes of the mid-Atlantic’s waterfront communities epitomize coastal style. Whether on the beach in Ocean City or a creek on the Eastern Shore, the look is casual and calming, creating a style that makes its owners feel like every day is a vacation. Gina Fitzsimmons, ASID, owner of Fitzsimmons Design Associates and the Annapolis-based [...]
There are many contemporary homes built in the ’70s and ’80s that are aging about as well as shag carpeting. One such house in Baltimore County was rescued by a creative couple with a vision and an architect with the skill to bring the dated home into a new century.
It was not love at first [...]
Fashion Designer Daniel Dolce Dares to Mix Things Up
Fashion designer Daniel Donald Dolce, 65, doesn’t just love color, he lives it.
“I love purple, and I jokingly say purple is both the color of royalty and madness,” he says. “I’m more madness than royalty.”
This spring, the Havre de Grace native plans to feature “aggressive” color combinations [...]
By Catherine Mallette
Every year, a couple of local groups honor contractors and builders for the best home renovations of the year. Chesapeake Home + Living is proud to sponsor both the Home Builders Association of Maryland (HBAM) and the Maryland Improvement Contractors Association (MICA) annual awards.
Here, we showcase some of the top award winners for [...]
By Marie Marciano Gullard
Near the end of a private road along the waterfront of Annapolis’ Crab Creek, a paved driveway lined with river rock stops abruptly, giving way to the unexpected sight of Stephen and Mary Duncan’s distinctly modern home.
The house rises up in horizontal lines of red Balau wood, a natural material that looks [...]
H. Alex Sanchez began designing houses in his homeland of St. Croix before he knew how to write.
“My dad bought Popsicle sticks for me, and I’d build model homes,” says Sanchez, 28.
At North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro he studied architectural engineering and redecorated his dorm room every week. Afterward, he worked for Clark [...]
This year’s ASID award winners share an aesthetic of elegance, whether designing for an entire estate or redoing a single room.
Each year, Chesapeake Home + Living partners with the Maryland chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers to award excellence in design. Categories for the contest include residential and commercial projects, with specific awards [...]
The four projects selected for this year’s AIA Baltimore/Chesapeake Home + Living residential design awards are studies in beauty, clarity and restraint.
By Catherine Mallette
On a hot summer day, in the cool basement of the Baltimore chapter of the American Institute of Architect’s headquarters, three judges met to debate the relative merits of the 20 entries [...]
An Annapolis architect and his wife build their dream home with principles that will help them age in place, plenty of green design ideas and light-flooded, contemporary space for their beloved art collection.
When architect Al Graf and his wife Marcia Marshall built their new home in Eastport, Md., they designed it to be their [...]