Design + Décor

  1. Creating a Buzz

    by Chesapeake Home Magazine | May 28, 2014

    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 [...]

  2. Decorating Doubletake

    by Chesapeake Home Magazine | May 28, 2014

    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 [...]

  3. A River Runs by it

    by Christianna McCausland | May 28, 2014

    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 [...]

  4. Early Azaleas

    by Chesapeake Home Magazine | March 25, 2014

    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 [...]

  5. Poolside Paradise

    by Julianne Peeling | March 24, 2014

    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 [...]

  6. In the Land of the Landscape Architects

    by Chesapeake Home Magazine | March 24, 2014

    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 [...]

  7. Custom Crafting

    by Chesapeake Home Magazine | January 31, 2014

    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 [...]

  8. Art + Accessories

    by Chesapeake Home Magazine | January 31, 2014

    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 [...]

  9. Winning Designs: HBAM Remodelers

    by cmallette | January 30, 2014

    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, [...]

  10. Winning Designs: MICA ROYAL AWARDS

    by cmallette | January 30, 2014

    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 [...]