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This is one of the most striking pieces in Patrick Sutton’s Fells Point home

The Fells Point home of Baltimore-based interior designer Patrick Sutton is filled with attention-grabbing decor. Sutton, who designed the interiors of such luxury establishments as the Sagamore Pendry hotel and the Charleston restaurant, had to ponder a moment when asked to choose one piece from his meticulously curated waterfront townhouse. …

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Pops of purple: How to decorate with Pantone’s Color of the Year, ultra violet

Between the hometown football team and Pantone’s Color of the Year, ultra violet will be popular in 2018. Unleash your purple pride by adding pieces to your home in this hue. The color adds a controlled sense of sophistication, but remember: a little bit goes a long way. John-John Williams …

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Acquired taste: At Chef Nancy Longo’s Canton rowhouse, every item tells a story

Chef Nancy Longo has hobnobbed in the kitchen with the likes of Alice Waters and Paul Prudhomme. She’s cooked for Billy Joel’s band and filmmaker Barry Levinson. Yet her early passion was for the arts and design. “I was headed to University of Maryland to study set design, but the …

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Home accents crafted by Maryland artisans

Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun This sewing machine turned table was crafted by Baltimore-based Dwight Dukes, who owns Rustic Restoration, a line of vintage home goods with a contemporary spin. It fits right in at the hair styling-and-decor business run by his wife, Kimberly, who also sells painted and …

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Garden Q&A: What you should know about the yellow-stalked puffball

I found this growing out of leaf litter on the Appalachian Trail. At first glance I thought it was a spring wildflower, but obviously it’s not! I’ve spent a lot of time looking for it online but no luck. What is this? That’s a beautiful fungus you found, with red …

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Why Christopher Schafer added a miniature skate park to his backyard

On any given day, the backyard of Christopher Schafer’s Perry Hall home resounds with laugher, chatter, and a repeated rolling and rhythmic clank. About 75 feet downhill from his midcentury rancher, the 45-year-old men’s clothing designer has his own miniature skate park, where he and his three sons indulge a …

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Sykesville author’s tips on gardening in harmony with wildlife

Nancy Lawson and her husband transformed their two-acre property outside Sykesville into a wildlife-friendly oasis. Now, Lawson is teaching others to do the same. The former Humane Society editor is the author of “The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife.” Published last spring, the book is a guide …

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Garden Q&A: How to get rid of groundhogs in your yard

A groundhog has dug under our shed — again. We have removed many over the years with a non-lethal trap but another one always shows up. Any better ideas? Groundhogs are especially fond of digging under concrete slabs. Perhaps it substitutes for the large rocks they burrow under in wilder …

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Garden Q&A: Stop to smell the sweetbox plants

The other day I caught a sudden whiff of jasmine outside, but didn’t see any flowers to explain its source. Could it have been a plant? Fragrance on a wintry day can stop you in your tracks. You may have encountered the aptly-named sweetbox. Its white blooms, opening in February, …

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6 tips for checking your trees after the big windstorm

A “bomb cyclone” just packed a wallop up and down the East Coast, causing extensive damage to local trees. An arborist says that the Baltimore area’s evergreens are particularly at risk. “The amount of damage we’re seeing is almost up there with the derecho,” said Kevin Mullinary, district manager of …

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