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How a Canton garage inspired a home designed for hospitality

The story of Bob and Pat Lippert’s Canton home begins in the garage. Bob, a one-time racer and longtime collector of British sports cars, needed a place to keep his four-wheeled darlings. A neighbor’s house happened to have a large garage, and the couple seized the opportunity to purchase the …

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This Clarksville home is a love letter to the environment

Originally, Ed Gaddy just wanted an environmentally friendly house. He was starting a job at the Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel after retiring from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He wanted to find a house within walking distance that reflected his passion for environmental preservation. “I’m …

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5 hot kitchen design trends in the Baltimore area

Long considered the heart of the home, the kitchen is a hot topic among homeowners, builders and decorators. From engineered countertops that deliver looks and functionality to added bursts of color and hidden light sources, here’s a look at what’s trending right now in kitchen design: 1. Quartz countertops A …

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Made in Maryland: Meet the creators of unique home accents

Barbara Haddock Taylor / Baltimore Sun Nasira Latif, right, and Raina Smallwood think it’s important to express yourself through your home. The two own Cedar & Cotton, a home furnishing business offering restored, reupholstered and handmade goods. “We feel like a good comfortable home should be something that’s accessible,” Latif …

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Sip in style with bar accessories from Baltimore-area stores

Blooomingdale’s collaborated with Cuisinart to create this stainless steel compact wine cellar. It fits into most spaces, and it holds up to 18 750-milliliter bottles. About 23.5 inches by 13.5 inches by 43 inches. $475 at Bloomingdale’s, 5300 Western Ave. NW, Chevy Chase Village. 240-744-3700 or bloomingdales.com. Blooomingdale’s collaborated with …

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5 gorgeous ‘no-fuss’ plants that thrive on next to no water

Not all California native plants are equal. Some seem to thrive on neglect. Call these the ‘no-fuss’ natives. While such thrive-on-dry plants are sometimes touchy to establish, once settled they dislike extra water, mulching, fertilizing, and generally being fussed over. They prefer to be left alone. And don’t plant them …

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