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The Upside of Downsizing

By Dylan Roche | Photography by Maureen Porto   When Wesley Pehlke of Annapolis-based design studio Simply Wesley started working with her clients Rita Cavanaugh and Jerry Kafka—downsizers moving from a large, traditionally-decorated home to a condo across from the Annapolis

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The High-Heeled Gardener | Study the Lacecap

By Kymberly Taylor   Because the delicate lacecap hydrangea takes some time to mature, it is not immediately as showy as its cousin, the mophead, with its quintessential lush flower balls, or the panicled hydrangea, sporting audacious cones. For this reason,

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Leading & Listening

United States Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Admiral Sean Buck Shares His Wisdom on Leadership By Robert E. Haywood     “If you want to know your future, look at your friends.” “Your character is the sum of your habits.”  

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Ever Changing Light

By Kymberly Taylor Exterior Photography by David Burroughs Interior Photography by Helen Norman     “A Chesapeake garden is not a formula or prescribed approach, but an intuitive response to the garden’s surroundings, which are always changing.” – Bob Hruby,

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Rising from the Ashes of History

Cloverfields: A Progress Report By Sherri Marsh Johns Photography courtesy of Cloverfields Preservation Foundation and Annapolis Home   A team of professionals is collaborating to faithfully restore Cloverfields, a rare example of early 18th-century architecture tucked away on the Eastern

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Neighborhood Visit | The Maritime Republic of Eastport

By Christine Fillat & Kymberly Taylor     Settled in 1655 and founded in 1868, Eastport may not have a single cobblestone or renowned 18th-century mansion like Annapolis, its neighbor just across the bridge.  Nevertheless, Eastport, an independent town until

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The High-Heeled Gardener | The Gardenia’s Powers

By Kymberly Taylor   Every summer garden needs Gardenia jasminoides to add gloss, beauty, and an exquisite fragrance that drifts upon the air to find you. What’s more, the ancient gardenia, which appears in Greek mythology, adds a certain mood

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My Favorite Room

We invited seven area architects, designers and builders to share with us a recent completed room that is among their favorites. We also asked them to tell us which features about the room they most appreciate.     DALE OVERMYER,

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The High-Heeled Gardener: Welcome, Dear Oriole

The Goal is to Create a Sea of Orange Visible from the Sky By Kymberly Taylor     I grew up roaming Maryland’s woods and rivers, attending baseball games, and cheering on our Baltimore Orioles baseball team. But I had

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A Quintet of Quotable Kitchens

  There’s no place in the home quite like the kitchen. From it springs a source of daily sustenance. But in most homes, the kitchen means so much more. It’s often a favorite meeting place—even if the gathered crowd must

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