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“So, can you pick out whichh part is the addition?” designer Jane Hill Stokes asks as we stand in front of her client’s house. I must admit, I can’t. The entire L-shaped, latte-colored home with its white-columned porches looks as if it’s graced the property as long as the towering …

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Deep in the heart of Hunt Country, at the center of a 140-acre estate, an 1816 bank barn stands proud and tall, a testament to its own good bones and, of course, to some painstaking restorative work.  A grandly scaled stone-and-timber structure, the barn was originally built for hay storage, …

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Just as leaving an old house is reason enough to give a party, so is moving into a new one. Catherine and Doug Hoffberger had just sold their Homeland house last fall and decided to rent the charming “Baker House,” a circa-1900 Baltimore County farmhouse on a hill surrounded by …

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When desperation and compulsion meet, you usually don’t throw a party. In this case, it was exactly the right answer. Last fall, while talking about the upcoming holidays, my friend— a very competent woman who works full time and has three young kids— mentioned how difficult it was to find …

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As the holidays drew near, it didn’t take designer Dan Proctor and his partner Jeffrey Hess long to come up with a great reason to give a party last year. They had just sold their spacious North Charles Street home and decided to give “a going-away party” for the house …

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Mary Shelley probably rolled over in her grave in June 2001 when Nancy Longo leaned over to her husband and whispered, “You’re gonna get your wish.” One year earlier, Longo had objected to Steven Charles’ Halloween-themed wedding idea and they’d wed in a garden instead. But the Halloween idea seemed …

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As with most great gardens, visitors driving up the narrow, curved driveway to the sleek home of Sidney and Jean Silber have no idea what is in store for them. The many mature Kousa dogwoods, the towering “Disca” rhododendrons with huge mauve blooms and the unusual Korean maple by the …

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It’s as hard to imagine a tropical paradise in the densely wooded acre behind Betty and Buddy Rosen’s sleek, modern home, as it is to imagine Betty Rosen’s long platinum hair being chopped off by an African tribesman— which happened when she was taking photographs in New Guinea in 1971. …

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“Boring is a setting on a clothes dryer,” says Barbara Peters.  “You only go through life once, so you might as well have a good time.”  Peters means it. Follow the Jimmy Buffett music wafting out of her three-story beachfront home in Fenwick Island and you are sure to find …

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Rehoboth’s oceanfront was once dotted with quaint, unassuming beach houses, but these days,  some are beginning to give way to multimillion-dollar mansions with bold, arresting designs. One Baltimore family recently super-sized its oceanfront two-story cottage in Rehoboth Beach, enlarging the home from 3,000 to 8,000 square feet. The new square …

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