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Denise Koch and her husband, Jackson Phippin, were dedicated urbanites. The popular WJZ-TV anchorwoman and her director/theater professor mate enjoyed the perks of city living— Center Stage, the Baltimore Museum of Art, restaurants and entertainment. Then, after 17 years of marriage and freedom (and housing stops in Hampden, Bolton Hill …

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Standing on her bed at the Louisville, Ky., farm of her childhood, young Iva Gillet “improved” the hand-painted wallpaper in her bedroom. First she wet her fingers and smudged the edges of the painted leaves. Then she carefully pasted the pictures of roses she’d cut from a garden catalog onto …

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A former chef, David Calhoun takes immense pride in his kitchen.  “It’s the perfect kitchen for parties,” he says. “And it’s really fun.” As the third set of owners of this 1930s-era home, David and his wife, Jane, felt a need to update and expand the 800-square-foot kitchen to a …

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Designed by Charles Ringger of Myland Farm, this 36-inch wreath was hand-woven onto a grapevine frame using “Nikko Pink” hydrangea, sedum “Autumn Joy,” water lettuce, “Pink Mink” protea, vanda orchids, green baobab pods, horsetail equisetum and “Alba” trachelium. Myland Farm, Stevenson Village Shopping Center, Stevenson, 410-484-5540. Silver and blue Andrea …

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When Adelaide Rackemann began thinking about building a house in 2000, she had a pretty short list of requirements: lots of sunlight, plenty of storage space, and a stone fireplace. What she didn’t want was slightly more controversial: central air conditioning, a garage, a dishwasher and a microwave. “Most of …

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Private Blend After architect Arthur Valk completed the redesign of a family’s stucco home in Western Run Valley, he turned his attention to designing a pool for the back yard. “It needed to be far enough from the house but not the focal point of the yard,” says Valk. “And, …

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