March 14, 2012
Often when an old home is in the final stages of an interior renovation, the grandeur of new molding, flooring and light fixtures stands out like a masterfully worked canvas awaiting the addition of the primary subject. Such is the story unfolding behind the new windows of the Alice and Mike Gosse's circa 1920 East Baltimore rowhouse, where the scarcity of furniture draws full attention to the quality of the detailed work completed. Just inside the front door, off a narrow hall, the entire first floor is open, extending little more than 15 feet wide and 65 feet long to the back wall of the home.
February 9, 2012
Architects live and breathe design, blissfully losing themselves in details most people would never notice — the bevel of a trim, the way light falls across a room, squared legs or curved. So what happens, we wondered, when two such aesthetes come together under one roof? Do they lie awake at night, pondering three-inch moldings or four? Is there a prenup for the Eames chairs? Do they fight tooth and nailhead? Judging from the example set by these married Baltimore architects who live and work together, it all comes together much more smoothly than any of that.
January 26, 2012
The exterior of Lee and Sue Jensen's home in the Catonsville development of Fox Hall Farms is traditional and reserved. Like its connected group of neighbors, the Colonial-style facade features neutral-color siding, a brick chimney, multi-framed windows and a double-car garage. Even the street seems very quiet. But still waters run deep. A clue to its interior appears quickly, just beyond the front door, when Sue Jensen, by way of a greeting, reveals matter-of-factly, "Our mover said that a normal move is about 250 boxes.
December 7, 2011
Jennifer Hauser Runde spent her early career as a choreographer, channeling her artistic talents into stories told through dance. But after Runde and husband Christopher welcomed a baby boy in 2006, and purchased their first house soon after, she happily shifted her priorities. Life was less about dance steps than baby steps — especially when their second son was born. "Spending hours a day at home with our two boys inspired me to think about the space as more than rooms that I clean and work in," says the 33-year-old Runde, whose family lives in a Perry Hall subdivision.
September 19, 2011
Our cavernous family room presents a lighting challenge. For nearly 18 years, we've lived with the builder's insane idea of decent lighting: two recessed lights above our fireplace illuminating a framed, faded poster from my college-apartment days, and the weak halo cast by a ceiling-fan light fixture. Early on, my in-laws came to visit and were appalled at my lack of lighting (and possibly décor, though they were too kind to mention that). They insisted on buying some lamps for us, which created twin oases of light on either side of our family room couch.
July 18, 2010
A widow now for three years, Joanne Adleberg continues to find sanctuary in the Pikesville condominium she and her husband purchased in 2004. When their house and three acres of land off Greenspring Avenue became too much to keep up, they were the first to move into the new condominium complex of Stevenson Commons, and as time went by, both found the building to be very people-friendly. The couple purchased the building's largest unit — 2,750 square feet — at a cost of $475,000.