January 18, 2012
Ten years ago, Nini Sarmiento and Rob Degenhard were scouring flea markets, antiques stores and yard sales searching for midcentury modern pieces to furnish their Rodgers Forge townhouse. They were having such a good time — and becoming so good at it — that one vendor suggested they try selling furniture themselves. And so Home Anthology was born. Today their Catonsville store has become a destination for those seeking midcentury modern, vintage, and retro furniture and accessories.
November 28, 2011
Belle Patri means “beautiful home” and that's just what owner Jennifer Lane intended to market when she opened her Jarrettsville store of the same name in 2007. From French Country and Primitive to Shabby Chic, Vintage, and Traditional, Belle Patri has an eclectic mix of new, consigned, estate and antique home furnishings and accessories. “We have a very affordable pricing, and we have a lot of space to bring in a lot of pieces. We update our website everyday, so people can see what is actually in our store.” Lane, mother of two children, 10 and 8, and married to native Harford County resident Erik Lane, is known for refinishing and painting furniture.
June 9, 2011
In the tradition of the old-fashioned trunk show, home furnishings vendors often stage events to present new fabrics, wallpapers, finishes and more to interior designers hungry for new ideas. The materials typically come in swatches or sample books or even catalogs. But at McLain Wiesand's recent trunk show, the new products were on a runway. For the second year in a row, the Baltimore custom furniture maker put on the event, drawing a crew of home furnishings sales reps to set up displays to pitch their new products.
April 1, 2011
Nina's Closet Exchange 6375 Ten Oaks Road Clarksville 410-300-0106 Jeanine “Nina” Baumgardner always enjoyed shopping at yard sales and flea markets. So she decided to hang an open sign on her own consignment shop, Nina's Closet Exchange, in Clarksville. Baumgardner, a Columbia resident of 30 years who opened shop in September 2010, calls her place “cozy and family friendly.” The Blue Goose 3715 Old Columbia Pike Ellicott City 410-461-6072 TheBlueGoose@verizon.net Original works by local artists, new and pre-owned home furnishings on consignment and other affordable treasures stock The Blue Goose, in Historic Ellicott City.
February 18, 2011
The story of Fred and Jan Hallahan's dream home is one of a near miss. The couple, seeking to downsize from their Ruxton home and looking for total first-floor living, visited a custom-designed house in Lutherville that offered a first-floor master suite. The home, designed by architect Donald Ratcliffe in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright, featured a sleek, low-slung exterior profile. It was constructed in 1985 as the private residence of a local builder. "It was love at first sight," said Jan Hallahan, the 65-year-old former owner of Trillium women's fashions in Green Spring Station.
November 12, 2010
For the past couple of years, I've been working on renovations and cosmetic updates to my old house, and even though I've still got a ways to go, enough's done to start shifting gears from plumbing and electrical to furnishings and decor. A boutique shop or art gallery might seem to be the next step, but if you're strapped for time, auction houses offer an eclectic variety of art, furniture, rugs, accessories and more, all under one roof. Even better, depending on the day, these items can be yours at fantastic values.