Ideas for seasonal décor, menus, and more.
No. 1 Centerpiece
The centerpiece is one of the first things that your guests will see as they enter the dining area. But it doesn’t have to be overly ornate, with tons of exotic flowers, to be the center of attention. Budded twigs can have just as much impact while keeping the room modern and festive. Centerpiece by Crimson & Clover Floral Design. Desserts by Patisserie Poupon. Floor...
Our Holiday Entertaining Guide, available in our November 2012 issue, is loaded with too many great ideas to print them all. Below, you'll find additional recipes and instructions.
Dessert: (from page 146)
White chocolate ganache, chocolate ganache, and chocolate mousse dessert. (from page 146)Makes 6 servings Recipe Courtesy of Desert Café
8 ounces White Chocolate Ganache
8 ounces Chocolate Ganache
12 Chocolate Mousse
8 ounces Whipped Cream
6-six ounce mason jars
Clean and sanitize mason jars.
Layer 2 ½ tablespoons of the white...
A mix of vintage and modern cups, saucers, and pots will add personality and excitement to tea time.
Clockwise, from top : Price and Kensington large orange teapot ($22) at Su Casa. Large ($40) and small ($20) metal cake plate at Vintage Bliss. Owl pitcher ($45) at Trohv. Tea Time yellow floral cup and teapot ($35) at Studio C Jewelry & Gifts. Green teapot ($30) at Teavolve. Vintage plates ($3.95/each) and bird cup and saucer ($14) at Sweet Elizabeth Jane. Mint food display stand ($25) at...
Sleep like a baby in this rocking cradle for grownups.
Designer Joe Manus turns found materials into outstanding art and functional furniture with this Mood Rocking Bed. Made in Atlanta, GA, from pieces that would otherwise end up in a landfill, this bed blends modern elements such as its carbon-steel frame with reclaimed wood and is offered in pine, oak, walnut, or calico.
Mood Rocking Bed ($5,000 for queen) at Pad Furniture, 1500 Thames St., 410-...
Jenkins Baer Associates interior designer Cindy Olsen designs her own urban loft.
This old house: I bought and sold several houses over the course of 15 years—I’m over it. I don’t think I ever want a house with a yard again!
Give me shelter: I like the refurbished warehouse look—when I came and saw the ceilings and the views and the light here, I was sold.
Family roots: When I told my folks I looked at Tindeco Wharf, my dad said, ‘Your great, great grandfather, Andrew...
<p>Free spirit meets silver spoon in Sloane Brown’s stunning Canton condo.</p>
Sloane Brown is no stranger to interior design.
When her mother, Clare Bingham Cochran, moved to a lakeside home outside of Boulder, CO, in 1971, Brown and her three younger siblings were given carte blanche (okay, within a budget) to design their own bedrooms. Brown, whose room featured a hanging wicker chair and a piece of Jefferson Airplane artwork, was in decorating heaven. “It was great,”...
<p>Nonprofit Second Chance is settling quite nicely into its new home.</p>
Once you visit the new home of Second Chance, one of the area’s best architectural salvage sources, it becomes apparent why its recent move took several months to accomplish—even if it was literally just around the corner. Starting in October of 2011, it successfully relocated the contents of its five warehouses (equaling 160,000 square feet, or the equivalent of 80 houses) on Warner Street to a...
Furniture-rehab experts know that for a tattered piece of upholstered furniture, beauty isn’t always skin-deep.
After Eric Dickman’s parents passed away, his memories of the two in their Georgetown home lingered.
“The front door opened into the living room,” recalls Dickman, who currently resides in Federal Hill, “[and] when I came into the house, my mother and father were always right there, sitting in their twin wingback chairs.” So when he and his wife, Karen, began to rehab the residence, he resisted...
<p>After a slump in the industry, buyers are dipping their toes into pools again.</p>
Sometimes, people just get tired of worrying about the economy, and say “to hell with it.” And that seems to be what’s happening in the pool business: There’s pent-up demand that’s finally driving people to take the plunge.
“When the economy went bad,” says Gary Hohne, owner of Baltimore-based Hohne Pools, “it was literally like turning off a switch.” But, now, notes Francis Stefanski, owner of...
<p>With the right species and a little TLC, your rose garden can be the envy of the ’hood.</p>
Anybody who’s tried to grow roses knows they can be frustrating, plagued by everything from once-a-season blossoms and black spot to beetles, mites, yellowing leaves, and more.
Unless you’re a purist who’s determined to keep up the fight, the answer is repeat-blooming, or recurrent, roses. So, here are some tips on which species to choose and how to keep them colorful and healthy.
Among some of...