More columns by Dennis Hockman, editor of Chesapeake Home + Living
2:11 PM EDT, October 7, 2011
We all have that one room at home that we close the door on when friends come to visit. Whatever space that is, you're probably right to keep it hidden.
4:33 PM EDT, October 26, 2011
For the last year and a half, this column has focused on a wide variety of home and garden stories—how to pick the best flooring for your needs, and what colors are going to be trendy next year, a behind-the-front-door glimpse into some of Baltimore's most intriguing residences.
12:47 PM EDT, September 29, 2011
Home style trends follow fashion. Similarly, the metallic finishes of hardware, lighting, plumbing fixtures and some furniture follow trends in jewelry.
4:38 PM EDT, September 13, 2011
Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes to create the stunning images of houses that grace fine design magazines, newspapers, and websites?
1:04 PM EDT, September 21, 2011
The 2012 color trend forecasts are already being released and, for the most part, what's predicted to be popular next year is a fairly boring cast of neutrals and muted natural hues — dusty sky blue, washed-out green, stone gray and earthy brown.
12:31 AM EDT, July 29, 2011
Late July is the height of vacation season, but instead of a week at the beach or a trip to Europe this year, many Americans are still opting for the staycation or choosing to visit friends or relatives for a long weekend.
2:14 PM EDT, September 2, 2011
Wood is, without a doubt, one of most desirable residential flooring materials around.
7:18 AM EDT, July 22, 2011
For millions of years, crabs have been scuttling about the bottom of the world's oceans and bays, but few regions have embraced the mean-spirited, omnivorous crustacean with as much vigor as we have here in Maryland.
2:15 PM EDT, June 17, 2011
Sometimes, shedding new light on a situation is all that's needed to completely change your outlook. This can be true of life, a job or, for that matter, a front porch.
11:49 PM EDT, August 25, 2011
When I started covering architecture and interior design back in the late 1990s, interviews with homeowners and designers about their projects inevitably turned to manila folders or three-ring binders thick with fabric swatches, torn-out magazine pages, measurements, calculations, paint chips and sketches.
8:51 PM EDT, 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.
2:48 PM EDT, July 1, 2011
A decade ago, it was wildly popular for real estate experts, elected government officials and professional opinionists to claim that homeownership was patriotic. Today, post-housing bubble, claims that renting a place to live is the smarter value have become just as popular.
4:43 PM EDT, April 29, 2011
What's it like to live in a design laboratory?
12:41 AM EDT, June 24, 2011
It's beach season! Time for a week, if you are lucky, on the coast to enjoy all that the Maryland and Delaware shores have to offer — including some really great shopping.
6:44 PM EDT, May 13, 2011
Home furnishings and interior design industry pros and savvy consumers alike know High Point because of the many furniture manufacturing companies concentrated in and around the North Carolina town and the semi-annual High Point Market that attracts on average 80,000 exhibitors and buyers from more than 100 countries around the globe.
3:15 PM EDT, April 22, 2011
Even in today's real estate market, you pay a premium for houses that don't need at least a little bit of fixing up. Houses with "potential" can often be had at bargain prices.
2:54 PM EDT, April 8, 2011
Tax season is upon us, and if you're like me, you still haven't crunched the numbers but are hoping for a nice refund. Good news, the odds are in your favor. According to stats posted on the IRS website, 76 percent of Americans filing individual income tax returns get refunds, and the average refund is around $3,000.
June 4, 2011
Inside Westminster Abbey, eight 20-foot-tall live trees lined the center aisle during the wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William. The trees transformed the space, doing what even the most elaborate floral arrangement could not — providing a natural, living sense of permanence and an air of drama. The move was unexpected, unpretentious and bold.
July 17, 2010
Beautiful interior spaces are products of time, thought and variety — time to acquire the right pieces and pull it all together, and thought to determine what a space can be, how it should look, the mood it should evoke. Variety, though, is tough to get right.
2:36 PM EST, March 11, 2011
Harbinger of spring, the Maryland Home and Garden Show has once again taken over the Timonium Fairgrounds. A highlight of the show, for me, is always the group of live display gardens featuring flowering bulbs, perennials, and shrubs, stone patios and walkways, outdoor kitchens, pergolas, arbors, and water features.
12:30 AM EST, February 4, 2011
When it comes to doors, knobs, floors, molding and such for the home, discussions typically focus on the history of styles. But when it comes to tile, the conversation is about what's happening now.
2:49 PM EDT, April 1, 2011
Thousands of years of textile manufacturing have resulted in limitless options for personalizing your home with custom upholstery, window treatments, pillows, and bedding.
July 24, 2010
Few architects and builders today are recommending trendy architectural elements to clients. Instead, house pros are mining the history of residential design to extract elements and styles that have worked and keep working, hoping to construct timeless residences that don't fall out of fashion.
July 31, 2010
The recent "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" trip to Baltimore drew attention from every major news outlet in town. As the cameras rolled, hip celebrity carpenters and throngs of local volunteers showed up to work long hours in the Maryland heat.
3:36 PM EDT, March 18, 2011
If you've been to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, you've probably seen the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory — that big glass building with a curvilinear roof and cupola. So has Alan Stein.
July 10, 2010
I love art. When I was growing up, my friends would hang Michael Jordan posters on their walls while I tended more toward Salvador Dali. When I was in high school, I happened upon a small vintage poster and pinned it to my wall. After I graduated college, I had it framed. Cheaply. No conservation glass, archival mounting or acid-free mat.
4:08 PM EST, February 25, 2011
Aunt Tilly finally decided to give you that old dining room set you always loved, but countless family get-togethers have taken their toll. Or maybe you spotted a great antique credenza at a secondhand store, and its worn-out, scratched finish has you thinking twice. There are many reasons for refinishing older and antique furnishings.