Steve Appel and Lee Whitehead found themselves in a design dilemma regarding the messy home of a wealthy client. She wanted to sell her house, but no one would buy the building in its current state. Instead of passing on the case, the duo visited the home and constructed a battle plan during a 10-hour consultation. Within the week, they'd completely repainted and replaced most of her furniture, readying her for a Saturday open house, and by Sunday, she'd received multiple offers from potential buyers. By Monday, the house was sold. As graphic-design majors and interior-design enthusiasts, Steve and Lee have used their talents in many such situations, under short time limits and with exceptional challenges, to refurbish a range of spaces—even helping famed baker Duff Goldman of Food Network's Ace of Cakes choose furnishings for his lobby at Charm City Cakes.
At Nouveau Contemporary Goods, the duo fills their space with an ever-changing roster of upholstery, dining sets, bed sets, and colorful crystal-infused wallpaper. Modern furnishings such as egg chairs and aquamarine crushed-velvet benches share a mutual territory with traditional pieces such as a red cabinet with a marble top and the actual couple who posed for American Gothic. In addition to showpieces, samplings of glass panels, blinds, and other window treatments ooze inspiration for potential clients coming up with their own projects. Anyone on a tight deadline can also count on the design duo for same-day delivery, be it for full showroom sets or unique recycled artwork and furniture.
Lauded by the Knot magazine in 2009 for its stylish nuptial bouquets, Rutland Beard Florist has enlisted creative designers to fashion floral arrangements since 1923. Nestled deep in the heart of the boutiques' fragrant mazes inspired by French flower markets, bouquets brimming with seasonal blooms, perennials, and tropical flora spill out of elegant vases and baskets. The nimble-fingered staffers also pile fresh fruit into gift baskets, and they assemble themed creations suitable for all occasions, such as anniversaries, birthdays, or a baby's first successful attempt at landing an airplane.
Since 1961, The Flower Cart, Inc. has blanketed the Baltimore area in fresh floral arrangements for all occasions. Holiday centerpieces aglow with crimson roses and twinkling candles brighten pie-laden tables, whereas anniversary bouquets use white button-spray chrysanthemums to say all the things that peanut-butter-filled mouths can’t. With a range of bestsellers for $35 and under, The Flower Cart, Inc. promises elegant still-life subjects for practiced pointillists and verdant houseplants for innovative performance artists. Sneeze-prone flora fans can get a pollen-free flower fix with an array of fruit and gift baskets stuffed with fresh produce and aromatic coffee.
South Moon Under is an upscale retailer that offers an eclectic mix of clothing and home décor for fashion-savvy shoppers. Browse digital or physical shelves stocked with brands and designers including Marc by Marc Jacobs, French Connection, UGG, and more. Women's apparel includes stylish staples such as Michael Stars v-neck tees in a rainbow of season-flattering hues ($49.75), and menswear includes shirts such as the whimsical Topo Ranch tour bus tee ($39.50). Undercover princesses can peruse jewelry adornables such as a bow-bedecked Floral bracelet, sure to punch up colorless ensembles and add color to ensemble punch parties ($38). Present the ideal present with a prettily practical Vieta whip-stitch saddle bag ($49), or accessorize homes with touches such as an Illume monogram votive, ideal for a thoughtful personalized gift for anyone who still spells their name using the alphabet ($12).
Maxalea is Baltimore’s home base for professional landscape architects, designers, horticulturists, technicians, and more. For your yard cleaning services, a three-person crew composed of some of the outfit’s most talented landscapers will perform a customized clean-up of pruning, weeding, and edging to guarantee a neat, natural-looking lawn for your next barbecue, mayoral stump speech, or company-wide Slip-'n'-Slide contest determining the next round of layoffs. Maxalea’s ground crew can also spread mulch, if you already own some (if not, mulch can purchased for an additional cost from Maxalea). Raking and leaf bagging are also included in your backyard’s beautification session, though excess offsite debris removal—such as branches or weeds whose removal would require multiple dump-truck trips—come at an additional cost. Maxalea's full crew of more than 80 grass whisperers ensures a level of precision and detail that separates well-tended lawns from wildly undomesticated behind-the-house prairies.
One of the largest furniture retailers in the country, RoomStore offers furnishings for all tastes and budgets. Browse elegantly practical seating for the dining room such as a Manhattan side chair with a faux leather seat ($129.99) or a Hancock bench, a classic medieval trestle form that welcomes soul sacks with dignity ($199.99), like the moon welcomes a handsome astronaut. Bedroom pieces are sturdy beauties, such as the Montpelier nightstand ($199.99), that have matching mirrors ($75+) to boast your own beauty. A selection of kids’ furniture, accent tables, and armoires proves RoomStore's forest of furnishings has the makings to feather any nest, birdhouse, or airy loft apartment. Reliable delivery teams ensure furniture is placed and assembled in the preferred spot, be it on the roof or nestled inside a kitchen cupboard.