Style and functionality elevate a getaway for extended family on Maryland’s Eastern Shore

With enough space and the right location, a weekend retreat can be the perfect vehicle for bringing a family together. Embracing this notion, an Arlington couple with twin boys decided to purchase a waterfront abode on the Chesapeake with other family members. “We wanted to buy a house with my mother and stepfather for extensive family gatherings,” recounts the wife, a stay-at-home mom whose husband is in furniture manufacturing. “And we wanted space for my sister and her family and my husband’s parents to visit.” They also planned to list the property as a vacation rental.

A circa-1992 house near St. Michaels fit the bill. At 5,100 square feet and with five bedrooms and five baths, there was room for a crowd. And nestled on six-and-a-half acres overlooking Grace Creek, the picturesque property was already beautifully landscaped

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The Bon Vivant pouf by JANUS et Cie doubles as a seat and a table. A reticulated foam body promotes water drainage, while the removable crocheted cover is easy to clean. Available in six finishes and three sizes at JANUS et Cie in Cady’s Alley; pictured in new Cool Grey and Cyan Melange shades, with Patricia Urquiola’s Anatra sectional.

Designed by Michael Koenig for Ligne Roset, the Giardinetto planter is crafted of galvanized-steel sheets suitable for outdoor use, then finished in an iridescent lacquer the color of anthracite. The planters come in a range of sizes; convenient handles make them eminently portable. Available at Ligne Roset in Upper Georgetown.

Pictured in a Carbon finish, Blu Dot’s clean-lined Lookout Outdoor Lounge Chair combines a tubular aluminum frame with all-weather rope woven to form the seat and back. Shown here with the powder-coated aluminum Circula Tall Side Table, which

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At just under 40 square metres these three home designs are comfortably compact. Careful layouts and bespoke furniture designs ensure that layouts look spacious and uncluttered despite limited floor dimensions. Calming shades of grey, black and white colour the interiors so that the close quarters never feel overwhelming, but rather more sleek and stylishly minimalist. Each of the apartment designs explore a different approach to small space living too. We go from a compartmental apartment layout with a flexible bedroom niche, to a fully fluid single space studio apartment, and finish in an elegant flat with the bedroom entirely tucked away. Kitchens range from chic simplicity to luxe elegance, ticking boxes for functionality and flair.

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Kristin Try embraces period charm and fresh style in a reimagined 1920s Alexandria bungalow

With its quaint cottages and Colonials, Alexandria’s historic Rosemont neighborhood exudes old-fashioned appeal. No wonder a couple with a young daughter elected to stay and renovate the 1928 Cape Cod they’d had for six years. They tapped architect Laura Campbell, designer Kristin Try and builder Harry Braswell to improve the existing spaces and add much-needed square footage. “They wanted to remake it into their dream house,” recounts Campbell. “They were ready for a complete makeover that would embrace the idea of ‘vintage meets new.’”

The house was saddled with a poorly functioning family room addition, a cramped kitchen and outdated bathrooms. The design team replaced the addition with a larger one encompassing a family room, home office, powder room and mudroom with access to the driveway. The existing spaces were reconfigured to accommodate a spacious new

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