A design team channels a coastal vibe in a clean-lined, traditional abode overlooking Maryland’s Eastern Bay

Bucolic farmland and a panoramic stretch of waterfront beckoned a couple looking for a vacation home on the Chesapeake. The 15-acre parcel overlooking Eastern Bay on Kent Island was already home to an abandoned, circa-1980s abode set amid cornfields. The couple saw an opportunity in the rundown house, which was in foreclosure. “We are water people and had looked forever for the right property,” the wife recalls. “This one checked every box.”

The husband, who owns a mechanical contracting company, and wife, a stay-at-home mom, envisioned a sprawling weekend getaway that would become their full-time residence once their three teenage daughters go to college. They tasked architect Christopher Pattey, who had designed their beach cottage in Bethany, with reimagining—and greatly enlarging—the 3,000-square-foot structure. Early in the process, Pattey brought in designer Erin Paige Pitts

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A father builds a laid-back family getaway in harmony with nature on a waterfront site near Easton

Sometimes a destination sticks with you long after other memories of a trip have faded. Such was the case when a father bound for the beach with his three kids stopped for lunch in Easton, Maryland. “I fell in love with the town,” he reflects. “It was always in the back of my mind.”

Little did he know that decades later this pristine Eastern Shore spot would lure him back. Now based in Florida, the businessman was searching for a site where he and his wife could build a vacation home and rendezvous with their grown kids, who live in New York. As he explains, “I love boating and wanted to have a place on the Chesapeake.”

When he and a real estate broker landed by boat on an abandoned two-acre property overlooking

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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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BLU DOT, the popular online furniture retailer, has opened its second East Coast storefront—after the New York flagship—in Georgetown’s design district. The airy, 6,100-square-foot showroom is the brand’s 12th brick-and-mortar location worldwide. It spans two stories, showcasing a full line-up of competitively priced contemporary furniture, lighting and accessories—all designed in the company’s Minneapolis studio. In 2018, Blu Dot received a prestigious Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for product design. 3333 M Street, NW; bludot.com

DESIGNER LIBRARY was launched in 2019 as a road-based service bringing a curated collection of brands to designers in the Mid-Atlantic region. Then on April 5, co-owners Janine Guerin and Chad Mitchell opened a chic, 1,700-square-foot Georgetown atelier where they now showcase textiles, wall coverings, rugs, furniture and lighting to the trade. Designers and their clients can view samples and shop for products made by Arte, Elitis, Marika Meyer, Porta Romana, The Vale London, Travers,

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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. janusetcie.com

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. ligneroset-dc.com

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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