The Inspired Interiors of the New Ivy Hotel in Mount Vernon

Photo via the Garrett Hotel Consultants website.

The Ivy Hotel. Photo via the Garrett Hotel Consultants’ website.

A few weeks ago, our friend Meg Fielding of Pigtown Design shared with us her pictures of  The Ivy Hotel mid-construction. On Wednesday evening, I saw the new boutique hotel with the furnishings installed, and the results are stunning! The Ivy, owned by Baltimore businessman and philanthropist Eddie Brown and historic real estate refurbisher Marty Azola, is managed by the Charlotte, Vermont company Garrett Hotel Consultants, which also runs The Wilcox in South Carolina, The Pink Adobe in New Mexico, and Twin Farms in Vermont, among others.  When it opens in mid-June (June 19 to be exact) The Ivy, at Calvert and Biddle Streets, will stand alone in Baltimore as the city’s only world-class small luxury hotel, and Garrett’s first urban hotel.

Ivy Hotel front room

Ivy Hotel

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Whit Harvey Group Talks About Curb Appeal: Using Your Imagination


Curb Appeal: Using Your Imagination

We’ve all driven up to a house for sale, only be turned off by the color of the shutters, style of the front door, or lack of landscaping. When my husband and I drove up to the front of an open house in Towson 4 years ago, he took one look and said, “No way.” But the interior photos looked so good on line, and the agent was standing in the doorway, so I made him park and we took a look. There was a LOT of work to do, but we had the vision, so we purchased the home.

HilltopFrontbefore-1024x768The exterior was a dreary brown, the front deck was surrounded by a plywood wall, and the side porch as been used as an atrium room. The front sliders were leaky and ugly. But we used our imagination and called on our photoshop skills to redesign the front of the house. Click to view more stunning pics.


The Biggest Maple Event of the Year- This Weekend at Grist Mill Landscaping

On May 16 – 17,  Grist Mill Landscaping will be open to the public, celebrating the best maple event of the year.  Stop by between 9am – 6pm to take in the area’s largest selection of Japanese Maples, as well as other gorgeous rare trees.  Pack a picnic and enjoy walking the gorgeous grounds. Rain date 5/23 – 5/24.


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