Real Estalking: B&B Fantasy

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A recent weekend jaunt to the Bedford Post Inn left me feeling entrepreneurally inspired. I loved that the inn was a business that made beautiful design a top priority.

Everything was rustic-chic perfection from the gardens to the decor to the graphics on the in-room menu.

As for the location, let’s just say there is a reason Martha Stewart and Ralph Lauren call Bedford, New York home (the two style icons are next door neighbors, talk about keeping up with the Joneses).

So now I am wondering how, here in Baltimore, I get my Martha on and create my own design-centric business. Well, these two real estate listings have me day dreaming.

1641 Thames Street, Baltimore


2 br/2.5 ba

OK, this is fun. Imagine life as proprietor/resident in this store/apartment combo in Fells Point. What flavor should the retail be? Stylish housewares? Designer clothing? Organic take-out? The possibilities are endless and bound to be appealing with the store front’s mega-watt charm. So you spend your day pleasantly selling your goods and at night you retire to the stunning apartment upstairs. Far from an afterthought, the space is light filled, lofty and includes gorg water views. Just a few updates to the nineties color scheme and BAM, you have yourself a self-contained, uber-stylish life.

4344 Columbia Road, Ellicott City


7br/7.5 ba

How about the role of hip innkeeper? You’ll have to use your imagination to rid the place of every oriental carpet, every dried flower, every duck decoy and all those “swag” window treatments. Imagine instead, oversized lanterns, charcoal linen upholstery, natural fiber rugs and farmhouse tables. Country chic, right? A little garden out back for your “farm to table” breakfast and you will be listed in the Relais & Châteaux guide in no time.

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