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Shore Lunch An Annapolis Designer Flies South Dream Deck on Buckingham Cove Nostalgic Home on mill creek

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An Annapolis Designer Flies South Interior designer Lisa Publicover transforms a family’s vacation home.

Shore Lunch

A home on Mill Creek is the perfect spot for a Chesapeake-inspired Mexican meal.

Built-Ins for Architectural Beauty & Intrigue In a rare excerpt, one of Annapolis’ finest custom builders discusses the power of built-ins. 

The Art of Home Staging Yes, home staging can help you sell your home. Read on to find out how.

On the Cover: Tablescape and food courtesy of Gina Fitzsimmons from “Shore Lunch.” Photograph by Geoffery Hodgdon.




Publishers’ Letter


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PUBLISHERS’ LETTER Welcome to the July/August issue of Annapolis Home! We have delved into small waterways and quiet estuaries to bring you a story about a deck makeover on Buckingham Cove in Severna Park and a feature on a home on Mill Creek. Interior Designer Gina Fitzsimmons, to thank her clients, held a lunch there and shares her “Ches-Mex” menu using jumbo lump blue crab and rockfish. We also shed light on how lasting relationships are forged between interior designer and client. Lisa Publicover decorated the home of a Crownsville family and then traveled to Florida with them to transform a vacation home into tropical bliss. We are proud to bring you news of the anniversaries of two small businesses important to our region’s design community: Walnut Hill Landscape Company and Kitchen Encounters. Projects by both of these outstanding firms appear often in the pages of AH and many other fine magazines and are consistently creative and beautiful. These are tough things to accomplish year after year, decade after decade. AH was founded to ensure that the stellar projects of professionals such as Walnut Hill and Kitchen Encounters can reach wider audiences and instill a sense of pride in the design caliber of Annapolis and the surrounding region. We hope to bring you many more outstanding homes. In the meantime, all of us here at AH wish you a happy read and a happy summer.

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Glenstone is a fantastic privately owned museum and outdoor sculpture collection on 200 acres of land in Potomac, Maryland. Jeff Koons’ Split-Rocker is one of the bold, innovative pieces of outdoor sculpture. The sculpture, consisting of fresh flowers, requires a specially trained gardener to maintain. The museum, which is in the process of expanding, is founded by Mitchell Rales, the billionaire co-founder of Danaher Corp. who is among the top 200 wealthiest Americans. When it comes to art, Mitchell and his wife Emily know their stuff. The collection of contemporary art is first-rate and the museum architecture exquisite. The family still lives on the compound so you have to make an appointment to visit, but do make the appointment. For information, visit


One of my favorite places to hang out in Annapolis is 49 West at, yes, 49 West Street. The place has good food and a lot of spirit and live music throughout the week. On the walls are changing exhibitions of work by local artists. For upcoming concerts, go to


The Rotary Club of Annapolis raises funds each year at its crab feast, which they rightfully call the World’s Largest Crab Feast. The event is from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, August 5, at the NavyMarine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. The feast benefits local community and cultural organizations. For information, go to


My daughter once had an internship at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Oyster Restoration Center. I took advantage of her time there and took the tour and spent a morning at the center. It is a remarkable and fascinating place and something to fully embrace if you live in this area. You can help out by joining the Oyster Restoration Center for shell shaking on July 8, 15, 22, 29, or August 5. “Shell shaking,” critical to oyster restoration efforts, involves cleaning oyster shells by shaking off the dirt and debris so baby oysters can successfully grow on them. It’s a workout, but all good for you and the Bay. Register at


Save the Date for the Annapolis Home Magazine Builder and Fine Design dinner, which will be held at The Westin in Annapolis on Thursday, October 13, 2016. More details to follow.

Robert Haywood, Ph.D., studied art and architectural history at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has taught at MIT and Johns Hopkins University and has been a residential fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts and the Getty Center in Los Angeles.

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fLies sOuth A Severn River Family Builds a Second Home in Lighthouse Point



The kitchen and great room in this splendid home is awash in the aquas, whites and greens of South Florida. Glass pocket doors separate the kitchen and open air atrium.

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What is unusual about this kitchen is that the cabinets that flank the range are built in front of windows and backlit with natural light. The chandeliers are made of capiz shells.




nnapolis-based Lisa Publicover designed her client’s main residence on the Severn River in Crownsville in 2009. In the fall of 2015, she designed the same client’s second home in Lighthouse Point, Florida, just south of Boca Raton. A family vacation spot since the 1960s, the home is owned by the client and her two sisters. The three sisters, one from Annapolis and two from the Pittsburgh area, share the home with their families as a luxurious getaway. Though both homes are waterfront, one facing the sultry Severn, the other on the seductive intracoastal waterway, the second home is nothing at all like the first. In fact, Publicover explains that a second home is often an opportunity for clients to expand their sensibilities and take risks, to venture outside design boundaries and try something new. “My design approach for the Florida house or any other second home is quite different than when working with a client’s primary residence. I have always felt that a second home should feel different than a primary residence. I look at it as an oasis, a special retreat, a place to get away from it all. Clients are often willing to use different colors or more contemporary designs in a second home than they would in their primary residence. . . . I find this gratifying because the clients are so excited about a vacation home.” The design aesthetic for the Florida retreat in Lighthouse Point is casual sophistication, explains Publicover. In exchange for the Chesapeake’s more restrained tones, its greys, greens and weathered creams, the second home’s canvas is composed of Florida’s natural materials, stones and tiles. Buoyant blues abound as do the calm pastels accentuated by the Atlantic’s moody, more intense hues.

Casual sophistication is achieved with polished dark floors and an abundance of white trim and moldings.

Vibrant fabric colors are offset by neutral textures in the table and rug.

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The master bedroom is furnished simply and relies on the outdoors for color and tranquility. White cabinetry, marble floor, counters, walls and mirrors are subtle variations of similar tones.



In the kitchen and great room, Publicover used the colors of the pool and intracoastal waters, choosing aquas, whites and greens. “When I am using vibrant colors in my fabrics I try to balance it with natural materials—the seagrass coffee table, woven accent chairs and sisal rugs,” she notes. “I also like to keep the largest piece of furniture in a space the most neutral and layer the other fabrics with bolder colors and patterns. I love color and love experimenting with how I want to use it. It is a process and usually the design evolves and comes together as each element finds its place in the puzzle.”

Vibrant shades of blue and green appear in the children’s room.

She explains that some of the home’s most transformative features are the glass cabinets that flank the range in front of a fixed glass window wall. Light and its energy spill into the space and invigorate the mind, body and soul, contributing to a feeling of well being. Another distinctive design feature are the stacked cabinets in the kitchen. These unify the space and accentuate the 12-foot ceiling height. The armoire-style refrigerator is paneled to match cabinets. The island houses two dishwashers, trash container, a microwave drawer and shelves for cookbooks. Publicover was a natural choice for the job since she has designed several homes in South Florida and worked on the new build in Crownsville, notes the client. “I can’t say enough about Lisa,” the owner tells us. “She is a gem. She was there from the very beginning [of planning the Lighthouse Point home]. She was invaluable when it came to space planning, product knowledge and material selections. Choices can be overwhelming and she has a knack for narrowing it down to the very best.” In Florida, the team included Randall Stofft Architects and Cudmore Builders. The family had seen examples of Stofft’s wide variety of designs in the area (“as diverse as his clients’ tastes”) and was particularly taken with a style Stofft refers to as “a West Indies tropical influence.” Stofft was also eager to take advantage of the waterfront location and tackle the challenge of incorporating three master suites—all with those water

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views. “We were able to give all three master suites intracoastal views and private terraces by arranging them linearly across the rear and offsetting the spaces below,” Stofft explains. When asked what’s her favorite component in the design, the Annapolis owner doesn’t hesitate: “The slider/pocket doors in the kitchen that open up to the outside!” It’s yet another way Stofft took advantage of the waterside setting. In the great room, an unusual element brings the outside in as well—in a most inventive way. The cabinets on each side of the range in the kitchen are actually built right in front of windows. That’s natural light coming into the kitchen. And speaking of natural . . . the materials used in the dining table and its seating add a rustic chic to the room, an effect only enhanced by the chandeliers. Look closely—they are made of capiz shells. The splash of color (“Let’s call it Spa Blue,” Lisa Publicover says, smiling) is all natural as well when favorably compared to the water right outside their door. The most dramatic feature is probably the glass doors that are 20-feet wide and completely disappear into a pocket in the wall, agrees Publicover with her client. And indeed, awash in blues and light, one can wander these rooms easily, progressing through glass as clear as that of an explorer’s telescope. Each wide doorway is a portal, beckoning one to retreat or wander on, depending on what the hour calls for or calls forth. AH

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Shore Lunch

By Robert Haywood Photography by Geoffrey Hodgdon



In the early 20th century, boaters used to dock up and buy groceries at the site.

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Raspberry mojitos and watermelon salad embody the spirit of high summer.

Lunch. This short word holds the promise of a lovely afternoon when the setting is the Chesapeake Bay. To celebrate the completion of a project for a home on Mill Creek, interior designer Gina Fitzsimmons prepared the lunch of a lifetime for clients Leigh Reiley and Tray Webb. Mill Creek merges with St. Johns Creek and flows into Solomons Creek. On a sunny weekday while overlooking the pristine river, we enjoyed what Fitzsimmons calls her Ches-Mex menu, her Chesapeake Bay version of Tex-Mex. Her menu included Jumbo Lump Blue Crab Guacamole, Rocco Tacos (made with rockfish) and Watermelon Salad (see recipes pp. 44-45).   Fitzsimmons, a long-time resident of Annapolis, was simply doing what she loves: cooking for friends using fresh ingredients. While cultures across the world have their different character, manners, and rituals, no culture is stagnant or pure. Here is an instance of how Mexican dishes that are now a primary facet of American cuisine have been infused with Chesapeake Bay flare.   The house, like the menu, is coastal and casual. Fitzsimmons explains that Leigh and Tray were drawn to Mill Creek because of its value. The two had been looking for a waterfront home in the Annapolis area. With the high price of real estate, they discovered they could get more land for their money south of Annapolis and still have spectacular waterfront views. A friend made them aware of a four-bedroom home on Mill Creek designed by architect Jeff Love and Associates and developed by Mike Debord. This interior design by Fitzsimmons is just the first phase of what will be an exceptional waterfront estate.  



Designer Gina Fitzsimmons knows that tans contain an infinite range of subtle tones that may be combined to induce serenity.

The creek is perpetually in flux. A double wall of windows ensures there is always something to contemplate.

Rocco Tacos are made with local rockfish. Wings and pineapple as well as corn salsa accompany jumbo lump blue crab guacamole.



The property is unique in that it once housed a general store, candy shop, and then an antique shop. Boaters docked at the covered boathouse to shop for groceries. The complex also includes a “Crab Shack” which was once used for feeding soft shell crabs during the molting process. Working closely with the homeowners, Fitzsimmons used colors and textures of the Mill Creek landscape. Tray says they liked the idea of using “natural colors” to bring the outside in “with blue from the water as the main attraction.” She also drew inspiration from the sitting room rug, which is knotted by hand in shades of taupe, biscuit and sky blue. The blues in the rug are reinforced by the water-blue fabric in the dinning room chairs, connecting visually the dining and sitting areas. Fitzsimmons says her aim is to create “contrast and balance throughout the design.” She believes her clients over the years have often been the happiest with a neutral palette. Many people, she

notes, tire of a room dominated by black, shocks of intense color, or fierce patterns. Still, Fitzsimmons adds rich colors to a room through accent colors, which account for about 25 percent of her design. While her designs are by no means restricted to beige, she finds that a neutral palette produces a sense of calm and an “open and airy” room. Some people stereotype beige, believing it nothing more than a tired neutral. However, any person who has studied the individual grains in a handful of sand knows that there are infinite beautiful variations as indicated in some of the fabric titles—Miller Oat, Sisal and Taupe. Guests dine and watch the Mill Creek flow slowly by, its own mysteries sealed in shades of anvil and green. One can’t help but imagine a time when boaters pulled up to the old homestead, bought groceries, gossiped and departed. Now, after a proper welcome feast, Leigh and Tray can officially claim the waterfront lifestyle for which they had been searching. AH

(From left to right) Photographer Geoffrey Hodgdon, Interior Designer Gina Fitzsimmons, Megan Trachtman, Leigh Reiley and Tray Webb toast to new beginnings.

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Peel and fork crush the avocados in a small bowl. Add crabmeat carefully, not to destroy the lumps. Add the lime juice and salt and pepper. Top with a sprig of cilantro to one side and serve.

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Warm tortillas in oven at 250 degrees. Use a cast iron skillet and add the vegetable oil to just cover the bottom, heat. Lay the rockfish out and sprinkle a bit of the flour, Old Bay, and salt and pepper. Flip the fish over and repeat. Lightly sauté the fish over medium heat until just done. Do not overcook until hard as hockey pucks! Fish should still be a bit soft to the touch. Pull the tortillas out of the oven when the fish is done and assemble. Break the fillets into 6-inch pieces to fit into the tortillas. Add the coleslaw and then top with chopped cilantro.

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If you wish to impart architectural interest and beauty to your space, consider custom built-ins. There are many styles and materials to complement any interior design, from traditional to contemporary, gothic to postmodern. When you enter a space containing built-in cabinets and shelves, you sense them before you see them. When executed and designed well, a room is suddenly more interesting architecturally, more intelligent and elegant. At Lynbrook of Annapolis we begin our built-in process by working with the architect’s or interior designer’s drawing and confirming with our client the purpose for their built-in. The builder’s job is to take the client’s and designer’s inspiration and adjust it to the existing conditions that might affect the built-in’s construction. The location of the built-in is field measured to verify that the exact space dimensions match the design because what is on paper does not always translate into the actual space. The builder will also verify plumbing and electric fixture locations if the built-in design requires them, or if the built-in



has a conflict with placements of electrical outlets or HVAC vents. We have constructed built-ins that actually have the HVAC vents built in, so your eye is not drawn to them and you do not notice they are there. This is the case of this award-winning library inspired by Yves Saint Laurent, and designed by Alt Breeding Schwarz Architects, pictured above. Since this room is virtually all builtins, Lynbrook did extensive shop drawings to fit our perfectly square plumb and true built-in into an 1870s home, which had no level, square or plumb areas. By working closely with the architect we were able to build what the client and designer envisioned and still achieve full function of the library that the client needed. When building kitchens or butler’s pantries, we take a complete inventory of what the homeowner wants to store or display to ensure an exact fit and a perfect outcome. For example, while a serving platter will want to be displayed behind glass doors, a large crab pot is more likely to be stored in a deeper drawer and hidden behind solid panel doors.

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The built-ins that are the most challenging to construct are those that need to appear concealed. In the office/library, pictured above, there are four pocket doors that are controlled by belt-driven hardware, meaning you only need to open or close one door and all four will move together. The panels above the desk appear to be nonfunctional panels, but in fact have unique hardware that allows them to swing up to open. Our favorite types of built-ins are the designs with a “secret” component. We enjoy building the secret space and researching and selecting the special hardware needed to open and close the doors. The secret aspect is also thrilling for the owners, who can choose to reveal their secret to guests, or just keep it for themselves. Especially beautiful built-ins may be created with exotic materials. An example is the Macassar Ebony veneered cabinets pictured in the kitchen and dining room, pictured below. Within the veneered

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walls are a bathroom, an elevator, kitchen appliances and an entertainment center. Everything is built in and hidden away but easily accessible. Built-ins bring a creative flair to your space, adding architectural beauty that enhances any room. The best built-ins are a result of effective teamwork. The client’s vision, the designer’s drawings, and the builder’s execution all cohere. The wonderful result of the builtin can infuse any space with confidence, beauty, and the serenity of precise design. AH

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You ask, “What’s the difference between interior design and home staging?” Although these two professions seem to have similarities, they are, in reality, worlds apart. An interior designer’s role is to create a home that reflects the owner’s style, tastes, and preferences. A home stager aims to turn your property into something that lots of people will like so that it will sell faster and for the best price possible! Home staging sometimes involves reducing or reorganizing the owner’s belongings and rearranging them. It’s not a mystery that potential buyers like to see clean, well-defined spaces, so clutter and the owner’s personal effects must be removed. When a home is vacant, a stager provides furniture and accessories that will “show off” the best qualities of the home. The home stager’s objective is to transform the property so that it appeals to the widest range of prospective buyers. Most buyers find vacant homes challenging because only 10% of us have the ability to visualize a space once furnished. To further complicate matters, today 97% of home buyers begin by searching the internet where empty rooms all look alike. Staging helps identify the purpose of a room, shows potential furniture placement, and most importantly, gives the room life! My “before” and “after” pictures show an empty room and the same room that’s been “staged.” Here, I’m working with existing window treatments and wall color, so I designed the room around that color scheme. Here’s how I designed this Great Room.

First, I establish a “focal point” (the one area in the room that draws the eye); in this case, it’s the fireplace and magnificent artwork. To embellish the fireplace but not overwhelm the art, I added topiaries and gold accessories. Second, I placed a seating arrangement across from the TV— still close enough to the fireplace to enjoy the warm ambiance of a fire. I also created a conversation area by placing the loveseat against the wall and flanking it with slipper chairs. I added the neutral “eyelash” area rug to unify this area. Third, I used a monochromatic color scheme to add elegance and accentuate the gold and black silk window treatments and pale yellow walls. Typically, I use neutral-colored furniture for staging because it blends best with variously-styled homes. In this room, I chose a cream loveseat and beige slipper chairs. The black and gold accent pillows, as well as the leopard throw, coordinate with the drapes and add contrast—all of which contribute to the room’s unity, rhythm and balance. Finally, for finishing touches, I added tall, iron candlesticks, a tray on the coffee table and a few topiary balls to coordinate with the topiaries on the mantel. Then, I added accessories on the other table to give the room a complete look. The starburst mirror over the loveseat reflects light and color but doesn’t detract from the other pieces in the room. Remember, a well-staged home helps buyers envision themselves living in the property which will lead to a faster and more profitable sale. AH Deborah Goode, CID, is owner of A Goode Start Decorating and Home Staging in Churchton, MD,






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By Kymberly Taylor | Photography by Geoffrey Hodgdon Dividing Creek on the Magothy River narrows to an enchanting estuary called Buckingham Cove. And here is where Carol and Peter Sowa live, hidden away with just a few neighbors. Every home with a view such as theirs needs a proper deck to enjoy it. So, in 2015, Carol and Peter were ready to upgrade their rickety deck and steps to the dock. They had lived in their home for 23 years. Peter, now retired, was a Brewmaster with G. Heileman/ Natty Boh Brewery in Baltimore. Carol taught business classes at Severna Park High School for many years. With three young grandchildren, they wanted a deck that was an extension of their home and their hearts. “We wanted a space that would support

a small children’s pool,” notes Peter, “and with enough room for our grandchildren to ride their little bikes.” “We wanted a place for family, to enjoy a meal, cook, talk, and laugh, a place for joy,” adds Carol. After interviewing several companies, they chose Diamond Decks & Home Improvement for the job. “Theirs was more expensive than some of the others we interviewed but they were offering a Cadillac version, you knew it was a go, it was going to be good . . . it was a gut feel,” says Peter.

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New steps to the dock blend seamlessly, despite the steep slope’s irregular contours.

Diamond Decks owner William “Bill” Zinnert assessed the job and found a Cadillac-sized problem. “The deck was buckling, footers had sunk, and there was a concrete pad jammed up against the house. We ended up tearing it all out and rebuilding what they had.” Based in the Annapolis area and in business for 23 years, Zinnert laid the boards diagonally to define the deck’s dining area. “I created a diamond design, which subtly distinguishes one area from the other,” he says. In the sitting area, the boards form a different pattern, further distinguishing each gathering space. His team replaced the steps and railing that lined the steep slope to the dock. “They were really goofy. Part of a frame was nailed

to a tree,” recalls Zinnert. He built the new steps into the hillside so they did not float above it and look unnatural. For a special touch, Zinnert framed each step with dark boards creating a “picture frame.” This design detail helps call attention to each step’s natural beauty and also helps make it visible, preventing accidents, he notes. LED lighting was also installed on the stairs for safety and ambience. It is mid July. A blue heron fishes in a nearby marsh and an osprey raises its young twenty yards away. “Everyday, it is like a science lesson,” says Carol. Along with the fledglings, the couple looks forward to watching their grandchildren grow and frolic on a deck of many dimensions, large enough for joy. AH

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1 By Kymberly Taylor | Photography by Derek Jones In 2005 Michael Prokopchak and a friend from North Carolina went out to dinner to discuss the possibility of starting a landscape firm. Soon after, Michael found himself looking at a historic 1770 farmhouse in St. Margarets. Its name? Walnut Hill. Something clicked. He purchased the home and rolling grounds and in 2006 a business was born: Walnut Hill Landscape Company. What this anecdote does not reflect are the years of raw labor preceding it. At sixteen, driving a Ford Ranger, Michael landscaped for extra money on the weekends. Drawn to ecology, the land, and the potential buried within, he studied landscape architecture at Temple University. “I was inspired to become a landscape architect after working at a nursery and taking drafting classes in high school. When I learned of the profession, I was immediately inspired to combine my love of plants and design,” says Michael.

What brought Michael to this moment? “It’s all about the special people in my life,” he says. “My parents taught me a great work ethic and to never give up. I have been fortunate to work with many talented architects, landscape architects, builders and most importantly the talented team at Walnut Hill. These relationships and the approach of ‘whatever it takes’ to get a job completed have allowed us to become who we are today.” Prokopchak, at 6 foot 2, towers over most people he meets but is humble at heart. “Getting to the top requires an incredible amount of dedication and hard work. Staying on top requires even more,” he says simply. His anniversary celebration on the Severn with passed hors d’oeuvres, full bar and cuisine by Ken’s Creative Kitchen, made one thing clear—he is still climbing. And he certainly does not take success, his team or clients for granted.

1 Mike giving flowers to his daughter Lily. • 2 Nancy Anderson, Bret Anderson • 3 Mark Sanders, Chuck Smith, Dave Attenberger, Andrew Lehner, Miguel Tejada • 4 Rick Springer, Kimberly Schemmel, Tom Schemmel • 5 Katie Tolman and Bob Hruby • 6 Prokopchak family: Mike, Mike Sr., Mary Lou, Mark, Garrett, Lily • 7 Garrett, Rhonda Roemmelt, Lily • 8 Vicki and Rick Wuest • 9 Shaun Snodgrass, Eric Groft, Paul Kawoczka, Jordan Crabtree • 10 Mike with Melissa Perez, Margaret McCabe, and Jennifer Dengler of Walnut Hill. • Robert Haywood, Scarlett Breeding, Kymberly Taylor For more information on Walnut Hill Landscape Company please visit













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1 By Kymberly Taylor | Photography by Derek Jones In 1980, Mark T. White could be spotted in Annapolis driving a 1967 Volkswagen van loaded with materials for his first company— a start-up remodeling business. He rented a friend’s basement and divided the space into two parts: one for living, the other for a makeshift workshop, even then defying the limitations of square footage. Little did he know that an era had begun. “I didn’t think much beyond Annapolis at the time,” reflects Mark who soon discovered a special skill for building countertops. “I liked making countertops. I found it was something I enjoyed and had a knack for,” he notes. In 1981, he called his company Kitchen Encounters, a name that expressed his refined focus and opened an office in Parole. He emerged from these dusty beginnings with the help of his family,

including his mom, who answered the phones in emergencies, and sister Cindy, who loaned Mark money and became his business manager, freeing him to be creative. Today, Kitchen Encounters celebrates its 35th anniversary with many national awards, an elegant showroom on Legion Avenue, and staff that includes brother Jim and daughter Jessica. Kitchen designers in his employ include graduates of the kitchen design program at Anne Arundel Community College. White helped create the kitchen and bath courses. Today, Mark is now a nationally certified kitchen and bath designer. A founding member and president of the Annapolis Design District, he manages clients living in Annapolis and internationally. The years have flown by but some things remain the same. White cannot stop manipulating square footage. He can be spotted often in Annapolis and beyond driving a sizable (though much newer) vehicle: a hybrid SUV en route to a soon-to-be beautiful kitchen.

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