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This article gave incorrect addresses for two stores in Baltimore. Nouveau Contemporary Goods is at 514 E. Belvedere Ave., and the House Downtown is at 524 E. Belvedere Sq.

Our Favorite Shops in Baltimore

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Dear Jenna,

Congratulations! Newly married, with a new house in a new neighborhood: What an exciting time, even for a daughter of the president.

To help you settle in and set up house in Baltimore, I scoured the streets and scouted the home furnishing shops of the city and just beyond. (You've no doubt acquired a few family antiques, but it's always nice to add a new piece or two.)

Below is a guide to my favorite stores. But be warned: Navigating Charm City's streets can be confusing to newcomers, so have a GPS device handy.

Yours truly,

Terri Sapienza, Washington Post Staff Writer

Bluehouse

The first thing I noticed when I walked into this shop was the smell of coffee, an intoxicating aroma coming from a cozy-looking cafe inside the store, right next to the home furnishings. As a coffee drinker and home shopping devotee, I find this combination of offerings near perfect.

The mission of this 7,000-square-foot shop, located between the Inner Harbor and Fells Point neighborhoods, is to promote green living. Everything in the store, from the cafe menu to the sofas, chairs, bedding, lighting, housewares and flooring, is environmentally friendly. A cool, earth-conscious standout: the Garden Bird wallpaper made from managed forest paper and water-based inks ($171 for an 11-yard roll). They also stock stationery, wall art, children's clothing, cleaning products and pet supplies, and offer design consultations for those looking to integrate eco-friendly items into their home. "It's a little bit of everything," says manager Angelica Benner. And it's all green.


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