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Festival of Trees: Kennedy Krieger Institute

National Lumber had the pleasure of taking part in the 33rd annual Festival of Trees, hosted by the Kennedy Krieger Institute at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. The Festival of Trees is a fundraising charity event that benefits the over 25,000 children who are currently patients at the Kenndy Krieger Institute. After a several-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Festival of Trees finally made its much-anticipated return this year on Thanksgiving weekend, November 25th to the 27th.

The festival featured a wide variety of skilled artisan vendors, holiday-themed entertainment, a silent auction, and a beautiful array of designer-decorated trees, wreaths, and gingerbread houses that were on display and for sale. National Lumber was able to purchase one of these beautiful Christmas trees and currently has it on display in our office. This event is perfect to usher in the Christmas season and has fun and entertainment for the entire family.

The designer-decorated tree that National Lumber had the honor of purchasing was themed “Christmas For Crabs”. Decorated in true Maryland fashion, the tree features a beautiful array of crab-shaped ornaments, Maryland Flag colors, and an overall homage to our lovely, crab-fueled state. Our team was delighted to welcome the holidays with such an amazing piece of art in our office.

We admire and wholeheartedly support the efforts that the Kennedy Krieger Institute instills in caring for its patients. This fundraiser allocates its proceeds to providing care for the over 25,000 children in their care. National Lumber is committed to assisting charitable work and recognizes the Kennedy Krieger Institute as an organization that helps countless children every year. We are thrilled to be able to take part in this year’s event and are eager to continue our charity work.

We look forward to next year’s Festival of Trees and hope to see you there! Not only is it an exciting and festive event, but it truly helps to fund the Kennedy Krieger Institute. From everyone at National Lumber, we hope you have a fantastic holiday season and a wonderful New Year!

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Kitchen DEsigner

Laura brings 18 years of experience to our kitchen design team. She helps customers build exceptional kitchen spaces down to the finest details. 

Every client has unique needs, and Laura enjoys the puzzle of figuring out how to fulfill them. She combines her technical abilities with her background in interior design to balance functionality and beauty.

She listens to her clients to help them narrow down their choices and presents a curated selection to make the process less overwhelming. Laura finds creative solutions to check off their wish list while keeping them on budget.

Her personal favorite design trend is a transitional style with a hint of traditional details. She loves the mix of painted colors and the textures and variations of natural woods. However, the best
part of her job is the opportunity to work in every design style
and come up with different combinations of styles, materials,
and finishes executing her client’s unique vision.

Personally, she loves everything involving water- the ocean, pools, boating, and long baths.
She also enjoys anything with a story- books, movies, shows, etc.
Her newest hobby is attempting to have as much fun cooking as she does exploring new restaurants.

Kitchen DEsigner

With over 15 years of experience, LindaRose brings deep knowledge of how to achieve beautiful kitchen designs at the right price. 

For LindaRose, listening to a client’s needs is paramount to achieving a great design. Creativity is key to kitchen design, requiring out-of-the-box thinking to achieve an excellent final product. 

Some of her favorite design trends she introduces to clients include transitional, clean lines, and dark islands with light perimeters. 

Before entering the world of kitchen design, she spent 20 years in theatre as a singer and actor, working in notable local theatres like Round House and Everyman.

In her free time, she enjoys other creative endeavors such as working with textiles including quilting, embroidery, and weaving. 

Kitchen DEsigner

Rick Bechtel is an industry expert with 7+ years as a kitchen designer. He brings unique insights to design thanks to his 15 years as a carpenter and contractor.

Rick believes in the importance of listening to the needs of the clients he works with. Utilizing his experience s a carpenter and contractor, he strives to make every layout as economical as possible through wise cabinet selection. 

Rick makes informed suggestions for products or features that can improve the cooking experience. He’s an expert in taking the dream items clients identify online or in showrooms and introducing options that better fit their design needs and are less cost prohibitive.

As a designer, he’s an expert on contemporary or transitional styles, light colors, and wood accents. 

Rick is passionate about woodworking and contracting but transitioned his career to spend more time with his children. He enjoys projects around his (or his children’s) house, and weekend trips with his wife.