When Karen Graveline moved to Baltimore, she and her husband fell for the charms of rowhouse living. With a degree in interior design, Karen was excited to furnish their 12-foot wide brick home. Challenged by finding stylish furniture that fit small spaces, her passion for modern design led her to a set of vintage Danish dining chairs in Chicago listed on Ebay. The hunt for mid-century modern furnishings became an obsession. To share her finds with other urban dwellers, Karen founded Home on the Harbor.
The store has grown from a small vintage storefront on Charles Street in Federal Hill to a stellar, modern showroom featuring hand-picked items from designers around the world. In 2010, the store relocated to a turn-of-the-century factory building just south of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. In 2016, it was renamed Design Distillery where the shop remains a popular furniture shopping destination offering a curated selection of unique items and personalized interior design services. Read more
I've searched for furniture all over Baltimore city; no one has a better selection of high-quality, durable, and contemporary furniture like Design Distillery. They're by the south side of the Inner Harbor by Locust Point (heading towards the Under Armour HQ, or Bozzuto's Anthem House). ...Original recommendation
Design Distillery is a pleasure to deal with! Karen's attention to detail and flexibility with scheduling appointments surpasses any other game in town! I am so pleased with my experience and look forward to using DD for any of my furniture needs. Thank you to the amazing team!Original recommendation
Steve Jane Liu
Great shop for furniture and great staff and customer service! Some of our furnitures were delayed for a while since they are made to order. We hosted a party but they had something they let us borrow day of, to make up for the delay! You can't get with an online store!!Original recommendation
Where's this place been hiding all my life? The fella in the stores said they've been open for seven years, oops! I should've been all over this when I moved into college.Original recommendation
Welp now I'm shopping (window shopping) for my apartment ( that I don't have yet) and this is the FIRST place I'm coming. IKEA ain't got nothing on this place. ...
In Baltimore city there is very few stores with contemporary furniture. Home on the Harbor is the best of them by a mile. They have a great staff that is super helpful and will work with you to customize something that is best for your home. ...Original recommendation