The good was the people who were on the tour. The bad was some of the furniture we saw at one of the places we visited. The ugly was the weather – pouring rain all day and temperatures never getting above 45F.
We started out at Housewerks where there are always fascinating things to be seen and good stories to be told about the goods there. The good story today was about the couple who had their wedding at Housewerks. What a great place for a party! We then headed up to Gore Dean Antiques, where we found loads of amazing lamps, chandeliers, china, glassware and much more. Here are some treasures we saw at Gore Dean.
Beautiful hallmarked silver from Tiffany and Cartier
Brilliantly-coloured two-foot long candles.Sometimes, I think it would be easier to have a dog like this, instead of Connor. Especially this week with the vet bills he’s racking up. And he won’t eat his pills, even coated in peanut butter! This lamp was made from a pattern roller. I am sure that this just represented one colour of many.I loved this Chinoiserie chic etched goblet. Virginia Creeper covering the outside of Gore Dean’s shop.We drove through the streets of my old neighbourhood on the way to lunch. This is the same neighbourhood where decorator Billy Baldwin grew up, and I’ve written about it here and here. Isn’t this house gorgeous? After lunch, we headed to Book Thing, where we scored a magazine with pictures of porches from the neighbourhood where we’d just driven through. How lucky!
We ended the day at Second Chance, where we saw some truly bad furniture and fixtures, including this monstrous chandelier with “passionate purple” drops. It measures 53” x 53”! Hideous and huge! I tried to count the number of different layers of paint on this foot from a claw-foot tub. Saw one of the tackiest chairs ever. Apparently, they deconstructed a garish mansion in Washington, DC full of things like this. All amazing woods and fabrics, but utterly taste-free.This is from the same house… As was this satinwood bed, with attached side tables, and the olivewood book cases behind them. All in all, a fun day with new friends! I hope that you will be able to join me on the next Tour de Baltimore, sometime in the spring of 2010!