June 12, 2011

Weekend Update

On Friday, in preparation for David, the Man of Mode’s arrival, I worked all day to get the house in some semblance of order. I knew I couldn’t unpack and put everything away, so I chose the strategy of putting all of the boxes in the basement and bringing them up, one by one, to unpack and place.

While David was arriving in the midst of a sudden monsoon rain, unbeknownst to me, evil things were happening at Hickory Heights! Connor was going insane because of the storm, and pulling down and shredding the mini-blind in the bathroom from which he’d escaped a week earlier. A mini-blind in shreds and chips covered in blood was not the welcome I’d anticipated Connor would give David.

However, the earlier part of the evening made up for it. We’d had a great dinner out, and then purely by chance, run into my friend David Wiesand and his group. They very graciously invited us in for a tour of the studio and the house, all of which greatly impressed the other David. For some amazing pictures of Chez Wiesand, click here.sun2 On Saturday, we started out at the local farmers’ market and then headed to  Trinacria, the fabulous Italian deli for some goodies, including their amazing assortment of olives, and some fresh Parmigiano Reggiano. From there, we headed over to Housewerks to check in with Ben and Tracey and to see what was new – a lot!5-21 014 As usual, there was a ton to see and check out, and we entertained ourselves for a while looking at everything and chatting with Ben and Tracey.

After we dropped off the groceries at the house, we headed up to Green Spring Valley, in search of the elusive Mr. Lee’s Southside Mix. And by elusive, you can’t buy this stuff in stores. You have to know someone or have Mr. Lee’s personal phone number and he’ll deliver it. Since I hadn’t had the foresight to think that far ahead, I was going to have to compromise, or find a secret source of this elixir.

Our first stop was Yoicks!, a combination antique store, country clothing - and by that I don’t mean overalls -  and gifts. Yoicks! 001 It’s a fun little shop (no website, makes me want to smack’em!) that feels like a combination of someone’s study, a great place to pick up something unique and a men’s club. Yoicks! 010 We had a great time chatting with the owner, and explaining our predicament. He was not about to let me introduce friends to Southsides using an inferior brand of mix, so after disappearing for a few moments, he returned with a chilled bottle for us.

Both David and I lamented that our friend Maxminimus was not with us, because we felt that he’d have found a kindred spirit in Michael Finney, the shop’s owner. They share a love of British sporting art, and wild accessories.  Yoicks! 014 We even found a top hat that David modeled for me. He’s headed to Ascot next week (look for some pictures) and I was dying to find out how tall he is when he’s wearing a topper! Yoicks! 004 Suffice to say, almost two feet taller than me!  Here are some more images from Yoicks!Yoicks! 003

Nothing says klassy like a koozie for your Veuve Clicquot!

Yoicks! 012 Love the great Emma Bridgewater mugs and pitcher!

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An eclectic selection of books, both new and old!

A few friends came round for drinks on Saturday evening. David had met most of them on his last trip to Baltimore and so it was like old home week, but at a new house. We polished off the entire batch of Southsides and made some new converts to the religion of great summer drinks. One of the chefs thinks that the secret ingredient might be a touch of ginger. YUM!  Chef John whipped up a delicious appetizer – watermelon cubes, a balsamic vinegar reduction and little shreds of basil. Fantastic!

I got the most amazing housewarming present and it even has a funny story behind it. I was at an auction a few months ago and was bidding on the most fascinating chair – sort of Chinoiserie Gothic! I’d bid and then an absentee bidder would raise it. This went on for a bit and finally, I dropped out. Fast forward a week and I’m in David Wiesand’s atelier and what do I spot, but the chair! David had been the absentee bidder and had won it. Yoicks! 022 But being the incredible friend and all-round great guy that he is, it’s now gracing my new house and will be a happy reminder of our friendship for many years to come!

All in all, a wonderful weekend with David and all of the other friends I saw!


  1. Meg the best weekend ever with good friends, food, drink, and that chair amazing!!

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  2. You sound like you have the best friends and greatest life ever. Have fun with both. MB

  3. It sounds like a week-end directly heaven sent. The chair is gorgeous (and I'm a chair-aholic), especially the vintage tufted leather seat. I hope that it is cooling down over there. Mary

  4. Hi Meg! Sounds like a great weekend except for the mini blind disaster. Have you ever heard of a Thundershirt for dogs? I know it sound really ridiculous and I was very skeptical initially but I have seen it work on large and small dogs. It is a tight fitting vest that evidently calms and reassures dogs during storms and other situations that make them anxious. It is available online and at veterinarian offices. Talk to you soon, Caron

  5. What a wonderful weekend. Love the story about the chair! Hope Connor is adjusting!

  6. The weekend sounds very successful, and starting with a minor disaster may have gotten it off to a good start. The chair is fabulous, and David(W) is very nice.

  7. Thanks so much for your hospitality over the weekend. It was great to be back in Baltimore.

  8. I feel badly for not commenting when you mentioned you found Connor on the roof. We had the same experience with our dog in a thunderstorm and although I raced home, by the time I got there we had the same results: shattered blinds and blood from him biting/pawing? to escape. I was grateful he hadn't been caught in the cording. Moving, being alone in a new house along with the thunderstorm has been extremely traumatic for him and if he is like my dog, something he won't recover from easily. You may need to get professional advice and I wish you, and Connor, the best of luck.

  9. Sounds like a fantastic weekend all the way around! And a good reminder for me that I haven't had any Southsides at all this summer. I'll have to fix that!

  10. Is it possible just to keep the bathroom door shut while you are away from home?

  11. What a beautiful chair, Meg! Love it and cannot wait to see how you put your touch on it! xx


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