December 9, 2011

Here’s What’s Happening…

this weekend…If you live in or around Baltimore.  After several people mentioned to me that they would like to have known about the Holiday Heap last weekend, but missed it because they didn’t know in time, I thought I’d post a few things that are happening this weekend and beyond.

On Thursday night, I had two invitations – one was five minutes from the house and the other 45 minutes. Guess which one I attended. It was the Evergreen House’s Evergreen Evening, which launches the holiday season at this amazing house. evergreen_7240The house is one of those which is just made for beautiful holiday parties, and there were trees in almost every room.evergreen_7239Many of the trees were thematic, including one with ornaments from across the world, each representing a place where the family had an association.

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The one I liked the most had loads of chandelier crystals and white fairy lights.  Information on Evergreen here.evergreen_7238

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Today, I headed up-country to the gorgeous Ladew House & Gardens Open House and Greens Sale. I am usually there in the late spring for their Garden Festival (save the date, Carolyne Roehm is this year’s speaker!) So seeing Ladew in the winter was a whole different experience.Ladew Gardens The house is decorated for the holidays, and there are greens from across the property for sale.  I snagged a few bunches of English Boxwood. Each of the ground-floor rooms is thematically decorated by a different decorator or garden club. Ladew GardensMr. Ladew was a huge party-giver, I am sure he entertained a lot around the holidays. Ladew GardensThere was someone in this room playing carols on the piano, a very nice touch.Ladew GardensI loved this rose and magnolia arrangement which was hanging from one of the windows. I think it would last a few days.Ladew GardensMr. Ladew was a huge fox hunter and I thought this little reynard, sitting on the library steps was a great touch.Ladew GardensThroughout the property and studio/barn, there were beautiful arrangements, all for sale. Ladew GardensThe studio is great – all light-filled and walled with books. Ladew GardensThey’re on shelves fronted with chicken wire, a fun touch. Ladew GardensMr. Ladew was a huge reader and the range of books in the house is amazing. Ladew GardensThis is an interesting time to see the gardens, as the bones show through and you can see more details. Ladew GardensWhen I visit in the spring and summer, everything’s leafed out, so you don’t get the sense of how the garden’s been built.Ladew GardensBut there are still some bright spots!

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I headed back into town, crossing this old trestle bridge as I turned south towards an auction preview.Ladew GardensThere are two auctions this weekend, one at Alex Cooper, where I purchased some pictures earlier this year, and an Eggnog Auction on Sunday at Richard Opfer Auctions.

I desperately need a rug for the mud-room, which has ceramic tiles over a slab, and is next to the kitchen with no door. I think that a rug will help warm the room, and since Connor troops through there with muddy feet, I want something that will disguise the paw prints.  This might do the trick.Ladew GardensThe larger of the two auctions is at Cooper, and I spent a leisurely hour or two there, checking out what’s on offer and thinking about leaving some bids. Some of the lots are massive!

Like this great wall of China import pottery. Estimate is $200, and there must be more than 100 pieces!Ladew Gardens

This lot of teapots, some transferware and others painted, has an estimate of $125-$200.Ladew Gardens

This lot of Indian silver/silverplate probably has more than 100 pieces with an estimate of $150-$200.Ladew Gardens

I thought this Wild West sort of textile was fascinating, it was delicate, but the beading was in very good condition.
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Of course, you will notice that I am not telling you what I am bidding on! Just one lot of things, I think… or maybe two! 
I hope your weekend is filled with lots of fun things to do, parties to attend and presents to wrap!


  1. The Egg Nog Auction is great fun and the egg nog is yummy (and potent!) and is made from a top-secret recipe!

  2. Great gnashing of teeth in Arlington from weekend working florist.

    Arrrggggg, that auction.

    xo Jane

  3. I adored my visit to Evergreen House halfa dozen years or so ago. I am sure it looks marvelous done up for the holidays. Thanks for the tour! Reggie

  4. Not crazy about stuffed animals, but I agree the tree with fairy lights and chandelier crystals is gorgeous! Good luck with your bids!

  5. wonderful, thank you for the preview....the teapots, the auction in general. I'm in Baltimore alternate Fridays escorted by a 4 year old, so .... its mainly fantasy for me, but much enjoyed and appreciated.


  6. Great post! Enjoyed vicariously visiting everything and every place. Hope some of those auction finds ( oh those lusterware teapots) find their way to your Etsy!

  7. Ugh, I am just a little too far South for Baltimore things. I need to make it to more auctions.

  8. As always Meg an event I would love to attend!!

    Isabella and I are making cloved oranges wrapped in netting and tied with gold ribbon this weekend, Making gingerbread, and She is skating while I watch!

    The 12 Days of Holiday Giveaways!! The French Basketeer has a special offering right now and there are more gifts open to enter!


    Art by Karena

  9. Who knew there were such interesting auction finds in Baltimore? I'm going to have to check them out one of these days. Thanks for posting the lovely holiday photos. In the Carolinas (my neck of the woods) we sometimes visit the Biltmore estate in Asheville at this time of year when the estate is decorated for Christmas. It's like a glimpse of Christmas Elite from the Belle Epoque, but they don't allow photography.

  10. Wonderful post! I did a shoot for a catalog at Ladew during my stylist/art director days. Divine, it was. Great to see it in the Winter. The great wall of china & silver at the auction is amazing. Good luck to you Meg. Love the rug.

  11. Love that tree, too. I thought the fox was real - it startled me...and that library room is Husband's DREAM. One day (but w/out chicken wire, heh heh.) Lovely photos as per usual!

    xoxo Pink

  12. I love how busy you keep yourself visiting all these wonderful places. Hope you got that blue china lot at the auction. I would love to have been there!

  13. Gorgeous photos! I especially liked the second one down from the top, as I love orange and knew it could successfully be included with red, as it is in this Christmas picture!

  14. Oh Meg, Thank you so much for these pics. MANY years ago my husband, another MICA grad, and I restored the theater at Evergreen House. In the summer of 1966, I spent every evening for those three months in the theater-- either on a ladder scraping, or applying paint with a stencil, reproducing the Bakst designs.

    I have so many memories of the house, including a birthday party on the terrace at the back.

    A few years ago, I toured Evergreen and told the docent many things she didn't know about the house. HOW I miss Baltimore, and am treated to so much nostalgia in your blog. Many thanks!


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