Luckily, the brutally hot and humid weather of the past week or so has broken – for the time being – and today was crystal clear and brilliantly sunny. And best of all the temperature was about 75F (23C). Perfection!
My friend, Tracey, who is the owner of Housewerks, and I took the afternoon to have a nice al fresco lunch and then go poking around. We decided to drive up to the Greenspring Valley, just north of Baltimore, and visit Halcyon House. Tracey had not been there, but she’s heard me rave about it, and I hadn’t been there for about two months.
We were greeted effusively by the Halcyon House manager, Eric, who kindly took the time to show us around and point out some new things. They’ve been having a show and sale of steeplechase art by Sam Robinson, a local fine artist. I loved these pictures because they brought back so many memories of spring afternoons watching the races in Greenspring Valley.
One of the things that Halcyon House does really well is blue and white and chinoiserie porcelain and accents. The tabletops at Halcyon are always brilliantly done, and this blanc de chine goddess on her elephant in the midst of the blue and white is a stellar example.I love these tulipieres, which have a pagoda-like feel to them. It’s hard to see, but the feet on these two pieces are frogs! I also love the ostrich eggs. They fascinate me. I think I need to hurry up and get a house with a real dining room, just so I can put these napkins out for company… or even just for my everyday use!
Halcyon always has a small but fun selection of jewelry and today was no exception. I love these green beads with the turquoise glass beads as accents. Perfectly classic for Mrs. Blandings! Of course, I love the heavy felted wool bags, too!
There were two low chairs which caught our attention. This chair with the John Robshaw fabric covering it is just such a twist on a tradition. This child’s chair, with its painted canvas covering, would be perfect for Tracey’s young son!
Seriously, how could you not LOVE these two cake stands with their huge cloche tops!
I am a huge fan of glass cloches and use them to cover all sorts of fun objects. It just makes the object, whether it’s a little bird’s nest or a special demitasse teacup, a bit more special. In fact, I found that I had so many, that I put a few of them on my Etsy shop.
One of the most striking accessories at Halcyon House is the fresh flowers that are always in great abundance. They make the settings more alive and lively. Every single time I’ve visited, I am struck by the simple and elegant arrangements on display and in the gardens. Thanks again to Eric at Halcyon for a great visit today! You, Stiles and Jonathan are always so welcoming.