February 20, 2012

Mad Man in Baltimore

If you don’t know, there man behind Man Men is actually from Baltimore. Matthew Weiner, creator, producer and writer of the hit show, Mad Men, was born and raised in Baltimore.Batt at Hazelnut On Tuesday night, one of the characters from the series, Salvatore Romano, the closeted art director at the Sterling Cooper ad agency, will be hosting a cocktail party in Baltimore, in conjunction with the annual American Crafts Council Show. hazelnut2In reality, it’s Bryan Batt who is hosting the party, in to promote his well-known housewares shop in New Orleans called Hazelnut and his book, Big, Easy Style.Big-Easy-Style-jacketThe store is named after Batt’s grandmother who was a renowned dance teacher in New Orleans.

A few months ago, I found Batt’s book, She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Mother, at the Book Thing and read it.sheaintheavy03 It’s an interesting story of growing up in New Orleans and Batt’s history as an actor and how he eventually came to own a shop in New Orleans.hazelnut House Beautiful toileTickets to the party are still available. Here.


  1. Boy Meg, you are the girl to know! Interesting post and those trays hanging on the wall? To die for!!!!

    Tamra/The Gilded Barn

  2. IF you still want more after the American Craft Council Show, remember the Smithsonian Craft Show (their 30th!) will take place April 19-22 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

  3. I now feel the connection!! Some of my items (lighting) went out on rental to the Mad Men set this season and my neighbor, Susan, was the favorite go-to dealer for the prior set designer.....but Baltimore is a bit far to go for the party. Thanks, Mary

  4. Please give us a full account of the party afterwards!

  5. Meg what a great event this will be; you know I would love to be there!

    Art by Karena

  6. I am so envious...and I am going to look locally for Mr. Batt's memoir to read for myself...I know I would enjoy it! Thanks, Meg!

  7. I adore him!+ he is a fellow southerner. I will look for that book. Have a wonderful time. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com


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