May 8, 2014

Open to Adventure

If you have been reading Pigtown*Design for any amount of time, you know that unexpected adventures often come my way. Such was the case this evening, when I was asked on very short notice to show up at a garden party at a house which friends have just purchased. Apparently, they’re filming a reality show for the BBC in Baltimore and needed a garden party backdrop. So Wesley created a (redacted) invitation, and we all gathered at their party

It’s a gorgeous mid-1800’s townhouse where the same family has lived for decades. IMG_0046

One of the first things I saw was this amazing ceiling fixture!IMG_0050

Followed by these frosted and cut glass windows that appear throughout the house. IMG_0048

There were about 20 friends there, some old friends, and some new. They had set up a nice bar, and I was dying to figure out what to use these for…IMG_0058

The party was held in the garden, which, for being in the middle of a group of city townhouses, is quite lush. IMG_0051

The centerpiece is a huge old magnolia grandiflora, and an amazing old wisteria which is in full bloom now. IMG_0052

The original carriage house is part of the property, and it just made me gasp!IMG_0065IMG_0064

The courtyard is surrounded by other buildings, many towering over it, but the sense of quiet is palpable. IMG_0053

Here are a couple of sneak peeks of the house, which has barely been furnished and still needs a lot of work. IMG_0060IMG_0061IMG_0066IMG_0069IMG_0071

Of course, I will let you know details of the show as we move closer to the air-date. They’re still filming and need to edit, but I will give you one hint: think a modern-day Downton Abbey!


  1. How fun! No table flipping or weave pulling, I presume.

    1. Not with this crowd. They're much more dignified.

  2. Thank you for sharing. What an amazing home. Love the brick patio "floor."

  3. #Bringbackourgirls

  4. I'm guessing either Bolton Hill or Reservoir Hill. One of those grand old houses on Eutaw or thereabouts.

  5. Meg what an incredible home, the house looks fabulous already in spite of just having moved in!

    Soiree by Danielle Rollins Giveaway!

    1. I can't wait to see more of the house. Apparently, there's a ballroom!

  6. I have no idea how I came upon your blog, but I am simply delighted to have found it! I live in the southern part of Virginia (along the VA/TN border), but I'm originally from Central VA. However, my husband and I love Baltimore and the surrounding area! His parents lived in Bel Air, MD during the '80's and we have such fond memories of traveling, after dark with two babies in tow, to spend holidays, long weekends, etc. with my In laws....eager built in babysitters!
    Now, after, all this time, our own daughter and her husband have been transferred from Denver to the Columbia, MD area and we are traveling, once again quite often to Baltimore!
    We've been visitors throughout the years - for ballgames and the Baltimore Running Festival (my husband is an avid marathoner!), but now that we have family in the area again, it's wonderful to have time to explore and discover new and different dining experiences, as well as the changes to a lot of the neighborhoods around the Harbor.
    I'm so excited to have found this blog, Meg, and I am sure I'll be reading the archives as well as keeping up with your recent updates! By the way, I love the BBC! I am a complete Anglophile and would love to spend time living in England and traveling about the UK.

  7. What a grand place! But I want to know what you did with the bitters esp. the black walnut. I think it might be nice with citrus but I'm not really sure if the walnut flavor is retained. Maybe something more herbal like Pimm's or Campari.


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