Sprezzatura is an Italian word, basically translated as studied nonchalance. Sprezzatura is also a lovely shop just north of Baltimore whose motto is “A Fine Gathering of Gifts.” And that is exactly what it is.
I was first introduced to Sprezzatura last month at the Ladew Garden Festival where I ran into Cindy, a long-time friend who’s working there. I loved the small sample of what they had on offer at Ladew, so I made a point to drive out to the Greenspring Valley to see the shop in person.
The shop was filled with gift ideas for anyone and everyone on your list – including you! I loved this denim-coloured linen tunic, but it was on hold for another friend of ours. It would be just the thing to wear on those blisteringly hot summer days, and because I am so short, I could easily wear it as a dress. They also had a selection of gorgeous white linen pieces, but I am such a disaster that this wouldn’t be a good idea for me!
The shop has a whole section to appeal to the grandmothers in the crowd – baby items from France! Cindy showed me the sweetest art, botany, archaeology and other kits for young children to get them exploring.
A few years ago, I was ranting about the prices that One King’s Lane was charging for old wooden tennis racquets, and I wondered what someone would do with them. Now I know!Bottle opener and cork screw! Why didn’t I think of that?
My friend Cindy who works at Sprezzatura is a multi-talented artist and makes these beautiful Nantucket-style Sailors Valentines from shells she finds on Nantucket and other beaches, and ephemera that she collects.
I am a sucker for anything Chinoiserie and so this little pagoda lantern with bells on the corners really appealed to me! Of course, the book’s pretty appealing, too!
Sprezzatura is located just north of Baltimore in the Stevenson Village Center. Thanks to Cindy and the Berwagers for taking the time to show me around!