January 10, 2016

Ten. Plus…

Hard to believe that this marks the beginning of my 10th year of blogging! And as I say every year, blogging has literally been life-changing. The people I’ve met, the experiences I’ve had, the things that I’ve learned and shared are all such a part of my life now. Although I’ve slowed down a bit, and after more than 2,337 posts, I think I am entitled! This is my philosophy for the coming year!Housewerks (11)

One of the first local posts I wrote was about my friends at Housewerks Salvage. All these years later, it continues to be a treasure trove of amazing pieces. I got a call the other afternoon, telling me that through a series of events, Housewerks had just acquired some amazing pieces from the British Embassy, just 40 miles down the road in Washington, DC. I couldn’t wait to see these exceptional pieces, so met up with two of my besties and went down to check them out.Housewerks (69)

Before we even got inside, there were some great things to see. Housewerks recently deconstructed an old church, and there were plenty of artifacts around the property. Housewerks (21)Housewerks (22)Housewerks (25)Housewerks (28)

Once we went inside, it was like an Aladdin’s cave! We came to see the pieces from the British Embassy, including these weighty iron fire-backs with the insignia of George V, who was king at the time the embassy was constructed in the 1920’s.Housewerks (14)

Here’s an image of the piece in situ.IMG_7969

The embassy was designed by English architect, Sir Edwin Landweer Lutyens, and is the only building he did in America. Sometime during a 20th century renovation, these pieces were removed and Housewerks was able to acquire them. Eight fireplace surrounds came to Housewerks in dozens of pieces, and through investigating a series of marks on their reverse, the crew was able to re-assemble them.imageimage

The provenance on these pieces is, as most everything at Housewerks, impeccable.

Here are some of the other fun architectural artifacts I saw at Housewerks.

Marble sink surround with rock crystal legs. Comes with a matching black & white marble sink!Housewerks (3)

Coffee grinder and brewer in the shape of a COFFEE POT! Housewerks (12)

Magazine holders. Housewerks (39)Housewerks (41)

Tolework chandelier.Housewerks (57)

Spiral-carved marble columns.Housewerks (73)

Church detail.Housewerks (72)

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Thank you so much for reading over the years.
I am immensely grateful for your support, your emails and your comments, and most of all, your friendship.


  1. Thank you for ten fabulous years, Meg! I'm so glad this format came along. It's ideal for us to share in your observations, your wit and your insight. Here's to many, many more.

  2. thanks Meg I've been reading you blog most of the 10 years. It's always thought provoking. It cheers up the day. Tony

  3. Congratulations on your anniversary and many thanks for continuing to blog. Always enjoy reading you and so enjoy your aesthetic and sensibilities. Here's to another ten years!

  4. Keep up the good work, Meg! Always enjoy your posts.

  5. Thank you for being a bright spot in my inbox these many years. Congratulations!

  6. Thank you for your blog and what an amazing feat that is to have done it for 10 years!

    I am so glad I got to meet you and without the blog it would have never happened! x

  7. Meg, I stumbled on your quite by chance but I skip to read your post daily! You have great aesthetic taste that you share graciously. Thank you for Pigtown Design. Congratulations on ten!

  8. OMG WHAT? the embassy is spectacular -i'll be coming up to see THESE!

  9. Hearty congratulations Meg! A fine anniversary indeed. Blogging for ten years is a remarkable achievement so eating candy daily is a wonderful way of celebrating.

  10. I check in here from time to time and oh so glad I did today! What finds here from the British Embassy: wow! Thanks for all your posts, your images, and the time you have given us…Happy New Year, Meg!

  11. Happy 2016!

    Those mantels are fabulous. Would love to meet if your plans ever bring you to Los Angeles.

  12. Architectural salvages are always fascinating places, and the British Embassy has obviously produced some interesting pieces; I have bought and sold chimneypieces when we lived in Edinburgh, (EASY).

    Your presence on the blogosphere is always a reassurance to those of us who waver about whether to write on or write off. Thank you for your support, wittingly or unbeknownst. I have yet to christen the new year with a post of my own, and I'm only 7 (in March) to your 10.

  13. Hi Meg,
    Congratulations!! Here's to another ten. xoxo Mary


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