July 10, 2018

Announcing the PigtownDesign Pop-Up Shop!

For months, I’ve been watching a space at a shopping village close to my house play host to a revolving cast of pop-up shops. Last week, I signed a month-long lease for all of September for the second third Pigtown Design Pop-Up Shop!postcard smaller

After my recent trip to the UK where I visited the Wedgwood Museum, and realized how many pieces I of Wedgwood I have at home, imageand with my recent acquisition of a number of stellar Amish and Pennsylvania quilts, imageI decided that the theme of the shop should be Anglo-American! Amazingly enough, that’s my heritage – my father was British and my mother is American. I have dual citizenship throught the UK’s Right of Abode.Anglo American Flag

I will be selling a wide range of decorative items, including china and books (including some give-away Book Thing books!), image

imagemother-of-pearl and French ivory-handled silverware, image

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pennants and bunting, image

pillow covers, image

silver, image

tea towels,image

and much, much more!

The Pop-Up will be at the Shops at the Village of Cross Keys in Baltimore, and it will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. I hope that you will stop by and check it out!

July 5, 2018

#Instagram: Whirlwind Few Months!

It’s been a whirlwind few months, with work events, a trip back to England and all of the other things I try to fit into my weeks! I will have a fun announcement in a few days, so stay tuned for that, both here and on my Instagram.

Sadly, a lot of magnolia trees were badly damaged over the winter. Luckily, this one wasn’t!image

My friend did the flowers for this spring wedding. Just stunning.image

Friends with benefits! In this case, a huge hedge of lilacs, and permission to snip away!image

We took a quick trip up to historic Odessa, Delaware, a completely charming village.image

It’s always fun to spot your childhood home on someone else’s Instagram feed!image

I was invited to a beautiful dinner at the Walters Art Museum. image

Before it got too hot to eat outside!image

There’s nothing quite as refreshing as a gin & tonic on a steamy afternoon.image

Our hearts were completely broken by the newsroom murders in Annapolis. image

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This might be a hint, too.image

Check back soon for a big announcement! I hope that you’ll be as excited about it as I am!

June 25, 2018

There Was a House in Nantucket…

… that is owned by someone I know, and was recently featured in Architectural Digest, with an article written by former blogger, Mitch Owen of Aesthete’s Lament. I’d had a bit of a preview of the piece when the owner shared the book that Markham Roberts, the decorator, had produced for her. The house isn’t exactly nautical-themed, as many there are, but it does have dashes here and there of the ocean and beaches that surround the island. One thing that I noticed was the number of quilts scattered around the house. You KNOW I love quilts, so it was fun to see so many!

I thought I’d share some of the pictures of this wonderful house, all from Architectural Digest’s June issue.

Symmetry rules in the entrance hall, where a pair of Delft-vase lamps and objets d’art sit on an antique table from John Rosselli antiques.image

Painted panels by Bob Christian hang in the living roomimage

In the paneled living room, a mix of patterned and printed fabrics covers the custom sofa and pillows, along with an antique quilt.image

Custom dining chairs are slipcovered in a No. 9 Thompson linen. Painted floor by Bob Christian.image

Raoul Textiles linen covers the seating at the kitchen table. Custom pot rack by Ann Morris.image

A pair of 19th-century English armchairs in a GP & J Baker stripe cozy up to the living-room fireplace.image

In the master bedroom, Roberts deployed the same Bennison floral chintz on the walls, curtains, lamp shades, pillows, and vanity skirt.image

A John Robshaw Textiles linen covers the master bath’s vaulted ceiling.image

A flock of painted-wood shorebirds by Pat Gardner perch above the guest bathtub.image

A stone path leads to a marsh.image

Hope you enjoyed this tour!

June 21, 2018

Ascot Opening Day + Ladies Day

One of my favourite scenes in “My Fair Lady” is the one at the Ascot Races. The costumes are by Cecil Beaton and they are entirely black and white. image

This year’s Ascot races are taking place this week, and on the first day, new fashion icon, Meghan Markle channeled the classic movie in a black and white outfit.

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imageThere were also other elegant black and white outfits at the first few days of the races. All of these images have been collected on my Pinterest page: What to Wear to the Races… Or Not where you can see several seasons of races and what people wear.image

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imageIt is always so much fun to Google “Ascot Hats” and see what amazing creations the guests are wearing!

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Which hat do you like the most?