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2017 Julie Vos Spring Trunk Show at Halcyon House Thru Tomorrow 3/25

0 Written by: | Friday, Mar 24, 2017 11:00am

 
The biggest trunk show yet at Halcyon House ends tomorrow! All new spring 2017  Julie Vos line plus old favorites.  Make sure to take advantage of the special promotion …Free  Julie Vos gift with every purchase!

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2017 Julie Vos Spring Trunk Show at Halcyon House Starts Tomorrow 3/24

0 Written by: | Thursday, Mar 23, 2017 12:00pm

Mark your calendars for the biggest trunk show yet at Halcyon House! All new spring 2017  Julie Vos line plus old favorites.  Make sure to take advantage of the special promotion …Free  Julie Vos gift with every purchase!

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Greenspring Valley, Shop Local, Sponsored Post

2017 Julie Vos Spring Trunk Show at Halcyon House March 24 – 25

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017 11:00am

Mark your calendars for the biggest trunk show yet at Halcyon House! All new spring 2017  Julie Vos line plus old favorites.  Make sure to take advantage of the special promotion …Free  Julie Vos gift with every purchase!

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Greenspring Valley, Shop Local, Sponsored Post

Julie Vos 2017 Spring Collection Trunk Show at Halcyon House

0 Written by: | Monday, Mar 20, 2017 12:00pm

Mark your calendars for the biggest trunk show yet at Halcyon House! All new spring 2017  Julie Vos line plus old favorites.  Make sure to take advantage of the special promotion …Free  Julie Vos gift with every purchase!

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Featured, Lifeline

Here’s a Chance to Add Tom Clancy’s Stylings to Your Home

0 Written by: | Thursday, Jan 12, 2017 2:24pm

If Tom Clancy’s Inner Harbor penthouse was too high a price, now there’s a chance to own his reptilian coffee table.  Read More →

Real Estate & Home

BSO Finally Finds a Decorators’ Show House, Opens June 5 – 26

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Apr 06, 2016 3:57pm

'Oakhurst,' the 2015 BSO Decorator's Show House.

‘Oak Acre,’ the 2015 BSO Decorators’ Show House.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Decorators’ Show House has become one of the traditional signs of spring in central Maryland, along with Opening Day at Oriole Park, and the Flower Mart.
The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Decorators’ Show House has become one of the traditional signs of spring in central Maryland, along with Opening Day at Oriole Park, and the Flower Mart.

But on the 100th anniversary of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, it looked for a while as if there might not be a show house this spring. It would have been the first time since the annual event started 40 years ago.

“Unfortunately, to date, we have not found a property that meets our guidelines and standards and is available,” said Baltimore Symphony Associates President Sandy Feldman, in a March 17 message on Facebook.

“The search committee is still active and continues to follow every lead. Therefore, we will not have a SDSH that opens in late April and goes until mid-May as has been the tradition. If we do find the right property, we will try to make it happen this year in a different time frame.”

At the last minute, it finally happened. Read More →

Lifeline, My Real Life Modern Family

Hot Mess: A Confession

2 Written by: | Wednesday, Jan 20, 2016 10:19am

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University of Baltimore MFA student Mandy May considers the messes of her past, present, and future–she’s so darned charming about it, you’ll want to help her sweep them up.

I tore into the room my older sister, Tara, and I shared. I was already screaming—guttural not princess. There were pink gingham curtains and matching twin beds. My anger burned at the center of my breastplate. It was irrational and sudden and molten under my skin. Read More →

Schools, Sponsored Post, Stevenson Village

Unique Home Decor and Fall Gift Ideas from Sprezzatura

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 1:00pm

Fall is in full fashion and the perfect time to freshen up your home decor, in addition to your wardrobe.  Sprezzatura has a beautiful collection of personal, home and gift items to liven up your home or present the perfect gift.  Take a look at some of their beautiful new collection.81I75lw1oXL

Just Released! Sprezzatura presents Valentino: At the Emperor’s Table, a stunning visual and written account that enters the world of famed fashion designer Valentino Garavani.   Introduction by Andre Leon Talley.

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Foo Dogs are traditional guardians of Chinese homes and gardens.  They are normally found in pairs.  Our fine porcelain foo dogs are of the highest  quality, hand painted and crafted by masters in their art.

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Boca Bowl Chiller measures 13 1/2″ x 7 1/2″, made of polished stainless steel and leather handles.  Bowl features double wall stainless steel walls.

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A classic figure of a fish, this very fine tureen comes from one of the finest studios in China.

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Made of the finest polished stainless steel, Sprezzatura’s picture frames are from Germany, and are of the highest quality and design.

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Sprezzatura’s festive fall candles are made of hand-poured soy blend wax and come in a mini box with bow and Jack-O-Lantern.  The scent is an autumnal blend of ground ginger, cinnamon and brown sugar.

 

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HOURS

Monday through Saturday
10am – 5pm

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Located in Stevenson Village 10429 Stevenson Road Stevenson, MD 21153

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410.415.5311
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Harbor East, Shop Girl, Shop Local

Outgrown Ikea? Head For Arhaus in Harbor East

0 Written by: | Thursday, Feb 20, 2014 12:34pm

Welcome to our new column Shop Girl, a bi-weekly post that will review area stores.

Arhaus Furniture

Where:
660 Exeter Street, Baltimore 21202
410-244-6376

harboreast@arhaus.com

Hours: 10am-9pm Monday-Saturday, 11am-6pm Sunday

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Of all the trendy shops in Harbor East, Arhaus Furniture is the largest, its 16,000 square feet occupying nearly half a city block. It’s a confident presence in a neighborhood of repurposed lofts and open-plan condos — full of young buyers looking for furniture that’s a cut above Ikea, but less serious than mom’s dining room table. Arhaus’s southern entrance, on Aliceanna Street, across from South Moon Under, lures shoppers with floor- to-ceiling windows and great-looking room displays.  Next thing you know you’re inside, whether you were really looking for a distressed oak daybed or not.

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The shop floor is light and bright, with furniture and accessories on the fashion-forward side of Restoration Hardware. Comparisons between the two are inevitable: quality and pricing is similar, both stores tend toward large scale pieces in solid hardwoods. Both favor neutral-toned fabrics in linen, leather and tweed. Arhaus’ strength is in a brighter and more varied fabric selection (because, really, shades of grey is not decorating) with more one-of-a kind items and a more fun aesthetic.

On the day I was there, customers ranged from fashionable young women, one with decorator in tow, clearly on a buying mission, to couples dreamily putting together a wish list, and even a few wistful-looking single guys.  A pleasant and knowledgeable young man approached me immediately, letting me know about a weekend sale event, and guiding me towards the “statement” armchair I had spotted across the floor ($1,599 down from $2,199 with free fabric upgrade). He wandered off when I wanted to browse, but reappeared, with flawless timing, to answer questions.

arhaus:room2Prices here are not cheap, but not outrageous by any means. Sales and promotions are frequent and varied. There’s a plain linen sofa marked at $809, down from $2700. Beautifully framed butterfly prints at $159 each, down from $349 (would anyone buy them at $349? Probably not.) A giant bed is piled with throw pillows in an pretty assortment of fake fur, bright silks and soft flannels, marked down from the $150 range to the $39 range.Some interesting India patterned cotton lamp shades from $39-$59.

A line of architectural salvage pieces add character. Accessories make use of organic materials — glass, stone and wood. There are interior specialists who will come to your house with highly rated (according to Yelp) advice on choosing colors, styles and mixing new stuff in with the old. They had a number of complaints about delivery and post-sale problem solving, (Yelp again) but so do other interiors stores.

Creativity: B+ good for what it is – a high-end mall store

Service: A+ staff is enthusiastic, relaxed and very informed

Price: $$$  for the level of quality, it’s on the money

Best find: Turquoise painted bombay chest, $599

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Real Estate & Home

Pigtown Design Turns Eight!

0 Written by: | Friday, Jan 10, 2014 12:23pm

I started this blog eight years ago this week. I had recently moved back from the UK and was so “homesick” for there that it physically hurt. I was working for my best college friend’s family firm, and his father would yell at me: You! With the dark hair!” and then a pencil would come whizzing my way, with me instead of the dart board. I was living in my parents empty house until I found a place to live and I’d just adopted Connor, the amazing Houdini dog. (Yes, that is Connor with his snout in my boot on our mudroom floor!)

I needed something stable in my life, and something to focus on, other than everything that was swirling around me. I had found Style Court and the Peak of Chic. From there I discovered other blogs, and decided to put some structure in my day by writing a blog. I had been writing for years, but it was mostly fundraising pieces, grant applications and public relations articles. Writing every day would keep me in practice until I returned to fundraising. Writing the blog would also give me a chance to hone my photography skills.2013-01-19_16-19-15_65

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