March 20, 2013



‘Tis the first day of spring but feeling downright freezing here in Virginia.  I’m heading up to the Architectural Digest Home Show tomorrow where the high in NYC will be a balmy 37 degrees!  Will hopefully be the last day I have to pull on my black boots and wool–  so ready for winter  to be OVER.


So I was going through my archives last night and came across these photos from a summer trip across the Bay Bridge to one of my favorite little towns on the Maryland Upper Eastern Shore–  Chestertown.   Just made me miss the color and warmth of the summer season even more.  So thought  I would share!



via New York Times



According to Adam Goodheart, a scholar at Washington College, the small liberal arts school in Chestertown ,  “Chestertown is one of those places where American history is just palpable everywhere, like Nantucket or Savannah.”  The New York Times did a great little piece about it which you can read here.




The grandest of its colonial houses date from the 18th century and were built by wealthy merchants. Many have been restored to their original grandeur.




The ordered little townhouses always catch my eye– with just a pop of color on shutters and doors.







Little alleyways lead to lush gardens beyond…













There are also  Victorian-era clapboard houses in the mix with fanciful painted trim.












There are plenty of interesting furniture, antiques and art galleries along the main street (you can’t miss it)…






  and sweet little teahouses and cafes.




I usually combine a trip to Chestertown with a visit to the beautiful farm of a family friend.  And a chair awaits me in either Clemson orange or Tarheel Blue.  Can’t wait to get back!





So, aside from the chilly NYC forecast, I’m super excited to catch up with fellow bloggers and design friends tomorrow at AD Home Show 2013.

Always terrific inspiration at Pier 94…  next post!




via manhatin.blogspot



Maryland Eastern Shore (Part 2)

September 26, 2011



Moving further east across the Maryland Eastern Shore to the Atlantic … another little slice of paradise–  the home of my twin sister, Janet.




Janet lives on the water … a western view across the bay with killer sunsets.



She is remarkably talented at just about everything– decorating, photography, food, entertaining, gardening, and…gutting + filleting a fish on the dock in under 10 seconds.



She has a lovely gallery showcasing the spoils of her husband’s deep sea fishing exploits…blue marlin, white marlin… big game fish



Gorgeous summer slipcovers  (designed and sewn by Janet)



Fish and fowl…



A beautiful collection of  bronze wildlife sculptures by William Turner … blue heron



Maryland blue crab (my favorite)





LOVE her powder room… totally relevant Ralph Lauren wallpaper (extraordinary nautical detail) with trim in Benjamin Moore Maritime White



And a photo of her beloved dogs Molly and Hector at the bow.


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More Eastern Shore love….next post will be a little ode to Chestertown, Maryland.




Real Sot-Weed Factor territory.