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 1)

September 25, 2011


Across the Bay Bridge


Wooden Canoes on the Chesapeake




Do you know of this little slice of paradise?  The “Eastern Shore” of Maryland = The Chesapeake Bay,  Annapolis, the Naval Academy, St. Michael’s, Easton, Oxford, sailing, crabs, ducks… history.



Yeah .. this is where my English degree starts fusing with design stuff.  John Barth’s “The Sot-Weed Factor“– a novel that rewrites the tale of  John Smith and Pocahantas is set in the 1680s and 90s in London and on the eastern shore of the colony of Maryland … It sets the scene ( minus the tobacco and Indians)



An idyllic country retreat/farm situated on a stunning point of land (with very large osprey nest atop the chimney)




A lovely screened side porch dedicated  to crab feasts


Steamed Maryland Blue Crabs


Steamed crabs… a food to try before you die.



Cozy interiors with heart pine floors and wildfowl aplenty—carved, printed and stuffed.



The real deal. The farm is used for serious duck hunting. Talking boots, waders, camouflage, blinds, fields of millet,






and dogs mucking around in marshy water



A gift to the “gentleman farmer”… a lifeguard stand painted  a pretty blue for watching sunsets



and for guests to take it all in


Bridge over Chesapeake Bay at Dawn


Thank you my dear friend, PB, for sharing your family’s bounty… across the Bay Bridge.



Next post– moving further east to the Atlantic ocean and more taxidermy … this time  FISH… big ones


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