So the bulk of our holiday season is over. We’re in the home stretch, now. And we’re in that perfect moment when the shopping and gift-opening is done. The decorations were hung long ago. We’ve hosted or attended any number of gatherings. And we cannot help but take stock. I mean, you know that feeling when your guests are beginning to flood the dining room and you’re suddenly thinking, “I could have sworn I had a crystal gravy boat.” Or when you’re trimming the tree and realize that you haven’t swapped out any ornaments since, well, ever. And though it never bothered you before, for whatever reason, you’re suddenly feeling that your Christmas tree is looking a bit worn this year. This is why we recommend summoning whatever shopping energy you might have left for 2012 and heading over to Halcyon House Antiques for their big sale this week.
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We asked the book lovers at the Ivy Bookshop — “Baltimore’s literary book store” — to give us a few suggestions for gift giving this year. Here are some staff favorites.
Fiction: An American Spy by Olen Steinhauer
On the heels of bestsellers The Tourist and The Nearest Exit, An American Spy, follows the adventures of CIA agent Milo Weaver and is said to be Steinhauer’s most stunning thriller yet.
Who can forget last March when Greg Smith, a former vice president at Goldman Sachs, made a scorching exit from the Wall Street investment bank with a searing Op-Ed in the New York Times? Now comes his book, which picks up where the Op-Ed left off with more details about the nation’s most high-profile investment bank.
Coffee Table Book: Elegantissima by Louise Fili
Elegantissima covers the nearly forty-year design career of Louise Fili, an artist whose elegant designs created over 2,000 book jackets and helped market Sarabeth’s, Bella Cucina, Jean-Georges, and Good Housekeeping and other brands. A must-have for graphic design students and professionals.
Maybe you don’t have the space. Maybe you’re going on vacation so you can’t do a “real” tree, and just don’t want to purchase and put up an artificial one. Or, maybe you want to go really green and forgo the traditional options in favor of something… alternative. We’ve scoured the web to find some great ideas for festive tree alternatives. Done right, these could all be very green indeed. Swap out regular lights for LEDs, add some eco-friendly ornaments and you’re good to go!
Short on Christmas-list enthusiasm? Enter Halcyon House Antiques on Greenspring Avenue in the Greenspring Valley and find inspiration for the holidays like none other. The beloved antique shop of former BMA board chairman, art and antique historian, interior designer, style-setter and bon vivant Stiles Colwill, Halcyon House presents a feast for the shopping senses. Garland and lights adorn the entrance, delicate, beautiful glass ornaments decorate the tree and mantels, scents for the home fill the air, while goodies await in the kitchen. Yes, it has begun to look a lot like Christmas at Halcyon House, where you’ll find everything you need for the season of giving and more giving. We’ve assembled a few standout items you should not miss. Get started now!
Photos by Krista Smith.
Our new family Christmas tradition is to pick names at Thanksgiving. It’s easier said than done with families of six, five and four. We have to make sure that no one in the same family picks another member. To make things a little trickier, we also pick a letter, and everyone has to buy something that begins with that letter. It encourages creativity and adds some fun.
I am trying to think of some interesting G presents, and have taken to searching my blog for some ideas.