Tag: decoration

Pigtown Design: Design and Decorating Books That Stand the Test of Time


I think that it’s always fascinating when you hear about something new, and then all of a sudden that thing pops up all over the place in your life. I was reminded of this, in a way, when I read an article in the Wall Street Journal’s Off Duty section over the weekend. The article (here) talked about vintage design and decorating books which have stood the test of time. Her Holy Grail is the 1938 edition of Dorothy Draper’s “Decorating is Fun“, which I am pretty certain I have (from the Book Thing). Yep, I’ve gotten a few copies.

The author, Gillian Fassel, talks about five essential books that someone interested in vintage design should own to start a collection. First up, of course, was Billy Baldwin Decorates.

And then Terrance Conran’s mid-70’s series of books about the House Book, the Kitchen Book and the Bed & Bath Book.image

Pigtown Design: Calendar Girl


This time of year usually involves the careful selection of a calendar to hang above my desk in the kitchen. This past year, I’ve had a gorgeous one fromCavellini & Co. in San Francisco.image

Signs of the Season


Whether you think it’s the most wonderful time of the year or not, there is a change in the air: lights are strung over city streets, Christmas tree vendors set-up parking lot shops, kids squeal at the sight of Santa, houses display their sparkly seasonal splendor. We’re in the thick of the season now and our roving photographer Tyler Merbler picked up some signs of the season around Baltimore to help you get into the spirit. -The Eds.

Pigtown Design: Niermann Weeks Sample Sale


I was reading the WSJ Weekend Section before the big storm hit and happened to notice an advert for a sample sale. Not just any old sample sale, but one at the incredible Niermann Weeks, right down the road from me in Millersville, Maryland!

Halloween fun in the Baltimore Fishbowl

Check out our pictures from last night’s fun.  For more Halloween snaps, go to Inside the Fishbowl on our Community page.

Photos by Anne Stuzin.

Jack-o-Lanterns Lit up the Night  

Responsible Haunting

Spookiness on a Porch

The staff of Petit Louis

The Invisible Man 

Little Witch

The Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington

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Chinoiserie Chic


Confession: We’ve gone cuckoo for Chinoiserie. (You know Chinoiserie, it’s an art style reflecting Chinese influence–embracing elaborate decoration and intricate patterns.) Chinoiserie accessories include wall art, lamps, rugs, fabric and furniture. Our biggest obsession: hand-painted Chinese wall panels. DeGournay and Gracie offer the loveliest. (Pictured, De Gournay in Portobello.)

Chinoiserie wall scenes depict trees, flowers and birds in garden landscapes, classic Chinese village life, mythical settings and images reminiscent of 18th century France.

Dating back to the 19th century, the wallpaper has been used by royal families and European aristocrats for decoration of their palaces and castles. But you don’t have to be a crowned head (or a newly crowned princess) to afford these luscious panels. Online resources offer single framed panels that don’t require a note on your home as deposit. Our disclaimer: “Buy the best and you will only cry once.” (Good advice from the iconic Miles Redd.)

Designers and fashion superstars who have used Gracie and De Gournay: Baltimore’s Billy Baldwin, Dorothy Draper,Tony Duquette, Bunny Williams, Katie Ridder, Victoria Hagan, Aerin Lauder, Gloria Vanderbilt and Anna Sui, to name-drop a few…