If you’ve ever been to our house or office, or shop, one thing that you will notice is that there are stacks of books everywhere! There are novels, both current best-sellers and classics. There are cookbooks including the most recent ones by trendy chefs, as well as church and garden club cookbooks from the middle of last century. And of course, there are books about decoration, design, interiors and gardens. Dozens of them, in fact. We thought we’d run through a couple of the most recent ones, and give you a little summary of each.
Noted interior designer and master gardener, Bunny Williams has just re-released her 1998 book, On Garden Style. She visits gardens around the world, and shows how the everyday gardener can duplicate some of the ideas she’s seen. Her gardens in Connecticut are stunning, and if you’re lucky, you might see her visiting local Ladew Gardens.
A gardener who might be a little more high profile than Bunny Williams is HRH, Charles, The Prince of Wales. His gardens at Highgrove in the Cotswolds region of England are known world-wide, not only for their essential Englishness, but for their organic and eco-conscious properties. Some of the produce and flowers from Highgrove are sold at a nearby garden stand.
Moving inside, we have another Englishman, Geoffrey Bennison. His fabrics are so beautiful, and so evocative of an English country house. The chintzes are perfection, not too shiny and not too bright. His toile de Jouy fabrics are the essential patterns in the most gorgeous colors. This book, so different from American decorating books, shows what the real country houses in England look like and how layers and years add an element to a house that can only be achieved by time.
Steven Stolman was the President of Scalamandre for the past few years, and in that position, he entertained all the time! His new book, Confessions of a Serial Entertainer, takes readers from brunches to dinner to cocktail parties. With Steven, there was always a party. But these recipes are relatively simple. There are not long lists of ingredients, or pages of instructions, just easy and fun recipes for dishes that everyone loves – think deviled eggs or pimento cheese. The pictures are lush, and the anecdotes are fun.
You might recognize Kathryn Ireland from Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorators, and now she’s written another book, Inspired By… Ireland takes readers on a trip around the world to explore the things that she loves from textiles in India and France, antiques from England and Ireland, furnishings from Indonesia and Arizona, and exquisite pieces from everywhere in-between. She really does show readers the myriad things that she’s inspired by.
Robert Couturier is an architect as well as an interior designer, so his background is essentially suited to Designing Paradises. Starting with his own home in beautiful Kent, Connecticut, and moving on to England, Mexico and other exotic locations, he takes the reader on a trip through many of the houses that he’s designed that are all paradise for some lucky family. His classical touches are always woven through with an exotic flair, which creates a real inspiration for his clients and readers alike.
Just a reminder that Halcyon House Antiques is hosting a show and sale of antique architectural watercolors at the shop. An opening reception will take place on Tuesday, April 14 beginning at 5:30. Walter Schamu, FAIA, one of Baltimore’s leading architects will be leading a discussion of the importance of these pieces, and why after all of these years, architectural drawings are still in style. We hope to see you then! Please RSVP to Eric at Halcyon House Antiques at 410-828-8889.
The View From Halcyon Farm is sponsored by Halcyon House Antiques located at 11219 Greenspring Avenue in Lutherville. For more information visit the Halcyon House Antiques website.