Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Getting Ready!

Over the weekend, Stiles and Jonathan, worked to make the inventory for our Portobello Road Pop-Up look amazing. Vintage-Crown-Pearls-Image-GraphicsFairyBoth of them have an incredible ability to stage and style. While I was unpacking some things, Jonathan set up this vignette in about two minutes! When you dissect the photo, you can see the red from the plates playing off of the red in the curtains, and the symmetry, with the central focus on the Queen’s plate and the lamp behind it.IMG_2605

There are more than 200 items in the sale, and it was like a puzzle finding the best place for everything. IMG_2599

This combination of blue and white evolved into centering this huge ironstone basin under the table, to balance the white tray.IMG_2620

We love Sam Robinson’s painting above the fireplace, but we replaced it with an extraordinary embroidered image of numerous British flags, all executed in fine silks. IMG_2601The three plates are reproductions of the famous Wedgwood “Frog Service” originally made for Catherine the Great.

Another quandry was finding a place and a way to display all of the mother of pearl cutlery that I’ve collected over the past few months. We laid some of it out on linen trays, IMG_2610and bundled them with ribbons, courtesy of Bosom Buddy Bags, and placed the lots in mini silver buckets. IMG_2614

One of our favorite vignettes is this corner display of a set of silver, along with three classic prints, in incredible frames. IMG_2612

As we headed out after a full day of staging and styling, we saw some members of the local deer population grazing in the meadow in front of Halcyon House. IMG_2624

The Portobello Pop Up opens on Friday, September 16 and rund through the 24th. Hope to see you there!

Friday, August 26, 2016

End of Summer!

We are quite astonished to realize that it’s already the end of August! We are going to take some time off after a busy summer, to rest up for the fall season. Endofsummer2016

We’re kicking it off with the Portobello Road Pop-Up Shop with our friend from Pigtown*Design, beginning on September 16th.

Happy Labor Day from all of us at Halcyon House. Have fun and stay safe!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Perfect Purses

We LOVE these purses. They are practically perfect in every way.HHpurses

Of course, if you love them as much as we do, please call and have Eric save one for you!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tea Time

As we begin planning for our Portobello Road Pop Up, Meg has created some designs for linen and cotton tea towels featuring English themes. Using illustrations, old line drawings, vintage and antique maps, she creates collages with whimsey and history.

Taking lines from the British anthem, this design is an homage to the Queen. EIIR

This antique scheme for a country garden is the centerpiece on this design.garden path

The original illustration for Alice in Wonderland and tea-time… What could be more English?spot of tea

Strawberries and cream… Summertime in England.strawberries

Taking lines from the British anthem, this design is a nod to Britian’s storied history. the sun never sets

Locally, we have this amazing bird’s eye drawing of Baltimore from 1912, complete with many buildings you will recognize. The original drawing has been colorized for better clarity.smalltimore

This is a collage of a vintage map of the Chesapeake & Delaware Bays, and our historic Maryland flag.maryland bays

The Portobello Road Pop-Up begins on Friday, September 16th. We hope to see you there.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

What’s New?

Summer’s winding down and autumn’s on the way. The changing of the seasons leaves us a bit melancholy, but we’ll do what we can to buck up and deal with it!

All of our gorgeous melamine plates, bowls and dishes are on sale for 20% off!IMG_2036IMG_2038IMG_2048

We LOVE Julia Reed and her newest book is simply amazing. Gorgeous recipes, beautiful images and funny stories. Julia does a lot of writing for Garden & Gun.IMG_2033

If you’re getting ready for some travelling, these great tote bags will take care of all of your needs. And you’re not likely to lose them.IMG_2148

These battery-operated tapers are the most perfect thing for those candelabras that are hard to reach, because you can turn these on and off with a remote control! And the “flame” even flickers.IMG_2154

The holidays are coming, and while it’s a bit early to be showing off our holiday goods, we couldn’t resist sharing these fun pinecones.IMG_2149

As always, if you’re interested in anything you’ve seen here, please call our man of all seasons, Eric.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Portobello: A Halcyon House Pop-Up

Our friend Meg, who has written the blog Pigtown*Design for the past ten years, and who is a lover of all things English, will be having a pop-up show at Halcyon House in mid-September. Portobello LogoWhen Meg lived in England and Wales, she loved spending time poking around antiques fairs, car-boot sales and especially places like Portobello Road. Over the years, she has made trips back to the UK to shop for herself and her friends.

Meg shops for things she loves, figuring that if she loves them, others will as well. She has collected beautiful serving pieces from the late 1800’s, image amazingly detailed mother-of-pearl handled silverware, imageand a great collection of individual English transfer-ware both in blue and white and polychrome, perfect for expanding your collections!image

Please stay tuned for more details as we move closer to the date. And if there’s anything in particular that you’re looking for, do let Eric know.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

We’re Outta Here!

…But just for a week.
We’re taking off for parts unknown.
Off to have big adventures and work on our tans.


Well, some are working on their tans, others are going to England.