Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Baltimore, Mingling of Times Past

Discovering Baltimore for a few days, and feeling that so much history is embedded in its buildings, streets and port -history of the people fighting, colonizing, rebuilding.  You can experience the architectural elements of various periods everywhere you go.
I enjoy walking around and capturing bits of style and design that can be translated into interior decoration. And this is what this blog is about: discovery of architectural space and design.

This long history of racial and cultural divides  is reflected in the architecture and texture of the city to this day.
You definitely find Georgian and Federal styles mix together with Old Colonial style and Greek Revival.  The juxtaposition of various times, sensibilities, attitudes and tastes evokes a sense of history within the contemporary frame.

Georgian Lantern by T. Pheasant

Adam period Sofa with carved giltwood frame and blue velvet
(Nick Brock Antiques) 

Darwin - Provence wallpaper (Little Greene)
Federal Mahogany Armchair
(Stanley Weiss Collection)

Wallpapers were quite popular in the 19th century America. They were initially wood block printed, then steam powered printing presses allowed for larger productions.

Painting of a Mother and Infant - 19th century
(Linda Rosen Antiques)
Pembroke 18th century Side Table

Writing Table with gold embossed leather top
(The Federalist)
The proliferation of Rowhouses in Baltimore  made it a city of home owners in the late 19th century. Many of them were taken down due to old age. But in some neighborhoods they were rehabilitated, and are now the pride of historic Baltimore.

Bird Lithography - 19th century
(Linda Rosen Antiques)

Gloucester Chandelier
(Elk Lighting - Wayfair)

Sheraton style Sofa with carved crest rail
(The Federalist)
Striped Wing Chair with Ottoman

Bird Lithography - 19th century
(Linda Rosen Antiques)

From the mid 19th century, marble was quarried heavily in Baltimore county, and supplied the marble for the Rowhouses steps.
19th century primivitive American Folk Art Rocking Horse
19th century wooden Rocking Horse
The story goes that neighbors competed with each other as to who could scrub them the cleanest and whitest.

19th century carved and painted wooden Rocking Horse

Three hoops Settee Windsor style
(The Federalist)
Georgian style tole and bronze lantern

Moses Grant Stript - American wallpaper circa 1805-17
(Adelphi Paper Hangings)

Antique clover tripod Table

19th century botanical Lithographs

Tivoli pedestal Dining Table
(Pottery Barn)
Alanya wing back Chair
(Birch Lane)

19th century Oil on Canvas

Best iron lighthouse I've ever seen! Now located in Baltimore Harbor.

Boston Glassware collection
(Villeroy & Boch)

Constance DInnerware

Sophie Castro offers Interior Design services in Los Angeles, CA and Honolulu, HI.
She can be reached at: sophiecastrointeriors@gmail.com

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