Friday, May 2, 2008
I was delighted when I found out that Gore*Dean, Washington DC’s most unique home store was coming to Baltimore. Sadly, it was replacing the local Smith & Hawken, which moved to a new location, but happily, the replacement is spectacular.
I had the opportunity to pop in to Gore*Dean this morning and to meet the owner, Deborah Gore Dean, a charming and elegant woman. Gore*Dean is located in the old dye building of the Historic Mount Washington Mill in Baltimore, owned by my friend Sam. The mill is also home to Whole Foods, a wine store, a mid-century modern furniture store and some others.
Upon walking into the store, it’s clear that Deborah has a great eye, because the store was filled with pieces that fit the setting perfectly. The space is rustic, but with elegant arches, and large windows, with plenty of natural light streaming in. The mill buildings were empty for years and years and have been re-developed in the past ten or fifteen years.
In addition to table top items, furniture, linens, accessories and fabrics, they also have a carefully edited collection of books, and kitchen items, including some incredible copper pieces that I should have snapped up. They also have a small selection of Mrs. John L. Strong stationery.
Here are some more images that I shot when I was there:
If you’re in Baltimore or the Georgetown section of Washington, DC, make a point to stop by Gore*Dean and see their incredible selection.
You can play Where’s Waldo and find me in one of the images!