State gardens in lithographs
Hang a Maryland garden on your wall and help ensure its future with proceeds from the limited edition print.
Towson Town Center is now offering a series of lithographs by local Artist Tom Everhart. Currently on sale is "Over the Rainbow," an impressionistic view of the Baltimore Conservatory. March 28, "Tiptoe through the Tulips" will feature Sherwood Gardens.
Later this summer, a still-untitled print of Ladew Topiary Gardens will be on sale. The final lithograph has not been decided upon.
Each print sells for $15 when accompanied by Towson Town Center receipts totaling $25. They're available at the Customer Service Center on Level 2. Home style in the '90s can be defined as that which fits your lifestyle and pocket book, says Metropolitan Home in its upcoming April "Design 100" issue, an annual special edition that highlights the top 100 design trends.
Emerging trends from the magazine's list include:
* More mixing of formal pieces with informal ones, even to mismatching plates, glasses, silverware.
* Combinations of different textures -- wood with stone, metal or glass.
* A revival of 19th century folk art and rustic wire-ware.
* Chairs and sofas overstuffed, slipcovered or brightly painted, but rarely plain.
* The Southwestern look, featuring Mexican mirrors, colorful trail blankets and furniture made with handwoven textiles.
* Affordable products. These count more than ever -- designers now use silver-plate instead of silver for dinnerware.
* Greening in America. Designers and manufacturers are producing furniture from unendangered woods.
* A resurgence of American imagination. Last year's Metropolitan Home special edition on design trends featured designers from Milan, Paris and Munich. This year's notables come from unexpected parts of the U.S. such as Nashville, Tenn.; Cody, Wyo.; and New Orleans.
Josh Schweitzer, a Los Angeles architect, recently remodeled Diane Keaton's home reflecting his style of overscaled everyday
objects, like a television console.
Jill L. Kubatko The beauty of historic Maryland architecture is portrayed with stunning clarity in a new book, "Architecture of the Old South: Maryland" (Abbeville Press, hardcover, $65), by Mills Lane. It's the seventh volume in a series that surveys historic buildings in the antebellum South.
Through photographs, illustrations, floor plans and a scholarly text, the book traces the state's architecture from the simple frame houses of the earliest years of the colony to the cast iron front buildings of the mid-19th century.Readers may also learn something of the economic and social history behind the construction of each building.
Linda Lowe Morris