Keep your hand in at hands-on
In honor of its Home Project Center's one-year anniversary, Hechinger Co. is hosting a do-it-yourself weekend celebration.
Today's hands-on clinics include "How to Work with Copper Pipe" at 8 a.m.; "How to Work with Stain" at 10 a.m.; power tool demonstration at 1 p.m., and "How to Hang a Ceiling Fan" at 4 p.m. Many vendors will offer demonstrations of various products, and door prizes, including Orioles tickets, will be awarded.
Participating Hechinger store locations include Southdale in Glen Burnie, Golden Ring, Dundalk, North Plaza, Bel Air, Annapolis and Columbia.
@ A new concept in furnishings comes to Catonsville tomorrow with the grand opening of Thomasville Home Furnishings of the Chesapeake and its new Country Inns and Back Roads shop.
The Thomasville store, located at the 40 West Shopping Center at Rolling Road and U.S. Route 40, will carry most of the furniture lines found in its other locations in Maryland, but this store will also have something extra: a new line inspired by country inns.
A design team from the furniture company traveled to some of the inns profiled in the travel guide "Country Inns and Back Roads of North America" and then translated into furniture the patterns, textures, shapes and colors they discovered.
The "American Parlor" collection features formal country items. The "Country Cottage" line includes less formal items, such as rustic oak pieces, either antiqued, burnished or painted.
Jill L. Kubatko The editors of home-design magazines are discovering what most folks in Baltimore have known all along: Fine design has been at home here for a long time.
Southern Accents is the latest on the bandwagon, with two Baltimore-related articles in its July-August issue. The first is a look at the city's rich tradition of chair-building, especially the elaborate "fancy furniture" that began around 1803 and lasted 40 years. Art historian and appraisal expert Emyl Jenkins traces the evolution of the craft, noting, "Literally thousands of sets of a dozen chairs were exported from Baltimore during the first half of the 19th century."
Just following that article is an eight-page spread by Susan Stiles Dowell on the Worthington Valley horse farm of Jay and Toni Griswold. Toni Griswold is a faux finisher and furniture painter whose love of color fills the farm's gardens and spills over onto every surface of the house in a vibrant and very personal manner. Baltimore designer Eleanor Weller, who collaborated on the decor of the house, says, "Toni believes that piquant color combinations make a room more interesting."
Also of regional interest is a spread on a beachfront house in North Bethany, Del., owned by Albert and Cheryl Parker of Washington. The couple's second home was "inspired by villas of the sunny Mediterranean," says the article by Olivia Buehl. The design shows how cool classical motifs can be.
Karol V. Menzie The last few days of rain have been a welcome relief to gardeners, but there's sure to be more scorching weather ahead this summer. Below are a few tips to ensure your plants get enough water.
* Mulch around your trees, annuals, shrubs and vegetable garden to a layer of at least 2 inches. This will decrease evaporation, prevent water-siphoning weeds, and keep the soil cooler.
* Weed as often as possible. Weeds use water your plants need.
* Water only when the soil is dry, but then water deeply. Not only will your plants develop deeper root systems, but they'll require water less frequently.
* If you have a lawn, water early in the morning when evaporation and wind are the least prevalent. When you do water, do it for about half the time needed, wait an hour, then water the remaining time. This will help prevent runoff.
* Let your grass grow longer during the summer. Higher grass prevents sunlight from penetrating as much, thus allowing your lawn to require less water.