These trees cats can stay inWade Batterton has his own...


September 06, 1992|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Staff Writer

These trees cats can stay in

Wade Batterton has his own car-waxing and detailing business, but what he really likes to do is design and build custom-made cat trees.

We're not talking about cat scratching posts here. This is a place for your pet to have some seclusion, to get off the ground and survey all that's going on around him, to feel safe falling asleep -- and, incidentally, to use as a scratching post. Made of plywood, particle board, thick cardboard rolls and carpeting, his cat trees offer all this -- and what's more, he says, "I build them in a way that's attractive and pleasing to the human eye."

Mr. Batterton has basic designs that he can rearrange and mix or match, depending on the customer's needs. Orders take a week or two to complete. The trees cost from $25 for modest accommodations to $150 for large, really elaborate designs. For more information or to see samples, call (410) 744-5480.

If you're the kind of homeowner who doesn't know the difference between a code official and a zoning official (and most of us are), you could benefit from a course being offered this fall by the Maryland Institute, College of Art. It's called "Building a Home or Addition: A Consumer's Guide."

Architect Laura Melville Thomas will teach the four-session workshop, which will cover the steps involved in working with architects and builders, and planning, budgeting and bidding a project. "The same basic questions keep coming up," says Ms. Thomas. "Beginning with do you redecorate, do you build or do you just go out and buy a new home?"

The non-credit course will be held Tuesday nights from Oct. 13 to Nov. 3, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information or to register, call the Office of Continuing Studies at (410) 225-2219 or 225-2217. The Maryland Institute is located at 1300 Mount Royal Avenue.

Baltimore has antique shops and it has places to buy accessories, but there's nothing else quite like Michaels at 316 Wyndhurst Ave. Interior designer Sharon Michaels has filled her tiny shop with one-of-a-kind items that reflect her personal taste -- from a 1838 Birge-Mallory clock to a faux art deco table to dishes and wire baskets. Sometimes she has trouble letting go: "Someone came in and bought a table I loved," she jokes, "and I wanted to shoot her."

You'll find antiques that Ms. Michaels has bought at estate auctions, items that have been made for her -- like iron fireplace screens and down pillows fashioned from antique needlepoint -- and a few consignment pieces from a local artist. Her shop is crammed with sheepskins and shepherds' stools, porcelains and painted furniture. They all have a couple of things in common, she says: "You aren't going to find them anywhere else, and I try to buy at good prices so my prices are reasonable."

Michaels has a bridal registry and is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Mondays by appointment. The phone number is (410) 323-2215.

Maybe you'd like to do a little early holiday shopping, and you want to keep it under $100. Or you're an interior designer looking for period furniture to complete a client's living room, with a budget of $10,000.

Have we got an antique show for you.

It's going on now at the Baltimore Convention Center -- Maryland's largest antique show, a can't-miss for connoisseurs, serious collectors and people who just like to shop for fun. This is the 12th year for the Baltimore Summer Antiques Fair, which boasts more than 350 exhibitors from 25 states, Canada and Europe. It's held in conjunction with the Antiquarian Book Fair.

Show manager Sandy Franklin says the depth of inventory guarantees that you'll find excellent buys up until the show closes.

Hours are noon to 6 p.m. today, and admission is $5. For more information.


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