Having fun at homeHome furnishings manufacturers realize...


January 17, 1993|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Staff Writer

Having fun at home

Home furnishings manufacturers realize we all need a little fun in our lives, so the newest furniture, fabrics and designs for 1993 are definitely upbeat.

You see it in the shelter magazines -- when Metropolitan Home features a house described as "comfortable, colorful, good-humored and conducive to play," for instance. You see it in the resurgent popularity of folk art and trompe l'oeil, and influences such as Indian contributing bright color and lively patterns.

Much of the newest furniture and fabrics is casual, with tongue-in-cheek designs like postcard, book and playing-card prints. Drexel-Heritage has a bergere chair upholstered in a chair print -- you could call it chair-on-chair.

This sense of fun, good humor and individuality "gives itself over to allowing the client's personality to come out," says local interior designer Jay Jenkins of Gorrell Jenkins Associates Ltd. "People aren't interested in cookie-cutter rooms any longer. They want a room that expresses themselves, not a copy of a room in a magazine. The diversity of what's out there lets that happen."

You may think that while ceramic sculpture is art, a bowl is just a bowl. Baltimore Clayworks' national invitational exhibit, "New Traditions in Function," will make you think again. Fifteen potters from all over the United States have been invited to show some 75 functional pieces that illustrate a variety of techniques and glazes.

The exhibit will run from Jan. 25 through Feb. 13 at Baltimore Clayworks, 5706 Smith Ave. in Mount Washington. An opening reception will be held Jan. 28 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In conjunction with the show, the film "The Potter's Meal" will be shown at the Baltimore Museum of Art Jan. 26. at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For information about the exhibit, film or a Clayworks workshop, call (410) 578-1919.

Passport to gardens

Two years ago you could send $7.95 to the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania for the "Garden Passport," a handsome little guidebook to 14 public gardens, historic houses and arboretums in the Delaware Valley around Philadelphia. It contained information, maps, color photographs -- and the kicker: $300 worth of coupons for admissions, merchandise and special events.

When the coupons expired at the end of this December, the Gardens Collaborative Project decided it couldn't in good conscience continue to sell the booklets. Still, the "Garden Passport" is as full of helpful information as it was two years ago. If you enjoy visiting beautiful gardens and would like to have a copy, you can get one free simply by requesting it and sending a self-addressed, stamped, business-size envelope. (It'll take 75 cents worth of postage.) Write to the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, 9414 Meadowbrook Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19118; (215) 247-5777.

How many businesses have been started because the owners couldn't get what they wanted elsewhere? That was true, anyway, for Trula and Richard Januszkiewicz. Their basement is now filled with over 1,200 pewter dragons, wizards, clowns, carousels, spoons, jewelry, goblets and thimbles -- all because Mr. Januszkiewicz couldn't find enough pieces at other stores for his fantasy pewter collection.

Their shop, Pewter & Collectibles, opened this fall. Prices arvery reasonable: They range from $1.75 for a small pewter animal LTC to $599 for a 40-pound limited-edition dragon, but most pieces cost under $10.

Pewter & Collectibles is open every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. It's located at 7403 Goettner Road, right off Belair Road in Kingsville. Call (410) 592-5937 for more information.

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