Foiling fleasForget T. Rex. This summer's scariest...


July 18, 1993|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Staff Writer

Foiling fleas

Forget T. Rex. This summer's scariest wildlife is the common flea. A female consumes 15 times its body weight in blood daily, and one pair of fleas can multiply to 1,200 in a month. They want to get in your house because it's cooler, so with or without pets you may find yourself infested. "They'll hitch a ride on anything -- your pant legs, shoes, the dog or cat," says Dr. Richard Cramer of the National Association of Pest Control.

Judy Donner, consumer specialist for Orkin Pest Control, offerthese suggestions to control fleas:

* Vacuum and wash all pet bedding and pet resting areas.

* Vacuum carpets often and throw away the vacuum cleaner bag when finished.

* Groom pets outdoors.

* Trim lawns and weeds to create a drier, hostile environment for flea larvae.

* Have pets treated for fleas while the home is being treated.

You'll find one of the most anticipated furniture collections ever previewed in the current issue of Metropolitan Home. The designer is Geoffrey Beene -- for many, America's greatest fashion designer.

The collection, called "Objects of Desire," includes chairs, stools, tables and accessories. Produced by a small New York company called Arkitektura, it involves lots of lacquered wood and prints in white, red, yellow and black.

At a time when consumers seem to want comfortable, homey furniture above all else, it's hard to predict how the line -- inspired by Japanese and art deco influences -- will do. But Mr. Beene seems unconcerned. "It's best to go into the market LTC knowing nothing about it," he says. "I don't need to know what's out there. You lose freshness, and then you're just a follower -- or a stylist. I'm a designer."

Fabrics and furniture by Geoffrey Beene are available througArkitektura, 379 West Broadway, New York City 10012, (212) 334-5570.

If you're like many people, you love collectibles but you're not sure what to do with them or how to display them. Larry Paul, a k a the Tin Man, has some suggestions. He's a dealer in decorative tin lithography (you can see his collection in the Marketplace at Savage Mill), but many of his tips would work well for other kinds of collectibles.

"A group of similar objects has more visual impact than one lonitem," Mr. Paul says. "Use color as a unifying factor. Different tins decorated in the same color or group of colors tie your decorating together.

"A single theme appearing throughout your choice of tins makes better design statement than totally dissimilar objects. Mix tins from years past with contemporary ones for a comfortable, established look."

The Tin Man offers two pamphlets of his ideas for decoratinwith lithographed tins. You can pick them up at Savage Mill or send Mr. Paul a self-addressed, stamped, business-size envelope to 304 Hilltop Road, Linthicum Heights 21090. It used to be June's Frame Shop, but now the business at 1330 Smith Ave. in Mount Washington has a new owner, Alan Bertaux, has been newly renovated and is open as Framin' Place. It's still a frame shop, but there's an even larger selection of moldings and ready-made frames. Framin' Place is an art gallery as well, with prints, posters and limited editions. (Yes, Mr. Bertaux also owns the Framin' Place on Liberty Road.)

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call (410) 433-3434 for more information. And look for other new shops to open in the building, revamped by developer Sam Himmelrich.

This early in the growing season you probably haven't reached the point where you'd actually pay someone to take the extra zucchini off your hands. But every home gardener knows the feeling. That's why you need the Maryland Food Bank's phone number: (410) 947-0404.

Gus Lundquist, a private gardener who was worried by the amount of home-grown produce that goes to waste, has designed a pilot program called Gardenshare. Gardeners drop off their fruits and vegetables to be distributed by the Maryland Food Bank to soup kitchens, shelters and food pantries.

Collections will be Mondays and Wednesdays from July 26 through Aug. 11 from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m. For information on a location convenient to you, call the Food Bank.

On the Home Front welcomes interesting tidbits of home and garden news -- events related to the home or garden, new stores, trends, local people with ideas on design and decorating, mail order finds, furniture styles, new products and more. Please send suggestions to Elizabeth Large, On the Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278.


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