Restoration and then some"Two presidents have eaten at...

ON THE HOME FRONT

February 13, 1994|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Staff Writer

Restoration and then some

"Two presidents have eaten at 'my' tables," says furniture restorer Patrick Smith with a grin. But these days he's branching out: He not only restores period furniture but also does faux finishing, gold leafing, marbleizing and some furniture and cabinet building.

In the three years he's been in this area, Mr. Smith has gained a reputation as one of the best restorers around, according to Phil Dubey of Dubey's Art and Antiques on Howard Street. His most spectacular current project is the restoration of a 1910 donkey cart from Palermo with marvelous carving and painting on it.

Mr. Smith and his staff offer a full line of restoration services to both antiques dealers and private clientele.

"It can be sort of one-stop shopping," he says, "We can do floors, furniture, walls."

Mr. Smith, who works out of his Essex home (he and his wife Margaret are in the process of restoring it), can be reached at (410) 391-8962.

When readers of the magazine Sew News kept asking for more and more ideas on home furnishing projects, the editors decided the time had come for a publication devoted entirely to sewing for the home. The result is Sewing Decor, a bi-monthly, sew-it-yourself decorating guide.

The new magazine has projects for every level of expertise, stories on the latest interior design trends, question-and-answer columns and a resource guide.

Several projects in each issue are designed for beginners. "You don't have to be a hard-core sewer to make pillows and window treatments," says Susan Voigt-Reising, the new editor. "Many home decorating projects require little or no sewing and are primarily rectangles."

Sewing Decor will be on the newsstands in March. You can get a free issue and a subscription by calling (800) 926-9868. A year's subscription (six issues) costs $17.98.

What do your valentine and a piece of fine crystal have in common?

You can probably think of several romantic answers -- perfect for the enclosed card when you give your sweetheart a beautiful piece of Waterford or Baccarat crystal for Valentine's Day.

A heart-shaped 3-inch paperweight from Baccarat ($115) comes in wonderful colors: ruby red, moss green, cobalt blue, emerald and aquamarine.

Waterford makes two crystal heart paperweights, one for $49 that fits in the palm of your hand (it's called a "hand cooler"), one a little larger ($75).

Waterford also has a beautiful heart tray, about 8 inches wide, for $89 and a heart-shaped ring holder (2 1/2 inches) for $49. A small covered crystal heart box is $89.

All these can be found at Creative Specialties at 1802 Reisterstown Road, (410) 484-3388.

Those pretty silver teaspoons you got as a wedding gift and stir your morning coffee with have more history behind them than you ever imagined.

This Tuesday Charles Stieff, grandson of the founder of Kirk Stieff and a former executive vice president of the company, will lecture on "Understanding Your Silver" at the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus.

He'll discuss the origins of silver designs, why there are so many different kinds of tableware, what you should be collecting if you want to collect silver and how the repousse style became synonymous with Baltimore.

He'll also talk on Federal-era silver from the collection at Homewood, the house built in 1802 by Charles Carroll Jr., on what's now the Homewood campus. A question-and-answer session will follow his talk.

The lecture begins at 10 a.m., and tickets are $5. For reservation, call (410) 516-5589.

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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