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May 01, 1994|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Sun Staff Writer

Taking bouquets from the usual into the unusual

The arrangement was for a kitchen on a Federal Hill house tour, so Jill Ferguson and Cheryl Milligan used small red-skinned potatoes and asparagus intertwined with lizzies, a sweet pea-like flower. A true spring bouquet for the kitchen!

Their business is called Arrangements. The partners, who have a background in design as well as flowers, specialize in creative bouquets. "We like to take a usual event and make it unusual," says Ms. Milligan.

They don't have a shop, so rather than doing individual arrangements, they stick to designing flowers for parties, weddings and other events. "Anything where we have creative license," says Ms. Milligan, who describes her partnership with lifelong friend Jill Ferguson as "a cottage industry."

For more information about Arrangements, call Ms. Milligan at (410) 366-6524. Rheda Brandt-Brager wants to introduce new furniture to Baltimore. "Very new furniture," she says. How about a brilliant blue papier-mache chair? Or big, bold free-form mirrors with frames of cast plaster? Or free-form lighting made out of mesh?

But not everything in her new store, Grand Design Inc., will

shock and surprise. The spine chair by designer Andre Dubreuil is well on its way to becoming a classic; Ms. Brandt-Brager has sold it to several museums. She carries witty, sculptural lanterns called Lumalights in all sizes and prices. Here you'll find hand-painted velvets, linens and silks by Carolyn Quartermaine and the pylon chair by British artist Tom Dixon (featured this month in British Elle).

Grand Design is scheduled to open tomorrow. The gallery will specialize in contemporary furniture, lighting and ceramics from Europe and the United States -- "One-of-a-kind, limited editions and mass-produced," Ms. Brandt-Brager says. Her gallery differs from others in Baltimore, she feels, because it's not craft-oriented, although many of her pieces are handmade.

Grand Design is located at 8 East Franklin St. The phone number is (410) 625-1440. Once if you had to ask the price you couldn't afford it. Now everyone is responding to the consumer's desire for value. Case in point: this year's Baltimore Museum Antiques Show. The show managers are emphasizing the "smalls" and affordable antiques that will be offered in reasonable price ranges.

This is the 12th year for the event, which brings in 37 dealers from all over the country. Besides traditional American and European antiques, it will feature Asian ceramics, Americana, folk art, textiles and rare books.

Other events connecting with the show include a silent auction, a demonstration of carving and gilding, a preview party and a bus trip to the Eastern Shore. Samuel Pennington, editor of Maine Antique Digest, will moderate a panel discussion on "Antique Markets: To Buy or Not To Buy?" at 10 a.m. Friday.

The Baltimore Museum Antiques Show takes place May 6 through 8 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, opening every day at 11 a.m. and closing 8 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $8. For details, call (410) 396-6314. Ann Doby and Palie Wehman are ordinary people. Like many of us, the two Bethesda businesswomen can't afford expensive interior design advice. They go to yard sales. They shop at auctions and flea markets. And then they use their finds to decorate their homes.

The difference is that they do it so well they decided to make a how-to video, "Make Mine Country." (They did use an interior designer as a consultant.)

Go with them on their shopping trips and watch them decorate a living room in three different country styles: European, contemporary and rustic. These are affordable decorating ideas, along with easy-to-follow tips on general topics like color and arranging furniture.

"Make Mine Country" runs for 45 minutes and costs $19.95. Call (800) 738-3344 for more information or to order. On the Home Front welcomes interesting tidbits of home angarden 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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