A waist-high black terra-cotta pot filled with plants could jazz up your back yard, or you could add an ethnic touch to your sun porch with an abstract black terra-cotta horse.
Rita Santosh imports the unusual black terra-cotta ware from India and sells it in her new store, Rare Earth, in the Owings Mill Mall. You'll find the handsome shop, filled with pottery and plants, on the first level between Macy's and the American Cafe. For more information, call (410) 581-2077.
Old sofas need never die
Greg Imhoff can reupholster that old sofa you bought with your first apartment, but what he really loves to work on is antique furniture. His specialty is reclaiming an heirloom's lost beauty with old-fashioned craftsmanship and quality.
Imhoff's Upholstery is in Finksburg, but Mr. Imhoff will pick up and deliver in Baltimore at no charge. Although prices vary, to reupholster an antique wing chair might cost $275 for the labor, exclusive of the fabric. Call (410) 833-5418 to set up an
Run for the borders
Wall-covering borders are so trendy these days they actually outsell regular wall coverings two to one.
"All the old rules about wallpaper borders have been broken," says Elinor Shebar, vice president and director of design for Village Wallpaper. You can put them along the floorboard, at chair-rail height or picture-molding level (18 inches from the ceiling). Designers are using colors and motifs taken from the borders to create a theme for the whole room.
To personalize a room, you can trim the border by following the edge of its motif. For instance, a floral border could be cut to form a scalloped edge. You can double up borders for a bolder look, or use two contrasting borders together. Because wall-covering borders have become so popular, you'll be able to choose from a variety of colors and designs.
The Wright stuff
Frank Lloyd Wright's designs never seem to go out of style. Now replicas of lamps from his most famous houses like Falling Water can grace your home. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has granted the Yamagiwa Corp., Japan's largest lighting manufacturer, the exclusive right to replicate 14 designs for the U.S. market.
The introduction of the collection coincided with a Frank Lloyd Wright retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The light fixtures will be sold in the museum's design store at first and then through lighting showrooms.
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