Designer tips off decorating neophytes


October 23, 1994|By Elizabeth Large

For those uncertain about buying home accessories and antiques, Dan Carithers, a nationally known interior designer, recently offered these tips at a design seminar sponsored by Southern Accents magazine:

* Be confident about exploring new styles. "Expose yourself to new things all the time."

* Consider all price ranges. "Good design doesn't have to have a giant price tag."

* Personalize reproductions. "Begin with store-bought furniture but glaze it, sand it, do something to take the 'new' off."

* Buy 18th-century style. It's "the yardstick against which everything else is measured."

* Trust your intuition. "In the end, knowing what's good means understanding what's good for you."

Carriage House Collection

New York artist Mish Tworkowski creates distinctive, historically inspired gold-washed jewelry. Baltimorean Judy Cullen specializes in tabletop topiaries, from seasonal to whimsical to elegant.

Both of them, along with 20 other exhibitors, will be at the Carriage House Collection, the annual show and sale sponsored by the Women's Board of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. It will take place Nov. 3-4 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Carriage House at Evergreen, 4545 N. Charles St.

Md. homes make news

Look for not one but two Maryland homes featured in the November issue of Country Living, on the newsstands now.

One is a charming late-1700s farmhouse north of Baltimore; the story highlights the owners' decorative turkey collectibles. The other is the Maryland home of Country Living editor-at-large James Cramer, decorated for Thanksgiving. The latter is particularly striking because Mr. Cramer has chosen to use whites and pale hues instead of the vibrant colors of autumn.

Out of Africa, into Towson

Be inventive with your holiday shopping. Don't you know someone who would be intrigued by, say, a painted ostrich egg? You can get one at Afro Dizi, a cart selling African crafts, opening Oct. 31 in Towson Town Center. Located outside the Museum Company on the third level, the cart will also have beadwork, 3-D puzzles, marble statuettes of animals, wooden masks, refrigerator magnets and many other handcrafted items, mostly from southern Africa.

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