Valley Framing finds a new home


January 22, 1995|By Elizabeth Large

A little white house on the corner of Sherwood and York roads will be the new home of Valley Framing and Fine Art sometime early this spring. The move from Belvedere Square to Cockeysville will mean more room for art and home furnishings. The shop, known for its unusual gifts and decorative accessories, will expand into lamps and some furniture. Owner Yvonne Serio says that after two years of finding and then renovating the new location, she'll finally have the homelike setting she wanted for her business. The living, dining and family rooms will become art galleries and showrooms; a small addition will house a framing studio. The new Valley Framing should open by mid-March at 2 Sherwood Road across from Cockeysville's

antique row.

A garden in winter

The arrival of winter doesn't mean you can ignore your garden until spring. Here are some tips for maintenance from the Landscape Contractors Association.

* Avoid using rock salt on icy walks and driveways. It can be fatal to plants.

* Remove any broken branches caused by winter damage.

* Water evergreens planted last fall if the weather has been dry and warm.

* Soil tests can be done now so the results will be back in time for early lawn care. Call your county extension agent for information and a soil-test kit.

Demystifying antiques

If you're interested at all in antiques, "Treasures in Your Home: An Illustrated Guide to Antiques and Their Prices" (Reader's Digest, $40) is a must-have. Edited by David Battie, director of Sotheby's, it's written by well-respected authorities in the field. Its 544 pages are chock-full of facts about the market; but it's also a good read, with features like capsules of the distinctive features of each period; first-person accounts of antiques appraisals; and a helpful glossary of terms, styles and names. "Treasures in Your Home" is illustrated with more than 2,000 color photographs. Call (800) 726-0600 if you have trouble finding it in local bookstores.

Artful music boxes

So you need something to cheer you up in the dead of winter. Maybe a music box made of fishing weights and glass beads will do the trick.

Valerie Bunnell's decorative music boxes are small works of art. Each is unique; most have a nature theme, and a whimsical one at that. Pictured is a ceramic cube glazed creamy white and painted to look like water on top. Dragonflies and leaves are countersunk in the porcelain. The superstructure is welded steel with fishing weights and lures, shiny discs, glass beads and marbles; there are two hinged doors. Yes, it plays music: "Lara's Theme" and "Baa, Baa, Black Sheep"! It's $255 at Gazelle in Cross Keys.

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