Grand Design, the art furniture and accessories gallery on Franklin Street, will close at the end of the month. Owner Rheda Brandt plans to continue to sell to clients, dealers and design professionals by appointment only. "But on a day-to-day level, the numbers weren't there," she says of the Franklin Street location.
With the move, Ms. Brandt is also returning to interior design. You will be able to see her work at this year's Baltimore Symphony Decorators Show House. She'll be decorating the tower stairway.
1% Her new number is (410) 366-7999.
Among the hundreds of catalogs that come across my desk, one sometimes stands out. Currently it's the January 1995 Gardeners Eden. The flowering bulbs and gardening equipment are particularly appealing this time of year; but the catalog also includes some items you may not have seen elsewhere:
* Rain chain: A 9-foot-4-inch chain of naturally weathered interlocking copper rings that acts as an alternative to a downspout. ($58)
* Hose pot: A decorative adobe clay pot that stores your garden hose. (It passes through a hole in the base of the pot.) The weight of the pot keeps it from moving when you pull the hose out. ($79)
* Squirrel-resistant feeder: The cage-like design allows small birds to feed in peace. ($44)
* Water lily fountain: A small, portable fountain with a lily sculpture and basin made of copper. A concealed electric pump recirculates water over the lily. Keep it indoors in winter, on a deck or in the garden once spring arrives. ($235)
MA Call (800) 822-9600 for a copy of the Gardeners Eden catalog.
Dakota Jackson designs
Designer Dakota Jackson's New Rhythms collection for Lane Co. was one of the high points, excuse the pun, of last spring's wholesale furniture market at High Point, N.C. The 60-piece grouping was appealing, comfortable and sophisticated -- and affordably priced compared with Mr. Jackson's high-style, one-of-a-kind art furniture.
Now you can find New Rhythms at Bloomingdale's in White Flint and Tyson's Corner, Va. (While Baltimore furniture stores aren't carrying it, they can order it for you.)