Interior designers stage yard sale


April 23, 1995|By Elizabeth Large

"Yard sale" is a misnomer: This is an upscale event involving a quarter of a million dollars of merchandise. Each year the Maryland Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers holds a glorified yard sale with bargains on new and antique furniture, rugs, fabrics, wall coverings, decorative accessories and art. New this year at the sale is bargain design advice from professionals at a cost of $25 for half an hour.

It's all being held at the David Edward Co., 1407 Parker Road, Saturday and April 30, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The $3 door charge will go to the American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge.

Want to beat the crowds? The preview party and advance sale is being held Friday from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., $30 per person. Call (410) 329-3366 for reservations.

Textured carpets

Texture is the latest trend in carpets, according to the Carpet and Rug Institute. It's easy to see why; the look is casual, and dirt and stains are less obvious.

Berber is one of the hottest sellers because of its informal, natural appearance. It's a loop-pile carpet tufted with yarn for a full, luxurious feel and look.

"Texture has become so practical," says Kathryn Wise of the institute, "that there is a growing number of people using tightly constructed loop- or cut-pile carpet in their kitchens and family rooms. This is perhaps one reason we're seeing the emergence of commercial-like carpet in the residential market."

Seed dispenser

Such a simple little tool to do so many good things. It eliminates wasted seeds, reduces the need for thinning and improves growing conditions. Use the Tiny Tim Seed Dispenser with any small flower and vegetable seed such as lettuce, tomato, petunia or geranium. You can regulate the number of seeds dispensed by adjusting the spout and the amount of pressure applied to the knob. It's also useful for people with arthritis or other disabilities of the hand.

To order the patented tool, send $4.95 plus $1 postage and handling to Tiny Tim Seed Dispenser, Nicol & Associates, 15 Windy Acres Road, Huntington, Conn. 06484.

Forest in Federal Hill

Federal Hill's new garden shop is as charming as its name. Shadows in the Forest specializes in garden accessories and the greening of the indoors, with fresh and dried flowers and herbs, plants, baskets, decorative accessories made from twigs and branches, gardening books, pottery and kitchen and bath items.

The shop is located at 1126 S. Charles St., (410) 685-7320. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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