Antique linens get a new lease on life


April 30, 1995|By Elizabeth Large

Your best linen tablecloth, the one you inherited from your grandmother, has red wine spilled on it. Before you despair, give Linens Limited a call.

For more than 30 years, Linens Limited has been using Old World methods to restore antique linens to their former glory. The service also cares for down comforters, christening gowns, wedding veils and important contemporary linens. Any repairs needed are made before laundering.

The fine linen shop I checked with locally had nothing but praise for the service. The only catch is that Linens Limited is in Milwaukee.

Your first step is to call (800) 637-6334. You can consult with a member of the staff about your particular needs, and he or she will tell you the best way to package and send your linens, and how long before they'll be shipped back.

Seasonal plant care

With your yard and garden calling for your full attention right now, don't forget these important procedures from the Landscape Contractors Association reference calendar:

L * Deadhead annuals and perennials by removing faded flowers.

* It's time for gypsy moth control. (Consult your gardening center.)

* Watch for lace bugs on the underside of azaleas, pieris, pyracantha, rhododendron, oak, linden and sycamore leaves.

* Prune out any wood in roses that doesn't produce buds by the end of this month.

* Make pines fuller by pinching out the center "candles" by hand.

'High country'

Heather Shreve Helfrich says she's been making money from her artwork since age 14. But now she's doing it big time in her new shop, the Perrine Co., at 15433 Falls Road, (410) 472-9255.

It's not just an art gallery. Here she also sells her own porch furniture, custom lamps, garden accessories and birdhouses. She sews pillows, slipcovers, canopies and window treatments.

"I even do some simple upholstering," she says with a laugh.

The Perrine Co.'s merchandise has what Ms. Helfrich calls "high country" themes -- sophisticated, not cutesy. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

In last Sunday's story on house tours, the designer of the Symphony Decorators' Show House solarium pictured in our photograph was misidentified, for which we apologize. It was designed by Hale and Rexrode Interior Design.

On the Home Front welcomes interesting tidbits of home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Elizabeth Large, On the Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278.

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