Creative name and designs

ON THE HOME FRONT

January 14, 1996|By Elizabeth Large

Remember when florists used to have names like Wilson's Flower Shop? Somehow I'd rather buy my dozen roses or whatever at a place called Enchanted Petals, the new florist at 17 S. Charles St.

You'll find the owners are as creative with their floral arrangements and custom designs as they are with their shop's name. Plants, gift baskets, topiaries and balloons are available as well. Call (410) 347-0960 for more information.

A winner

A 19th-century farmhouse in Sykesville, 25 miles north of Baltimore, has won national recognition for its exterior renovation from Historic Preservation. The home of Tom and Darcy Lynch is featured in the magazine's January/February issue, with the announcement of its second-place win in the Great American Home Awards. The wood frame house is made up of a pre-Revolutionary log cabin and a traditional Georgian center-hall house with a Civil War-era ballroom.

Arranging accessories

Finally, a book that tells you how to redecorate without spending a cent. According to the editors of Southern Accents magazine, rearranging your accessories can make all the difference.

"Accents on Accessories" (Oxmoor House, $24.95) gives you the skinny on accessorizing, with tips and ideas from the magazine's editors and nationally known interior designers, including Baltimore's own Alexander Baer. Local antiques dealer and designer Stiles Colwill's home makes an appearance as well, in a chapter on formal balance. The color photography in this small book is so stunning that it takes awhile to notice that the advice is down-to-earth practical.

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. Or fax to (410) 783-2519.

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