Smith/Hawken opens store in BaltimoreJust in time for high...

On the Home Front

April 28, 1996|By Elizabeth Large

Smith/Hawken opens store in Baltimore

Just in time for high gardening season, the area's first Smith & Hawken has opened in Mount Washington at 1340 Smith Ave. Located in a renovated cotton mill, the upscale garden resource and lifestyle store carries teak indoor/outdoor furniture, clothes, gardening tools and unusual plants in its nursery.

Baltimoreans have oohed and aahed over the California-based retailer's handsome catalog for years; now we can go directly to the showroom.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Design advice

Do you suffer from designerphobia -- or at least a phobia about the high prices you think they charge? Get free interior design advice at the second annual Baltimore International Women's Show at the Timonium Fairgrounds next weekend.

The show's Home and Family Pavilion will feature showrooms decorated by local designers. After you've had a tour, you can sit down for a 15-minute consultation with a designer from Dare Designs, Hale-Williams Interior Design or H. Stanley Interior Design. Bring fabric swatches or paint samples.

The show is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Flowers at home

Denise Lee of the Society of American Florists sees a shift to a European view of flowers in the home as a part of everyday life. "Flower arrangements are no longer meant to impress," she says, "but to express gentler sentiments."

Consumers continue to prefer arrangements of mixed flowers, the floral and trend consultant says -- the '90s twist is that the "hottest" flowers are reminders of another era, such as foxglove, dahlia, peony, lilac and heather.

Loose, unstructured arrangements are popular, along with tightly clustered bouquets derived from the hand-held Victorian version.

The trendiest colors are bright and bold jewel tones, with deep purples, red and blues mixed with orange, hot pink and chartreuse. Don't despair if these aren't your style; Ms. Lee calls pale peaches and pinks "the timeless hues."

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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