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July 07, 1996|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN STAFF

Nesting instinct comes home

You've heard how the nesting instinct has taken over, that we're spending more time than ever in our homes. Maybe that explains the surprising popularity of birds' nests as a motif on everything from fabric to painted furniture. At this spring's wholesale furnishings market in High Point, N.C., for instance, Wesley Hall introduced an armoire painted with birds' nests; and here in Baltimore you can find them on plates and mugs at Littlefield's, Village of Cross Keys.

Trend forecaster Michelle Lamb sees birds' nests and eggs as examples of the next generation of garden motifs.

"The first ones were cheery, like the fruits and vegetables," she says, "but now there's more interest in realistic colors and realistic shapes taken from nature."

Weddings are for the birds

The bride and groom each hold a snow-white dove. The happy couple kiss, then let their birds go. Next, the best man signals and a dozen doves are released. They circle around the wedding party two or three times and fly away. Then the ring bearer or flower girl releases a final dove.

Where do the birds go? "To their castle in Perry Hall," says Daniel Vitilio, owner of Wedding Doves for Love.

This particular dove release (15 birds plus Vitilio in a tuxedo) costs $295. He also does christenings, anniversaries, graduations, funerals -- even the movie premiere of "Major League 2" (200 doves). The birds train on Interstate 95 during the week so they can find their way back home even when the special event is held in Washington or Annapolis. The beautiful circling before they fly off is their way of getting their bearings. Call (410) 882-7784 for more information. These funny-looking garden clogs are one of the hottest sellers at the new Smith & Hawken (1340 Smith Ave.). Made in Germany of molded, rubberized plastic, they're practically indestructible. Get them muddy and you just pop out the insoles and wash separately. The clogs themselves can be rinsed off under a tap.

Men's clogs come in blue and green; women's in blue, green, yellow and red. They cost $38 a pair. Whole sizes only. For more information, call the store at (410) 433-0119.

High tech and low

Talk about eclectic: At Ellicott City's newest design store, Room Service, high-tech halogen lamps share space with French country reproductions and "environmentally conscious" furniture. There are even aromatic candles and a collection of all-natural toiletries. Services include design consultation, custom upholstering and framing.

The shop, at 8086 Main St., is owned by Leslie Meilman, who also owns Rags to Riches across the street. Call (410) 313-9090.

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.

Pub Date: 7/07/96

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