Kitchen kudosMost kitchens have at least one of these...

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August 04, 1996|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN STAFF

Kitchen kudos

Most kitchens have at least one of these problems: poor traffic flow, lack of storage and display space, outdated appliances, worn surfaces. The entrants in the 11th annual CKD Excellence in Kitchen Design Competition had to solve all of the problems. The specific challenge to the designers was to remodel the galley-style kitchen of a 1980s ranch-style home. Judges included representatives from the National Kitchen and Bath Association, magazine editors and other designers.

The winner of the prestigious contest? An open, flowing space that garnered Ed Charest of Specialty Trim Co. in Ellicott City the $3,000 first prize. Judy Hillman paints furniture -- old, new, whatever is interesting. "I particularly like floral designs," she says, "but I'll do anything." Recently she painted African folk art on a set of tables and chairs and finished a crackle piece that was quite contemporary. Much of her work is custom-done. You can see examples of it at her new store, the Milk House in the Shops at Kenilworth. Here she sells home and garden accessories and gifts, as well as her furniture, and also does floral design. (Unusual wreaths are a specialty.)

The Milk House is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call (410) 339-3849 for more information. Gardening has become such a popular leisure-time activity that even This Old House magazine is getting into the act. A new section called "In the Garden" debuts in the July/August issue. Readers get the lowdown on a hardy new petunia, a story on a mini-bulldozer (OK, this isn't much help to us city gardeners) and a step-by-step guide to edging. This Old House is published six times a year. "Ornament is a crime," said Austrian architect Adolf Loos in 1908. Don't you believe it. "The Pull of Beauty," an exhibition on the role of decoration and ornament in contemporary design, is on view at the National Building Museum in Washington until September.

The juxtaposition of past and present hardware, from ornate doorknobs to peepholes and switch plates, will change the way you think about architectural decoration. Call (202) 272-2448 for more information.

Home Front welcomes interesting tidbits of home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Elizabeth Large, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278, or fax to (410) 783-2519.

Pub Date: 8/04/96

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