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November 03, 1996|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN STAFF

Gifts for the home

Looking for an Oriental rug or an unusual housewarming present? Khazana Trading Ltd., newly opened in Towson Town Center on the fourth level, offers furnishings and decorative accessories from Pakistan and Kashmir. The furniture is solid rosewood, carved or with brass or copper inlays, and solid walnut. There are decorative textiles, hand-painted papier mache accent pieces and gifts made from brass, copper, onyx and ceramics.

Khazana is the flagship store in the United States for an international chain. It's the first of 15 stores planned for the Baltimore-Washington area.

Baltimore resident Laura Perry's wedding gift to her %o husband-to-be was a professionally designed master plan for a dream garden. Her experience working with a landscape architect is detailed in the November-December issue of Fine Gardening, on the newsstands now. Mahan Rykiel Associates developed the plan; and Jay and Laura Perry, who are hands-on gardeners, carried it out over five years. The article, with color photographs and diagrams, details every step of the way, from budgeting options to making a wish list to how the Perrys made the garden (shown below) their very own creation. Small offices are big business these days. For the first time, InterPlan, a prestigious New York trade show of office furnishings, is holding SO/HO Saturday (Small Office/Home Office) -- a day open to the general public.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9 you can see the latest in products and furniture and attend seminars on subjects like "Work at Home: Designing for Inevitable Ambiguity." (You have to love that title.) To get into SO/HO Saturday, held at the New York Coliseum, you'll need a business card, a photo ID and $20. No advance registration is required. For more information, call (800) 950-1314, Ext. 2611.

House cat

The cat stares out mysteriously, the way cats do, and beside the picture is a quotation from Jean Cocteau: "I love cats because I love my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul."

For every cat lover who believes that, "The Quotable Feline" by Jim Dratfield and Paul Coughlin (Knopf, $20) is a must-have book. The intriguing sepia photographs (these are not "cute" pet pictures) are paired with a variety of eloquent quotes -- from Leonardo da Vinci to Colette. As Ernest Hemingway said, "One cat just leads to another."

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