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November 10, 1996|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Sun Staff

Expanding elegance

It's a natural next step for F. Schumacher & Co., known for its exquisite fabrics, wallcoverings and carpets. The high-end home furnishings company has just introduced its first collection of furniture and decorative accessories, including mirrors and lamps. The pieces are inspired by European designs of the 18th and early 19th centuries, but their eclecticism makes them fit right into 20th-century homes.

Shown is the Veneziano love seat, a camel-back sofa inspired by Venetian design. It has flared, scrolled arms, a single box-edge seat cushion and a double kick-pleat skirt.

Schumacher furnishings are available through interior designers.

If you're in Easton for the Dickens of a Christmas festival, the Festival of Trees or just antiquing, stop by the newly opened Tharpe House Antiques & Decorative Arts. Located at 28 S. Washington St., the consignment shop is run by volunteers for the benefit of the Historical Society of Talbot County.

Tharpe House sells antique furniture, reproductions, china, lamps, silver and knickknacks. It's open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 3 p.m.

The theory goes this way: You set up this little house with its copper roof and gaily hand-painted exterior on a pole in your garden. You fill it with wood chips, and somehow it entices caterpillars to crawl up the pole and enter through the vertical slots. The caterpillars turn into butterflies and fly away.

I'm not promising anything, but I will say that these butterfly houses make charming gifts and are very pretty in a garden. The one pictured is from the Shawan Shoppes at 10866B York Road, Hunt Valley. Made by Pacific Rim, it sells for $59.

Here is a kitchen brush that, in its modest way, has everything. Contemporary good looks. A shaped handle for easy gripping. Fibers that are soft enough not to damage a mushroom but strong enough to give a potato a good scrubbing. A Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. And a price tag of only $3.95. The Libman Mushroom & Potato Brush can be found at Giant and other supermarkets and kitchen shops.

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