Unusual accentsLooking for an off-the-wall wall hanging or...


February 23, 1997|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN STAFF

Unusual accents

Looking for an off-the-wall wall hanging or a one-of-a-kind decorative plant stand? Try Boomerang Words & Gifts, which specializes in unusual accessories and crafts. Not to be missed are local artist John-Paul's wall hangings, Just Heads -- which are, well, heads made of polymer resin ($35-$55); Kimberly Smith's Clay Quilts wall hangings, composed of six different ceramic panels mounted on a wood frame ($28-$350); and Juanna Penna's copper plant stands shaped like birds, flowers and frogs ($20-$40). There's much more, from bagel cutters to aromatherapy containers, all just a little offbeat.

And what about the "words" in the store's name? Boomerang also sells books and greeting cards.

Boomerang is located in Padonia Village shopping center in Cockeysville. Store hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.

Most people are a little lazy when it comes to saving the Earth, but when saving money is involved they sit up and take notice. Now along comes a book that tells you how to do both -- sometimes together, sometimes separately.

Author Michelle Potter has collected thousands of ideas in "The Complete SAVing Source Catalog" (Rima World Press, $19.95). Information on environmental responsibility and thrift could be dull, but Potter's lively book is crammed with quick hits, boxes, charts, illustrations, tidbits and resources.

Her tips range from a recipe for homemade baby powder to advice on starting a recycling business. She tells how to create a nontoxic house and how to make a window quilt. Learn how to "green" your laundry, have an earth-saving and money-saving wedding, recycle hazardous waste, get out of debt with a "Scrooge" budget and much, much more.

The Historic Annapolis Foundation is planning its first decorator show house, the Slayton House, which has already gotten national attention because of the archaeological digs in its basement and garden. It's an unusual combination: Show house visitors will get to tour the digs as well as rooms of 20th-century furnishings created by designers from all over the mid-Atlantic region.

Slayton, a spacious Georgian townhouse, was built in 1744 by John Ridout. The house and gardens, located at 112 Duke of Gloucester St., will be open for tours from April 18 through May 18. Tickets are $12.

For more information, call (410) 267-7619 or visit the Historic Annapolis Foundation website at http: //www.annapolis.org.

As popular as scented candles are, it's not a good idea to burn them at the dinner table. A strong fragrance can interfere with your guests' enjoyment of the food. But now Robert Isabell, an internationally known party designer and head of Perfumes Isabell, has come up with an innovative solution: a candle created specifically for dining. His votive-size Dinner Lights are delicately scented with fresh garden herbs.

Perfumes Isabell's new line of candles also includes three seductively fragranced with florals for the bath or bedroom: White Gingerlily Frangipani, Lemon Honeysuckle and Nightbloom. Prices range from $20 to $40.

For more information or to order, call (800) ISABELL.

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