In a recent item on MacKenzie-Childs Inc.'s new paper products, I said that a majolica mug from the designers could cost as much as $75. A company representative was quick to let me know that would be the cost of a mug and saucer. Mugs alone are no more than $50.
Paper napkins made elegant
Devotees of MacKenzie-Childs will be delighted to learn that they can soon get a bit of disposable joy in their lives with the firm's latest designs: paper plates and napkins. Considering that a MacKenzie-Childs' handcrafted majolica mug retails for as much as $75 -- don't even ask how much the painted furniture costs -- these pretty paper products are also affordable ephemera.
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Mackenzie-Childs paper was introduced at the recent New York International Gift Show. Fifteen napkins in four patterns will retail for $5.50, eight 7-inch octagonal plates for $3.50 and eight 10-inch octagonal plates for $5.50. The Kellogg Collection on Falls Road is the exclusive outlet for MacKenzie-Childs in Baltimore.
Given the popularity of gardening, it was a great idea for a gift and decorative accessories shop: Everything at Littlefield's in Cross Keys was garden-oriented, from pretty watering cans to baking dishes decorated with vegetables. Now Littlefield's is moving to a space four times as large in Lake Falls Village on Falls Road (where Talbot's Kids used to be before Talbot's moved to Cross Keys).
The new Littlefield's will open tomorrow with less gardening equipment and more in the way of furnishings and accessories )) with flower, fruit and vegetable themes. Owner Sarah Klinefelter promises "lots of gifts for under $20." The store will also carry sportswear and dresses.
Houston craftsman David Marsh brings new meaning to the phrase "fun furniture." His hand-crafted pine pieces are built with Old World techniques in traditional styles, then whimsically hand-painted and adorned. (He might, for instance, inset marbles in a piece and call it "Marbelous and Tacky.") And just in case you don't understand that his furniture is supposed to be fun, "HA" is signed on the back of each one-of-a-kind creation. Prices range from $100 for CD shelves to $1,200 for an armoire.
You can find his fanciful but functional furniture at the Artcraft Collection in Savage Mill. The craft gallery is located in the New Weave Building; call (410) 880-4863 for information or directions.
If you want to find out more about Stephen Woodhams (below), the featured speaker at this year's Art Blooms at the Walters Art Gallery, look no further than the February/March issue of Garden Design. The prestigious gardening magazine describes him as "the wunderkind of British floral design" and his aesthetic as "stripped-down simplicity, a challenging mix of traditional design and modern materials, fiery colors, and striking plant combinations."
This will be the first speaking engagement in the United States for Woodhams, who was the 1994 gold medal winner at the Chelsea Flower Show, the world's premier garden exhibition, according to Garden Design.
Art Blooms at the Walters, the annual fund-raiser sponsored by the Women's Committee, will be held April 2-5, with lectures, demonstrations and floral displays. Call (410) 547-9000, Ext. 305 for more information.