Sitting prettyFurniture designer David Wiesand starts...


March 16, 1997|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN STAFF

Sitting pretty

Furniture designer David Wiesand starts, perhaps, with his own pair of 19th-century Italian chairs for inspiration. Then he increases the scale for current taste and discards what he sees as unnecessary ornamentation "hampering the form underneath." The results are the designs for his new line of custom-made painted chairs.

What makes these chairs so spectacular is not only their designs but their finishes. One of the most popular, he says, has been ivory crackle with gold-leaf accents. Silvery finishes are also doing very well. Many involve stenciling, and most are highly distressed. Prices range from $1400 to $2400.

You can see David Wiesand's chairs at his shop, McLain Wiesand, 891 N. Howard St. The phone number is (410) 728-2441.

Let's say you're anxious to have your back yard professionally landscaped. Or you want to add a small pond to your garden. A place to start would be the Landscape Contractors Association's "Consumer Service Guide," free for the asking.

Some 275 landscape designers and architects are listed in the Maryland, Washington and Virginia area by specialization and geographical location. You can look under various headings such as Residential Maintenance, Landscape Lighting and Tree Care, and then find which companies in those categories work in your area.

You can get the guide by calling (301) 948-0810 or faxing your request to (301) 990-9771. Or write to the Landscape Contractors Association at 15245 Shady Grove Road, Suite 130, Rockville, Md. 20850. You can even e-mail them at

It's a book as lovely as a wedding bouquet, but its good looks hide a very practical interior. The "Williams Sonoma Wedding Planner" ($36) begins with the engagement and gift registry and guides the bride and groom through to the honeymoon.

The book is a useful tool and a keepsake for after the wedding. Beautiful photographs illustrate such topics as how to make your own bouquet and the variety of wedding-cake styles. The spiral-bound pages include checklists, time lines and budget work sheets.

The "Williams Sonoma Wedding Planner" would be a good gift for the newly engaged. It's available at Williams Sonoma stores or through the Williams Sonoma catalog, (800) 541-2233. Christopher Cahill, an award-winning landscape designer and vice president of Botanical Decorators in Columbia, is giving a series of free seminars in Columbia's village centers.

"Beautiful Yards Begin with a Design" will outline steps to create a landscaping plan. 8 p.m.-9 p.m. March 19, River Hill Meeting Room.

"Create the Perfect Outdoor Living Space" will deal with patios, decks, walks, fences and arbors, 7: 30 p.m.-8: 30 p.m. March 26, Hawthorn Center in Hickory Ridge.

"The Power Plants" -- a discussion of low-maintenance hybrids that need little pruning, feeding and watering but provide year-round interest, 7: 30 p.m.-8: 30 p.m. April 2, Hawthorn Center in Hickory Ridge.

For registration and directions, call Botanical Decorators at (410) 995-0300.

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