Fall show at Lilburn
Most show houses are open in the spring, but if you're a devotee you don't have to wait until then. Historic Ellicott City Inc. is presenting its 13th decorator show house from Sept. 21 through Oct. 19. The house is Lilburn, in the Ellicott City historic district. Built in 1851, it has many unusual architectural features, including a medieval bell tower and turrets. The rooms and the grounds surrounding the house have been redone by 24 local interior decorators, crafts people and landscape designers.
Tickets are $8 in advance, or $10 at the door. Visitors will be shuttled from the parking lot at the corner of Ellicott Mills Drive and Main Street. For more information, call 410-461-6908.
A new 'Rose' in Hampden
While the emphasis is on fashion at OH SAID ROSE in Hampden (840 W. 36th St., 410-235-5170), you'll find plenty of home furnishings and gifts as well. This month the newly opened shop is showcasing the framed works and decorative boxes of local illustrator Bonnie Matthews. There are also whimsical clocks and magnets by Buggy Whips Studio, unusual cast-aluminum bottle openers, picture frames, mugs, teapots and other decorative accessories and china. The piece de resistance is what owner Susannah Siger calls "a faux-finished furniture piece by Rebecca Wright. It's hard to describe, a sort of corner-shelf cabinet."
OH SAID ROSE is open Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
Cultivating change in the garden
Flower trends come and go, just as fashion trends do. American gardeners' tastes are changing and getting more sophisticated, says Frans Roozen of the International Flower Bulb Center in Hillegom, Holland.
What's new is an interest in anything small, fragrant, unfamiliar or brightly colored.
* Smaller flowers are suited to today's smaller gardens and can be used effectively in rock gardens, containers and "natural-look" plantings.
* In the past, fragrance has been sacrificed as hybridizers strengthened other desirable attributes. Now there's a new emphasis on sweet-smelling blooms.
* American gardeners are ready to try something different. The biggest news? Camassia with its ethereal blue flowers, giant purple alliums -- in spite of the small-flower trend -- and eranthis, which has ground-hugging yellow blooms.
* After a decade dominated by pastels, Americans are looking for flowers with strong, rich colors. That's true in Europe as well, says Roozen, though in Japan pastels are nowhere close to peaking.
The newest must-have color is orange. Try mixing it with "lots of blue and flashes of lime green and mahogany, or with yellow leavened with bolts of purple of white," says Roozen.
Floored by sisal
Luxury sisal. It sounds like an oxymoron, doesn't it? The fiber floor covering has long been popular for casual rooms. But now with the importance of texture and natural materials in home design, sisal is being used in every sort of setting, including quite formal ones. Karastan has even come up with its own luxurious knock-off in 100 percent wool.
Sisal looks right in period rooms when Oriental or needlepoint area rugs are placed on top of it. And the newest versions of sisal have needlepoint borders (for traditional spaces) or boldly colored trim (for contemporary rooms), like this 6-by-9-foot rug with a green canvas border ($299) at the Rowe Showplace in the Festival at Woodholme, Pikesville.
Pub Date: 9/14/97