American Indian antiquesIf you happen to have a sketch...


October 19, 1997|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN STAFF

American Indian antiques

If you happen to have a sketch book owned by a Cheyenne Indian in the 1880s, Harford County resident Roy Harrell would be the person to see about it.

Harrell, an expert in American Indian antiques, has just finished filming two episodes for the PBS "Antique Road Show" series as an appraiser, one in Pittsburgh, Pa., and one in Nashville, Tenn. One of the highlights of the Nashville episode was the sketch book, which Harrell appraised at $60,000 to $80,000. (Check local listings for when the shows will air.)

Harrell also started the Washington American Indian Antiques Show, which this year will be held on the campus of Georgetown University Nov. 15-16. For information on the show, call 410-399-0448 or e-mail

Budding decorators

You coordinate your furniture, rugs and accessories. Why not have your flower arrangements complement your decor? Here are a few guidelines:

* Traditional: Use a mixture of flowers like roses, gladiola, iris, carnations and lilies in a crystal, brass, silver or porcelain container.

* Casual: Strive for the just-picked look, with flowering or green plants casually grouped in a basket, or flowers like sunflowers, daisies and hydrangea in a glass vase, piece of pottery or pitcher.

* Contemporary: A dramatic effect works best, using bold flowers with strong lines like anthuriums, heliconia and orchids. Place them in a frosted-glass or metallic-finish vase.

* Victorian: Arrange pale, fragrant flowers such as roses and peonies in a romantic vase of clear glass, silver or crystal.

* American country: A woven basket or simple vase can hold mixed spring flowers like yarrow, wild roses, scabiosa and heather. Blooming plants, herbs, wreaths and swags add to the homespun decor.

Making a statement

One of the most important trends in new-home building is the emphasis on height and openness with great rooms, vaulted ceilings and two-story foyers -- features that demand imposing furnishings.

Designers are responding with "statement" furniture on a grand scale, like this mahogany armoire by Emerson et Cie, a Bruce Hirschhaut design. It has a lightly distressed finish and deep relief scroll carving accented with dusting wax.

L Emerson et Cie's Baltimore dealer is the Kellogg Collection.

Understanding your design tastes

"After 11 years of design journalism, I wanted to write [about] the way many of us prefer to decorate," says Dylan Landis in the preface to her new book "Elegant and Easy Rooms" (DTP Trade Paperbacks, $12.95), "affordably, often impulsively, sometimes nervously and with spurts of inspiration."

A contributing editor to Metropolitan Home, American Homestyle and Home magazine, Landis has written a stylish and readable little book filled with useful decorating advice. Example: If you don't trust your own taste, start keeping two files, one labeled "What I Love" and the other, "What I Hate." Tear out photos from design magazines that move you one way or the other. Use Post-It notes to pinpoint certain features. When the files are full, use them to discover your personal taste. Are there, for instance, five pictures of striped wallpaper in the "Love" file?

Pub Date: 10/19/97


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