Bringing up baby, affordably
If money is an issue, don't furnish your nursery without checking out Li'l Bits in Towson (517 York Road, 410-296-1352). The emphasis is on good, affordable cribs and other baby furniture from manufacturers like Barrett, Tracers and Angel Line. The store also buys and sells used cribs, playpens and toys.
After your little one has gotten a little bit bigger, Li'l Bits has youth furniture, including canopy beds and "boxed" beds with drawers. The store also carries some hard-to-find lines like Baby Bjorn accessories and Mustela infant and adult skin-care products.
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
In response to our national obsession with getting organized, Rubbermaid has come up with a new series called Vision Drawers, which includes the four-drawer tower pictured ($34.99). The storage pieces have a sleek, minimalist look, with black or white frames and sliding see-through drawers.
Clear drawers make sense for ease of finding what you've hidden away. But you have to admire the optimism of those who put them in their living room and expect to keep them neat!
Vision Drawers are available where Rubbermaid products are sold.
Antiques in Annapolis
Annapolis' largest antique furniture and decorative arts sale is taking place this weekend at the Parole National Guard Armory on Hudson Street, off West Street. The 28th annual Annapolis Heritage Antiques Show benefits London Town House and Gardens, a National Historic Landmark on the banks of the South River. Some 35 dealers are represented from all over the East Coast. (Pictured is a classical Baltimore pedestal-based mahogany card table, 1815-1830.)
The show is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. Admission is $6. For more information, call 410-222-1919.
Getting cozy for the winter
It's the time of year for some serious cocooning. Here are some tips for making your bedroom -- what some designers are calling "the new living room" -- a pleasing place to be:
* Enhance relaxation with fabrics and materials inspired by nature.
* Use mood lighting, except for lamps used for reading in bed.
* Enjoy the luxurious feel of plush wall-to-wall carpet with a soothing-to-look-at tone-on-tone weave.
* Surfaces you sit or lie on should be soft and comfortable. Save rough or nubby textures for curtains or accessories.
* Dampen sound with walls of textural material like grass cloth.
* When working with several textures, limit the palette to one or two colors.
* Invest in comfortable sheets. The higher the thread count, the softer the sheet.
* Add high design to a bedroom with coordinated bed linens like the new "Corsica" collection from Dan River Inc. (pictured).
Pub Date: 1/25/98