Designing the right work space

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June 14, 1998|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff

Are you an analytical left-brainer, or a creative right-brainer? Choosing a work environment that reflects the way you think just might enhance your productivity and make you feel more comfortable. Here are some tips on home-office design from furniture maker Sauder Woodworking Co.

For left brainers, who are typically analytical and logical, and who need clean work spaces with few distractions:

* A single work space with ample storage and file space.

* Closed drawers and filing cabinets to put away unneeded materials.

* Bookcase units with shelves behind doors.

* Traditional styles and mellow patterns.

For right brainers, who typically are creative and visually oriented, and who like to have work in plain view:

* Generous work surfaces, with L- or U-shaped desks.

* Open shelves and stacking containers.

* Brightly colored folders and oversized labels that make it easy to identify materials that must be stored away.

* Bright colors and patterns to stimulate creative thinking.


* Ever wonder how bricks were made in the 18th century? How yarn was spun, how people cooked their food, how woodworkers survived without power tools? Find out today from noon to 4 p.m. at the Annual 18th Century Founding Fathers' Trades Fair at the Charles Carroll House of Annapolis, 107 Duke of Gloucester St. See some 60 "Colonial" tradespeople at work and enjoy activities for children, story-telling, music and more. Admission: $6 for adults; $5 for house members and senior citizens; $2 for students; free for those under 6. For more information and directions, call 410-269-1737.

* More than 100 antiques dealers from a dozen states will be offering furniture, silver, folk art, quilts, clocks, prints, books and other items from noon to 6 p.m. today at Towson Center, Towson University. Admission is $5. For more information, call 410-830-3991.

* Fruits and vegetables, flowers, cheeses and breads, eggs and crafts are just a few of the items available every Saturday at the Baltimore Farmers' Market, now open from 8 a.m. until sellout (usually noon) under the Jones Falls Expressway at Saratoga and Holliday streets.

Outdoor sounds

You can have a true pastorale or an al fresco rock venue thanks to speakers from Pioneer that pipe music from indoors to out. They are offered by the Frontgate catalog, which features products to for the garden, lawn, patio, deck and pool. The speakers can be mounted on decks or in flower beds. They come in tan, gray or green-speckled sandstone finish, and are 13 inches wide and about 17 inches high. They cost $295 each (100 feet of dual conductor speaker wire is $35). To order, or for a catalog, call 800-626-6488.

A new power gadget for Dad

Spraying herbicides, fertilizers, insecticides and sealants, washing windows, removing wallpaper and whitewashing a fence may not be high on Dad's list of activities in the days leading up to Father's Day (June 21). But he might think more kindly about such tasks if he were to be presented with a new tool designed to make them easier: Black & Decker's new cordless rechargeable power sprayer. It provides a continuous spray without hand-pumping. The package includes power pump, 3-gallon tank, two spray nozzles, 6-foot hose, two VersaPak batteries and charger. It costs about $99 at major home centers.

Pub Date: 6/14/98

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