Puppy loveA figure called "Love Dog" is Annapolis sculptor...

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September 20, 1998|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff

Puppy love

A figure called "Love Dog" is Annapolis sculptor D. H. Banker's tribute to Rumi, inspired by a poem by the 13th-century Persian poet. The sculpture is cast in bronze; the original was cast of food, with a hot pepper for the nose, cherries for eyes, Hershey's Kisses for ears and a pencil for the tail. "Love Dog" is 7 inches long from nose to tail and costs $500.

Banker also makes clocks with small bas-relief images, such as crabs or geese, to mark the hours. Her work can be found at League of Maryland Craftsmen shops in Annapolis and Savage Mill, and at the Menagerie, 316 Wyndhurst Ave. in Roland Park. Or it can be ordered from Banker; call 410-626-8555.

Rustic Style

It's hard to separate the word "romantic" from the word "rustic," at least when it comes to the types of wilderness retreats called cabins, beloved of such Gilded Age escapists as the Vanderbilts and the Rockefellers. "The fashion for remote hotels, hunting lodges, clubs and private vacation 'camps' built of rugged natural materials began in earnest after the Civil War, when the pressures of a newly industrialized society fed a desire for variety and escape," writes Rachel Carley in the introduction to her new book, "Cabin Fever: Rustic Style Comes Home" (Simon & Schuster, 1998, $35). The vision of idealized wilderness that these structures embodied continues to charm today. Carley's book explores historic and contemporary examples of the instantly recognizable style - an inspiration for dreamers, or for anyone contemplating decorating that house in the country.

A call for cool

Sony has introduced a new series of extremely stylish corded phones in such hot fashion colors as lime green, hunter green, yellow and orange. B Series phones have 10-number speed dialing, last number redial and programmable memory pause. The cool-looking phones, bound to appeal to young people heading back to school, cost about $30 and are available at Target stores nationwide.

Events:

* If you've ever admired the grass at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and wondered how to make your lawn look as lush, here's a chance to find out: Oriole head groundskeeper Paul Zwaska will offer a seminar on the subject at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Baltimore Convention Center, part of the third annual Baltimore Sun Home Design Show and Home Buyers Expo. The show, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, also features programs by TV host Danny Lipford ("Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford," on MPT), and by Leslie Clagett, senior editor of Today's Homeowner magazine. Admission is $6. For more information, call Sundial, 410-783-1800, code 4746.

* The second annual Washington Home Design & Furniture Show takes place this coming weekend at the Washington Convention Center, 900 H St. N.W. The show, which runs from noon to 8 p.m. Friday and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, features furnishings, kitchen and bath fixtures, interior design ideas, antiques, cooking demonstrations and seminars. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 10 to 16. For more information, call 410-268-8890.

* Camelot comes to Ladew Topiary Gardens when Jim Abbott, author and curator of decorative arts at the Baltimore Museum of Art, speaks on restoration of the White House during the Kennedy era at 10:30 a.m. Thursday. There will be coffee at 10 a.m. The lecture is $20 and reservations must be made in advance. Lunch afterward is $10, and must also be reserved. This is the first in a series of seven lectures on home and garden topics. To make reservations or for more information, call 410-557-9570.

Home Front welcomes interesting tidbits of home and garde news. Please send suggestions to Karol V. Menzie, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519.

Pub Date: 9/20/98

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