Calling all decorators

HOME FRONT

April 11, 1999|By KAROL V. MENZIE | KAROL V. MENZIE,SUN STAFF

Here's a chance to brighten some spaces and the lives of families of cancer patients at the same time. The Johns Hopkins Oncology Center's Department of Patient and Family Services is looking for designers to refurbish rooms at the Joanne Rockwell Memorial House (left) and the Hackerman-Patz House, where out-of-town families stay while cancer patients are receiving treatment. The center wants to create a more home-like decor for the apartments and communal areas in the houses, which are across the street from the hospital. Among designers who have volunteered for the program are Alexander Baer Associates, Mona Hajj Interior Design, Louis Mazor Inc. and Taylor-Seigmeister Associates, all of Baltimore. The center also is looking for underwriters to sponsor a designer. For more information, call John Yuhanick at John Marks Associates, 410-821-7100.

For the great outdoors

When spring arrives, can outdoor living be far behind? Target's Garden Place is offering stylish new designs in patio furniture, grills and equipment, accessories such as candles and lanterns, and garden items such as fountains, sundials and "gazing balls." Debra Fitz, Target home-decor consultant, has these tips for creating inviting settings for outdoor entertaining:

* Instead of patio lights, use frosted glass luminaries in muted colors to set a romantic mood.

* Use strings of small lights on the patio and in the back yard for extra sparkle at night. Drape light strings around the rim of a patio umbrella to cast a warm glow for guests.

* A tabletop fountain can make any back yard seem -- or at least sound -- like a piazza in Rome.

* For a centerpiece, place a planter full of flowers on the table and surround it with small pots of herbs. Guests can sample fresh herbs at their fingertips.

Rites of Spring

"Enjoying the Magnificent Outdoors" is the theme of this coming weekend's Rites of Spring Garden show, an annual event that benefits patient care at Union Memorial Hospital. A water garden is the centerpiece of landscape displays, and there will also be demonstrations of flower arranging, merchants offering unusual garden items and an art gallery. There's a gala preview party Thursday with food and music (tickets are $85 per person). Show hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 for adults; children under 12 admitted free. For more information, call 410-554-2662.

EVENTS:

* There's still time to catch the Maryland Orchid Society's annual show today at the mall in Owings Mills. There are displays of dazzling blooms, and vendors are offering orchids that will thrive in the average home. Orchid experts will be on hand and orchid artwork will be displayed. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. The mall is at 10300 Mill Run Circle, off Interstate 795 in Baltimore County. For more information, call 410-859-1231.

* Daffodils will be the stars at the Maryland Daffodil Show this week. There will be classes on growing and landscaping with daffodils, plus exhibits and sessions on daffodil design around the world. Hours are 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St. Admission is free. For a schedule or more information, call 410-581-8716.

* ZYZYX, the Pikesville craft gallery, is sponsoring a birdhouse design contest for children in two divisions, grades 3 to 5 and grades 6 to 8. The birdhouses can be made of any media, including wood, clay, papier-mache and even food, and do not have to be functional. Designs should be submitted by April 20. First-, second- and third-place winners will receive U.S. Savings Bonds for $250, $100 and $50, respectively. ZYZYX is in the Festival at Woodholme, 1809 Reisterstown Road. For more information, call the store at 410-486-9785.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden 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: 04/11/99

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