Wiesand pieces catching on



It all started with antiques. David Wiesand, trained as a painter, opened a shop on Howard Street some time ago, selling furniture and decorative accessories. "It was antiques and a few small pieces that I designed," Wiesand says. After a dozen years, Wiesand's own wood and iron furniture, accessories and lighting crowded out the antiques. "It was just a few antiques," he says.

Now he has opened a new shop and workshop, called McLain Wiesand, in the old Reliable Tire buildings at 1013 Cathedral St. He's renovated the space -- including the original tin ceiling.

Wiesand's designs are inspired by pieces he has owned, pieces from his family, or by the 18th- and 19th-century forms he likes. One item is a console table with front legs that are female figures in diaphanous gowns. The wooden table has a faux marble top and a slightly crackled finish.

The shop is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 410-539-4440.

Jewelry maker dishes it out

Dinnerware, crystal and silver flatware are all part of the new Home Designs line from Bvlgari, best known for its classically influenced jewelry. Items available include two dinnerware patterns, giftware, stemware and barware, produced by Rosenthal Group. There's also a coffee and tea service called Dolci Deco (Deco sweets) that includes cups, dessert plates, a cake stand, coffee and teapots, and a sugar bowl and creamer. Prices of the luxury line range from $115 for a Dolci Deco dessert plate to $1,150 for a four-piece setting of Eccentrica flatware. Look for the collection at Neiman Marcus stores (including Washington and Tyson's Corner), and at all Bvlgari stores.

Moving made easier

Moving from one home or office to another can be a major hassle, but it helps to plan ahead for the new space. Design Works has introduced the Home & Office Planner kit to help you create detailed furniture layouts. You can use the kit to find out how your belongings will fit in the new space, and to help you decide what to keep and what to discard. The kit includes a 1/4 -inch-scale floor-plan grid and 500 reusable peel-and-stick furniture and architectural symbols. The kit is available at Staples office supply stores. For more information, or to find out about other products, check out Design Works' Web site at www.homeplanner.com, or call 413-549-4763.


* Conventional wisdom says lawns should be watered in the evening to minimize evaporation. However, in the Northeast, watering in the evening actually promotes rot and moss growth. Home Depot gardening expert Brian Worcester says lawns in this area should not be watered after 5 p.m. This and other tips for maintaining your lawn and garden will be part of a series of clinics every day at 7 p.m. now through July 6 at Home Depot stores. There are other sessions on patios, decks and fences. Check with your local Home Depot for complete details.

* Surreybrooke, a family-run flower and plant farm near Frederick, will be the setting for a twilight garden tour with music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Musical groups offering folk, bluegrass, classical tunes and more will perform at various spots along the candle-lighted paths of the farm's 15 display gardens. There will be flowers and plants for sale. Proceeds from the event will help send a young musician to summer music camp. Tickets are $8. Surreybrooke is in Middletown, off Alternate Route 40. The address is 8537 Hollow Road. For directions or more information, call 301-371-7466.

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: 06/06/99

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