Design imports from France

HOME FRONT

June 13, 1999|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff

Limestone mantelpieces are among the new items designer Darryl Savage is importing for DHS Designs, 86 Maryland Ave. in Annapolis and 6521 Friel Road in Queenstown. The mantels, some fairly simple and some quite ornate, are from manor houses in the Loire Valley. Prices range from $10,000 to $75,000. The shops also are offering imported decorative objects such as candlesticks, mirrors and paintings, and garden items of carved French limestone such as fruit baskets, lion statues, fountains and urns. For more information, call 410-280-3466 in Annapolis, or 410-827-8167 in Queenstown.

Stylish 'homeware'

Where can you find candlesticks of recycled steel that cradle a few stones in their bases ($39 each), a bed sheer and pillow shams in organdy ($45 to $149) or a Mexican handmade primitive-style ladder that can serve as an accent piece or a towel rack ($39)? These and other stylish "homeware" items are in the new peopleplacesthings catalog from j. Jill, the clothing catalog people. The homeware catalog, new this spring, comes out every two months. For a copy, call 800-295-4378.

EVENTS:

* The National Capital Daylily Club will present Daylily Day this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the National Arboretum, 24th and R streets Northeast (off Bladensburg Road), Washington. There will be tours of the daylily display gardens, daylilies for sale, educational displays, and experts on hand to answer all your daylily questions. Free. For more information, call 703-442-9085.

* Do you need help solving your gardening problems? The greater Baltimore Area Master Gardeners will conduct plant clinics every Saturday through August at the Waverly Farmers Market on 32nd Street. Gardeners are encouraged to stop by with gardening questions and to bring plant and insect samples for identification. Free. For more information, call 410-396-1888.

Natural wonders

Nature-inspired craft items made of wood, stone, clay and metal are the specialty of Ancient Graffiti, a catalog based in Middlebury, Vt. Among the items: square and rectangular vases made of Vermont slate, $24.95 to $44.95; and nature and wildlife ornaments of flamed copper, $7.50 each, $44 for a collection of six. There's also a charming rain gauge, in flamed brass in the shape of a trout, a hummingbird or a frog, that can measure up to 5 inches of rain, $35.95. To order, or for a copy of the catalog, call 888-725-6632.

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: 06/13/99

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