For furniture customers, it's one-stop shopping

HOME FRONT

June 27, 1999|By KAROL V. MENZIE | KAROL V. MENZIE,SUN STAFF

When a survey of buying habits revealed that its customers were busy people with little time to shop for furniture and decorative objects, Bassett Furniture Industries developed Bassett Furniture Direct, a straight-from-the-factory retail store that offers one-stop shopping for everything from sofas and chairs to bedspreads and draperies, mattresses, lighting, lamps, rugs and accessories. This month, Bassett Furniture Direct opened at 1125 Cromwell Bridge Road in Towson, on the former Luskin's Hill.

The store has computers that give buyers a look at how a particular fabric will look on a piece of furniture before they order it. Shipping takes three weeks for wood furniture, six weeks for custom upholstery.

The store is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Saturday; and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, see the Bassett Web site at www.bassettfurniture.com. Or call 410-832-0003.

New York's garden scene

A friend who lives in New York had never heard of Pomander Walk. "Where is it?" It's a mews on West 94th Street. Its 27 attached cottages were built in 1921 and offered to theater professionals. Humphrey Bogart lived there.

Besides the Tudor-style houses, the street features window boxes and doorstep gardens that make it look like an English village (discounting the more modern apartments that tower above it). Pomander Walk is just one of the delightful discoveries in "Gardens in the City: New York in Bloom," by Mary Jane Pool and Betsy Pinover Schiff (Harry N. Abrams, 1999, $49.95).

The book covers public gardens and botanical parks, street plantings, office gardens and private gardens from penthouses and rooftops to stoop fronts and back yards. Besides providing glorious views of beautiful plantings, the book offers plenty of inspiration for urban gardeners. Some of the smaller plantings are the most spectacular, showing how the gardeners carved out space in a city that has none to spare.

"Gardens in the City" is available at booksellers everywhere.

Hot pink sizzles again

It's already taken the fashion world by storm, and now that fabulous '50s color, hot pink, is showing up in home furnishings, according to the July-August issue of Metropolitan Home magazine. The new pinks aren't meant to be prevalent; they're just a shot of hot color in occasional items and accessories.

Bright-pink table linens could give a summer lift to a breakfast room or dining room. Pink plastic tumblers would be festive on a deck or by the pool. And a pink pillow could make a bright spot on a neutral sofa.

Among some offerings: an appliqued throw from Catherine's Bob Bon ($315); a Luster cup and saucer from Sophie Zillepique (top right, $60); Shantung and silk mohair chairs from Accademia (right foreground, $1,500) and J. Robert Schott (background, $2,445); and a Mongolian lamb pillow from Amalgamated Home ($75).

EVENTS:

* Explore the topiary gardens of Harvey Ladew and listen to the Washington Symphonic Brass quintet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Ladew Topiary Gardens. Picnics, blankets and chairs are welcome, but not pets, alcohol and athletic equipment. Tickets, available at the door, are $10 for adults and $3 for children. The price includes self-guided tours of the gardens. Ladew is located at 3535 Jarrettsville Pike, Monkton. For more information, call 410-557-9570.

* Catch the ending of the Greater Baltimore/Washington Antiques Market from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Howard County Fairgrounds, between Frederick Road (Route 144) and Interstate 70 in West Friendship. There will be more than 100 dealers from 15 states. Admission is $5. For directions or more information, call 410-442-2262.

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: 06/27/99

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