Turn your weekend place into a cozy retreat



Whether your weekend place is a sleek condo in Ocean City, a Victorian cottage at the beach or a rustic mountain cabin, you can decorate it to amplify the notion of being away from home. Playful yet soothing is the goal.

Whether it's paint, wallpaper, furniture, fans or accessories, every touch can contribute to vacation decor. Here are some suggestions from "Cottage Style," from Better Homes and Gardens Books, edited by Denise L. Caringer (Meredith, 1998, $29.95).

* Paint walls in cool sherbet colors, such as lavender, blush and mint, and paint the woodwork a crisp white. Or use a country-style wallpaper, in simple stripes or cheerful florals. Add spice with colorful pillows.

* Keep the floors fairly simple -- brick, tile and polished wood contribute to airiness of the space and are easy to clean if sand or pine needles are nearby. Use throw rugs, rag rugs, needlepoint rugs or floor cloths for color and comfort.

* Decorate walls with mirrors (to expand a small space), and with items made of natural materials, such as baskets or grapevine wreaths.

* Architectural artifacts such as column capitals, newel posts and finials, and gingerbread trim make sturdy and not-so-serious tables, pedestals and accents.

* Keep the furniture light as well, by using wicker or rattan or canvas. If you have upholstered pieces, you might want to cover them with fabric that can be easily washed and dried.

* Include personal items such as photos and favorite antique accessories.


* The Freestate Daylily Society will hold an exhibit and sale from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. this coming Saturday at Cylburn Arboretum and Cylburn Mansion, 4915 Greenspring Ave. in Baltimore. Admission is free. For more information, call 410-367-2217.

* If you stop by the National Arboretum in Washington from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. today, you can find out how plants deliver beautiful dyes. The arboretum is located on New York Avenue. For more information, call 202-245-2726.

* Check out the shop at Berrywine Plantations today for gifts, wine and owner Lucille Aellen's cookbook, "Linganore Winecellars Cooking With Wine." Take a picnic, tour the grounds and learn about wine-making from noon to 6 p.m. Berrywine is at 13601 Glissan's Mill Road in Mount Airy. Admission is free; free parking on grounds.

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: 07/04/99

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