A new find for antiques collectorsMore than three dozen...


July 18, 1999|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff

A new find for antiques collectors

More than three dozen dealers in furniture, fine art, carpets, fine silverware, porcelain and other prized antiques are gathered in the new Antique Center at Federal Hill, 1220 Key Highway, across from Harbor View Marina. Renate Charlow, who founded the center with Dennis and Michele Richter, says the 10,000-square-foot space combines natural light with room-setting displays to make it easy for shoppers to see how objects might fit into their homes. She says the furniture is from all periods, from 18th-century Hepplewhite, to 18th- and 19th-century Baltimore painted chairs, to 19th-century Biedermeier and Arts and Crafts and items from the 1940s. The center is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The center also plans to offer slide shows with appraisers from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday or Friday, on topics such as how to shop for antiques and how to spot a fraud or reproduction. For more information, call 410-625-0182.

Furnishings fit for the '60s

Plastic, chrome, foam, acrylic and wire, pedestal and round shapes, neon colors and dizzying fabric designs characterized the furniture of the '60s. In case you've forgotten just how dramatic those designs were, "Op to Pop: Furniture of the 1960s," by Cara Greenberg (Bulfinch Press, 1999, $40) will remind you. The book can cue your memory to reclining chairs in flat human shapes, a variety of "beanbag" chairs, sofas with sinuous curves and sizzling fabrics, clear plastic blow-up furniture, round beds, hanging chairs and eye-popping graphics. Whether you find all this enlightening or frightening probably depends on how much of the era you recall. At the very least, the hairdos on the models will give your children a laugh. Available at booksellers. -- K. M.


* Need some help with your garden? Have questions about a plant or a pest? If you live in the Fallston-Jarrettsville area, you can take your garden queries to the Harford County Public Library on Saturday. A master gardener with the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service will be there from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to offer advice. The branch is at 1461 Fallston Road. For more information, call 410-638-3003. --K.M.

Candles alfresco

Entertaining out of doors doesn't have to mean forgoing the romance and festivity of candlelight. The National Candle Council has some tips for gracious touches when using candles outside:

* Use short tapers or pillar candles in whimsical holders on the table. If it's windy, protect the candles with hurricane shades.

* Fill a pretty painted or galvanized bucket with sand and tuck in a small "forest" of thin tapers.

* Hang antique (or brand-new) hurricane lanterns on a deck or front porch, or hang them from stakes in the ground.

* Use a citronella candle, or a collection of small holders with votive citronella candles, to discourage bugs.

* Line the edge of a pool or hot tub with votives in metal holders, or place floating candles in the water.

* For safety (indoors and out), never leave a burning candle unattended, never burn candles near combustible materials (protect the flames with appropriate holders), and keep pets and children away from burning candles.

-- K. M.

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: 07/18/99

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