Designs for the browsing

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March 11, 2001|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff

One of the best ways to figure out whether you'd like to work with a particular designer is to view that person's work. But unless the designer is represented in a decorator show house, that can be hard to do. Or unless, like Missy Connolly, you have a shop to showcase your talents. Connolly's shop is Fern Hill, 15001 Falls Road in Butler, and it features lampshades, candles, custom chandeliers, linens, window treatments and furniture in room settings that illustrate how each piece might be used.

Her Fern Hill Cottage line of painted and upholstered wood furniture includes beds and bookcases, desks and dining tables, and a variety of other items in a wide array of striking colors. One room is devoted to porch and garden decor. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 410-472-0320 or visit www.fernhillonline.com.

A breath of spring

There's still time to catch the flowers and crafts at the Maryland Home & Flower Show and Spring Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium. The show, titled "2001: The Future in Full Bloom," features acres of landscaped gardens, more than 500 exhibits of home products and services, and more than 125 vendors of all kinds of crafts. There are free seminars and a spectacular plant sale as well. Craft vendors will be offering baskets, pottery and ceramics, prints and other artwork, dolls and doll accessories, nautical theme items, jewelry, signs, furniture, lamps, rugs and metalwork. Admission is $8.50 for adults. For more information, call 410-863-1180, or visit www.mdhomeandgarden.com.

Tools for the (ahem) bathroom

There's one little decorating problem that no one ever talks about, and that's probably why it's never been solved -- until now. OXO, the people who make Good Grips kitchen, bath, garden, and cleaning devices, as well as knives and steelware, have designed a new toilet brush and toilet plunger that are as discreet as they are useful.

Each comes with a clamshell-shaped case that conceals the business part of the tool inside. To use the tool, you just grab the handle. The case opens into two neat halves, which close when the tool is replaced. The handle of the brush flexes 90 degrees to reach into every corner and the plunger is designed to work on all toilets, including the new low-flush varieties. It sells for $20 and is available from the OXO Web site and at kitchen and bath stores, mass marketers, home centers and other stores nationwide. For stores, call 800-545-4411 or visit www.oxo.com.

A relaxing dip

Imagine, after a day of hard work, coming home and dipping yourself in a sweetly running stream ... your head pillowed on soft moss, the running water -- did we mention this river is fed by a hot spring? -- soothing aching muscles and washing away the relaxing your frenzied mind.

That's the feeling Kohler hopes to create with its new RiverBath whirlpool. The tub, which comes in 10 colors and costs between $5,873.65 and $6,475.70, has a "waterfall" that spills from underneath a built-in headrest. The tub can be set for whirlpool, rapids or whitewater-river intensity. It has room for two people; the round RiverBath can accommodate three. For more information, or to find the name of a dealer near you, visit www.kohlerco.com or call 800-4-KOHLER.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Liz Atwood, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

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