Accent your home with hand-painted pieces


September 16, 2001|By Julie Klavens | Julie Klavens,Sun Staff

A cabinet adorned with a handsome still life (right). A secretary blooming with painted bouquets. A tole tray lush with a grape motif. These beautiful objects seem even more remarkable when one learns that Deerfield Designs founder Jean Goldsmith is a self-taught artist.

Deerfield is a cottage industry with style: Goldsmith, daughter Robin Evans and son-in-law Todd Evans operate a studio and showroom that showcase their decorative painting: furnishings, of course, but also lamps, mirrors and architectural accents such as mantels and cornices.

Commissions constitute the bulk of Deerfield's work, and often Todd Evans locates one-of-a-kind pieces (antique sideboards or bookcases, for example) to accommodate clients' requests. Showroom accents range from $50-$250; showroom furnishings from $250-$1200; and the price of custom work is dependent on the complexity of the project.

Deerfield Designs, in Ellicott City, is open by appointment; call 443-535-9000.

Sharp-eyed look at home arts

In an era in which many girls have sampled activities ranging from aikido to zoological field trips by the time they leave middle school, one tends to forget the insularity and seeming repetitiveness of female life one or two hundred years ago.

Needles and Threads: Women's Handiwork, Men's Craftsmanship underscores that the home arts constituted a significant part of the education of girls during the early 19th century; needlework provided instruction in morals, geography, family history and more. The exhibition showcases samplers, needlework pictures and embroidered objects -- all of which provided one of the few avenues whereby women contributed to American decorative arts.

Needles and Threads will be on display from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays though Nov. 25 at Homewood House Museum, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore. For information, call 410-516-5589. -- J.K.

Interpreting interiors

Attention, parents feeling the pangs of separation anxiety as you wonder what your collegiate offspring are up to: Forget psychics, the tarot, palmistry -- interiors interpretation is upon us.

After surveying 600 college students, mega furniture-retailer Ikea suggests that one might be able to discern what an undergrad is inclined to do based on what s / he took to school:

* Lean, mean -- and inattentive? Students who took white blankets to college were more than twice as likely to have gained weight during the freshman year as those with green blankets. But on the plus side, the white blankets were far less likely than the green to major in law (13th most popular major vs. 3rd most popular). And, no male green blanket reported earning a GPA higher than 3.5

* It's 5 o'clock somewhere: Females without desks were 70 percent more likely to say they drink alcohol "often" (the company did not specify how often) compared with females who had desks in their rooms. Yet the former also were 57 percent more likely than the latter to get on the dean's list more than once -- go figure. Males with Internet access at college were 92 percent more likely than males without to report drinking alcohol "often."

* It's all Greek to them: Students who said they couldn't leave home without photos of loved ones were the least likely to join a fraternity or sorority. -- J.K.


* The Carroll County Farm Museum's idyllic acres provide the perfect backdrop for the annual Maryland Wine Festival. For $15, adults age 21 and older (I.D. required) may sample Maryland wines and attend wine seminars; those younger than 21 will be admitted free with a paying adult, and all can enjoy continuous live entertainment and varied offerings from food and crafts vendors. The event will run from noon until 6 p.m. 01NME:+REDLINE:jklavens:sun sept 16 -REDLINEat 500 South Center St., Westminster. For information, call 410-848-7775 or 800-654-4645.

* Phyllis Ross, coordinator of the restoration of the Friendship Garden at Evergreen House in Baltimore, will present a workshop on dried flower topiary at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at Cylburn Arboretum. The fee -- $9 for members, $10 for nonmembers -- covers materials. The arboretum is at 4915 Greenspring Ave., Baltimore. For information and to make reservations, call 410-367-2217.

-- J.K.

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