A perfect environment


November 04, 2001|By Julie Klavens | Julie Klavens,Sun Staff

When two designers, with more than 50 years combined experience in the field, share a penchant for fine furniture, travel and shopping, the result is a warehouse filled with wonderful pieces awaiting the right client. These pieces provided an instant inventory for Summer Hill Designs, opened last month in Phoenix by designers Kathy and Bill Tarleton and business partners Frances and Phillip Culotta.

The 1,400-square-foot space feels like a traditional yet eclectic living room: Kathy Tarleton points out a leather chair, tufted leather ottoman and gilt-framed painting of Venetian canals, complemented by a respectable showing of English pine, Louis XIV and Italian neoclassical pieces.

Summer Hill carries accessories (among them, mirrors, lamps, porcelain plates and antique Chinese carvings), its own upholstery line, and a line of custom-painted linens not available elsewhere in the area; and is exhibiting paintings by four Maryland artists.

"We enjoy working with clients -- we want to make their environment perfect for them," says Kathy Tarleton. To that end, customers are invited to fill out client profiles so Summer Hill can follow up when suitable items arrive.

Summer Hill Designs, 13812 Jarrettsville Pike (Sunny Brook Shopping Center) in Phoenix, is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call 410-666-0681.

Prepping the house for winter

Is your home prepared for winter? The last thing you need is to be caught in ice and snow, making an exterior repair that should have been handled in warmer weather.

Remember to:

* Inspect the roof -- either by climbing up there or by using binoculars. A roof should be straight. Any sagging might signal rotting sheathing. Look for missing or broken shingles. Flashing, thin metal strips around vents and other roof openings, should be examined for leaks.

* Clean gutters and downspouts. It might take two or three cleanings, but removing leaves from the gutter system can be crucial to a dry home this winter. Leaves and other debris can clog your gutters and force water from melting ice to seep back under the shingles.

* Caulk, replace worn weather stripping and broken or cracked glass in and around doors and windows. Your home will look better, and it won't be as drafty.

* Trim trees and bushes. Cut branches that hang over the roof or brush up against the exterior.

* Turn off the water supply to exterior faucets before the first frost. Roll up hoses and store them in a dry place for winter.

-- Newsday


* Learn to compose elegant dried floral arrangements from the professionals who tend the gardens of the historic William Paca House. The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Paca House, 186 Prince George St., Annapolis. The cost is $20 for members of the Historic Annapolis Foundation, $25 for nonmembers. Reservations are required. For information, call 410-267-7619.

* If you haven't happened upon Halcyon Days' charming, tiny enamel boxes in your travels, this is the time to introduce yourself. Janice Morgan, one of the company's artists, will sign and personalize any Halcyon Days box purchased at Albert S. Smyth Co. during her appearance from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Indulge and do a good deed: $25 from the $185 cost of every "Summer Tanager" box will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Smyth is at 29 Greenmeadow Drive in Timonium. For information, call 410-252-6666. -- J.K.

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