Local decorator designs room that gets beautiful exposure


November 05, 2001|By Karen Nitkin | Karen Nitkin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A DINING ROOM designed for the Historic Ellicott City 2000 Decorator Show House was featured recently on the cover of a national magazine.

The fall 2001 issue of Window and Wall Ideas, a Better Homes and Gardens publication, showcased the work of interior designer Michele Drury, who moved from Ellicott City to Woodstock a couple of years ago.

Drury, the owner of Drury Lane Interiors in Woodstock, had designed the room using a pale lavender palette. The room was used to illustrate an article in the magazine on "the new neutrals."

"The theory is that a neutral doesn't have to be off-white anymore," Drury said. She said she chose lavender for the room because she wanted something pale but not harsh. "It was supposed to be a very soft room, so the color would have to be soft enough to pull that off."

This wasn't the first time Drury's work was featured in a national magazine, but it was the first time she made the cover. About three years ago, her work appeared in an issue of Traditional Home, she said.

Drury has been in the design business for more than 20 years. For about 10 years, she did window treatments for Washington-area department stores. Then she moved to Ellicott City, living in a house she restored in the historic district. She moved to Woodstock in 1999.

Most of her work is for private homes in Clarksville and Waverly Woods, she said, but she also works in homes as far away as Florida. "The article has actually generated phone calls from all over the United States," she said. "It was a real hoot."

She first saw the cover when she was on a job in Florida. "I didn't know it was coming out. I was in the supermarket looking for a paperback, and I saw it sitting there on the newsstand. That was fun."

Call for artists

Howard County Center for the Arts is looking for artists and artisans who want to sell their work at this year's holiday sale. Creators of moderately priced wearable, functional or decorative art objects are invited to submit materials for consideration by Nov. 16.

The event, which is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 8, will include workshops for kids, entertainment and refreshments.

Application and submission instructions are available at Howard County Arts Council, 8510 High Ridge Road in Ellicott City. Information: 410-313-2787.

Parents at school

Parents of Ellicott Mills Middle School pupils are invited to visit the school Nov. 16 as part of Take Your Parent to School Day.

Parents will be able to watch their children in the classroom and participate in short programs designed to help them understand the middle school experience. The event is part of American Education Week.

Christmas bazaar

St. Augustine Parish in Elkridge is holding its annual Christmas bazaar Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Food, face painting, raffles, music and crafts will be featured.

On Saturday, a spaghetti dinner, served from 5:30 to 8 p.m., will kick off the event. The bazaar will open at 10 a.m. Saturday, with Polish food served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Sunday, breakfast with Santa Claus will be served from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Proceeds from the bazaar will benefit St. Augustine School.

Bull roast

VFW Post 8097 will hold an oyster and bull roast from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at the post home on Montevideo Road in Jessup. Music will be provided. The cost is $25.

Information and registration: 410-799-5868.

Choral performance

Columbia Pro Cantare chorus will perform Handel's Messiah at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at James Rouse Theater. Advance ticket purchase is advised because the annual concert usually sells out.

This year, performers from Ellicott City and Elkridge will include Robert Anderson, Craig Ballew, Florence Banikiotes, Celine Bissontz, Kathleen Bowen, Elladean Brigham, Jennifer Harville, Phyllis Hayes, Mary Ann Heine, Linda Kuberek, Jill Langhus-Griffen, Lisa Logan-Roussell, Shannon Miller, Al Morse, Sally Morse, Heidi Page, Mary Jane Recer-Daniels, Charlie Reisz, Melissa Stanford and Mark Wynn.

The cost of advance tickets ranges from $20 to $25. Information: 410-465-5744 or 410-799-9321.

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