Exceedingly lovely


February 24, 2002|By Julie Klavens | Julie Klavens,Sun Staff

LOVE YOUR DOG, BUT — Everyone should have, at least once, a room that is deliciously de trop: a fantastic, never-ending riot of pattern and color. And although the august firm Brunschwig & Fils might frown at having its posh wares described thus, no disrespect is intended -- a room in which patterns flow ceaselessly from furnishings to wallpaper to drapes is wonderfully over-the-top.

Part of a typically B&F collection -- ornate, formal, beautiful -- the Karikal designs shown take their inspiration from 18th-century Indian palampore hangings. B&F's abundant spring line reveals enduring English and French influences as well as the Asian inspirations so popular during the past several months.

For information about B&F products, which are available through interior designers, visit www.brunschwig.com.

Patterns with passion

Whether you're hungering for an ambitious winter project, or simply want to enjoy the luscious fruits of an artist's labors, Passionate Patchwork, by Kaffe Fassett with Liza Prior Lucy, fits the bill.

Fassett -- the only living textile artist to have had a one-man show at London's Victoria and Albert Museum -- has unleashed his phenomenal gifts for color and design, and the book offers page after page of quilts one longs to own. He also muses about geometric shapes and shares tidbits about his influences, which range from Japanese and Persian textiles to the shirts he noticed in shop windows when he moved to England in the 1960s.

Fassett's voice dominates, but Lucy, a talented pattern designer, also is due praise, in part because the book provides templates and complete instructions to create the more than 20 quilts pictured within.

Passionate Patchwork, published by the Taunton Press, is available for $34.95 (hardcover) at area bookstores.

-- J.K.

Warm heart, dry hands

Love your dog, but -- apologies for indelicacy -- could do without the slobber? Have we found some toys for you.

Happy Dog Toys is introducing several gadgets, at least two of which will keep fastidious humans' hands dry: Reel Dog (think "fishing rod"), billed as "the original cast, fetch and tug dog toy," and Power Fetch, which obligingly launches balls up to 40 feet away. The new line also includes Bubble Buddy, a handheld device that creates a cloud of bacon-, peanut butter- or barbecue chicken-flavored bubbles, and the Tug Master, a two-handled toy that gauges your dog's strength and issues up to six encouraging responses (among them, "You the dog!" and "C'mon, get tough!").

Happy Dog's spring line is priced from $9 (for the Bubble Buddy) to $60 (for the Power Fetch) and will be available April 1 at area independent pet supply stores, and area Petco, PetsMart and Target stores.

-- J.K.


* Visionary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead is the focus of a lecture at 7:15 p.m. March 4 at Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Ave. in Baltimore. The event is free, but reservations are requested; for information, call 410-367-2217.

* Valley View Farms assures us that spring is around the corner; accordingly, the company has scheduled two free seminars Saturday about garden ponds: at 9 a.m., learn filtration techniques, fish and plant care, and general pond maintenance; at 11 a.m., learn to jazz up your pond with waterfalls and watercourses. Valley View Farms is at 11035 York Road in Cockeysville; for information, call 410-527-0700.

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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