In Savage, artsy simplicity for the home


August 04, 2002|By Sara Engram | By Sara Engram,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The days when Savage was a bustling textile company town are long gone. But so, thankfully, are the days when this relic of the industrial era was a largely forgotten spot on Howard County roads.

Now the town is gaining popularity as a destination for anyone seeking artsy and unusual home furnishings.

Historic Savage Mill has become home to artists, designers, faux painters, gilders, craftspeople and antique dealers.

A new addition to the mix is The Arcadia Collection, offering interior design services, home and garden furnishings, accessories and gifts.

Barbara Bradshaw, proprietor, took the name from a small region of ancient Greece where high mountains protected the population from outside influences and contributed to its reputation for simplicity and rustic beauty uncorrupted by the larger world.

Here you can peruse antique garden ornaments, sundials, mobiles, topiaries, botanical prints, majolica plates, crib quilts, vintage perfume bottles and more while indulging dreams of simple, unhurried days.

The Arcadia Collection is located in the mill, above Bonaparte's Bakery. Summer hours (through Labor Day) are 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. For more information, call 410-724-2111.

Beauty in the panes

For an appealing entrance to your home, consider decorative door glass, a good way of adding light to your entryway while also preserving privacy.

ODL, Inc. manufactures a range of door-glass products, from designs that completely obscure visibility to transparent designs that combine clear panes with grooved or beveled glass. For a free copy of all ODL's decorative glass products, call 800-253-3900. Additional information is also available at

Keep gardens contained

Dry summers are hard on flowerbeds. But you may have more luck with a window garden. As summer wanes and fall begins, it's not too late to brighten up a window, walls, decks and balconies.

For inspiration, turn to Window Gardens, a new book by London-based designer and writer Jane Forster and Stephen Roberts, a Welsh landscape artist. The book features colorful photographs by Shona Wood, along with several dozen plans for container gardens and detailed instructions for carrying them out.

Window Gardens: For Windows, Walls, Decks, and Balconies, (Hearst Books, $30) is available from bookstores and online booksellers.

Two ways to water with the Flower Shower

Whether you're a novice or a master gardener, you'll need a good garden hose to get through this dry summer. This year, Americans can try the Flower Shower (TM) two-in-one watering system from Gardena, Europe's leading home and garden equipment company.

The Flower Shower has a gentle spray that works well in flowerbeds or borders. A flick of a switch turns produces a more diffused stream ideal for watering potted or individual plants.

The Flower Shower sells for a suggested price of $13 and is available at major retailers, including Lowe's, Home Depot and Sears. For more information, log on to


* Jazz consortium Ten Directions offers jazz standards, swing, be-bop and blues in Ladew Topiary Gardens' Concert Series from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today. Admission is $10 for adults or $6 for members; $3 for children. Rain date: Sunday, Aug 11. For more information, call 410-557-9466.

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