Get Away At Home


January 12, 2003|By Sarah Kickler Kelber | Sarah Kickler Kelber,Sun Staff

So you can't take the time for a weekend getaway. The Stanley Furniture Cottage Revival Collection can help you create a nostalgic escape in your own home. The 35-piece collection is designed to evoke a relaxed lifestyle and features thick posts, louvered doors and bead-board end panels. Pieces range from beds to dining sets to secretaries.

The Cabana Bed ($1,300), right, is made of woven sea grass in a natural linen color. (A matching chair is also available for $400.) The Victorian Bed ($1,500), above, is accented by a hand-carved shell motif. Most pieces in the Cottage Revival Collection are available in antique white or warm honey pine. Eight accent pieces are also available in an aged black finish.

Stanley Furniture is manufactured in Stanleytown and Martinsville, Va., as well as Robbinsville and Lexington, N.C., and is available at furniture specialty stores, department stores and furniture store chains.

For more information, or to find a retailer near you, visit

Choosing a chandelier

Choosing the appropriate style of chandelier for a room can be tricky, but even trickier can be picking a fixture of the right size and choosing the right location for it. Kichler Lighting offers some tips to make this process easier.

* To choose a chandelier of the correct proportions, add the room dimensions together and convert them to inches. For example, if the room is 12 feet by 16 feet, add 12 and 16 to determine that a 28-inch chandelier would be just right.

* For the dining room, choose a chandelier that has a diameter one-half the width of the table over which it will hang.

* If your room has an 8-foot ceiling, the fixture should be installed so that the bottom is 30 inches above the table top. Add 3 inches for every additional foot of ceiling height.

To purchase the Kichler High Country Chandelier in Olde Iron finish ($539), below, visit or call 800-659-9000.

Ancient techniques, new collection

Robert Kuo is best known as an artist who creates objets d'art using craft techniques dating back many centuries. (For example, his Goldfish Bowl is part of the permanent collection at the Smithsonian's Sackler Gallery.)

But now Kuo has created 30 decorative accessories and pieces of furniture as a limited-edition collection for McGuire Furniture. The pieces are made out of woods indigenous to China and without nails or screws, thanks to joinery methods used by craftsmen during the Ming Dynasty.

The doors of the Repousse and Wood Buffet ($14,000), above, have a pattern reminiscent of folded paper but were created from hand-hammered copper.

The Waterfall Nesting Tables ($6,500), above, are hand-crafted and then hand-painted with 60 coats of red lacquer, sanded before each layer is applied.

Each piece in the Robert Kuo for McGuire collection is signed, numbered and dated. For more information, visit or call 800-662-4847.


* David Yancey Jameson, who was responsible for the renovation and preservation of the James Brice Library in Annapolis, discusses his design philos- ophy and recent projects as part of the "Architects.Projects.Solutions" series 7 p.m. Thurs-day at Bethesda's Contemporaria Gallery, 4926 Del Ray Ave. Free. Visit or call 301-913-9602 for more information.

* Decatur House's lunchtime tours, offered 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of each month, begin this week in Washington. Each tour highlights a different topic from the historic house's past, including people, historical events, architecture, decorative arts and Washington history. The museum is at 748 Jackson Place N.W., one block north of the White House on Lafayette Square. Free. Visit or call 202-842-0918 for more information.

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