Follow That Zebra


February 16, 2003|By Lori Sears | By Lori Sears,SUN STAFF

If you never made it to the Polka-Dotted Zebra, that quirky little store in Cockeysville, don't fret. Owner Jill Bosse has just moved her artsy store to a much larger space in Towson. The old place was basically "a shoe box with things stuffed in it," she said.

The new space has a front section filled with funky items, such as mosaics, painted brooms and mailboxes, and a large back section set up like an art gallery.

The store features unique collectibles -- some acquired, some created by Bosse and other artists. Just as the store's name suggests, she's a fan of unlikely matchings. "I take two different things that don't go together and I make them go together," says Bosse, 35, who lives in Monkton.

The Polka-Dotted Zebra, at 30 E. Susquehanna Ave. in Towson, is open daily except Monday. For more information, call 410-296-4500.

Don't throw it out... hang it on the wall

We all know that recycling is good for the environment. But good for the decorating home-owner, too? Indeed.

If you're looking to add a little zing to your digs, but can't afford a professional home decorator, and you don't want to spend endless hours doing it yourself, pick up the new book Fast Decor: Creative Ideas for Instant Decorating (Sterling Publishing, 2002, $19.95).

Chock full of photos, Fast Decor offers clever tips and sensible ideas on decorating your home, simply, quickly and affordably. You'll learn how tree trunks can serve as attractive tables, tree branches can function as chandeliers (above) and an empty fishbowl filled with fairy lights can add a cozy feel to a room.

The book is available through and area bookstores.

A little bit Country House

Want to add a little country to your walls? Waverly has just expanded its line with the new Country House wallpaper, border and fabric collection. Here you'll find patterns that evoke images of Pennsylvania Dutch dwellings, early American country-styled residences and even fancy English country homes.

Whatever your taste in country designs -- from fruit patterns to patriotic motifs -- the Country House theme has it.

Like those directional vanes that sit atop barns? Then the Weather Vane Toile wallpaper and fabric design will suit you, with its images of a rooster, horse, whale and north-east-south-west symbols.

Or try the Country House Toile wallpaper and fabric. Its bold design (pictured above in red, on the wallpaper and duvet) easily coordinates with other patterns the company makes.

Waverly products are available at Home Depot stores, Ollies stores and other wallpaper stores. Call 800-423-5881 or visit for more in-formation.


* Need pottery? The Potters Guild of Baltimore is having its annual half-price sale 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Feb. 23. Every item in the gallery will be sold at half the marked priced. The gallery is at 3600 Clipper Mill Road in Hampden's Meadow Mill. Call 410-235-4884 for information.

* Thinking about remodeling your home? Building a new home? Simply in need of expert advice on home projects? Whatever your needs, EXPO Design Centers in Columbia and Bethesda are presenting free spring home shows today (11 a.m.-6 p.m.) and tomorrow (10 a.m.-8 p.m.). EXPO Design Centers are located at 6100 Dobbin Road in Columbia (443-259-7900) and at 7111 Westlake Terrace in Bethesda (301-767-3400).

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Lori Sears, 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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