Feels just like home

HOME FRONT

November 23, 2003|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,SUN STAFF

When you step inside the House Downtown, it may seem more like you're visiting a neighbor. And that's just how Stephanie Gamble, owner of the new Havre de Grace home furnishings store, likes it. "I want it to feel like [customers] are going into their friend's house," she says.

So don't be surprised when Gamble offers you tea and sweets, or when you hear the soft music playing or smell the sweet fragrance of beeswax candles.

The cozy store, built circa 1890 and recently restored, projects a philosophy that comfort and quality matter most, and that each room in the home should reflect one's personality.

In her quaint showroom, Gamble offers various sofas and chairs, new and antique lighting, linens and more. You'll find furniture pieces from August Jackson, each made from reclaimed barn-wood, including a hutch ($1,600), cupboards ($700), bureau and bookcase. Upholstery choices include more than 1,000 fabrics from Lee Industries.

Also to be found are Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic bedding and accessories, Pamela Klein bedding ($350 for a queen-sized quilt), various soaps, vintage lampshades, silk nightlights ($30), candles and more.

The House Downtown, 101 N. Washington St., Havre de Grace, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, noon-5 p.m. Sundays and by appointment. Call 410-939-1600.

Have a nice, Clean Day

It's five days before the big day. Need to get in some quality cleaning time? And fast? Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day, a collection of earth-friendly, aromatherapeutic household cleaners, has just released several new products to its line. Included are a countertop spray ($4.99), an all-purpose cleaner and stainless steel spray ($7.99 each) and a soy candle ($9.99). Scents come in lavender or lemon. To find a retailer, visit www.mrsmeyers.com or call 877-576-8808.

Cultivate an Asian influence

East meets the Western home with a new line of Asian-inspired accent pieces available at T.J. Maxx stores. You'll find reasonably priced, decorative Eastern items for the kitchen, such as bamboo placemats with chopsticks and holder ($19) and an iron teapot ($16.99).

Or for the living room and family room, there are rattan or bamboo chests ($149.99), lamps with carved statuettes ($29.99), silk plants and carved chairs that can be draped with sari throws or velvet pillows. Bamboo racks, candle-holders, side tables and embroidered hand towels can offer touches of Eastern chic in the bathroom as well.

Items are available at all Maryland T.J. Maxx stores. To find a nearby location, visit www.tjmaxx.com or call 800-2TJ-MAXX.

Event

Browse and purchase functional and decorative works by 30 nationally renowned ceramic artists at Winterfest 2003, now through Dec. 23 at Baltimore Clayworks, 5707 Smith Ave. Find whimsical earthenware teapots, colorful serving platters, soda-fired mugs and more. Pictured is "Double Box 2003," a lidded white stoneware vessel by Laura Jean McLaughlin. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and Fridays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Call 410-578-1919.

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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