A Home in the Country


September 12, 2004|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

Nestled among the many country estates in Green Spring Valley sits Fernwood, a restored and lovely 1885 wooden farmhouse. The old house, owned by investor Gary Gensler and his wife, artist Francesca Danieli, is so splendid, in fact, that it's garnered the attention of Elle Decor magazine.

A 10-page spread in the magazine's August / September issue features color photos of the farmhouse's recently renovated exterior and interior, as well as a short article that delves into the steps a team of architects and interior designers took to renovate the property. Readers will learn about the antique and modern furnishings that adorn the home, including a Darryl Carter-designed double-sided sofa, William Yeoward-designed wing chairs, Jasper Johns' Flags I 1973 screen print perched above the home's original mantelpiece, a 1972 Wiggle chair by Frank Gehry, an 1820 farm table from Moda Antiques and more.

This issue of Elle Decor is on newsstands through Wednesday. You can also visit www. elledecor.com to see the article.

Cruising for a cleaning

Durable, lightweight and hardworking. That's all you want in a vacuum, right? Wrong. You'd also like it smart, bagless and self-propelled.

No problem, says Dirt Devil. The new Cruiser Self-Propelled Bagless Upright, a tough and lightweight aluminum vac, features an electronic self-propeller that senses your push and pull. Unlike other self-propelled mechanical vacs that are sometimes uncontrollable, the Cruiser adjusts to your individual cleaning pace, both forward and reverse. A 12-amp motor drives the powerful vac, and its filtration system, according to Dirt Devil, traps 100 percent of ragweed and pollen and 99.97 percent of allergens and dust. It comes with a brush attachment, stretch hose, crevice tool, extension wand and upholstery tool.

The Cruiser, which comes with a six-year warranty, sells for $199.99 at Best Buy. Call 800-321-1134 or visit www.dirtdevil.com.

Rolling back the mess

It's a given. Paint rollers make a sloppy, drippy mess, and it often seems more paint winds up on the roller than on the wall. Do-it-yourselfers everywhere have long been begging for a simpler, smoother, cleaner roller. Well, dear DIYers, help is on the way, as the refrain goes. Shur-Line, a manufacturer of paint-application products, has teamed with DuPont to make the new Premium Paint Roller with Teflon Fabric Protector. The Teflon on the roller increases paint pickup and then smoothly releases more paint to the wall. And the Teflon roller, which is made for all types of paint, easily rinses clean for future use.

The Shur-Line Premium Paint Roller with Teflon Fabric Protector sells for $5.99 at home, paint and hardware stores. Call 800-558-3958 or visit www.shurline.com.


Delaware's Winterthur estate has joined with Horticulture magazine to present "GardenFair -- Everything for the Great American Garden," an event in celebration of the magazine's centennial. It features horticultural items from 50 specialty nurseries, as well as talks, seminars and demonstrations by renowned gardening experts, including potter Guy Wolff. The event kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. with a preview gala featuring garden designer Penelope Hobhouse. Admission is $75-$125.

The fair runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sept. 19. Events take place at Winterthur (pictured), Route 52, Wilmington, Del. $5-$18.50. Call 800-448-3883 or visit www. winterthur.org.

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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