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February 27, 2005|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,SUN STAFF

Time to renew and redo

Be it ever so humble, it's your home. And if it needs work, visit the Maryland Spring Home and Garden Show at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium this weekend and next weekend and get inspired. Browse more than 400 home-improvement exhibits on pools, decks, sunrooms, kitchens and baths, home theaters, windows, custom wood flooring and more, learn about home building and design and talk with professionals.

See 20 landscaped gardens on display, purchase plants and gardening accessories, and attend free gardening seminars, including a flower-arranging demonstration with florist Cheryl Wilks. This year's feature garden, built around the theme of "Romantic Retreats," was created by last year's "Best in Show" winner New Edge Design, a Towson landscape company. Pictured is the company's winning garden from last year.

Visitors should also make their way to Horticulture Hall for the Native and Exotic Plant Sale this weekend, and the Maryland Orchid Society Show next weekend. Running in conjunction with the home and garden show is the Maryland Spring Craft Show, which offers a variety of juried handmade crafts.

Shows run Friday through March 6 and March 11-13 at the State Fairgrounds, 2200 York Road, Timonium. $3-$10; under 6 free. Call 410-863-1180 or visit www.mdhomeandgarden.com.

Mind-reading designers

They have taste, style, and most importantly, vision. Interior designers see a room's potential. And if you've ever wondered about the interior designer's creative process, you'll want to catch the new show reDesign, which premieres at 8:30 p.m. Thursday on Home and Garden Television.

The series delves into the creative mind of popular interior designer Kenneth Brown, following him through every step of a project, start to finish. Viewers watch as Brown meets with (sometimes reluctant-to-change) homeowners, develops a rapport with them, finds inspiration from their room's colors, textures, furniture and accessories, and creates the final room. Projects to be featured on the show include a retro kitchen, a Zen-style home office, a home theater for a young family and a Tuscan-style living room.

The series reDesign will air at 8:30 p.m. every Thursday. Visit www.HGTV.com.

Making the most of your home

Your house is a bit cramped. A bit cluttered. A bit small. The February issue of Inspired House offers these suggestions for making your small home feel grand:

Have rooms serve multiple purposes. Consider putting a home office into a corner of the master bedroom. Use screens and rolling walls as needed.

Create an entry space to your home. Give visitors a transition area. Add a covered porch, if possible.

Add a garden and deck. They add living space to your home. Consider them outdoor rooms.

Built-ins are a must. They neatly let you store things and cut down on the need for furniture on the floor.

Use the same color palette and detailing throughout the house. Consistency connects rooms.

Find Inspired House magazine at newsstands, retail shops and grocery stores.


"Celebrate Style 2005," a celebration of interior design in Baltimore, takes place Friday with a gala party and auction of decorated chairs, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. at Gaines McHale, 836 Leadenhall St. $100. The event continues 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday with self-guided tours through Ruxton, Federal Hill and Canton homes. $45. Benefits the Junior League of Baltimore. Call 410-662-0800 or visit www.celebratestyle.com for tickets.

See SlideShow, an exhibit on the evolution of slides from family photographs to art form, today through May 15 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Pictured is a slide work by Dan Graham. Call 410-396-7100 for hours.

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