Show house makes magazine cover
It's rare when an interior designer gets the chance to be both designer and client at the same time.
Dvorine and Associates in Brooklandville had that opportunity last year when the firm designed a suite for the Baltimore Symphony Decorators' Show House. The design was so effective that it landed the suite on the cover of the spring issue of Decorating magazine.
"It was one of our most successful projects because we were able to indulge ourselves by being our own client," said Arleen Dvorine.
Ms. Dvorine, Joe Lazzaro and Julie Huber worked their magic on the third-floor suite of the Selsed House on Seminary Avenue, using a fictitious character, R. Laurence, a world-traveled journalist, to build the suite around.
Two other Maryland "dream homes" are also featured in national magazines this month.
* Constance Stapleton's Frederick home is one of 15 winners chosen in the 10th annual Metropolitan Home of the Year contest, sponsored by Metropolitan Home.
Ms. Stapleton's 1810 two-story rowhouse was credited with being energy efficient through the use of thermal windows, brick walls and French doors.
* Bill and Ruth Spann's Federal Hill home is highlighted in Country Living for its country look in an urban setting. The 1810 refurbished rowhouse is filled with folk art, ceramics and quilts. The bed sheet has always been an inexpensive, versatile decorating tool for updating the look of your home. With the enormous variety of printed sheets available today, the options are greater than ever.
One new source of sheet ideas is a do-it-yourself video produced by JCPenney and Home magazine, which offers quick-fix decorating opportunities ranging from tent-fold curtains and window swags to bed canopies and chair slipcovers. Best of all, most of the projects require little or no sewing experience.
The 16-minute video, "Decorating With Sheets Made Easy" ($10) and a how-to booklet ($1.50) will be available May 27 at most JCPenney stores. Ivy is creeping up all over the place.
Designers are wrapping the little green leaves around curtains, banisters and many other items.
"Waverly fabrics started it, then others picked up on the theme,says Gail Markert, crafts buyer for Cracker Barrel stores and catalogs.
Another reason for the popularity of ivy designs, says Nancy Frankel, supervisor of sales with Otagiri Mercantile Co., is a growing interest in ecology.
Otagiri, among other companies, features hand-painted ivy leaf sprigs on lamps, bird houses, tea services, linens, candlesticks and ivy set into candles.
Strings of faux ivy can be found locally at such places as the Pottery Barn in the Towson Town Center, where it's sold by the yard -- $20 for a 36-inch flexible copper strand with eight verdigris-finished leaves. Next door at Hold Everything, ivy turns up on hat boxes, soap dispensers, tooth brush holders and tumblers.