Because of incorrect information supplied to The...


Because of incorrect information supplied to The Sun, the wrong phone number was listed for the Designers' Yard Sale to be held this weekend at the Gaines McHale warehouse in Otterbein. The number is 685-8415.

* The Sun regrets the error.

A yard sale is a yard sale -- until now

If you love those special fabrics, furnishings and bric-a-brac TTC that give a designer's touch to interiors, but usually can't quite afford them, here's your chance: It's the 8th Annual Designer's Yard Sale, to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Gaines McHale Antiques warehouse, 836 Leadenhall St. in Otterbein. Admission to the event, sponsored by the Maryland chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, is a $2 tax-deductible donation, which will go to the AIDS support group HERO.

Among items you might find: A complete set of elaborate draperies from a show house; light fixtures, artwork, rugs, fabric remnants (both yards-long pieces and scraps), antiques and collectibles. A light lunch will be available both days.

New this year is a gala champagne preview party and private sale from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at the site. Cost is $25 per person.

Tickets for all events are available at the door. For more information, call the ASID office at (410) 685-1415. Ever wondered what the inside of an interior designer's home looks like? You can get a peek at the home of Bill McGee, designer with Alexander Baer Associates, on the cover of the summer 1992 issue of Better Homes and Gardens Window & Wall Ideas. His home was selected for its mix of styles, patterns and colors in the dining room shown.

Two other local designers -- Baltimore's Carol Siegmeister and Stephen O'Brien -- also are included in Window & Wall Ideas. Their ideas on ways to wake up your windows are featured in the magazine's Style Sketchbook section.

Ms. Siegmeister, who generally works with older homes, offers a solution for windows where you don't want people peeking in: Place a mirror facing out and either drywall over the inside window or hide it with a window treatment. People walking by can catch a glimpse of the landscape around them.


Jill L. Kubatko Need help de-junking your home for easier spring cleaning? Or a way to remove household stains?

Margaret Dasso and Maryan Skelly's book "Dirt Busters" or Don Aslett's 10th anniversary revised edition of "Is There Life After Housework" could help get you started.

As owners of a housekeeping agency, Ms. Dasso and Ms. Skelly give up the dirt in "Dirt Busters" (Peters and Thornton Publishers, $7.95). The pros offer advice on everything from putting an end to soap scum to motivating kids to clean their rooms.

One such tip: Freshen and remove dust from draperies by first taking out the hooks, then tossing drapes into a dryer set on air fluff. Add a fabric softener sheet if you wish.

Mr. Aslett's housecleaning seminars were so popular in the late '70s that attendees were clamoring for his advice. So he wrote "Is There Life After Housework," countered with "Do I Dust Or Vacuum First," and followed with "Clutter's Last Stand," "Who Says It's A Woman's Job To Clean," "Make Your House Do The Housework" and "The Stainbusters Bible."

The 10th anniversary revised edition of "Is There Life After Housework" (Writer's Digest Books, $10.95) offers a cleaning advice checklist including these tips: Do dishes and wipe the stove daily; vacuum drapes and blinds monthly; clean the oven twice a year, and wash or sponge-dry walls annually.

J.L.K. This week more than 600 delegates from the 188 member clubs of the Garden Club of America will be coming to Baltimore for their 79th Annual Meeting.

During their stay, the delegates will hear speakers on conservation issues, including Lester R. Brown, founder of the Worldwatch Institute, and also tour a number of local private gardens.

Sadly for those of us who are not members and delegates, the convention has only one event that is open to the public -- an

exhibit of plants that will later be exchanged among the members.

From 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, the public will be able to look at more than 1,000 plants. You won't be able to buy or

even exchange plants, but you'll have an opportunity to see some very rare and unusual plants. "It's for people who love plants and like to see the new varieties, and the things you don't see in the local nurseries," says Pedie Killibrew, one of the three chairmen.

The GCA, which consists of more than 15,000 members in 38 states, is known for taking a very active role in beautification and environmental protection.

Linda Lowe Morris

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