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Decorators show off their styles in riverside...


Decorators show off their styles in riverside estate

The house is Mount Republican, a 200-year-old estate overlooking the Potomac River. Eighteen interior designers have turned it into the Southern Maryland Decorators' Show House, open through May 23. Baltimore is represented by designers Jerry Ebert and Dan Proctor, who redecorated the third floor "guest retreat" and hall.

Besides handsomely decorated rooms and lovely gardens, the show house features boutiques and a cafe. Most items from the rooms will be for sale and can be bought through the designer sales committee on the site. Proceeds will benefit abused children and their families in Southern Maryland.

The house is on Route 257, left off U.S. 301 South, 1.5 miles on the right. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and until 8 p.m. Thursdays. Tickets are $12. Send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Southern Maryland Decorators' Show House, P.O. Box 329, La Plata, Md. 20646. For more information, call (301) 870-3446.

Eighteen years after Cray Merrill and his partner Roland Phillips opened Brassworks Co. in Fells Point, they're still surprised so many people are unaware a service like theirs exists. "We often meet people in our own store who are ready to discard wonderful old architectural hardware, chandeliers, fireplace equipment and the like because it appears to be in hopeless condition," Mr. Merrill says. It seldom is, and often can be restored at a fraction of the replacement cost.

Brassworks specializes in brass and copper restoration, including polishing, lacquering, repairs and lamp rewiring. Custom engraving, design and fabrication also are available.

In Brassworks' retail shop, you'll find items that range from 18th-century reproductions to contemporary lamps, chandeliers, candlesticks, hardware and accessories. Brassworks has more than three dozen styles of door knockers alone.

The shop is at 1641 Thames St.; call (410) 327-7280.

Her name is Clodagh (pronounced Cloe-dah), her motto is "Why not?" and she's one of this country's hottest interior designers. She'll be giving an overview of her latest projects at the Baltimore Museum of Art Tuesday evening as part of the American Institute of Architects lecture series.

Originally from Ireland, Clodagh has worked in New York for the last decade, mainly on residences. Her trademark is a very elegant and unusual use of materials -- you can expect the unexpected with her designs. Clodagh's latest projects include the interior design for Felissimo, a New York department store, and a residential triplex on Gracie Square.

Tickets for the lecture at the BMA on Art Museum Drive are $10, available only at the door. For more information, call (410) 625-2585. Last year Towson Town Center sold four prints from Thomas Everhart's "Garden Series," raising thousands of dollars for the area gardens pictured. The prints were so popular the shopping mall decided to extend the series, using them earlier this year on note cards and now on a ceramic trivet.

The trivet features an impressionistic print of Sherwood Gardens called "Tiptoe through the Tulips." The proceeds will support "Brighten Up Baltimore," a joint effort of Towson Town Center and the Department of Recreation and Parks. The shopping mall buying the seeds for eight wildflower meadows to protect 10 acres of vulnerable flood plain in Baltimore city parks. Planting began this spring with four meadows in the Herring Run Watershed area, where flowers should be in full bloom by June.

The trivets are available at the Towson Town Customer Service Center on Level 2 for $10 with same-day store receipts totaling $25. Since 1989, Southern Living magazine's Southern Home Awards have recognized exceptional residential design across the South. Winners receive an award and are featured in the magazine. Categories include new homes of less than 1,800 square feet, new homes of 1,800 to 3,200 square feet, remodelings and additions, preservation or restoration, and new residential developments.

Entry deadline for the 1994 awards is May 31. For information, send a self-addressed, stamped business envelope to the Southern Home Awards, Southern Living, P.O. Box 523, Birmingham, Ala. 35201.

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