The chandelier of your dreams -- or the pedestal sink, shutters or gingerbread trim -- may be waiting for you if you're willing to drive a little way. Run by the nonprofit preservation group Historic York, Architectural Warehouse sells salvaged house parts and some consignment items.
Sometimes whole houses are donated, sometimes Historic York's crew of volunteers goes out to reclaim building parts that might otherwise be lost to a bulldozer. You are the beneficiary because you don't have to buy a costly reproduction instead of the real thing at a good price.
Architectural Warehouse is located in York, Pa., at 224 N. George St. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Call (717) 854-7152 for more information.
Summer garden honors
One of the pleasures of living in Baltimore is the glimpses you get of urban gardens visible from the street. Every year the nonprofit organization Beautiful Baltimore Inc. honors the loveliest ones with citations in a summer garden contest.
To enter a garden -- yours or someone else's -- send the name of the owner or occupant, the address and any comments to Beautiful Baltimore Inc., 303 Oakdale Road, Baltimore 21210, by Aug. 15.
Something to hold onto
When Frank Anders fell after returning home from surgery, he decided he wanted to install sturdy but attractive grab bars in his bathroom. His research into what was available eventually led to his opening Steady Step Grab Bars and Railings in Hunt Valley, which also carries a full line of bathroom safety accessories. For more information, call (410) 628-6379.
Echo for the home
The lines between good fashion design and home decorating blurred a little more when Echo, long known for its beautiful scarves and accessories, entered the home fashion market. Just as you use an Echo scarf to add personality to a suit or outfit, you can express your individuality with these handsome bed and bath collections. Look for them in department and specialty stores in August.