Gothic comeback in accent pieces


The trend blossomed last fall with the introduction of Cher's "Sanctuary" catalog. Now Gothic-style designs are widely available in stores, from reproduction furniture to tapestry fabrics.

For those interested in accents rather than the complete medieval look, Papier Interiors is carrying a new line of Gothic reproduction drapery rods and hardware by Robert Allen. It's called the Heraldry Collection and includes valance embellishments, rods, tiebacks, finials and brackets. They come finishes like antique rust, bronze medallion and Renaissance gold.

Quilt contest

You could win as much as $10,000 for your original quilt in the Good Housekeeping and Coming Home 1996 All-American Quilt Contest. For an entry blank and contest rules, call (800) 345-3696. Contestants submit photographs or slides of their quilts, along with a 100-word-or-less essay describing the story or inspiration behind their design. Entries must be postmarked by March 28 of next year.

Colorful lecture

Horticulturist and photographer Pamela J. Harper will share her "color echo" theory of garden design at a slide lecture March 28 in Annapolis. She's the author of "Perennials: How to Select, Grow and Enjoy"; "Designing With Perennials"; and, most recently, "Color Echoes." She uses, she says, "the repetition of color as a means of creating unity, serenity, interest and charm in a garden."

The lecture is at 2 p.m. at the Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 Rowe Blvd. The $10 admission will benefit London Town House & Gardens on the South River in Edgewater. Call (410) 222-1919 for information and reservations. The furniture is stunning: pre- and post-war designs from about 1930 to 1965, most of it by noted designers and architects. The setting is the handsome new showroom of Modern One, which moved recently from Maryland Avenue (where it was called Metroform) to 8 E. Franklin St. Here you'll find the work of Charles Eames, Isamu Noguchi, George Nelson, Kem Weber, and Gilbert Rohde.

Although nothing is set yet, owner Benjamin Storck is planning exhibits such as the work of Warren McArthur, known for his aluminum furniture produced in the 1930s, and the Greek-inspired designs of T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings.

Modern One is open Mondays through Saturdays from noon to 7 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The phone number is (410) 727-2866.

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