People are starting to look for a little more royal treatment in their interior decorating. The current issue of House Beautiful is reporting a new interest in heraldic motifs like fleurs de lis, crowns and insignia. Susan Yager, president of Domestications, a mail-order catalog for the home, sees it as part of a return to elegance and a new take on opulence. "Luxury takes a light and airy turn," she says, "with loads of lace and lovely sheer fabrics that are printed with fleurs de lis."
Drexel Heritage will introduce its Royal Country Retreats collection at this spring's home furnishings market at High Point, N.C. The Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and Lady Jane Churchill will attend the preview party.
You've heard how you can get this fabulous chair or that luxurious fabric only through an interior designer. Now this merchandise will be available at bargain prices at a bazaar held by the Washington Metropolitan Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers. Items donated by designers, Design Center showrooms and manufacturers will be priced 50 percent or more off retail.
The bazaar is open to the public for a $7 admission charge. It will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Church School, 7500 Pearl St., Bethesda, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22. Call (301) 656-1558.
If you take your bath by candlelight or have other ways of introducing a little elegance into your everyday life, Vanity Fair Napkins wants to hear about it. The company is looking for your idea, in 25 words or less, for adding a touch of casual elegance in these four categories: interior design, cuisine, table settings and entertaining. Contest entries must be postmarked on or before May 31; winners will be notified in late June. More than $35,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded. For the complete rules, write to Vanity Fair Everyday Elegance Contest, P.O. Box 7165, Clinton, Iowa 52736-7165.
It was a tough day for Dannemann by Design last Sunday, for which we apologize. Not only did we misspell the new store's name in this column, but also the photograph provided by the store and taken by Ted Hoffman was credited to a Sun photographer.
Norman's in town
One of the highlights of last fall's High Point furniture market was the Norman Rockwell home furnishings collection. Stanley Furniture, in collaboration with other manufacturers, created a nostalgic grouping of traditional and country furniture based on Rockwell's illustrations. Now Royal Furniture has become the first Maryland store to carry the collection at its two showrooms, downtown at 510 S. Monroe St. and in Lutherville at Seminary and Railroad avenues. Many of the pieces bear replicas of Rockwell's illustrated covers for the Saturday Evening Post from 1916 to 1923.