Arts and grills
The problem with most home-security equipment is that it's ugly. So it's good to know about Chesapeake Forge, owned by artist blacksmith Chris Modla. He makes decorative security grills so beautifully crafted that you would want them on your windows and doors even if they didn't keep the bad guys out. (He also does other custom work, such as wrought-iron tables, chairs, benches and gates.)
Modla specializes in classical joinery, which elevates his craft to an art. He doesn't, as it's called in the business, "cut and paste." Instead, he uses historical techniques developed before modern-day welding, such as joining with rivets and pins and forge welding.
Chesapeake Forge is located in Jessup. Call 410-799-3145 for more information.
For several months the Kellogg Collection (6241 Falls Road, 410-296-4378) has carried an exclusive line of hand-painted furniture designed by the store owners. Now it's been expanded include children's pieces like this charming table and chairs ($600) painted in cream and pale blue.
These one-of-a-kind furnishings are sometimes new and sometimes old pieces that are stripped, painted and sent to artists to be decorated in dreamy pastels. They include romantic beds, chests, tables and armoires. And don't miss the chest of drawers fitted with whimsical knobs by MacKenzie-Childs, then painted to complement them ($6,000).
Here's a nifty little gadget you can't live without if you're a serious picnic-goer. These picnic tablecloth weights shaped like cherries keep your cloth in place on a breezy day. They make a fun and inexpensive hostess gift as well. A set of four from Crate & Barrel costs $5.95.
If you like the cherry motif, you can find plenty of picnic supplies to go along with your tablecloth weights. Crate & Barrel has cherries on tablecloths and napkins and even cherry-red melamine plates and flatware sets.
And you thought the wave was yesterday's news. Not this wave: It's the 'Pink Wave' petunia introduced by the PanAmerican Seed Co. this season (coinciding with the National Garden Association's Year of the Petunia).
A single 'Wave' petunia can easily fill a square yard of a garden bed with vibrant 3-inch blossoms. Originally derived from a weed found in South America, the plant does grow like a weed, but with more beautiful blooms than traditional petunias. It's extremely hardy and doesn't mind the mid-summer heat that other varieties of petunias do.
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Pub Date: 4/20/97