Virginia houses honored
Southern Living magazine has given a Southern Home award to a farmhouse in Markham, Va., the weekend retreat of a Washington couple. Architect Alan Dynerman of Washington added a new wing to the existing house, keeping things in scale with distinctive rooflines, a variety of exterior materials and interesting window details. Two other homes in Virginia, one in Waterford and one in Boyce, were among the five Southern Home awards chosen from more than 300 entries. For information on submitting your home to the contest for 2000 (deadline May 31, 1999), send a stamped, self-addressed, business-size en-velope to Southern Home Awards, Southern Living, P.O. Box 523, Birmingham, Ala. 35201. Or call 800-366-4712, Ext. 288.
Birds call these home
After 20 years in advertising, Jim Kardas got out of the fast lane "to build a real product with my hands." The result is Vermont Country Bird Houses, a collection of rustically crafted structures that meet Audubon Society guidelines for specific birds. But they also function as decorative pieces. Some come in "village" styles, with several structures. Prices range from $129 to $539, and shipping time is two to three weeks, in most cases. For more information, write Kardas at Vermont Country Bird Houses, P.O. Box 200, Main Street, Danby, Vt. 05739, or call toll-free 888-440-0226. Or check out www.vermontcountry.com on the Internet.
Window on the future
The windows are high-tech, the frames are high art. To showcase the new Marvin Clad Ultimate Double Hung windows, Minneapolis designer Steve Frish and artist Bob Kinghorn created what Marvin calls "furniture frames." The windows don't have the overpowering vinyl jamb liners that have made modern double-hung windows more energy-efficient. Instead, they have a new jamb carrier that is concealed by the wood interior -- with no loss of energy efficiency. For more information, write Marvin Windows, P.O. Box 100, Warroad, Minn. 56763, or call toll-free 888-537-8268. -- K. M.
* Tomorrow, Presidents' Day, will be the official opening of the newly refurbished Mount Vernon, home of George Washington. This year marks the bicentennial of his death, and exhibits and events at the mansion, on the Potomac River in Mount Vernon, Va., will celebrate the first U.S. president's life and times. For further information, call 703-780-2000, or visit Web sites at www.gwashington1999.org or www.mountvernon.org.
In conjunction with the celebration, Hickory Chair has expanded its Mount Vernon collection of furniture, including casual furniture for the first time.
For more details, call Hickory at 828-328-1801, or visit the Web site at www.hickorychair.com. --K.M.
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Pub Date: 02/14/99