Monkey Business


Curious George sure gets around. That ever-inquisitive monkey has made his way from the bookshelves into the baby's room.

If there's a baby or a young child in your life, you'll want to check out the new line of Curious George Nursery Products. You'll find an array of Curious George-themed bedding (shown above), including a crib comforter / coverlet ($82), crib bumper ($120), crib skirt ($120), crib sheet ($38) and Moses basket ($190), all from Rainbee.

Curious George-themed musical mobiles, monkey rattles, picture frames, plush toys, puzzles, games and blocks are available from Applause Infant Products.

Bedding can be found at Applause products are available at www.

Other items can be found at Target, Neiman Marcus and Barnes & Noble.

What's new underfoot

Trends come, they go, and they come back again. So it goes for hairstyles, clothing, music, cars and even carpeting.

Here's what you'll be seeing in the carpet showrooms this year, according to predictions from the Color Marketing Group and Solutia (maker of Wear-Dated Carpet Fiber):

* 1920s-inspired hues, such as mixes of silver and gold, Art Deco-era colors blending pink and peach, and sophisticated, vintage-style red and blue combinations.

* Ethnic-inspired shades, including Latin-influenced bronzes, khakis and earth shades and African influences such as safari greens and golds.

* More friezes (a shorter version of the shag, with lots of twist) and patterned carpeting.

* Geometric shapes and ecology and nature patterns (above right), tufted into the carpeting by use of different pile heights.

Other trends in carpeting are listed at the Wear-Dated Carpet Fiber Web site,, under the "Design Advice" heading.

The kinship of house and garden

What is a garden, really, but an extension of your house? Renowned landscape architect James van Sweden of Washington delves into this idea of "marrying" house and garden in his new book Architecture in the Garden (Random House, 2003, $39.95).

The book explains the process of designing and building an architectural garden, all the while incorporating elements of your home's construction into your garden for a more unified appearance. It also shows various gardens the author has designed, including a city fountain garden built on limited space, a lavish seaside garden and a sprawling country garden.

An illustrated glossary of architectural features -- from paths, bridges and gates to steps, decks and fences -- is included, as are dozens of detailed schematic drawings of different architectural garden designs.

The book is available through and at area bookstores.


* A solo exhibit of paintings by Owings Mills resident and Baltimore Watercolor Society president Sharon Green will run Friday through March 30 at Clay Orbit, 10918 York Road in Cockeysville. An artist's reception will take place 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays and noon-4 p.m. Sundays. Call 410-329-1440 for more information.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Lori Sears, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

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