Vintage advantage


Rob Degenhard and Nini Sarmiento love their jobs. And no wonder. The husband-and-wife team, who own the new store Home Anthology in Ellicott City, get to buy cool stuff for a living. The two scour estate sales and auctions and purchase interesting vintage furniture and accessories to sell in their store.

After discovering their knack for thrift-shopping while furnishing their home, they opened Home Anthology last year in a 350-square-foot space in Cockeysville. In the fall, they moved their business to Ellicott City.

The new 4,000-square-foot shop sells mid-century modern, retro, vintage and deco pieces from the 1920s to the 1960s. You'll find a 1947 mohair sofa ($800), a 1968 Paul Evans swivel metal cube chair ($2,995), a dowel-leg shell chair by Charles Eames, vintage suede pillows, 1950s wishbone chairs from Hans Wegner, library files, lamps, tables, rugs and more.

Home Anthology, 840A Oella Ave., Ellicott City, is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, noon-6 p.m. Sundays. Call 410-465-0888 or visit

Attached to dogs

Dogs love to run. And we don't all have fences. Yes, stakes in the ground work, but they can be easily stolen or pulled out by large dogs. And wire dog runs are fine, but are often hard to set up and unattractive.

A new alternative is the Doggy Bar. Your dog's leash or a rope attaches to this hearty, dog-shaped plate with steel bar that can be bolted to your house or RV or into any concrete, brick or wood surface. It's cute, easy to install and requires no maintenance. It's just 7 1/2 inches high, 9 1/2 inches wide and is guaranteed for life.

The Doggy Bar sells for $19.99 (wall model) or $24.99 (ground model) at www. doggy-bar. com or by calling 800-597-6033.

First-home tips

You finally bought that first home. Need a few decorating tips? The folks at Designing Solutions, a Silver Spring-based interior design firm, say:

* Get a heavy coffee table with a scratch-resistant surface. Consider thick glass, concrete or granite. Love wood? Pick something that matches crayon or marker colors so you can fill in scratches and nicks.

* Avoid a sofa with toss pillows. They're moved around so much, they wear out faster.

* Install cedar shelving and wallboards in your closets. Chemical-free cedar protects clothing from moths and silverfish and masks odors.

* Get fabric upholstery that resists stains and moisture, like ultra-suede, moleskin or treated leather. For rooms that get a lot of sun, consider Sunbrella. It resists fading, stains and wetness.

For more tips, visit www.MyDesigningSolutions .com or call 301-445-6336.


* Browse the exhibit Celebration of the Spirit: A Showcase of African-American Art through Feb. 27 at the Carroll Arts Center, 91 W. Main St., Westminster. See mixed-media works, collages, quilts, fiber dolls and more, by various Maryland artists. Pictured is the collage Field of Dreams by Jackie Lee. Call 410-848-7272 for hours.

* Artist Sonja Clark presents "Beads Talk," a free slide-lecture on beads and their artistic influence, 7 p.m. Thursday at Towson University, Chesapeake Room, Union Drive. Call 410-704-2787.

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