Reigning collectiblesWith the death of Diana, Princess of...

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September 21, 1997|By Elizabeth Large

Reigning collectibles

With the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, interest in royal collectibles has skyrocketed. The definitive work on the subject is "British Royalty Commemoratives," by Douglas H. Flynn and Alan H. Bolton (Schiffer, 1994, $19.95). The paperback guide has color photographs of hundreds of china and pottery commemorative mugs, plates, cups and saucers, loving cups and more. There are also more than 2,300 black and white photos.

If you're a novice at collecting royal commemoratives, the book has tips on sources, how to evaluate the condition of pieces and much more. Chapters are divided by monarch, with a brief

history of each reign. Charles and Diana memorabilia are also included.

Interior design on TV

If you can't wait till the latest issue of House Beautiful or Met Home hits the newsstands, you're going to love "Decor," the new interior-design series airing in October on public television.

Actress Dina Merrill will interview designers, celebrities and manufacturers and act as host on tours of luxury homes. Each half-hour episode will feature design trends, room makeovers, tricks of the trade and shopping advice. It's very much a shelter magazine-style show.

"Decor" is produced by WPBT2/Miami with Southern Accents magazine. Check your local listings for times.

Frederick antiquing

With more than 600 dealers, Frederick County is an antiques enthusiast's paradise. The choices range from downtown shops in Frederick and New Market to out-of-the-way rural finds to major malls. Next Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Council will sponsor the first Antique Marketplace Weekend Celebration, planned to coincide with three other county events -- New Market Days, Middletown Heritage Weekend and a Civil War re-enactment. Individual antiques dealers will hold their own festivities.

To receive a copy of "The Antiquer's Guide to Frederick County," which has a color map showing each dealer's location, call 800-999-3613. You can also get information on where to pick up the free guide at locations in Frederick County.

On the cutting edge

With the metamorphosis of the kitchen into a family room and the place for casual entertainment, consumers are showing new interest in showpiece kitchen accessories.

Here are some of the trends:

* Stainless steel and chrome are old but new. Lisa Casey Weiss, consultant to the National Association of Housewares Manufacturers, says they remind us of what was in our homes when we were growing up, "a casual retro look."

* More on the retro front: "Fiestaware colors" like citrus, lemon, orange and lime can be seen everywhere in kitchen accessories. But there's an infusion of color of every sort in small appliances and housewares.

* Brides are registering for cappuccino machines, breadmakers and pressure cookers. "They want convenience, but not fast food," says Weiss.

* Paul Angelo LoGiudice, director of product design for Calphalon cookware, sees two styles of cooking: quick dinners for weeknights and Events on the weekend. People are buying roasters, braising pots and a combination wok and omelet skillet for stir frys and other fusion cooking.

* Water-filtration units are a must-have, says Linda White of Rubbermaid.

* Tea drinking is on the rise. Manufacturers are responding with appliances like electric kettles and tea-brewing devices.

Pub Date: 9/21/97


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