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October 05, 1997|By Elizabeth Large

Museum quality

If you'd like to take home what you see in the Victoria & Albert Museum's touring exhibit, which comes to the Baltimore Museum of Art this month, you'll want to know about the V&A licensing program -- collections of decorative accessories and giftware inspired by the exhibit. They include china, lamps, pewter, candlesticks and sculpture, among many other items. Shown are the head of a jade horse from Austin Sculpture and a majolica plate from Lotus Arts & Windmere, inspired by 16th-century Italian earthenware. These and other accessories are available through designers and at department stores and museum gift shops.

Designs by David Iatesta

One of the most highly praised rooms in the Slayton Show House last spring was the guest room decorated by David Iatesta. The Annapolis designer's room is scheduled to appear in Traditional Home's special show house issue next April. Now Iatesta, who for the past five years has worked as a furniture designer for Niermann Weeks, has launched his own custom-furniture business, David Iatesta Design (410-626-0022).

Known for his antique finishes and decorative painting, Iatesta describes his furniture as "the lower end of high end." His pieces, which work well in both antique and contemporary settings, range in price from $3,500 to $6,000.

The unmade look

Who would have thought that an unmade bed would be fashionable? The "open bed" is the newest look in bedroom decor -- as relaxed as many other decorating trends these days. The casual style allows bedding manufacturers to show off richly colored sheets and pillows with mix-and-match patterns and coordinated comforters and duvets. De rigueur are the stacks of pillows that complete the look. Pictured is a bed made up in the Warwick collection by Liberty of London for Dan River.

Preparing for winter

Don't kid yourself. It's not too early to start doing some final chores to button up your house for winter. Here's a checklist of essentials:

* Clean gutters of debris.

* Change your furnace air filter.

* Caulk and paint exterior windows and doors where needed.

* Have your chimney inspected and cleaned.

* Check your smoke detectors and change their batteries.

* Buy any snow-removal equipment you'll need, like a new shovel.

Pub Date: 10/05/97

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