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November 09, 1997|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Sun Staff

Sticking points

At first it seems silly. A periwinkle blue tape dispenser with a wristband attached. But then you realize never again will you have to tear off bits of tape and stick them to the edge of the table so they'll be ready when you need them. The new 3M tape dispenser delivers pre-cut 2-inch strips of tape. Use one and the next one pops up automatically.

The Scotch Pop-Up Tape Strip Dispenser retails for around $4; refills are $3. Sold wherever Scotch Tape is sold.

Furniture forecast

It's going to be the year of the couch potato, according to the results of a national survey of what furniture consumers plan to buy for their homes next year. America's Research Group found that the Top 10 purchases would be:

1. Fabric sofa (18.3 percent)

2. Fabric recliner (14.5 percent)

3. Master bedroom bed (10.4 percent)

4. End table (10.3 percent)

5. Youth/children bedroom furniture (8.8 percent)

6. Dinette table/casual dining table/chairs (8.8 percent)

7. Upholstered chair (8.6 percent)

8. Cocktail table (7.7 percent)

9. Entertainment center (7.6 percent)

10. Sleep sofa (7.4 percent)

And for all of you who thought that a leather sofa was the hottest furniture news around, it came in at No. 20 (2.3 percent).

French country, made to order

French country style with its classic ease and polish has become a favorite of Baltimoreans. Now it's more convenient than ever to buy the trademark Quimper plates, baker's racks, coquille arm chairs and pot de confit lamps, just in time for holiday shopping.

French Country Living, a store in Great Falls, Va., that specializes in the furniture and decorative accessories of France, has put out its first mail-order catalog. Many of the items are priced under $75.

To get a copy of the French Country Living catalog, call 800-485-1302.

Candle power

The reason Slatkin & Co.'s new scented candle is such a hot seller must be because of "Candle in the Wind," Elton John's tribute to Princess Diana.

Named after the singer, the candle is scented with a combination of his favorite flowers: rose, jasmine, freesia and hyacinth. The lushly romantic packaging is an adaptation of a painting from his private collection, "Putti Blowing Bubbles."

The Elton candle, $54, is carried exclusively in this area by Dahne & Weinstein (10749 Falls Road, 410-296-7004). A percentage of the sales goes to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Pub Date: 11/09/97

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