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November 16, 1997|By Elizabeth Large

Holiday decorating tips

It's not too early to start thinking about holiday decorating, particularly if you'll be relying on ingenuity rather than expensive materials. Here are a few tips for giving your home a festive look:

* Oversized ornaments are hot. Make your own large stars for your tree from gold or silver poster board.

* Dress up curtain rods with wide loops of ribbon.

* Suspend ornaments from chandeliers and light fixtures with ribbon or fishing line.

* Wire together several pinecones to form drapery tiebacks.

* Use mittens as napkin and silverware holders at a holiday table.

* Buy baby evergreens at your local nursery; place them outside in pretty pots for the holidays. Plan to plant them next spring.

* Get wire topiary shapes and string them with fairy lights for unusual front-yard decorations.

Adapted from the December issue of Country Sampler's Decorating Ideas.

Highlighting Charles Village

The first of three Charles Village segments on Home & Garden Television will air Thursday, Nov. 20 at 12: 30 p.m. and 9: 30 p.m. They include tours of two houses and their gardens and a look at the Wyman Park Dell beautification project sponsored by Laboratoires Garnier's Belle Neighborhood Program.

Antiques and collectibles

Eldersburg Plaza's new Antique & Collectible Center features more than 100 dealers selling antique furniture, pottery, china, linens, coins, books, military collectibles and popular new collectibles; a woodworking shop that does on-site restoration and repairs; free appraisals; and an auction house scheduled to open the last week in November.

The center is open every day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. It's located at 1438 Liberty Road (Route 26, 3/4 mile east of Route 32). Call 410-552-3268 for more information.

Online shopping

Couch potatoes order their gifts through catalogs. Mouse potatoes head for CyberShop. Billing itself as the world's first Internet department store, CyberShop features upscale products from more than 400 manufacturers. The web site has a new service that wraps gifts, personalizes them with a greeting card and ships them in the U.S. within 24 hours for no extra charge. CyberShop's Internet address is or AOL keyword: cybershop.

Going for the gold and the silver

Today's most fashionable rooms sparkle. Consumers are adding a little shimmer to living rooms with silver and gold finishes on lamps, occasional tables and mirror frames. Fabrics have silver threads or are overprinted with a gold pattern. Gold braid and tassels dress up pillows. The newest boxes, trays, picture frames and other accent pieces often sport antique gold and silver finishes. The gleam of these accessories add warmth and luxury to a room without a major investment.

Pub Date: 11/16/97

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