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April 04, 1999|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff

Furniture for pets

Pets may be less reluctant to stay off your furniture if they have their own. In fact, the chaises, sofas and daybeds from Nebraska designer Carol Copple (above) may make you a bit jealous of Fido or Fluffy as they lounge on fashionable leopard- or floral-print cushions.

The furniture from Beastly Furnishings comes in three sizes: small, for animals up to 20 pounds; medium, for animals up to 40 pounds; and large, for animals up to 60 pounds. Prices range from $410 to $540. Copple says she designed them not just to make pets happy, but to create a nice piece for people's homes as well.

Stores that carry the line are listed on a Web site, www.beastlyfurnishings.com. Or call 402-392-1976, or write Beastly Furnishings Inc., 114 S. 93rd St., Omaha, Neb. 68114.

Relaxing with fish

Did you know that watching fish swim has been shown to lower people's blood pressure? In today's stress-filled world, a fish tank can be a small luxury that makes a big impact. Marineland has introduced a new system, called Eclipse System Six, that can be set up quickly because all of the apparatus, including light and filter, is concealed in a hood that fits on top of the tank. The system can be used for either saltwater or freshwater fish.

Eclipse System Six is available at major pet retailers, such as Petco and PetsMart, with a suggested retail price of $79.95. For more information, call Marineland at 800-322-1266, or check the Web site at www.aquariainc. com.

Space for the creative

Creative Specialties, a long-time Baltimore source for gift, bridal and specialty items, has a new home. The shop, which features upscale and hard-to-find brands such as Yamazaki, Bucellati, Christofle and Simon Pearce, also features items by Tiffany & Co., Waterford, Lalique, Ralph Lauren, Kirk Stieff, Oneida and KitchenAid.

The new space, just up the road a couple of blocks from the former space, has 17,000 square feet, and there are plans to offer events, including cooking demonstrations and home-decorating talks.

The shop is at 1848 Reisterstown Road, just north of Beltway Exit 20. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call 410-484-2900.

EVENTS:

* The principles of using non-plant material to enhance a garden will be the topic of a talk by Beverly Fitts, a garden writer and lecturer, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, sponsored by the Horticultural Society of Maryland. After the talk, at the Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., there will be a sale of unusual plants and ornaments. The lecture is free. For information, call 410-785-6059.

* The Maryland-Virginia Area chapters of the National American Glass Club are presenting the 18th annual show and sale from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Summit Hall Farm Park Activity Center, 506 S. Frederick Ave. (Route 355), in Gaithersburg. (The park is about a mile north of Shady Grove Road.) There will be 120 tables of glass items from all periods, plus rare books and glass identification from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3.50 for adults; $1 for children. Lunch will be available. For more information, call 703-768-6987.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Karol V. Menzie, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519.

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