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August 22, 1999|By Karol V. Menzie | By Karol V. Menzie,SUN STAFF

A generous helping of decorator

Now that Leslie Waskins has doubled the space in her Hampden shop, In Watermelon Sugar, there's room for the kind of larger items -- furniture and architectural artifacts -- she always wanted to offer among the carefully chosen collection of housewares for the hip and cheerful.

Among other things, there's a broad teak bench from Bali ($1,400) and a lounge chair, also from that South Pacific island, in strips of bamboo and teak ($1,100). There's a simple but elegant painted chest with two doors ($995) and a painted sideboard ($985), two items from a design shop in New Mexico.

Waskins still offers artwork (often framed photographs, $135-$300); quirky, brightly painted lamp shades ($24-$44) and flower pails ($12); and those charming glass and metal fireflies and bees that house votive candles for the outdoors ($45). There are also candles in the form of columns ($48).

The shop is at 3555 Chestnut Ave. (at the corner of 36th Street). It's open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, call 410-662-9090. --K.M.

It's a breeze

Remote control, built-in lighting, extra power -- no, it's not an entertainment center, it's a modern ceiling fan. Not only are the newest ones ornamental, they can save on summer air-conditioning bills (as much as 40 percent, according to industry sources) and winter heating bills (as much as 10 percent). Here are some tips on buying a ceiling fan, from the American Lighting Association, a trade group based in Dallas.

* Buy the right size fan for the room: 50 inches to 56 inches in diameter for a room of 225 square feet or larger; 42 inches to 44 inches for rooms up to 144 square feet; and 32 inches for rooms up to 64 square feet.

* Check the ceiling height. Ideally, blades should be 8 feet to 9 feet above the floor. The minimum is 7 feet.

* Find out the pitch of the blades; 14 degrees is optimum for moving air efficiently.

* To get maximum cooling effect in summer and maximum heating effect in winter, choose a fan with blades that reverse directions. In summer, set the fan to spin counterclockwise; in winter, clockwise.

* If you're using a fan in a bathroom, or on a porch or patio, buy one that is UL-rated for damp or wet locations.

To find a ceiling fan showroom, check the association's Web site at www.americanlightingassoc.com, or call 800-274-4484.

Noteworthy instrument

Now here's a really grand piano: the Hampton Pinnacle model from Story & Clark, of Seneca, Pa. Its inside lid depicts hand-painted scenes of Tudor-style English landscapes. Hampton grand pianos offer Victorian styling, with carved legs, ball feet and other embellishments. The cost is about $30,000 at piano showrooms. For more information, call 800-348-7340. Or check the Web site at www.qrsmusic.com. -- K.M.

Events:

* Art and craft vendors, international foods, grape stomping and winery tours are on the agenda at the ninth annual Wine, Jazz and Art Festival from noon to 6 p.m. today at Fiore Winery, 3026 Whiteford Road, Pylesville. Cost is $9 a person. For more information, call 410-879-4007.

* Here's a fun and funny way to bid goodbye to summer: Take the family pooch to a doggie swim from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 29 at the pool in Patterson Park, 148 S. Linwood Ave. If your dog sports a spiffy swimsuit, he or she could win a prize. Various canine organizations will offer informational displays. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. For more information, call Lynn Baker at 410-396-7012. -- K.M.

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