Making the design circuit Home computers were just the...

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March 20, 2000

Making the design circuit

Home computers were just the beginning. The latest design craze, according to the March/April issue of Metropolitan Home magazine, is moving the circuit board -- or the circuit board look -- from the computer to every conceivable kind of home design object.

Circuit boards have taken design by storm, the magazine says. You can buy real circuit boards, rescued from outdated computers, as coasters (below). There are new lighting fixtures that reveal the wired circuitry inside. Interactive Perspectives, a new line of carpeting, features connected circuit-like lines. There are also wall clocks with recycled circuit board backings (right).

"It's a witty new way to celebrate our hot-wired lives," says Donna Warner, editor in chief. "We survived Y2K without any serious problems, and now the design world is finding new ways to make us smile about the incredible role of computers in the way we live." -- Associated Press

Sit down a bit and save space

Wonderful architectural style and detailing need not take up much space to make a big impact.

Case in point: this stylish breakfast-eating banquette. It makes efficient use of space since there is no need to allocate floor space behind two sides of the banquette for chairs to slide in and out. A lowered soffit helps to define the space, and beadboard with can lighting creates mood and atmosphere. Windows let the sun shine in during the day, creating a nice spot for a cup of coffee and the morning paper.

The result is maximum impact using minimum square footage. -- Associated Press

Sunshine, outside and in

In their new book, "Sun Country Style" (Gibbs Smith, $39.95), Patricia Hart McMillan, a former magazine editor and furnishings designer, and her daughter, Katharine Kaye McMillan, describe "Sun Country" rooms as eclectic, combining the freshest and cheeriest aspects of multiple regional country styles. Here's what helps define a "Sun County" room:

* Upholstery is tailored in a simple manner and is rarely, if ever, embellished with fussy trim. Self-welting or seam binding in a contrasting hue typify finishing touches.

* Walls are given a luminous, impressionistic aura by subtly layering or sponging closely matched paints to foster a textural sense of depth.

* When a room relies on a pale, monochromatic or an all-white scheme, patterns and textures are played up to relieve any potential feelings of monotony.

-- Universal Press Syndicate

EVENTS:

* More than 100 antiques dealers from 15 states will be featured at the Spring Mid-Atlantic Antiques Market at the Howard County Fairgrounds, 2210 Fairgrounds Road, on Saturday and Sunday. The show will feature Americana, formal and country furniture, folk art, textiles, early glass and ceramics. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6. For more information, call 410-228-8858.

* You can learn to make a waterfall at the Fabulous Fountains class on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Color Me Mine ceramics studio in the Can Company in Canton. The $36 admission includes pump, instruction, assembly and paint time. For more information, call 410-522-6884.

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. Information must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

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