Kmart shoppers light up the room Blue-light specials...


June 18, 2000|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Sun Staff

Kmart shoppers light up the room

Blue-light specials aren't the only lighting news at Kmart. The discount department store chain has recently jazzed up its collections of lamps and shades.

"Our lamp business is up," says spokeswoman Laura Mahle, "and our customers are looking for on-trend merchandise and a strong selection."

That translates to everything from lava lamps for retro-loving teens to hand-painted Baroque torchieres. The handsome Mission-style lamps pictured, which are new this month at Kmart, come in two sizes, table and floor ($34.99 and $49.99).

Customers can either buy a particular style of lamp or mix and match good-looking shades and bases. Best of all, they're easy on the pocketbook.

When teak is chic

Are you a teak freak? If you're a fan of the smooth wood, this is the season for you., a Web site specializing in exotic handcrafted products, presents some fabulous furniture. Lounge in the luxury of a "Chilena" chair made of a woven Mexican teak that molds to the body ($550). A "Chilena" stool costs $325 on the site.

Teak also reaches a new summer peak in the Smith & Hawken 2000 catalog, "Teak for Life." The catalog offers everything from armchairs to full outdoor dining sets.

Call 800-776-3336 for more information or visit www.

-- Tamara Ikenberg

Recipes for change

The kitchen is the room many people would most like to improve if they could remodel. Some even clip magazine photos and articles so they will one day be prepared to make their dream kitchen a reality. One of the top items on the "dream-kitchen" list is an island such as this one, which has a built-in range and a stylish raised snack counter.

Illuminated by suspended decorator lights, the island is a perfect place for conversation. Abundant counter space on either side of the range provides space to set ingredients next to the burners in preparation for cooking or heating.

This home was designed by Mulfinger, Susanka, Mahady and Partners for the Life magazine Dream Home 1999. The entire house can be viewed on the Web site for Life at

--Associated Press


* It's not PBS' suspenseful "Antiques Roadshow," but chances are the collector in you will find something at the Greater Baltimore/Washington Antiques Market. More than 100 antiques dealers will be offering their wares, from folk art to Art Deco today at the Howard County Fairgrounds. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is $6 a person. For more information, call 410-442-2262.

* Stop worrying about those shrinking violets, because the plant doctor is in. On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., master garden coordinator Mary Cantler and her fellow master gardeners will answer your gardening queries and diagnose your ailing plants if you bring a sample. Just come to the Aberdeen branch of the Harford County Public Library at 21 Franklin Street for your free consultation. Call 410-273-5608 for more information.

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