Fountain of contentment for a trickle of cash


May 20, 2001|By Liz Atwood | Liz Atwood,Sun Staff

What could be better than to relax to the soothing sounds of a gurgling fountain on a warm summer night? You needn't have a ton of space or money to bring the delight of bubbling water to your home or patio.

Beckett Corp., a Dallas company that has been making pumps for more than 40 years, has a kit to help create container water gardens that will accentuate any home, office or patio. The kit includes a pump filter, fountain nozzle and extension tube.

You simply choose your container and add water. Plants and tropical fish are optional.

The kit, available at home and garden stores, retails for about $30. For ideas on how to get started in water gardening, call the company's consumer line at 1-888-BECKETT for a free brochure or visit the Web site at www.

Wallpaper works wonders

What mascara does for the eyes, wallpaper borders do for rooms. They have an enormous capacity to add decorative detail to otherwise featureless spaces.

A paper border can be the equivalent of architecture on a roll. To create the effect of architectural wainscoting, paper the wall below the border and paint the area above.

To create the illusion of a lower ceiling, run a paper border around the perimeter of the room 12 to 18 inches down from the top of the walls. Paint the area above the border the same color as the ceiling.

But a little goes a long way, so use paper borders judiciously. If you're not sure how to proceed, spend a few hours browsing through sample books at your local wallpaper store.

-- Wire reports

Life in the tropics

Maybe a trip to Bali or Fiji isn't in your vacation plans, but with a few new home accessories you can feel as though you've been transported to some place exotic.

This summer, the emphasis is on island decor with neutral colors and natural fabrics. Marshall's is offering an array of accessories to help transform your home into a tropical oasis: wood and straw boxes, bamboo trays, woven baskets, earthenware vases and pillar candles. (Prices range from $1.99 to $99.99.)

Many of the items not only conjure up images of the islands, they also help hide clutter, which provides added serenity.

For the location of the Marshall's closest to you, call 1-800-MARSHALLS or log on to -- L.A.


* The Baltimore Museum of Art is exhibiting exquisite toiles, or printed textiles, that once were found only in the homes of the privileged few. Titled "Heroes, Legends & Martyrs," the exhibition showcases late 18th- through mid-20th century fabrics that feature historical figures, and will be on display through June 10. For more information, call 410-396-7100 or visit

* The more we advance technologically, the more we recognize the wisdom of traditional methods and remedies, some of which will be highlighted at the Baltimore Herb Festival. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Leakin Park on Windsor Mill Road east of Forest Park Avenue, and will feature vendors, exhibitors and lecturers, as well as music and food. The admission fee is $4. For more information, visit / Baltimore / index.htm.

* Take a peek into some of Frederick's most beautiful public and private gardens in self-guided tours from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. "Beyond the Garden Gates" offers visitors the chance to wander through lush gardens of flowers, statuary and fountains. Tickets are $12 per person. Proceeds benefit beautification projects in Frederick. For more information, call 301-228-2844 or log on to www.cityof

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