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January 20, 2002|By Julie Klavens | Julie Klavens,Sun Staff

For those who prefer mild or hot weather, winter offers challenges that, with a little creativity, can be interpreted as opportunities. Case in point: Cold weather brings the opportunity to splurge on luxe fabrics that provide warmth.

Bombay Company offers wickedly sumptuous, "I'm not leaving this room" bedding in a quilted burgundy silk / cotton blend or velvet, accented with sari-inspired gold passementerie. The line includes shams and accent pillows, $30 to $70; sheer curtains, $50; and bed skirts and duvet covers, $90 to $300, depending on size. They're available at some Bombay Co. stores and www.bombayco.com.

Shelf-help

God bless physics: Without it, vertical storage would be impossible -- and little brings order to chaos as quickly as shelving.

The Container Store offers some of the best-looking shelving we've seen lately. Its Skandia line is a sleek, grown-up version of the humble pine do-it-yourself stock sold by That Really Big Swedish Chain.

Constructed of lacquered Scandinavian fir, Skandia offers the warmth and clean lines associated with modern Scandinavian furniture. These versatile pieces complement most decors, and work well in a range of spaces, from family room to home office to guest room. The individual components -- among them drawer pulls, drawers and shelves -- range from $4 to $260, but to give two examples, an entertainment center (16" deep by 104" wide by 82" tall) sells for $1,144, and a storage and display unit (16" deep by 60" wide by 50" high) sells for $902.

For information, visit area Container Stores or www.containerstore.com.

-- J.K.

Birds' bed & breakfast

Think about restaurants in the most pared-down terms: They provide food and shelter, thus meeting two of our fundamental needs. But animals can't patronize restaurants -- well, not unless they live in L.A. -- yet their needs for food and shelter grow more pressing as temperatures drop.

Enter the edible log cabin from All About Birds, an Internet business created by former Baltimore Zoo employee Maureen O'Brien. The structure, handmade from millet stalks, can be spread repeatedly with a seed / suet mixture, and the chimney holds larger seeds.

True, birds will never know the luxury of being waited on. But then again, they needn't leave tips. $49.95 at www.allaboutbirds.com. -- J.K.

EVENTS:

* Today is the last day to drop by the 32nd Annual Annapolis Heritage Antiques Show at the Medford National Guard Armory on Hudson Street in Parole. Dealers from around the country will offer American and English period furniture, clocks, prints, maps, paintings; Chinese, English and French ceramics; oriental rugs; jewelry; books; scientific instruments; and more. The show is open until 5 p.m. Admission is $7, with proceeds going to the London Town Foundation. For more information, call 410-222-1919 or 410-961-5121.

* Metzler's will present a free class at 10 a.m. Saturday to help you plan a spring flower garden (annuals and perennials) that will yield plentiful blooms to fill vases indoors. Metzler's is at 10342 Owen Brown Road, Columbia. For more information, call 410-997-8133. -- J.K.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Liz Atwood, 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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