Spiffing up for spring


March 24, 2002|By Amelia Cleary | Amelia Cleary,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The time has come to take down the storm windows, polish tarnished silver and hunt for dust bunnies lingering in hidden spaces. With the change of season, the time for spring cleaning has arrived, and with it a desire for change and renewal.

Here are some items to freshen, straighten and brighten your home and your life.

Sweet dreams

When the house is in order, treat yourself to new linens and curtains. B. Smith, the model and restaurateur who introduced America to a new definition of elegance and beauty, has brought her sophistication into the home with a new line of domestics that can be found at Bed Bath and Beyond stores.

Her bed sheets, linens, pillowcases, bed spreads, duvets and comforters range from the muted sage green of her Sanctuary collection to the bold burgundies found in her Tunisian Night line. Prices range from $300 for a king size comforter set to $10 for a standard pillow sham. For information on her home furnishings and her other ventures, see www.BSmith.com. --Staff

Books to remember

When cleaning is over, you'll probably turn around to find piles of paper and photos that you just couldn't part with. Simple Scrapbooks, a new bimonthly magazine, can help.

In the 100-page magazine, Editor in Chief Stacy Julian offers simple tips to make ordinary scrapbooks unique, encouraging collectors to make each book personal by adding letters from loved ones or favorite quotes.

Individual issues are available at scrapbook specialty stores, Barnes & Noble, Wal-Mart, Michael's and Hobby Lobby stores. A one-year subscription can be ordered for $19.99 online at www.simplescrapbooksmag.com or by calling 866-334-8149. -- A.C.

Pretty and practical

After you've sorted through all those untidy drawers, you can make scents of your life with drawer lining paper from Crabtree & Evelyn. The pretty and practical paper comes in lavender, rosewater, Spring Rain, Summer Hill, Nantucket Briar or Savannah Gardens scents.

A set of six sheets of paper is $18 and available at Crabtree & Evelyn stores in Annapolis, Columbia, Glen Burnie and Towson. Also, at www.crabtreeandevelyn.com.

-- Jill Kubatko

Slip on a new look

Sure Fit Slipcovers By Mail offers a simple redecorating option with machine-washable, one-piece slipcovers. By sliding their faux-raw silk, Matelasse, or even denim designs over your old sofa and tucking tight you can give your home a fresh look without having to buy new furniture.

Prices of sofa covers range from $69 to $159. For information, call 800-305-5857 or see www.surefit.com. -- A.C.

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