Bouquet in the bedroom


April 07, 2002|By Jill Kubatko | Jill Kubatko,Sun Staff

Flower power is blossoming for a new generation of girls with large daisies and tulips in bold hot pinks, oranges and yellows showing up on bed sheets, comforters, rugs, frames, shelves and desk sets. Target (below right) offers a "Flowers Etc." bed in a bag for $79, which has matching furniture. Hecht's "Pick A Petal Ensemble" starts at $99 for a comforter, bed sheets, sham and skirt. American Girl (top right) features a "Daisy" three-piece bed set at $120. Sears is spreading its garden theme with tulips, daisies and butterflies and in items ranging from $39.99 for comforters and sheets to a $24.99 butterfly rug.

Stop and smell the flowers at these stores or check them out online at, and

Finely tuned cutting machine

You tune up your car. You tune up your bicycles and motorcycles. Why not tune up your mower and help save money and the environment? Briggs and Stratton Corp. offers an inexpensive new kit to help your lawn mower run at its peak while cutting down on emissions. Priced around $10, the Quantum 3.5-6 HP kit contains an air filter, oil, spark plug, fuel stabilizer and how-to instructions. The kit is available at Lowe's, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Kmart, Lehman Hardware in Baltimore, Anne Arundel County Farmers Co-op in Glen Burnie, Edward T. Clark and Sons in Ellicott City and nearly 100 other locations statewide. For more dealers, see --J.K.

A phone with smarts

First came the answering machine, then caller ID, now Bang and Olufsen introduces the talking answering machine that announces who is calling. This "intelligent" machine can differentiate between callers and speaks the name of the person on the other end of the line. So much for indiscreet calls. One major plus: The BeoTalk 1200 can deal with unsolicited calls from up to 10 specific numbers. These calls are answered by a busy tone. Yeah!

You can choose who you want to talk to by programming up to 50 names, which will be announced when the corresponding number is incoming. Multiple message options allow the user to select a group of 30 callers to hear a message tailored for them; other callers will hear a standard greeting. Caller ID allows the user to see the time and date of the calls and records incoming messages. The sleek silver deco-influenced box works with just three buttons. Retail price is $195. Find BeoTalk 1200 at the Bang and Olufson stores in Towson Town Center and The Mall at Columbia.


Moving resources

Home shopping? Try this network of links: This all-inclusive site can help you research neighborhoods, look for an apartment or home, locate financing and find movers. Neighborhood schools are rated, crime statistics noted and comparable home prices listed. Compare cities or check out your current home's value. Once you've settled into your new domicile, the site offers tips on landscaping, gardening, decorating, home improvement and entertaining. --J.K.


* Local artists and artisans from Mill Centre in Hampden will open their doors to give the public a peek at their studios and fine art and crafts from noon to 5 p.m. today. In conjunction with the School 33 Art Center's 14th annual Open Studio Tour, this free event will feature for sale: oil paintings, hand painted silk fashions, papier-mache, porcelain objects, computer-generated imagery, glass work, drawings and more. The Mill Centre is at 3000 Chestnut Ave. and Falls Road. Information: 410-467-4038.

* Venture to the Carroll County Farm Museum for Traditional Arts Week, April 22 to 25, for educational workshops in time-honored skills focusing on the late 1800s. Classes may include blacksmithing, tinsmithing, basketmaking, chair caning, quilting, spinning, woodcarving and others. Individual Traditional Arts workshops will be offered throughout the year focusing on "The Forgotten Arts." Registration is required. Call 410-876-2667 for more information.


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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