January 26, 2003|By Sarah Kickler Kelber | Sarah Kickler Kelber,Sun Staff

Ceiling fans have that air of summer about them. But turn one on in reverse mode in the winter, and the warm air that has risen will be distributed more evenly throughout the room, allowing heating systems to work more efficiently.

Unfortunately, though, what many fans do not have is an air of style. But the Monte Carlo Fan Co. decided it didn't have to be that way and since 1996 has designed high-performance fans in styles ranging from traditional to contemporary and from sleek to ornate. The company also manufactures a number of unique, complementary light kits.

Some of the more exotic fan designs include the Bengal (above), which features paddle-shaped blades hand painted with a tiger pattern, and the Mandalay, whose broad, steeply pitched blades are made of bamboo. Both retail for $529 without a light kit.

To find a Monte Carlo Fan dealer, call 817-927-5100 or visit

Cover baby in whimsy

Whimsical French-inspired prints are tamed by pale pastels in the new baby accessories line from designer Amy Coe.

For 10 years, Coe has sought out manufacturers to replicate vintage fabrics, offering baby linens in pure cotton fabrics and exclusive designs. Now, her newest collection, called le cirque des enfants, is available at Target stores. It's based on circus-theme fabric depicting acrobatic elephants, clowns and children, which is matched with complementary floral, plaid, dotted and diamond prints.

Items in the collection include bumper pads, sheets and duvets, fabric lamp shades, wallpaper borders, chenille blankets, diaper bags and a stuffed elephant. Prices range from $5.99 to $39.99.

Visit to find a store near you.

Keep food warm in a drawer

One of the biggest challenges in getting a creative multi-course meal to the table is making sure everything is served at just the right temperature.

The Jenn-Air Warming Drawer eliminates this pesky entertaining issue, keeping everything from roasted meats and appetizers to side dishes, breads and quiches toasty warm. The drawer can also house four loaded 11-inch dinner plates, keeping the main course ready while diners start with their salads.

Features include variable temperature control (from 82 degrees to 210 degrees), four preset temperature settings, variable moisture control, concealed controls that make the drawer appear to be a standard cabinet and an optional set of five commercial-grade stainless-steel pans with lids.

Retail prices start at $798. For more information, call 800-JENN-AIR or visit .


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