Kenneth Jay Lane has long been known as jeweler to the stars, having designed pieces for Jackie O, Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn. Now he's venturing into new territory, creating his own Home Gift Collection of jewelry-inspired frames, napkin rings, votive candle holders, place-card holders and boxes, all available to the public.
Pictured above, center, is the Elaborate Pave Frame With Carved Stone, which fits a 3 1/2 -by-5-inch photo and retails for $300.
Animals and other critters feature prominently in his jewelry as well as in this collection. Taken from his Hinged Giraffe bracelet are the Giraffe Napkin Rings (left). A set of two is $45.
Items are available at fine specialty and gift stores. To find a store, call 877-231-2949.
Don't get hammered
We've all heard the home-remodeling horror stories. Some of us have even experienced the horror firsthand. To avoid a home-remodeling disaster and be assured of quality service, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry recommends a list of questions every homeowner should ask contractors. Here are a few:
* How long has your company been in business? Do you carry liability insurance and workers' compensation?
* Who will be working on my project? Are they your employees or are some subcontractors?
* How many projects like mine have you done in the past year? Could you provide me with references from those?
* Are you a member of a national trade association? Have you or your employees been certified in remodeling?
For more tips, call 800-611-NARI to request a free copy of the brochure "How to Select a Remodeling Professional" or visit www.remodeltoday. com to download a copy.
* Today from noon to 5 p.m. is your last chance to see Valhalla, Historic Ellicott City Inc.'s Decorator Show House, with its six working fireplaces, expansive modern kitchen and original flooring. The house, built in the mid-18th century, is situated on 100 acres at 1575 Marriottsville Road in Marriottsville. $15; $12 in advance; no admittance to children under 11. Call 410-461-6908.
'Trading Spaces' for kids seeking Baltimore teams
Following in the successful footsteps of Trading Spaces comes Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls, a new Discovery Kids Channel show that challenges two friends (of the opposite sex) to redecorate each other's room.
The show is currently looking for kids in the Baltimore area between the ages of 8 and 14 who'd like to participate. Candidates should fill out a form on the www.discoverykids.com Web site, at the "Trading Spaces: Boys vs. Girls" link.
Candidates must live on the same block. And each must choose one helper -- a brother, sister, cousin, neighbor, friend -- of the same sex who's also between 8 and 14. The two teams of two will work with a professional designer and carpenter to create a dream room within 48 hours (see example below).
Visit the Web site or call 215-928-1414 for more information.
Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Lori Sears, 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.