Best seats for the home team


November 09, 2003|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,SUN STAFF

Got the popcorn, the cold drink and the good flick? La-Z-Boy's got the ticket for the comfy home seating.

The furniture manufacturer has just raised the curtain on its new Home Theater Collection, dubbed "Matinee." Featured are seven unique pieces that can lock together and form an array of configurations, such as loveseats and double-tiered, stadium-style seating. Included are right and left one-arm recliners, a two-arm recliner, a console with storage drawer and stand-alone wedge.

Seat cushions are set at a 15-degree angle, the ergonomically correct movie-watching position, and do not block stereo surround sound. Recliners are available with a power recline system, for users to extend to any position. Consoles feature snack trays, pullout drawers and retractable cup holders.

Like choices? The collection offers 54 different leathers and 52 fabrics. Prices range from $299 for a console with drawer to $1,899 for a leather recliner with power option. Items are available at La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries in Annapolis, Bel Air, Essex, Glen Burnie and Towson. Call 800-625-3246 or visit

Cleaning with oxygen

With so many stain removers on the market, it's just plain overwhelming. Currently, oxygenated products are all the rage. Orange Glo International has just come out with OxiClean Active Stain Remover, a multipurpose, liquid spray. The cleaner, which is chlorine-free and color-safe, uses active oxygen to fight stains, such as greasy foods, pet messes and set-in stains. OxiClean Active Stain Remover can be used as a pretreater for laundry, on carpeting or on other fabrics.

A 21.5 oz. bottle of the cleaner retails for $3.59 at Kroger, Wal-Mart, Target and Sam's Club stores. It is also available for purchase at

Savoring the good life

Domestic bliss would be nice. In fact, bliss of any kind would be welcome and quite delightful. So, yes, we were intrigued by the idea of Rita Konig's new book Domestic Bliss: Simple Ways to Add Style to Your Life (Simon & Schuster, 2003, $14), available at Konig offers a guide of practical ideas for busy women who'd like to add more joy to their home life, entertaining, decorating and shopping. Here are a few of her tips:

* After a cleaning session, light a scented candle and savor your clean and aromatic home.

* Accomplish a chore you've been putting off - clean the closet, toss out old papers, polish your shoes.

* Buy a motor home and style it completely differently from your home.

* Have every member of the family come up with a gift wish list.

* When guests make friends with one another at your house, give yourself credit and be happy with your skills as a hostess.


Regional artists will display and sell more than 150 artworks at Artweek 2003, which will be held at the Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt, 6501 N. Charles St. Opening reception 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $75 for the reception. Show and sale run from Saturday to Nov. 23. Free admission. Proceeds benefit the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. Call 410-523-7070.

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