French Country style for an American home


July 25, 2004|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

With Parisian panache, Pierre Deux French Country has brought the French art of living well into Americans' homes for more than 35 years. And now the New Jersey-based furniture company has created several new furnishings for lovers of 18th-century French styles.

Let your guests eat cake on the new Marie Antoinette Coffee Table ($1,600), made of fine cherry with cabriole legs and accented with decorative brass.

The Favenay Gold Sofa ($3,995) with matching decorative pillows, is available, as well. Store six bottles on two pullout racks in the new Louis XVI Wine Table ($425), and set additional items on drop-down panels.

Inspired by classic toile de Jouy traditions, La Pastorale blue chaise ($1,595) is upholstered in an exclusive Pierre Deux French cotton print. Hand-embroidered pillows ($195) complement the chaise.

To purchase items or shop for other 18th-century furnishings from Pierre Deux, call 888-PIERRE2 or visit

Tidy up by the book

Keeping our homes tidy, clean and well-cared-for is a challenge -- a time-consuming, exhausting and never-ending job. If only it could be simpler, author Cindy Harris thought. So she decided to write her own manual on how to maintain an organized and cleanly home. Keeping House: Hints and Tips for a Beautifully Clean Home (Ryland Peters and Small, 2004, $24.95), available at, serves as a guidebook for home owners and apartment dwellers alike. The book, divided into six sections -- house basics, surfaces, kitchens, bathrooms, laundry and food -- offers charts, helpful hints and instructions on virtually every home topic. Here are a few tips:

* Store cosmetics in your refrigerator door. They'll live longer. Also, the coldest part of your fridge is the bottom shelf, so store raw meat, fish and poultry there.

* Kill the bacteria in your fresh flowers' vase by adding a few drops of bleach to each quart of water.

* Never pour leftover grease or oil down the drain. Rather, pour it into a jar, cover, refrigerate, then toss out.

* Hang skirts and pants by the waistband, but shirts unbuttoned and by the tail, when line-drying.

Keep bugs in the dark

Maybe it's the potato salad. Maybe the rollicking music. Or maybe the splendid conversation. Whatever the reason, flying insects want to join your outdoor party. OK, most likely, the bugs are crashing the party thanks to the alluring bright lights.

Put an end to their fun with new GE Bug Lite bulbs, which have a yellow-pigment coating that makes light invisible to flying bugs. The all-weather Bug Lite bulbs are available in 1,000-hour standard incandescent (40, 60 and 100 watts) and in 6,000-hour compact fluorescent.

GE Bug Lites retail for about $4 for a two-pack of the incandescent bulbs or about $18 for one compact fluorescent bulb, at ACE, Target, Wal-Mart and other retailers. Visit or call 800-GE-LAMPS.


* See original Japanese woodblock prints of bonsai, from the Edo period to the Meiji period, through Aug. 1 at the exhibit Bonsai in Japanese Woodblock Prints, at the U.S. National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave. N.E., Washington. Free. Call 202-245-5898 or visit www.usna.

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