Cooking With New Colors


August 29, 2004|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

Thinking of a kitchen remodeling? Hamilton Beach, the small-kitchen-appliance manufacturer, says no rush, please. The company recently introduced the concept of "counterscaping" at this year's International Home and Housewares Show. The concept, it hopes, will become a new trend. Remodeling by decorating is the crux of counterscaping. The idea is to forget the hassle of large-scale renovating and instead to focus on color, namely colorful new small kitchen appliances, such as products in the new Eclectrics collection.

The die-cast metal appliances, previewed at the March show, include a coffeemaker ($99.99), blender ($69.99), toaster ($59.99), stand mixer ($199.99) and drink mixer ($69.99). Colors include white, red, blue, apple green, pineapple yellow and black.

The Eclectrics collection will be in retail stores and available on by fall. Visit or call 800-851-8900.

Cleaning solutions

You've long wondered (and guessed) how to clean that foam rubber pillow, how to scrub smoke stains from the ceiling and walls, how to remove tar from your car's upholstery, how to properly clean the pool table, and how to tackle many other cleaning problems. Well, stop your wondering. And stop listening to those old wives. The new book 2,001 Amazing Cleaning Secrets (Reader's Digest, $15.95) by Jeff Bredenberg, available at, offers expert advice, practical hints and shortcuts on cleaning just about anything.

The book offers a weekly system for cleaning efficiently, quickly and easily with recommendations on the best tools and products for specific tasks. Readers will find an A-Z encyclopedia of how to clean every conceivable object, as well as checklists, simple-solution tips and a "Cleaning Crises" section for emergencies. Experts, including the director of Eureka and the president of Maids Home Services, weigh in, too.

The incredible shrinking luggage

For many of us, storage space is at a premium, so we're appreciative when smart, innovative products come along, such as the new Space Mate collapsible Pullman suitcase from Atlantic Luggage. The suitcase functions great as a 26-inch-high, 11-inch-deep wheeled upright, and then simply and easily folds down to be nearly flat at 5 inches deep. The luggage can fit under a bed, in a clothes closet or out of the way in a corner. The space-saving case shrinks to less than half its size, and can easily fit inside a larger case when compacted, as well.

Space Mate, available in red / black, blue / black and black, sells for $79.99 at area retail stores. For more information, call 800-523-5029 or visit


Browse the exhibit Floral Perspectives in Carpet Design through Feb. 6 at the Textile Museum, 2320 S St. N.W., Washington. View 12 ancient carpets from the museum's collection, each displaying floral motifs. Pictured is a carpet fragment from early 17th-century India. Museum admission is free. Call 202-667-0441 for hours.

Love antiquing? Pore over more than 200,000 items, including music boxes, textiles, art deco, ceramics, bronzes and more, from 550 exhibitors at the 24th annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Fair, noon-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St. $8-$12; free for those under 15. Call 410-649-7396 or 301-933-6994.

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.

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