Bring a touch of autumn indoors with some new outdoorsy products from Smith & Hawken. Store tools, pots, hats and knickknacks in the new Chicken Coop Cubbies (right, $129 small; $149 large), with upturned lip on each bin to keep items stowed. Or install the Flagstone Falls Fountain ($249, available through catalog and Web site only) to your wall for a natural and decorative home piece. The copper and slate fountain, with recirculating pump, plugs into any standard outlet.
Decorate your home with the hand-carved black, green or white Teak Ducks (left, $59 each), made from recycled teak and bamboo root. Or affix the new earth-toned Oak Grove Wreath and Garland (above, left, $69 each) above your mantelpiece.
Also find new Inglenook Hearth Accessories (available through catalog and Web site only), such as (below, left) the Log Holder ($89) with curved bars or the matching Fireplace Screen ($249), both of heavy-gauge steel. Also find an array of fragrant burning bundles, from lavender to cinnamon-orange, to toss in the fire on chilly evenings.
Products are available at Smith & Hawken stores, online at www.smithandhawken.com and by calling 800-981-9888.
Hole in the wall
Patching a wall shouldn't be a challenge, something you labor over for hours. Nor should it be something you save for the handyman. With the new Wall Repair Patch and Drywall Joint Tape from the Baltimore company DAP, it won't be.
Do-it-yourselfers can take on the patching tasks themselves with the self-adhesive, no-rust aluminum Wall Repair Patch ($4.99-$6.59), designed to repair holes up to 7 inches in diameter. It cuts easily with scissors, can be repositioned and is quick-drying. Simply clean the area, cut patch to size, cover hole, spackle, let dry and sand. For smaller holes and cracks, try Drywall Joint Tape ($4.99-$6.99). Made of a self-adhesive fiberglass material, the 2-inch by 180-foot tape roll can be repositioned, and lets you cut as much as needed.
Products are available at Home Depot. Visit www.dap.com or call 410-675-2100.
Come clean, win a prize
Perhaps it worked wonders with that spilled salsa on the sofa. Or maybe it erased the muddy paw prints from the carpeting. Whatever impossible cleaning job you've used Fantastik Oxy Power Multi-Purpose Cleaner for, the company wants to know about it.
SC Johnson, maker of Oxy Power, is conducting a nationwide contest in search of the most creative use for its product. Through Oct. 31, entrants may submit a 250-word-or-less essay on how they use the cleaner. Entries may be accompanied by a before-and-after photo, and will be judged on originality. The grand-prize winner receives a $10,000 home makeover, a free in-home consultation with designer Deborah DiMare of the Learning Channel's In a Fix, and a year's supply of Oxy Power.
To enter, mail essay and optional photos to: Fantastik Oxy Power Contest, c / o Weber Shandwick, 676 N. St. Clair St., Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60611, or enter online at www.fantastik.com.
Visit Maryland Art Place, 8 Market Place, Suite 100, through Oct. 30, to see recent works by Tammra Sigler, Ledelle Moe and Brian Kain. Pictured is Sigler's House, an oil and mixed-media work on canvas. Call 410-962-8565 for hours.
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.