Curtains Of Color


September 11, 2005|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

You think of yourself as pretty hip, pretty happening. You've kept up technologically -- have an iPod, love your TiVo, have even started a blog. And your home is pretty cool, too, if you do say so yourself. But still, you're always on the lookout for more neat stuff, more hip accent pieces, more happening decor.

You'll find it at J Schatz. The company, which specializes in designing and creating functional and artistic home products, has just introduced a line of Happening Curtains ($1,250 each). Made of 70 glossy 4-inch-round colored ceramic tiles, the curtains are great as a room divider or attractive accent piece in a basement or den. The curtains' ceramic tiles float from a 30-inch-wide stainless steel frame, which attaches to beaded chains that can fasten to any sturdy hooks. The curtains, weighing 22 pounds, are available in four color combinations: Primary (red, white, aqua, yellow); Ginger & Silver Gray; Multicolored; and Light Aqua, Burnt Red & Silver Gray.

Other unique items from J Schatz include the colorful, handcrafted ceramic Egg Shade Lamps ($175-$200), Egg Floor Lamps ($350), Star Egg Nightlights ($125); Dobo Vases ($135) and Ono Vases ($125). All items are available at or by calling 866-344-5267.

Hook won't let you down

Smarter than your average hook, the new Clever Hook from Linden Sweden knows just how to grip your hanging items. The Clever Hook features a dual-hook mechanism to keep clothes, towels, backpacks and other items hanging in place and never sliding to the floor. Simply place an item on the lower arm of the hook, and the top arm closes down onto the item, keeping it securely in place. To remove an item, simply lift it up and off the hook.

Perfect for bathrooms, bedrooms, garages, kitchens and pool areas, the Clever Hook is a snap to install. It comes with two wood screws for easy mounting and can hold up to 40 pounds. The Clever Hook is available in beech wood ($17) and in a variety of colors in plastic ($11).

Find the hook at or at Visit or call 952-465-0052 for information.

Selling the heirloom

An old cookie jar. Stacks of vinyl records. A few atrocious vases. Grandma's velour chairs. They all sit in your basement, your attic or your garage ... collecting dust. But for whatever reason, you haven't gotten rid of them. Well, you're not alone.

Families in the new HGTV series Cash in the Attic, which premieres at 8 p.m. tomorrow, haven't been able to part with their stored-away possessions either. But with a little help from host John Sencio and appraisers Tim Luke (right) and Christine Downing, families will go on a treasure hunt through their homes to find items that could be worth big bucks at auction. Viewers will watch as families deliberate and often fight about keeping the sentimental item. And viewers will follow families that chose to cash in on their finds through the purchases they've made with the profits.

The series will air at 8 p.m. Mondays on HGTV. Visit for show information.


"Growing Great Grass," 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Cylburn Mansion, 4915 Greenspring Ave. Learn about aerating, dethatching and fertilizing your turf grass this fall, for a great spring lawn. $30. Also, $10 box lunch optional. Call 410-367-2217 to register.

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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