Furnishings You Can Afford


September 18, 2005|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,Sun Staff

Flipping through the pages of home-decorating magazines, you often see so much that you want but can't afford.

Well, quit pining, says House Beautiful magazine. The home magazine, along with the May Department Stores Co., has just launched the new House Beautiful Home Collection. The new line of home furnishings is not only as colorful, interesting and attractive as those featured in the magazine, but is affordable as well. The collection, which was influenced by fashion trends from around the globe, features hundreds of stylish products for the bed, bath, dining and living areas, including reversible color towels, boucle bedding accessories and houndstooth sheets.

Prices range from $1.99 for a votive candle to $17.99 for a reversible bath towel (above) to $349.99 for a king-size comforter set (such as the Nairobi print, top). Items are available at Hecht's stores and online at www.housebeautifulhomecollection.com.

'How will it look' help

If you've ever bought furniture, home accessories or window treatments that looked better in the store or the catalog than in your home, you know the frustration. You'd tried to imagine how it would look, and it seemed a perfect fit. But it just wasn't.

Well, now you can enjoy a little help in picturing your new window blinds and shades with the new Virtual Room Decorator from Levolor. New to the company's Web site, the Virtual Room Decorator is a helpful tool for homeowners hoping to visualize how blinds or shades will look in their rooms. Users simply choose their room's style (modern, worldly, chic, rustic or glamorous), select their window style (single-hung, double-hung, sliding glass, arch, French doors or picture window), then select their room's wall, ceiling and floor colors and textures. Finally, users choose from several window decor options (soft vertical, vertical, cellular, natural, wood or metal) to see which looks best. Users can change all of their choices to view various style combinations.

To try it, visit www.levolor. com / levolor / consumer / index. jhtml and click on "Virtual Room Decorator."

Table that motion

The Chilewich company, known for its clever and innovative uses of woven vinyl textiles, has created an array of new and inventive designs for the table and floor.

The Spun Vynyl collection, featuring crisscrossing vinyl yarns, includes 16-inch Round Table Mats ($16.50 each), 14-by-19-inch Rectangular Table Mats (below, $16.50 each) and 14-by-54-inch Table Runners ($53).

Also new are the tailored Crepe Table Mats ($12), inspired by fashion fabrics with color flecks and nubs. The retro Vintage Check Table Mats ($12 each), offered in aqua, loden, pewter and wasabi, are new as well.

And joining the Plynyl Shag line of indoor / outdoor floor mats are the tufted-loop, 2-by-3-foot Skinny Stripe Floor Mats ($65). A narrower stripe and organic colors distinguish the style.

Purchase Chilewich items at Vivi in Bethesda (301-656-5626) or online at www.momastore.org or www.unicahome.com. Call 212-679-9204 or visit www.chile wich.com.


Healing Hearts Through Arts, an exhibit of quilts and other works by area artists and those dealing with grief, will be on display, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday and noon-8 p.m. Saturday at the Performing Arts Center at Penn State York, Edgecomb Avenue, York, Pa. The exhibit marks the second anniversary of Olivia's House, a children's grief and loss center. Call 717-699-1133.

See the exhibit Hello Charm City!, featuring works by contemporary artists at Gallery Imperato, 921 E. Fort Ave., Suite 120, through Saturday. Pictured is Lori Larusso's "Not Good Not Bad Not Just Okay," an acrylic on canvas. Call 443-257-4166.

This is the final Home Front. Look for home and garden news in the Modern Life section, starting next Sunday, and in the Go Today section on Saturdays.

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