Inspirations

December 18, 2005|By ELIZABETH LARGE

SPLURGE OF THE WEEK

FRENCH DREAMS

And to all a good night. Particularly when you've indulged in luxury French bedding from Yves Delorme in Green Spring Station, Lutherville (410-828-4777). This Sospiro coverlet, made of fine Egyptian cotton, comes in pomegranate red with a chinoiserie design. Coordinated sheets, duvet covers, shams and towels are available.

RETAIL PRICE: Full or queen ($740) or king ($920)

STEAL OF THE WEEK

FOR THE HOLIDAY TABLE

Make a splash when you entertain this holiday season. This white ceramic soup tureen looks like a family heirloom, but instead it's a steal from HomeGoods in Columbia (443-285-0260) and Owings Mills (410-902-4435).

RETAIL PRICE: $24.99

DECORATING TIPS

FIND HIDDEN SPACE IN YOUR HOME

Don't waste space. Here are some suggestions for making the most of cramped quarters from the new House Beautiful Small Space Decorating Workshop by Tessa Evelegh:

* Seek out slim and flexible pieces of furniture.

* Make corners work by building in seating.

* Think vertically when it comes to storage space -- even above a door.

* Look under the stairs. (The area could be converted to a powder room or desk space).

The Inspirations page rotates among four weekly themes: fashion, gardening, home decor and body. Send suggestions to harry.merritt@baltsun.com.

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