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Home front

By JUDY STARK
Published May 12, 2007


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A HAND-CRAFTED LIVING SPACE

You've got one more week to visit "At Home with Crafts, " the display at the Florida Craftsmen Gallery, 501 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg. The gallery space has been turned into a living space where most of the items are made by hand. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. MondayA

For your home, under the dome

The Tampa Bay Home Expo continues today and Sunday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. More than 500 exhibits featured with products and services for inside the home and out. Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $3; kids 16 and younger free.

Aquarium as art

The Aquavista 100 is a slim-profile countertop aquarium that looks like a flat-screen LCD monitor. It holds 2.4 gallons of water, living space for up to four small tropical fish. It's 16.9 inches wide, 10.8 inches high and about 4 inches thick. The Aquavista 100 sells for $150 at aquavistainc.com.

Get loopy

Ideas we like, this one from the May issue of Better Homes and Gardens: Attach a length of wide lace or ribbon to the inside of a vanity drawer, making loops with upholstery tacks or thumbtacks to hold tubes or jars of cosmetics in place.

Tips fit to be tried

Quick tricks with dental floss, from Real Simple Celebrations: Use it to cut soft cheeses or slice an angel-food cake into layers. Substitute floss for thread to stitch on a button. Slide waxed floss between a photo and a magnetic-album page it's stuck to.

The lavender look

The color of the moment is lavender. It's all the talk of the Kips Bay Decorator Show House in New York City, where lots of trends get started. Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware all offer lavender paint or housewares. "Lavender is the new neutral, " Chicago designer Anne Coyle told the Washington Post. "Nothing ever looks bad with lavender walls."

Compiled by Homes and Garden editor Judy Stark

[Last modified May 11, 2007, 13:10:26]


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