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An idea to make scents simple

Published May 19, 2007


You'd like a little fresh scent around the office, in your hotel room, wherever. But no scented candles with open flames; the fire marshal and the boss object. And no leaky plug-ins or jars of oil with diffusers. The solution: the aroma ring, from Method, $5.99 at Target. You drop a fragrance disc into a sleek circular holder (3 1/4 inches in diameter) and that's it. No batteries, no plug-ins, nothing complicated. Choose from cut grass, sweetwater, vanilla apple or lavender lemongrass.

Make your home appeal to buyers

At 9 p.m. Sunday, turn to HGTV and jot down "Top 35 Selling Secrets" for home sellers. The experts from Designed to Sell will tell you how to add curb appeal, improve your kitchen and bath and show off your home's storage space.

Color my world avocado no more

Can you feel the earth move under your feet? Tectonic plates are shifting in the world of design. The evidence: CertaPro Painters, a residential painting service, reports that the following colors did not make it into its current color palette - avocado and harvest gold. Bid farewell to those remnants of the 1970s, and it doesn't matter if you rename them sage and honey. Also voted off the show, off the island, off the wall: chartreuse and dusty rose. Good riddance.

Clean clothes come at a cost

Washers that don't wash? Well, they don't wash very well. That's the news from Consumer Reports magazine in its June issue. You'll have to spend $900 or more for best results, the magazine says.

Borax looks to a new generation

20 Mule Team Borax hopes that renewed interest in natural/green cleaning methods will endear it to a new audience. Use it as a toilet cleaner, surface cleaner, mildew remover, even a dish detergent. Download a booklet with cleaning tips at (in the search box at upper right, select 20 Mule Team).

Oh those unsightly TV screens

Seems like only yesterday we were thanking the technology gods for inventing the flat-screen TV: No more big, bulky TV sets! Now the president of an outfit called Media Decor ( is scoffing, "No one should allow their rooms to be blighted by an empty black screen hanging on the wall." The company makes motorized artwork that covers flat panels when they're not in use, starting at just $2, 495. "Blighted, " huh? If the worst thing in your world is the "unsightly black hole" left by your flat-panel TV, you have too much money.


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