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EDITOR: SARA the Cincinnati enquirer SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 1991 SECTION C Advice, PeopleC-2 ReligionC-5 TelevisionC-6-7 PuzzlesC-10 Peggy Lane Gardening . .Of PEARCE, 369-1011 r3 Q l fnVr , r r VUy fcmi mm i.iiiiJ Baal mM laal laal Ii' .SO rM - "iS&ktoiitUfiiti--'-- TELEVISIONS GOING 1 i , v' M i cfMt : " f T f H ill u CLO n n :i iD1r:f J Ii DOOMS The Drexel Expedition entertainment center at Leugers, $2,899.95. The Cincinnati EnquirerKevin J. Miyazaki Interior designer Patrick Korb uses an antique cabinet to hide his TV. "These type pieces are catching on be BY REON CARTER The Cincinnati Enquirer ong knocked off its estal in the American home cause when they re closed, they just look like a wonderful piece of furniture," says Pam Wasserman, a furniture buyer for 13-inch screen," says Ted Leuger, president of Leugers Furniture Stores. "Then it was the 19 inches, then 22 inches and now the standard seems to be about 27 inches." Debbie Meyer of of WB Meier Furniture says customers are going for "anything with doors." And today there's not just the lone set to think about. "About 10 years ago the open wall units were popular, but now with the VCR, cable apparatus and tapes in most homes, people want to get rid of the clutter," Leuger says. The popular choices are armoires or armoire-styled home entertainment centers, furniture industry experts say. the much-maligned TV J Lazarus. "They provide vertical storage, which is very important when space is a real problem. Many of them can also double as wardrobes or storage areas if the TV is removed." But other tricks for hiding the TV can be as simple as putting it behind a screen or under a draped round table, interior designer Patrick Korb says. "The fabric draped over the table should complement the scheme in the room and the table shouldn't be too big anything from 30 inches to 36 inches - so it doesn't look like a monster," Korb says. However, sculptor Alfred Gorig must have been thinking of monsters, dinosaurs specifically, when he came up with his entry for camouflaging the TV. His Modern Stone Age TV is strange mixture of high and low tech, it looks like something the Flintstones would have in their den. Dubbed "functional art" the rock cabinet can be disassembled and the TV set completely removed. It's available by mail order and goes for $8,000. set is now being draped, stoned and concealed behind closed doors. Though there are 186 million of them out there, it's no longer fashionable to advertise one's affection for the "boob tube" or "idiot box." "I've noticed a trend where more and more people are trying to camouflage it if not hide it altogether when it's not being watched," says Dara Caponigro, senior decorating editor of House Beautiful magazine. "In the last few years there's been a movement to leave them out, because a lot of people don't think televisions are very pretty." Also considered a guilty pleasure unless you're watching Masterpiece Theater the puzzling problem to be solved is: What to do with the television set? Ironically, in an age when it's deemed junk food for the brain, the TV set continues to grow bigger and bigger which can make hiding it particularly challenging. "The standard used to have about a Don't stop watering when it rains Even with this week's rain, the garden still needs soaking. According to the U.S. Weather Service, rain received to date this year is 0.01 inches less than normal. The trouble is, too much of it fell in spring. And what rain fell this summer usually came in sudden, drenching thunderstorms. When rain falls that quickly and hard on dry clay, most of it runs off, rather than soaking in. So when watering the lawn, especially soak the area under tree canopies, then concentrate on shrubs and perennials. Saving geraniums Outdoor geraniums can be saved for next year, and they can also provide flowers this winter. But take cuttings now. Here's how to do it. Break off several stems from the geraniums you like best. Break at a leaf node (where a leaf meets the stem) and make sure each cutting has three or more leaf nodes. Then let the cutting dry for a day or two. Use peat pots filled with a dampened, sterile potting medium and poke a hole in the medium. Dampen the stem, dip it in rooting hormone and insert at least 2 inches in the soil. Firm the planting medium around the stem and place out of direct sunlight. Keep evenly damp. Within a week, roots should begin to form. When you tug gently at the stem and it resists, you'll know cutting is rooted. Once roots extend beyond the peat pot, replant the whole thing in a permanent pot, being sure no portion of the peat pot extends above the soil line. The plants need good sunlight or a grow light. To make them squat and bushy, nip the ends of growing tips. Pretty soon, the new plants will bloom. Geranium plants also can be uprooted, the soil shaken from their roots and hung in a cool but frost-free area such as a basement. To start new growth in late winter, cut plants back, repot, water and fertilize lightly. Forcing bulbs While you're planting spring-blooming bulbs outdoors, don't forget to save some for forcing indoors. Plant a number of pots so you can enjoy spring's colorful beauties over a number of weeks. Use whatever kind of pot you prefer, as long as it has drainage holes in the bottom. Make sure the bowl is thoroughly clean, then place a piece of paper towel over the drainage holes so soil does not come through. Use sterilized potting soil or a commercial soil-less mix, rather than garden soil. Large bulbs should be planted so their tips are about even with the top of the pot. Small bulbs should be covered with 1 inch of the planting medium. Once planted, set the pots in a sink of lukewarm water until the planting medium is thoroughly dampened. Let them drain and then place each pot in a sealed plastic bag. Put the pots in an area where the temperatures will be 35-45. Or you can sink the pots into a trench in the garden and cover with a deep layer of leaves or put them in a cold frame, surrounded with leaves. (In these instances, don't enclose in plastic.) Bulbs need about 10 to 12 weeks of cold for roots to develop. Check regularly to make sure soil hasn't dried. When rooted well you should see good root formation if you slide the soil ball out of the pot they should be brought indoors to a cool but sunny area. Bring out a few at a time to have bloom over a longer period. Water as needed. It usually is two to four weeks before they come into flower. Once forced, bulbs should not be forced again. To save them, keep them growing and, in spring, plant outdoors. Gardener's notebook, Page C-10. i ' h .' ! 1 Mi I : ' V I : . r ; ; f tte Jf'" ! ' i I 3 .i i f j " , ' 1 ! . V i V . 1 t -'v. 'i - ; ; " i . ' .... Jr stmurn H i HI -..) J 4 (''' ; J '.'.A I - y V f 3 If- k, r: n , i f Above: The Modern Stone Age TV set by sculptor Alfred Gorig, above, is available by mail order for $8,000. For more information write to Stone Product Design 1 1 1 Greene. St. New York, N.Y. 1001 2 or phone: 212-966-2570. Left: The carved pine armoire at Lazarus, $1,428. The Cincinnati EnquirerMichael E. Keating The Georgian Mahogany entertainment center by Lexington at WB Meier, $1,199. J Longworth Hall antique mall a real find for downtown Frank Farmer Loomis IV Antiques Inside Finding antiques in downtown Cincinnati now is easier with the opening of the Cincinnati Antique Mall at Longworth Hall. Right now, the second floor only is open with about 40 dealers. But eventually, there will be four selling floors with about 40 dealers on each. The 206-foot-long second floor is an antiques dream, offering everything from Rose-ville Pottery and Art Deco jewelry to cut glass and early 19th-century furniture. Dealers include: Al Dodson, a Lexington, Ky., clock expert. Patricia Murdock, a Rookwood pottery specialist. Gayle Wilson, known for vintage clothing. Patricia Weiner, a specialist in Cincinnati art. The mall is the project of a group of private investors who have leased the western part of Longworth Hall and have spent close to a quarter of a million dollars renovating the space. Longworth Hall was built in the early 1900s as a warehouse for the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad. The building is on the Register of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. More than 3,000 Cincinnatians showed up at Forest Fair Mall Friday to hear TV talk-show host Sally Jessy Raphael tape shows on two enticing topics: "Women Who Haun Rahipc During the past few years, the eastern half of the hall has been successfully converted into office space. ' Now the western half is under renovation. The hall offers the perfect ambiance for displaying antiques. Its original, wide-plank maple floors have been refinished. Plaster has been removed to expose brick walls. Even the mullions in each window have been repaired. The mall is part of a trend toward antiques malls. Dealers like them because renting space is generally less expensive than operating a freestanding store, so less money is required for start up. They also like the crowds that malls tend to attract. (Please see ANTIQUES, back page, this section) Schedule of events, Page C-12. Only To Please Raphael Their Husbands" and "Daughters Who Followed Their Mothers Into the Pornography Field." C-2 Page The Cincinnati EnquirerMichael E. Keating Patricia Murdock, left, and Al Dodson at the Cincinnati Antique Mall.