The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 15, 1998 · Page 3
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 3

Salina, Kansas
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Friday, May 15, 1998
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TRE SALINA JOURNAL HOME & GARDEN FRIDAY, MAY 15, 1998 T WINDOW COVERING T ANTIQUE DETECTIVE {Shades of the good life T Colorful acrylic awnings keep harmful ultraviolet light out of home Wardrobe comes apart for travel fey JAMES B. MEADOWS '^cripps Howard News Service | DENVER — Most of us mortals Would like nothing better than to have it made in the shade, right? I So go buy an awning. * "There's just a romantic charm About a canvas awning," says Rick Ansay, owner of Awning Co. of America, in Denver. "They were Jraditionally done on mansions Jnd country clubs. I think that aura still remains; there's something nigh-class about a canvas Awning." 3 What about those aluminum Awnings you sometimes see cover- IJig windows and patios? 5 Strictly passe. Jj "In the 1960s and '70s, alu- fiiinum awnings were the rage," Ansay says. "They were new, they Jvere relatively inexpensive and Jhey had a variety of baked enamel finishes. Now they're somewhat |ated, a trend that ran its course." £ One reason is that, unlike translucent fabric awnings, which jjdmit a gauzy, filtered light, aluminum is opaque, rendering the covered area dark and not so Jvarm and friendly. Two, the Baked-enamel finish tends to fade JJnd need repainting. •i Finally, while hail hitting a canvas awning usually experiences What Ansay calls "the trampoline pffect," hail doesn't bounce harmlessly off aluminum, exacting a denting, enamel-chipping toll/ I So canvas now constitutes the fjon's share of awnings sold in recent years. Incidentally, when Ewning companies talk about Jcanvas," they're not referring to Jiotton fabric. Today's "canvas" is tjiade of spun acrylic — and for good reason. 3 The cotton stuff comes in a veritable palate of colors, but acrylic isn't far behind, boasting a galaxy of stripes and solids, such as but- |ercup, sea spray, coral and jockey fed. For the record, Ansay says, *Teal is the color of the "90s." Additionally, acrylic is more hospitably translucent than cotton. And whereas cotton can mildew, rot and fade rapidly, acrylic does not. Virtually all acrylic "blankets" carry a five- year warranty, although most last a lot longer — at least 10 years, says Rick Pease of Innovative Openings, another Denver awning outlet. "They're especially good for ANNE GILBERT Scripps Howard News Service Shade unfolds on the back porch and terrace of Carol and Charles Hademan's home in Denver. Awning tips • If you choose an acrylic fabric, make sure it is reinforced in the corners, because despite Its virtues, , ;, acrylic can be subject to abrasion, fraying and unraveling. • If you've chosen acrylic, make sure that the thread sewing the blanket together is made of polymatic ultraviolet-resistant material and that the thread is double-lock- stitched so it won't unravel. « Because of the different kinds of hardware and, in the case of retractables, arms with varying degrees of strength, their resistance to UV (ultraviolet light) degradation," Pease says. By keeping the sun and its UV rays out of your home, awnings also keep out the heat, making a home a lot more temperate in summer. Additionally, an awning helps keep sunlight from fading carpets and furniture. There's also the fact that, as check out the full-size displays In action at a reputable store. 1 • Virtually all awnings have to be customized to fit the area they're covering as well as the house. Be prepared to make decisions not just about the ' size and design but about the color of fabric and the way the valance of the skirt is cut. (There are about a dozen different valance cuts.) • Make sure you're dealing with a licensed contractor. • Finally, when selecting a contractor, remember these three words: references, references, references. Ansay says, "they beautify the interior of your home by bringing the color of the awning into the living room." That is, of course, unless you buck the trend and put opaque aluminum awnings over your windows, which would probably cost about $150 more per window covering than the good old-fash- ioned fabric awning, where the fabric is affixed to a hinged frame so you can raise or lower it. These go for about $50 for each foot of width they cover. Windows aside, any place where backyard decks and patios are practically mandated by law, awnings are an awesome trend. But what kind of awning for your deck or patio? There are two essential models, the stationary and the retractable. The former is built on a steel frame anchored into the ground or the joists of a deck and sporting 1- by-2-inch steel tube rafters over which the fabric blanket is laced. Retractable awnings, which retract onto a roller bar, can be high-tech. For $500 or so, they can be fitted with a motor, so a push of a button extends or withdraws the awning blanket. Junction Citian's walnut piece could bring $3,000 at auction Dear Anne Gilbert: I own a walnut wardrobe that is 95 Vi inches high and comes apart. It is put together with 28 wooden pieces. I would like to know if it was made this way so it could be moved across the prairie on a buckboard wagon. The front and bottom drawers are burl walnut. — A.A., Junction City. Dear A.A.: Your wardrobe was made from the <f 1870s to 1890s. The design on the cornice is Eastlake style, and the teardrop drawer pulls were popular in those years. It is American and was designed to come apart for moving, possibly across the prairie, as well as in the cities where there were dwellings with many stairs. It could sell at auction for $2,000 to $3,000. Dear Anne: I own a copy of the book, "The Tragic Story of the Titanic," published in 1912. The cover of the book is green with a copy of a photograph of the ship. Who could tell me the value? — L.N., Crook, Colo. Dear L.N.: Contact rare book/manuscript Swann auction galleries, 104 E. 25th St., New York, N.Y. 10010-2977. With the current interest in the movie "Titanic," you should have a best seller. Dear Anne: A number of years ago, I bought a robin egg blue casserole topped with a silver handle that folds flat. On the bottom it is printed: "Design, Bennington Potters, *1342, Cooperative, VeJr- mont." — A.K.P., Naples, Fla. Dear A.P.: The marks on your casserole indicate it was made from 1949 to the present. ' _; Dear Anne: I have a blue glass, Shirley Temple milk pitcher that belonged to my mother. Please'Jet me know if it's worth more than the $20 a dealer offered. — J.R., Staten Island, N.Y. >••' Dear J.R.: That is a fair price* The dealer needs to make a profit so he could probably tag it at $50 or more. Dear Anne: I have several large pieces of furniture I would like ,jx> have appraised. How can I findra reputable appraiser and what questions should I ask? — Southbury, Ct. Dear M.T.: Begin by a your nearest museum and your insurance company whom they use for personal property evaluation^.. Also, consult the yellow pages b'f your phone book, looking for local American Society of Appraisers, personal property appraisers. . r- Before you ask the following questions, decide the purpose'of your appraisal. Is it for resale (auction or wholesale value) or 'tifc surance (replacement value)? A§k how you will be charged: by the hour? Does this include their trav,- el time and research? Never should an appraiser's fee be based on percentage of the piece's vahie. .*», Anne Gilbert answers letters 'of general interest in her column. Write to her in care of the Salina Journal, PO Box 740, Salina, KS 67402-0740. JANE HART LANDSCAPING DESIGN . CONSULTING. MAINTENANCE 7&5-8S3-Q752 AJESTIC TURF lyiUIMUltilVUJIlMilWmiitJiiiiiiVl 6147WBOYDRD • ROSSVlLLE.KS 66533 (785) 584-6050 Sod Cut Fresh Upon Order Available For Pick Up or Delivery Commercial and Residential UHi May 15 - May 25 SM *At Salina K-Mart Only Announcing... tevea Infinlti Dear Infiniti Customer, The Steven Motor Group is excited and proud to announce we have purchased the Infiniti automobile franchise from Davis Moore Infiniti. We have relocated Infiniti to Steven Buick at Kellogg and Greenwich Road (11211 E. Kellogg) and opened for business Thursday, May 6,1998. Infiniti will temporarily share space with the Buick showroom until construction has been completed on a separate new showroom for Infiniti. We are also pleased to announce that we have retained the services of experienced Infiniti service technicians and parts personnel to make your service visit enjoyable. Our service team consists of Certified Master Technicians Mark "Flurry" Kemper and Terry Pinon. The Infiniti parts manager, Keith Hanshaw, is very experienced with the Infiniti parts system and will work hard to ensure prompt parts availability. Service write up will be done temporarily in the Buick service write up area, which you can easily access from the south side of the building off Greenwich Road. Our management team of Dan McMahon, General Manager, David Riddle, Business Manager, Mike Feikert, Service Manager, and all of the Steven employees invite you to visit our dealership just to say "Hello", if you cannot stop by, we look forward to meeting you on your next service appointment or your next vehicle purchase. In July we will be inviting you to join us to announce the all new Infiniti G20. Welcome to Steven Infiniti! Respectfully, Michael E. Steven President MES/tmg INFINITI 316-681-1211 1-800-972-8425 ® 5r««4* Itjtiau Artists rendition of future Steven Infiniti I Steven Buick showroom

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