Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 5, 2004 · Page 30
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 30

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14—FRIDAY, MARCH 5, 2004 ON THE MARKET Decor Continued from Page 7 house, don't stop at the kitchen door. Quite the opposite. I'm told they use blue for its practical value, too, believing it will drive away flies and other pesky insects. There are certainly no flies, design-' wise, on the very blue kitchen in the photo we show here. Designer Florence Karasik, ASID, plays blue notes up and down the scale, starting with the porcelain stone tiles (by Crossville) on the floors, countertops and hood over the cook- top. The blue of the tiles leaps to the painted walls and even to the ceiling, painted a pale blue around a leafy blue trompe I'oeil scene in its center. Leavened with off-white cabinets and backsplash tiles, the blue kitchen is lively, inviting and individualistic, a sure cure for any cook's blues. Q: The fireplace in our living room does not have an attractive mantelpiece. I would like to have one custom made. We have solid cherry wood bookshelves on one side and a same- wood entertainment center on the other side of the fireplace. I am getting different feedback on which kind of fireplace mantel I should put in place, cherry wood or painted white. What is your suggestion? A: Do you want the fireplace to stand out in the room? Or would you prefer the effect of a unified wall? Painting the mantel white between two natural-wood units will focus attention on the fireplace, not a bad idea, because any fireplace is usually the, visual center of a room anyway. On the other hand, if you continue the cherry wood of your bookshelves and entertainment center, the fireplace will blend into the overall composition on the wall. Both options are appropriate and attractive. Let your choice be influenced by the style of your architecture and other furnishings. Since seeing is believing, seek out decorating guides that show different solutions for fireplaces. One good resource is a soft- cover book called "Fireplace Decorating and Planning Ideas" (Meredith Books) with lots of photos showing fireplaces made of many materials in many styles of rooms. Constantly sniffling? Allergies acting up? Can't shake that cough? Here's some breathtaking news: Your house may be to blame. The Environmental Protection Agency warns that the air inside America's homes can be two to five times more polluted than the air outdoors. It has to do with dust, pet dander, mold spores and toxins from the very materials from which your house was built, including treated lumber, solvents and sealers, not to mention your furniture and carpeting. The problem gets worse in the winter when homes are closed up, according to a recent report from Lou Manfredini, home improvement expert and the Helpful Hardware Man for Ace Hardware stores. Among the easy remedies Manfredini suggests: Open the windows whenever the weather permits; consider buying an electronic air ion- izer; install humidifiers and put exhaust fans in every bathroom; vacuum everything in sight, including rugs, furniture, draperies and bedding. It turns out that cleanliness - always the bottom line in any attractive home - is as crucial for your lungs as your eyes and psyche. Rose Bennett Gilbert is the coauthor of "Hampton Style" and associate editor of Country Decorating Ideas. Please send your questions to her at Copley News Service, P.O. Box 120190, San Diego, CA 92112-0190, or online at copleysd@copleynews.com. Collect Continued from Page 12 prospective collector has a choice of boiled egg openers, egg separators, egg-alarm egg cookers, egg slicers, cubers and wedgers ("slices hard-boiled eggs in the nicest way"), deviled egg dishes, egg cooking racks and frames, egg timers, egg cups and an egg scale by Jiffy Way. A special delight of Anderson's book is the selection of spiffy contemporary illustrations sprinkled through it, which place the objects on vintage magazine covers, from "The Saturday Evening Post" to "Collier's" to "Woman's Day" to "Better Homes and Gardens." Linda Rosenkrantz has edited Auction magazine and authored 15 books, including "Telegram: Modern History as Told through More than 400 Witty, Poignant, and Revealing Telegrams." 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