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!Â£-~ J _ u _L 18 1976 Sunday Gatette-Mail - --,___ Charlevfon, West Virginia Designer's Touch Redo Dining Decor 959MMMVIUCE PUZA.DtllBIUi.W.VI. Cheerful Tea Towels Create Clever Place Mats Matching Seat Covers and Plain Color Napkins Are Used By Connie Shearer What is the most important room in the house? i Most of us will say the living room has that distinction. But, what about the dining room? When we entertain, it is most often for dinner, in the dining room, of course. And where is some of the best conversation stimulated? Answer: around the table during or after dinner. Now, if you're thinking to yourself that this is all vtell and good but how do you redo a dining room without buying new dining room furniture. And if y o u ' v e shopped for good, sturdy dining room furniture lately, you're well aware of the : expense involved in furnishing or refurnishing a dining room. Â· You don't have to tgtally redo a dining room to give it a new look. You can change the entire look by simply changing the table setting and switching the wallhang- ings from time to time. If you have a dining room or dining area which is located just off the kitchen, you might wish to give it a country or homey look. Its proximity to the kitchen makes for a good homey atmosphere. You probably have furniture of informal styling in an off-the-kitchen setting. To carry out the homespun look, use tea towels. That's right, we said tea towels. Choose the tea towels which have a traditional pattern-checks, patterned stripe or all-over floral print-in the typical, inexpensive fabrics which can be found in department, discount, five and ten-cent stores and often in grocery stores. Buy a tea towel for each place setting. Fold oite end of the towel under and place the plate on it. so that part of the towel hangs over the table. Now in the same department where you found the tea towels, you will probably find solid color wash and wear napkins for about $1.25 each. Choose the napkins in the mostproininemt Â· color of the patterned tea towels. There you've got it a country-look dining room done on a most limited budget. I fashion specialists u in sizes 18 to 60 and16'/$to32'/2 TWO-PART HARMONY SPANS THE SEASONS SPECIAL SIZES 16'/2to26'/2 A fashionable duet in twin patterned polyester knit: short sleeve, body scam dress is handsomely contrasted by its meticulously detailed jacket. Black/Beige. Mail orders pleote add 75' pottage u STOUT SHDPPE 959DunturVitagePlau Dunbar,W.Va.25064*76S-7329 Open 10-5:30; Thus. 10-8:30 Mysterious Look of Orient Created in Dining Room t Table Is Homemade and Has Barrel as Pedestal Base r r a s l n o n The Soft Touch Is Evident By Eugenia Sheppard NEW YORK - Bill Blass likes the big blonds and Pierre Cardin prefers slim grays and browns in the furs each has designed for the new Michael Forrest cojlec- tion. Each has a point and a p u b - lic."Everything must be over-scaled," says Bill Blass. "A big soft coat makes the MARMET SHOE CENTER 820 3 MÂ«CÂ«K LEAVE., MARKET the shoe store with GIGI! Stop by and visit us in our new location! SPECIAL SAVINGS ON VOGUE SHOES girl inside look little and feminine." As always, everything he designs looks slightly tomboyish and sporty, and details like big, fluffy hoods, leather pipings and toggle fastenings keep the most expensive fashions looking like, if not really, old, at least aging money. Blass uses lots of mink and introduces what he calls "the first new mink colo'r that I've seen in years." He calls it wild riie, and it's exactly that strange shade that's a mixture of brown and beige. His wild rice topcoat \y,ith a hood edged in fluffy fox is due to stop traffic as far as women are concerned. Even more dramatic are the topcoats and jackets of wildly striped, tawny baser- isk. It's a tough, jungle-looking fur. In the same category are the raccoons that are bleached a paler color and somehow combed and brushed to look slicker and more elegant than the famous football game raccoons of a previous generation. The real masterpiece of the Bill Blass group, though, is the lightest-weight piece of fur that has ever been created. It's a long cardigan, with or without a collar that's reversible from palu blond mink to slightly darker nutria as soft as swansdown. In this day and age it's (he perfect little nothing for ary time and anyplace, including a nighi on the town. The one big no-no this season not only in the Blass group but in most top fur collections is that lush, floor-length mink or chinchilla that used to sweep the pavements on Broadway. It just doesn't suit the mood or the clothes. Pierre Cardin's part of the Forrest collection has. the easy, soft-shouldered top above a slim, slit skirt that the designer likes in his clothes. The coats, including many sable-collared minks, are more molded and citifid than the Blass furs. Cardin uses the new ombre fox, with shades from pale to dark, in several of his coats. He also introduces a lovely-to-look- at shade that he calls silver amber fox. ' For just a touch of elegance, you might choose pure linen tea towels. They'll be a l i t t l e more d i f f i c u l t to launder, since they'll have to be starched lightly and ironed, but, really, is there anything more elegant than lintn linens'.' As we mentioned before, dining room furniture, like all furniture is expensive. But if you're willing and just slightly innovative, you can be your own f u r n i t u r e maker and decorator. Supposing yuu have always wanted a formal Japanese garden, but you live in an apartment-do something about it. Buy bamboo tub chairs and a Japanese inspired print fabric to make covers for cushions which you will use in the chairs and also to make the tablecloth which you will sew and hem to drape and camouflage Martin-Belcher Mr. and Mrs. William J. Martin announce the engagement of their daughter, Deborah Jane, to Alex Meade Belcher, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Herbert Belcher, all of Charleston, on Sept. 25 in the First Presbyterian Church. The bride-elect is a graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School and Morris Harvey College. She is employed by the Valley Bell Dairy Co. Her fiance, also a Stonewall High graduate, attended West Virginia University and is employed by the Independent Telephone Company in McDowell county. Beleher-Tackett Mr. and. Mrs. Ronnie Belcher of Coal Fork Drive are 'announcing the engagement of their daughter. Marsha Lynn, to Bobby Ray Tacketi. son of Mrs. Ezyleen Tackett of Charleston, and the late Mr. Herman Tackett. Wedding plans are incomplete. The bride-elect is a graduate of DuPont High School and is employed by Dr. Moses and Dr. Skaff. Dental Associates. Inc. Her fiance is a graduate of Sissonville High School and is employed by One Morris. Nurin-McCallister Miss Diana Kay Nunn. daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Nunn of Sod, and Timothy McCallister, son of Mr. and Mrs. Junior McCallister of Sumerco, will be married at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14 in the Forks of dial Missionary Baptist. Church in Alum Creek. The bride-elect is a graduate of West Virginia State College and is employed as an elementary school teacher.'Her fiance attends West Virginia State College and is employed by Haynes Concrete Construction. the round table top which is secured to a ' barrel pedestal. ; That's right-you can make a table by having a large round of wood or fiberboard cut about 48 inches in diameter at the lumber store. For a minimum cost you can get brightly-lacquered trays, which can be used on the table cover in lieu of place mats to hold Japanese plates and lacquered bowls. All sorts of Oriental dishes and accessories are available in stores here, including a basket to hold stems of money tree plant as a centerpiece. A perfect finishing touch, which may not be as easy to come by as the other decorative pieces in the room, would be a basi- Â· cally simple, but luxurious looking, slowly turning ceiling fan. Announced Stump-Flanagan Mr. and Mrs. Bill Stump of Clendenin announce the engagement of their daughter, Tamara. to Robert Flanagan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Flanagan of Montcoal. Wedding plans are incomplete. The bride-elect and her fiance are presently attending West Virginia University. Anania-Ruop Josephine and Joseph Anania of Charleston announce the engagement of t h e i r daughter Pamela, to James Koop. son of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Roop Sr.. of Dunbar. The wedding will take place Jan. 22 in the Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral. The bride-elect graduated from Charles- ion Catholic High School. Her fiance is a graduate of Dunbar High School. Both are seniors at Concord College. Hints for Food Fresh dairy products are highly perishable. 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