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Tuesday, April 22, 1986
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THE BAYTOWN SUN Hints given for finding decorator Tuesday, April 22, 11 *-A By CHANGING TIMES The Kiplinger Magazine Some people have the flair, knowledge, time and energy to design their home decor. For those who don't, hiring an interior designer can be a smart move, particularly since deco, rating a home is among the biggest lifetime expenses. Here's how to go about finding a designer whose work you can Hive with. , You can hire an interior designer in private practice, or you 'pan work with one employed by .a retailer, such as a department or furniture store. Some architects, remodelers and kitchen .'dealers also offer interior design '.services. *' Designers in private practice pan normally order furnishings and accessories from any man- .ufacturer. Those employed by retail stores and studios may not 'be able to get you things their 'store doesn't sell, but they ^should help you coordinate your selections so you can buy them vourself. Before talking to candidates, draw up a tentative budget. Designers say people usually underestimate costs and need their help in realistic budgeting. You can find designers who will take on projects no matter how small your total budget; others set minimums, ranging from $1,500 up to $50,000. You might want to ask a designer for a long-range plan for all of the areas you eventually want to decorate and then carry it out as money is available. Department and furniture store studios often charge a retainer, around $100 to $500, applied against the price of goods as long as you have spent a minimum amount, perhaps $2,500 or $5,000. Retail stores usually offer more favorable credit terms than designers in private practice. Private interior designers charge for their services in several ways, frequently in combination. The following are common residential charges: —The initial consultation fee. —The design fee covers planning the design concept and the furnishings for your project and may include practically all services provided by the designer. It's usually not applied against the price of goods purchased. —Hourly fees often cover time spent on technical services, such as drawing floor plans, plus time spent consulting with other professionals or tradespeople and perhaps with you. You'll probably be charged this way if you hire a designer just to give you some ideas about redoing a room. Avoid paying hourly rates for all of a designer's services, including shopping trips. This can be costly, especially with an inefficient designer. The range in hourly rates in many major cities varies from $25 or $35 to $100 per hour, sometimes more. You will probably be billed monthly for time and out-of-pocket expenses. —Cost of purchases. Many designers expect to be compensated for all their services by the profit they make on the goods you buy through them. Some charge you their wholesale cost plus a markup, normally 25-40 percent. This method is generally better for you than paying regular retail prices or a small percentage off retail (such as 10-15 percent), the two other common methods of charging for goods purchased. Normally, under any of these methods, you have to pay the designer a deposit of 50 percent or less when each item is ordered. —The cost of outside labor includes paying for the work of painters, paperhangers, upholsterers and other workers. If you're billed through the designer, you'll pay an additional fee, typically 15-30 percent. To find a designer, ask for recommendations from people whose home interiors you admire. Go to local decorator showhouses and home-furnishings expositions. Look at model rooms in department and furniture stores. SU?V CLASSIFIED 422-6323 Technology changes horse-breeding business . TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - High .technology is changing the •horse-breeding business in more •ways than one. ' For instance, "Date Up." a 13•year-old world-class jumper that 'competed in the Tucson Winter 'Classic Horse Show, will pro- 'duce three foals this year — while romping on the nationwide 'horse show circuit, her owner 'says. It usually takes a mare 11 .months to give birth to a single filly or colt. So how can Date Up. a chest•nut Irish thoroughbred from Colorado, produce three foats in one year and still continue to win rib- •IXMIS competing against some of the best jumping horses in America'.' The answer is "high-lech breeding." says Gordon P. Smith, vice president of Smith Farm .Management Corp. in Littleton. Colo. Smith, who trains and rides Date Up and several other horses on the show circuit, refers to transferring an embryo from one mare to another. "For the past three years, we have been inseminating world- class donor mares with transported and frozen semen to pro- .duce carefully bred foals." he explained. , . Why is the new technique better than the time-honored stud service method, where the mare is brought to a stallion who has good bloodlines'.' Smith listed these reasons: - High-tech breeders have access to an international gene • pool from which to select stal- . lions. The pool offers many •times more choices than stal- lions available for conventional breeding. —Potential to produce a higher percentage of world-class foals, because of the refined selection procedures used and the predetermined genetic superiority of the parents. —Maximum use of the best mares by transferring their embryos to recipient mares, who do the work. The program makes it possible to breed a donor rnare ar, average of five times a year instead of just once. Smith said. For example, he said. Date Up will not carry any of her foals to full term and probably will be able to produce at least 25 foals over the next five years. Date Up will carry an embryo for about eight days. It will then be transferred to another mare, who will carry it for the full 11 months. The female prize winner was inseminated with "cooled" semen from "Galubet." a French horse regarded as the best Grand Prix jumper in the world today. Smith said. The cattle industry has been using the embryo transfer method for manv vears. Smith said, but it was not until 1983 that the first foal from a frozen embryo was born throough the work of Colorado State University's Equine Republictin Lab in Fort Collins. Colo. "This represented a level of accomplishment in equine cryogenics which had worldwide significance." said Smith. The Equine Lab. Smith noted, has also successfully established the procedure necessary to produce identical twins. And. he added. Smith Farms expects to produce triplets later this year when identical foals are produced by three different mares in which the embryos have been placed. Smith Farms also makes use of computer technology. Using so ft wear developed by technicians, the farm's officials are able to select horses matched for genetic compatibility. The results of all matings are monitored, and the performance of all horses is tracked continuously. The program is being carefully watched by directors of the United States Equestrian Team and performance horse owners and trainers. Smith said. Gary Clemmons 420-1788 • Portfolio Management • Retirement Planning Pension Plans * Tax Shelters FHutt Oil TAKE w m mm... ...with a low interest easy term loan from 1st American Bank. We now offer up to 60 month financing on all makes and models of boats for anyone with approved credit. CALL US TODAY AT 422-8102 f1st/I\mericsin 1st American Bank — Bay town In the past, most of the best "jumpers" and "hunters" — two types of horses in the recent Tucson competition — were bred in Europe. American competitors were forced to buy their nor -^ there or have their mares se ed by European stallions. Purchase first pair at regular price Second pair at Vi price ( of equal or\ less value / Open late Thur. Sale Ends Sat. April 26, 1916 Located across from Weiner's 427-9584 500.OFF/\MIGA AND 10 GREA TD SPEND he software thai will deliver the promise of Amiga's power is here: Micro-Systems' Analyse, a powerful Dull-down menu spreadsheet that utilizes Amiga's fuli multi-tasking power. Electronic Arts' Deluxe Paint, where anything you can do, it can help you do bet- er—paint, draw, sketch and shade. Aegis Animator a tunning graphic program that turns the Amiga into a full-function animation workstation. Plus word processing, communications, business applications and more. So here's a timely Amiga offer: a remarkable $500 off when you buy the Amiga'" computer with it color monitor. That's $500 you can pocket, or $500 yoi can use for software that fuels the machine Business week called "the Maserati' of home computers." Come on in. use the Amiga credit card. Drive one home. 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