Saturday, May 04, 2002

In the Know

A guide to what's going on around the house

By Joy Kraft
The Cincinnati Enquirer

By design

        In good company: The June issue of House Beautiful magazine salutes “Giants of Design,” including couture king Oscar de la Renta and British tastemaker Sir Terence Conran. And who should pop up between the icons but Zaha Hadid, lone woman in the mix and architect of the $34 million Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, being built downtown.

        Ms. Hadid is described as a child who challenged convention, “a temperamental “diva” and “a damn good architect.” Museum director Charles Desmarais is quoted as saying, “We wanted a building that was not merely a building but a work of art itself.”

        Faucet fashion: Moen takes kitchen design to new limits with its new Asceri sink accent packages. The three-piece kits can convert a sink into part of the room's design from the minimalistic black and white Kimono (shown) to aqua and green Hawaiian florals, leopard print and a French blue delftware pattern. Price varies on design. At Ferguson Bath & Kitchen Gallery locations.

Wise buys

        Pot Latch: One of the busiest vendors at the Cincinnati Flower Show at Ault Park last week was the Pot Latch tent with the gizmos that fasten to just about any surface — stucco, porch rails, brick — to hold terra-cotta pots. The polystyrene clip that looks like an inverted question mark fastens with screws, and the pot is held in place by its lip, supporting up to 90 pounds. $3 each. If you missed them at the show, check out or call (610) 935-3477.
       No-heat laminate: Laminating maps, documents, photos and kids' keepsakes is handy for any household, but working with an electric laminator puts some people off. ezLaminator uses a cold lamination process that presses the document between sheets of non-yellowing, waterproof film by turning a handle. $59.99 with refills (30-foot or 60-foot cartridges at $24.99-$39.99). At WalMart, OfficeMax and Staples.

        State watercolors: Georgia-based artist D. Morgan and Cottage Garden Collections have partnered for a series of 18-by-12-inch matted, framed watercolors capturing each state's flavor. In the case of Kentucky and Ohio they are both barns — red for Ohio, white for Kentucky. And Indiana got a red covered bridge scene. At or (877) 210-3456.

Shop talk

        Down the street: YesterYear Used Furniture & Accents has outgrown its Glenway Avenue home and moved down to the former Barth-Vernon Furniture store at 4131 Glenway, according to owner Bill Haass. The store sells used furniture and accents, antiques and custom-made mahogany furnishings. 921-8011.

        Contact Joy Kraft by phone: 768-8467; fax: 768-8330; e-mail:


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