Saturday, June 08, 2002

In the know


A guide to what's going on around the home

Shop talk
       Antiques times three:
Mary Cordill-Haines has opened a third English Traditions shop with antique and reproduction furniture smack dab in the middle of Hyde Park Square — the former site of a movie theater, Pier 1 Imports and most recently a toy store.

        “I would have loved Hyde Park initially, when I opened 10 years ago in O'Bryonville, but it was too much to take on at the time, and there wasn't the right space,” she says. The new store, with 5,300 square feet, is roomy enough for all the reproductions and antiques she finds on trips to England, Ireland and France. (She likes France so much she bought a home there but admits she's usually too busy to visit). She opened the first store in O'Bryonville 10 years ago and featured pine antiques. She has added French hardwoods and reproductions through the years, and her son, Casey, has joined the business.

        The O'Bryonville store is a bit heavier in antiques while the Madeira store, on Miami Avenue, and Hyde Park store will have a bigger mix with reproductions. Hours: 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and until 8 p.m. Thursday. 533-4730.

       Calico Corners no more: Fans who remember when the home decor store started in Mariemont in the '70s — then moved to the old Gold Circle Mall in Pleasant Ridge — will be happy to know it plans to stay in its current Symmes Township location — but not as Calico Corners.

        The full service retailer known for helping folks choose fabrics for redecorating, has cut its 25-year franchise connection and is relaunching as an independent retailer, Swatches Home Fabrics.

        “This will allow us to offer a wider variety of fabric selections based on local customer requests, buying habits and custom labor services,” says Caryn Shaw, president. To celebrate, the stores are giving away a $3,000 room redecoration with Porter Paints and Chalfant Flooring. Register through Thursday at Swatches, 11926 Montgomery Road, Chalfant Flooring in Reading or one of the 16 Porter Paints locations. Information: 683-5400.

Wise buys

       Twist and pour: Why hasn't someone come up with this before now? Throw away the screw driver and paint key. Dutch Boy, which sells paint at Sears, Meijer and Carter Lumber, has introduced a Twist & Pour all-plastic gallon container with a twist-off lid, side handle and pour spout. Dirt Fighter interior and exterior paints will be the first to come in the handy containers. It was long overdue.

       Pool alarm: Kids and pools are a great combo, as long as parents have eagle eyes. As a backup, eSafetyAlert has come up with the Safety Turtle alarm system that alerts parents the instant a child — or pet — hits the water. The system is made of an AC powered base station and one or more Turtle wristbands. No installation. The wristband is locked on to a child's wrist with a kid-proof key. If the child falls in, a loud alarm sounds at the base station and continues until it's reset. Base, $99.99. Wristband, $49.99. At www.eSafetyAlert.com or (800) 892-9551.

By design

       Twin Tower wall: Those who want a memory of what the Manhattan skyline looked like with the World Trade Center towers can get a wall-size mural of it from Environmental Graphics, producers of wall murals depicting scenes of everything from baseball fields to world maps and moon views. The murals, 8-feet, 3 inches by 13 feet, 8 inches can be trimmed, wrapped around corners and trimmed around windows, doors and electrical outlets. $114.95 at www.egproducts.com or (888) 205-0914. Some Lowe's, Sherwin-Williams and Home Depot stores carry the murals, but selections and availability vary.

        E-mail: jkraft@enquirer.com.

       



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