Saturday, February 21, 2004

In the know

A guide to what's going on around the home

Joy Kraft

Shop talk

Cincinnati art treasures: Henry Farny, J.H. Sharp, Rookwood, E.H. Potthast ... names from the art world that turn heads, especially in Cincinnati, are part of an upcoming auction at Main Auction Galleries. The works are from an Avondale estate and homes in Hyde Park, Mariemont and Indian Hill. On the block are 18th, 19th and 20th century American, English, French and Oriental furniture and art, along with china, glassware, porcelain, silver, rugs and decorative accessories.

The signed Farny pieces include the horizontal gouache desert scenes "Standing Rock" and "Hills of South Dakota." A 40-piece set of Rookwood "Ships" dinnerware is available along with production pieces and a few signed pieces. Preview 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. First session 6:18-10 p.m. Monday. Second session 10:30 a.m. Tuesday. 137 W. Fourth St. Information: 621-1280.

Wise buys

No-hole picture hanging: Hanging pictures straight without gouging the walls is a challenge for some DIYers. The Barnacle Co. has come up with Attach-It, a flat metal fastener with angled prongs that first attaches to the object being hung. Then, the object is pressed into the wall. The $14.95 Pro-Pack includes 60 pieces in various sizes. Watch the video at or call (800) 366-6591.

By design

Color story: Designers are jumping on the color band wagon for home decor in 2004 ... and Home Depot isn't far behind, devoting most of their slick Style Ideas, their home how-to publication, to color and how to successfully add it to your rooms. For a copy, call (800) 234-0355 or go to Meanwhile here's a rundown on colors and the rooms for which they are best-suited.

• Red: Heat, vitality, energy; it's best in living or dining rooms.

• Orange: Eases digestion; good for kitchens and dining rooms.

• Yellow: Enhances mental activity, self-esteem; nice for bathrooms, playrooms.

• Green: Calm, serene, soothing; best for bathrooms, workshops, sewing rooms.

• Blue: Relaxing powers make it a good bedroom choice.

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