BATHROOM CARPETING -- For that luxurious feeling under
foot, try wall-to-wall carpeting in the bathroom. The cotton-tufted
carpet kits, especially for the bathroom, are inexpensive and
they eliminate that daily floor scrubbing problem.
KITCHEN COLOR -- Color - recently introduced in the
major appliances as refrigerators, sinks, and stoves - has found
its way to the accessories also. Canister sets, small appliances
and spice racks are now alive in yellows, olives, blues and orange
BACHELOR BOON -- Need a dresser to hold shirts, ties
and accessories in an orderly fashion? New furniture pieces with
built-in shelf dividers and drawer organizers are the answer.
They keep more garments in a neater array than average drawers.
GLASS GLAMOUR -- A breakfast nook or kitchen corner
can be enhanced with winding green plants. Many wrought-iron
tables with glass tops have plant holders beneath and can give
full view to philodendron and ivy plants below.
DOUBLE DUTY -- One of the most useful accessories in
a den can be stack tables or stack units. Some fold into one
end table while others stack atop one another. Used as trays
for meals and TV snacks, many can also become extra seats when
WOOD BLOCKS FOR MODERNS -- An interesting addition
to a contemporary room would be a pair of modern wall plaques
with a wood block effect. The designs, fish and birds, are outlined
in gold on a walnut finish.
COLOR CONVERSATION -- Autumn hues, gold orange and
tawny browns, are leaders in the new color spectrum for upholstery
and drapes. Other many splendored colors are brilliant bittersweet,
clay red, bright jade green and intense sky blue.
ACCENT ADVICE -- The accent piece is the star of the
decorative plan. Whether it's a floor clock in French finish,
a curio cabinet with unusual tapering lines, a chest reflecting
Venetian styling or some other unusual occasional piece with
a personality of its own, the accent piece is an essential for
TABLE TALK -- Wipe-clean mats have attained social
status. Available in a rainbow of vibrant or softly muted hues,
the new mats with foam rubber backing are at home on the best
tables. They may be had in rectangles, rounds or ovals. Try a
mixture of colors for place setting fun.
NOTE TO BRIDES -- For a harmonious table setting combine
pottery with a textured cloth, weighty glass tumblers and a simple
pattern of silver or stainless steel. For a setting informal
mood, match fine bone china with the texture of fine linen or
lace cloth or organdie place mats, use crystal tumblers and silver
with a feeling of elegance.
WALLPAPER TIP -- If you are a wallpaper enthusiast,
but have a small room try a border just beneath the ceiling.
You will be amazed at what an interesting border can do to add
elegance or zip depending on the decor.
SEE-THROUGH DRAPES -- Don't deprive ourself of the
outdoor view and glimpse of your garden with a heavy drapery
fabric. Get acquainted with the lovely new sheers and their light-as-foam
see-through patterns. This new crop of sheer curtains comes in
everything from wide stripes to garden-like florals and lacy
designs resembling cobwebs.
STYLED FOR THE JUVENILE -- Today's fortunate youngster
may live in a room with all the decorative distinction of adult
quarters. Furniture planned to grow with the child is evidence
that good taste knows no age limits.
CONVERSATION PIECES -- Put glamour on your walls with
one of the new acanthus wall planters, inspired by high Renaissance
designs. The planters, in a group of Old World decorative pieces
are notable for fine detail and the antique gold finish.
RETURN OF THE TABOURET -- The little tabouret has come
out of its Oriental seclusion to find a useful place in modern
rooms. It comes in handily as a parking place for drinks, after
dinner coffee and a smoking stand beside a couch.
BATHROOM BEAUTIES -- If you are looking for an amusing
trick to dress up the bathroom, apply groups of cherubs on the
walls. the cherubs come in sets in several sizes and in a choice
of blue, pink, gold, tan or lavender.
BRASS BEDS ARE BACK -- The brass bed, which was great-grandmother's
pride is back in favor. Furniture manufacturers are introducing
copies from the Victorian era.
WELCOME THE UNEXPECTED GUEST -- In this day of casual
visiting, the unexpected guest is a part of the pattern of life.
You might be prepared to extend hospitality with a new lounge
chair that retains its identity as a chair and converts into
a comfortable bed.
WINDOW WISDOM -- If you have two or three awkwardly
placed windows with and adjacent corner window, try unifying
them with an architectural valance of plywood painted the same
color as the walls.
CACTUS FOR KITCHENS -- For amusement in your kitchen,
put a collection of artificial pint-sized cactus on a shelf.
You might also use the wee plants as place card proppers for
an informal luncheon.
TEXTURED VINYLS -- The ever-present problem of keeping
upholstery fabrics clean has found a solution in the new vinyls
with fabric-like textures. Some of the textures resemble tweed,
others brocade and still others silk. More than 20 patterns and
200 colors are available.
DECORATE WITH LINENS -- The newest bed linens, a-bloom
with flowers or smart with stripes and geometric designs, have
fascinating decorative potentials. Use them for dressing table
skirts, window treatments and informal table cloths.
ECHOES OF OTHER ERAS -- Paisley prints, which Paris
took to its heart last year, have crossed the ocean and are now
available in American shops. There are a wide variety of colorful
and exciting designs among which to choose for drapes and slip
SHELF NEWS -- Shelves are becoming decorative assets
and are found in many new shapes and sizes for books, ornaments
and plants. For one that can well become a conversation piece,
keep an eye out for an old carved panel and use it as the apron
for a shelf.