We all have some household odor we particularly abhor. For some it's the kitty litter, for others tobacco smoke, for still others the inside of a refrigerator that hasn't been cleaned recently. But most odor control products have some flaw: They mask rather than get rid of an odor, perhaps, or contain allergens, or cost too much.
Now a patented product developed by biochemists has come on the market that's non-toxic, hypo-allergenic, environmentally safe and easy to use. The wafer-thin pad works with an enzyme-like process to eliminate odor. No sprays or plug-ins are involved. It's called the Odor Destroyer, and it gets rid of an odor permanently. You simply place the unscented pad near the source of the problem.
Each Odor Destroyer, which costs $5.99, is supposed to last for one year. For more information or to order, write to the Green Earth Corporation, P.O. Box 2131, Palm Harbor, Fla. 34682 or call (800) 666-6367.
Dr. and Mrs. Gary Richardson own a house in the Annapolis Historic District. When they decided to add a pool, have the grounds landscaped and renovate their garage, they didn't realize they'd end up being contest winners featured in February's issue of Southern Living. The Richardsons won top honors in the additions and remodelings category of the magazine's Southern Home Awards.
The work was done by architect Jay B. Huyett of Studio 3, landscape architect Stratton Semmes of Stratton Semmes Landscape Architecture, and builder John W. Dunbar of John W. Dunbar, Inc. All three firms are located in Annapolis.
"Our priorities were to give the Richardsons what they needed without overshadowing the 70-year-old Georgian Revival house," says Mr. Huyett.
If you think you have an award-winning home or project, consider entering next year's contest. The deadline is May 31, 1993. For more information, send a self-addressed, stamped business envelope to the Southern Home Awards, Southern Living, P.O. Box 523, Birmingham, Ala. 35201.
Around this time of year backyard gardeners start dreaming about those gorgeous summer tomatoes. And well they should. According to Jon Traunfeld, urban gardening coordinator for the Cooperative Extension Service, it's almost too late -- but not quite! -- to start tomato seeds indoors for May planting. Start your pepper and eggplant seeds now as well.
When the ground is dry enough, turn over your garden soil. It's also a good time to work in organic compost. In fact, Mr. Traunfeld suggests that urban gardeners dig trenches in their garden beds and add the compost directly as they create it rather than trying to store it elsewhere.
A question frequently asked of the extension service this time of year is what to do with leftover leaves. "Shred them with your lawn mower or weed eater," says Mr. Traunfeld. "Then work them into the soil."
Peas, early greens, spinach and beets can be planted now if the soil temperature is 45-50 degrees. The seeds can tolerate a light frost. Mr. Traunfeld recommends covering them with floating row covers, which are available through garden catalogs if you can't find them in local stores.
Cardinals flutter on flowery tablecloths, bluebirds perch on clothes hooks and robins enliven hooked rugs at April Cornell, Harborplace's newest boutique. Birds are everywhere in this Canadian-based home furnishings and clothing store. Ms. Cornell, the owner of the chain and designer of many of the items, was inspired by a trip to Bhartpur, a bird sanctuary near New Delhi. The experience led to one of the most important motifs of her spring 1993 collection.
The shop specializes in handcrafted products from around the world, many from India. "She's always done happy, pretty things, usually floral," says Cynthia Lulham, April Cornell's operational manager for the United States. The birds fit, she says, because they're ecological. "April's themes usually involve admiring and preserving nature."
The April Cornell collection is decidedly feminine in its styling and includes Chinese linens, Portuguese ceramics, Rajastani ironware and traditional arts and crafts from many countries. On the first floor of the Pratt Street Pavilion, the boutique is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.