Theaters at home, complete right down to the marbleizing


You've heard that home theaters are the rage. Now you can see what they're talking about at Audio Video Interiors Inc. in Reisterstown. The company, which specializes in custom design and installation, is located in a late 19th-century Victorian house. Six rooms have been furnished with "semi-period" furniture, and each is a home theater. Audio Video doesn't just sell you the electronics, it comes into your home and does whatever it takes to customize the equipment (for instance, marbleizing the surfaces of the speakers) or to hide the system completely. The company will even build a complete movie theater in your home. Audio Video Interiors is located at 357 Main St. Call (410) &L; 833-7448 for more information.

Arts and Antiques, still

Today is the last day of the Arts and Antiques in Annapolis show, but there are several interesting lectures and demonstrations on the schedule. Designer Mary Pritchett will speak on the history and care of floor cloths at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Robert Seamons will lecture on taking care of antique prints at 2 p.m., and Will Tillman on the history, art and trade of the inlay at 4 p.m.

The exhibit and sale, which features over 24 specialized antiques dealers, is a benefit for the continued restoration of the Charles Carroll House and Gardens, 107 Duke of Gloucester St. in Annapolis. Hours today are noon to 5 p.m. Call (410) 269-1737 for more information.

Doing it in the bedroom

The next lounging place for couch potatoes may be the bedroom. "People have been turning to the bedroom for a retreat," says Linda Jones of Masco, the world's largest home furnishings company, "and gradually adding what they want to make it even more of a self-contained sanctuary." As a result, furnishings from other parts of the house, such as home entertainment centers and mini-refrigerators, are turning up in the bedroom.

Here are some of the hottest trends in beds and bedrooms right now, according to Ms. Jones: canopied beds and novelty beds (( with whimsical motifs like farm fence headboards; sleek chic such as pared-down contemporary and simple Shaker beds; exotic looks; big beds -- antique reproductions scaled up, not down; the chaise longue, which functions as a sofa for the family; and lighter, casual woods such as ash, oak and birch.

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