Jeans styling jazzes up faded furniture


Denim and suede have been wardrobe staples for ages, and now they can be used to jazz up furniture, too. Surefit Slipcovers' two new lines for spring bring updated atmosphere to jaded pieces.

The Simply Suede slipcovers are made of a washable microfiber fabric and feature cording, kick-pleat skirts and ties to make the cover fit as well as possible. Available in saddle, green, sand or red, covers are made for chairs ($89), loveseats ($119), sofas ($139), wing chairs ($99) and ottomans ($45).

The Indigo Denim line is made of durable cotton and is accompanied by saddle-colored top-stitching and belt-like ties for an authentic blue-jean look. These covers are available for chairs ($79), love-seats ($109) and sofas ($129).

The lines also include coordinating pillows (including one in indigo denim that features a blue- jean pocket, $12) and "Shorty" dining-room chair covers.

For a catalog or to place an order, call 800-305-5837 or visit

Here's to you, love

Why not toast the arrival of Valentine's Day with a pair of elegant crystal champagne flutes by John Hardy? The pair retails for $695 and is available with accents in black ceramic polymer (above), lapis blue, coral or white ceramic polymer.

If that's a little much, the Shagreen Gift Set (below) includes two taper candles, two votives, two tea lights and marble candle holders. The candles come in a nice, subdued green (a pleasant change from Valentine's Day's usual bright red), and the set costs $50.

To purchase from the John Hardy Collection, call 866-4JHARDY or visit Saks Fifth Avenue in Chevy Chase (301-657-9000).

Gardens for the off-season

This cold weather has put the kibosh on gardening, in most cases. But to keep that green thumb primed and ready for spring, check out Tabletop Gardens, a new book by Rosemary McCreary that includes instructions for 40 indoor garden projects.

Projects include rich mosses in a glass terrarium, ivy window trim, a fountain garden and orchids under glass. McCreary explains how to create each garden and keep it thriving. Photographs show how beautiful each project can be.

Tabletop Gardens costs $27.50 and is available at online retailers such as and, as well as area bookstores.


* In Those Silent Worlds, an exhibit of art inspired by ancient earthworks, is at the West Gallery of the United States Botanic Garden through March 9. Maryland artist Elizabeth Burger draws on her experiences with nature in creating art from objects and materials found outdoors. The garden (100 Maryland Ave. S.W., at the foot of the U.S. Capitol) is open to the public, free of charge, every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: Call 202-225-8333 or visit

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