At Turtle Bay, the choice is yours

Turtle Bay may be known for its sun and surf. But Turtle Bay Furniture & Design Company is known for its made-to-order home furniture. When it opened in November, the quaint Canton store was a place to find custom-made furnishings; reasonably-priced home accessories such as artwork, lamps and vases; and furniture from Niermann Weeks, Kravet and Fremarc, right off the showroom floor.

It wasn't long before Turtle Bay Furniture's owner, Michael Gompers, realized his customers for made-to-order furniture were growing exponentially. To meet the unexpected demand, Gompers has recently decided to increase his store's focus on the custom-design front.

"Customers are making better investments, more intelligent purchases," Gompers says. And while he'd love to have a myriad furniture choices in his showroom for folks to buy on the spot, space is an issue for the small store. So his custom-design customers can look through expansive catalogs to choose the style and make of a sofa, chair or other piece of furniture or they can choose from representations in his showroom from his own furniture line, the Turtle Bay Collection. Delivery is usually four weeks after ordering.

Turtle Bay Furniture is located at 2801 O'Donnell St. For more information, visit www.turtlebayfurniture.com on the Web, or call 410-522-7172.

Painting plastic, the easy way

Ever tried painting plastic? Ah, the joys. The puddling, the peeling, the mess. But Krylon Fusion, a new spray paint designed especially for plastics, has just come onto the market.

It needs no priming, and it claims to resist fading and chipping from outdoor exposure. You know what that means: Next winter you can have the glossiest plastic chair on the block, guarding your shoveled-out parking space.

Krylon Fusion, which is available in 16 colors, is also safe for children's toys, flower pots, mailboxes, yard ornaments (pink flamingos, anyone?), milk crates and more. And the paint dries in just 15 minutes.

Available in 12-ounce aerosol cans, the paints retail from $3.99 to $4.79 at Wal-Mart, True Value, Ace, Sears Hardware and Sherwin-Williams Paint Stores.

For more information, visit www.krylon.com on the Web or call 800-KRYLON.

Tips for a cleaner spring

With the arrival of spring comes, of course, the obligation of spring cleaning. Don't despair. Here are some spring-cleaning tips from Maids Home Services, a residential cleaning service that specializes in cleaning for better health:

* Take washable curtains down and clean in water heated to at least 130 degrees.

* For large throw rugs, beat dirt and dust away with a tennis racket. Spot-clean and hang over a deck railing or clothes line.

* Clean windowsills with a handheld vacuum, wash with soapy warm water and dry well.

* Remove items from your kitchen drawers, wipe out thoroughly, reline the drawers.

* Remove vents and wash in soapy, hot water, using a paintbrush to reach between slats, if needed. Rinse and dry well.

Visit www.maids.com on the Web for more health-conscious cleaning tips.


* Attend a slide lecture on "Asian Plants for Local Gardens" and get tips on which plants to grow, noon to 1 p.m. Friday at the United States Botanic Garden Conservatory, 100 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington. Free; registration required. Call 202-226-4082.

* Take a nature walk through Cylburn Arboretum's grounds, 4915 Greenspring Ave., and look for signs of spring, at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 10, 17 and 24. Free. Call 410-367-2217.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Liz Atwood, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519. Infor-mation must be received at least four weeks in advance to be considered.

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