No, they're not antiques -- they're just made that way

THE BALTIMORE SUN

You've been hearing about it, now it's finally in stores. That charming line of furniture inspired by real pieces discovered and appraised on Antiques Roadshow, the popular PBS television show, hits area stores today.

The collection includes 60 pieces, featuring bedroom sets, dining room sets, curios, grandfather clocks and other accents. A 20th-century Louis XV-style curio cabinet on the show inspired the Bombe Curio (left, $2,000), and the discovery of a late 18th-century armoire led to the design of the Hand Painted Sideboard and Hutch (right, $1,500).

Each piece of furniture comes with a hangtag with a photograph and written history of the original, inspiring antique.

The furniture is available at various area stores, including Leesha Lee Ltd., 6245 Falls Road, Echoes & Accents, 224 Chinquapin Round Road, Annapolis and Stebbins Anderson, 802 Kenilworth Drive, Towson. Visit www.pulaskifurniture.com or call 540-980-7330 for more information.

No tangles, no tears

Those computer cords. They're tangled and entwined. Unsightly. And a tripping hazard. StarTech.com has a solution. Perfect for the home office, children's computer room or the college dorm, the new PC99 4-in-1 Extension Cable turns four cords into one. The cable consists of four attached color-coded wires for the computer speakers, keyboard, monitor and mouse. The cable is available in 6-, 10-, 15- and 25-foot lengths. Prices range from $24.99 to $92.99.

Visit www.StarTech.com to purchase the product directly or to see a listing of retailers. Or call 800-265-1844 for more information.

Event

* Last chance to see and purchase clayworks by Matthew Hyleck today from noon to 4 p.m. at Clay Orbit, 10918 York Road, Cockeysville. Hyleck's solo exhibit, Functional Ceramics: From Field to Horizon, includes stoneware creations with shino ash glaze (right). Opening Friday at Clay Orbit is Dina Alexander's Wind and Wear exhibit of glass chimes and jewelry. Her exhibit runs through Sept. 28, with a reception 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday. Call 410-329-1440 for information.

Let light blossom

You know that dark corner in the living room, where a lamp would make all the difference? Yes, you say, but there's no room for a light and table or a floor lamp. Well, chances are good that there is room for the Wallflower Lamp. Solutions Catalog sells the decorative and functional wall-hugging lamp (right), with its steel-stem pole and silk half-shade for $159. The lamp, which is 60 inches high and comes with a candelabra bulb and mounting screws, hides the power cord inside its curving stem. Shades are available in green, taupe, ruby and plum.

An array of home solution products are available through Solutions Catalog, including handcrafted Bamboo Curtains (above, $54.50-$79.50), for decorating doorways, or translucent Cling Window Privacy Art ($24.50), which admit light but prevent outsiders from seeing inside, or EZ Moves II ($9.50-$19.50), for moving heavy furniture across carpeting or vinyl floors.

Visit www.solutionscatalog.com or call 800-342-9988 to order.

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

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