You're getting warmer

Baby, it's cold inside. You turn the heat on, but it's just not enough. Every night, you're bundled up in flannel pj's, long undies, thick socks and toasty slippers, but still you freeze. You need to be warmer. So pick up one of several new warm bedding products from Equinox, Sunbeam and Select Comfort.

Equinox has just introduced its new Dual- Layer Down Comforter (right, $179-$299). Use the lightweight layer for summer months, the medium-weight layer for cooler months, or fasten them together for a heavyweight down comforter for frigid months. The hypoallergenic comforters come in twin, full, queen and king sizes. To purchase, visit www.equinox4me.com or call 800-644-3696.

New from Sunbeam are cozy Warming Blankets (right, $39.99-$119.99), Mattress Pads ($199-$319) and Warming Throws (far right, $49.99). Users adjust their settings, then the products sense body and room temperatures and automatically maintain your heat setting, even allowing couples to set their own, different settings. Visit www.sunbeambedding.com or call 800-892-7684 for retailers.

Find the new Swiss Dot Quilted Blanket with Thinsulate insulation (above, $189.99-$229.99) from Select Comfort. Made of polyester and olefin fiber, the blanket is lightweight and machine washable. To purchase, visit Select Comfort stores, www.selectcomfort.com or call 800-548-7231.

Happy painting

You've got a big painting project before you. And while you're quite literally ready to roll, your paint is not. You've had it with the messy pans, splatter and clean-up. Dutch Boy agrees. The company has just introduced the new Ready to Roll project-sized paint container ($36-$46), with Dutch Boy paint and built-in roller tray. Users simply pop it open, dip it, roll it and paint.

The lightweight plastic container holds 2 1/2 gallons, has an easy-to-hold handle and a resealable lid that secures shut. The container can accommodate a 9 1/2 -inch roller. It is available in ceiling paints, primers and more. Call 800-828-5669 for stores or visit www.dutchboy.com.

Living in a trend

With the new year, of course, come the new trends. Last year, Levolor Window Fashions conducted an extensive research study and now offers these five home-decor trends for 2005: * Scandinavian Spa -- Homes will be clutter-free and scaled down. Colors will include cream, taupe and slate shades.

* Cultural Collectibles -- Natural and worldly. Rattan, bamboo, twine, giraffe and leopard prints, peacock feathers, leather and wood will all be prominent.

* Mod Squad -- Large-scale florals, bows, buckles, checks, dots, swirls, paisleys, black-and-white stripes and round shapes will be popular.

* Vibrant Originals -- Rustic, aged and lived in. Here will be a mix of family heirlooms, antiques, flea market finds and Americana.

* Delicate Decadence -- Satin, silk, velvet, lace, faux fur, snakeskin, crystal beads, frosted glass, lacquer and other exquisite materials will be prevalent.

For more information, visit www.levolor.com.


* Visit Fleckenstein Gallery, 29 Allegheny Ave., Towson, through Jan. 15 and see gouache paintings by Joan Erbe, collage paintings and archival prints by Nancy Scheinman and jewelry by Lauren Schott at the exhibit The Three Graces. Pictured is Scheinman's lotus print A Foreigner to the Landscape. Call 410-296-8588.

* Today is the last day to see the Holiday Poinsettia Show at the Baltimore Conservatory and Botanic Gardens, Druid Hill Park. Hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Call 410-396-0180.

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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