Designer Rachel Ashwell believes in English elegance and California casual. In beauty and comfort. In the vintage and the modern. And it shows in her new lines of Simply Shabby Chic furniture, bedding and home accents, available at Target.
The new lines, which complement Ashwell's Simply Shabby Chic line of decorative items, feature attractive and unique pieces, some inspired by flea-market finds. Included are sculpted mirrors, bookcases, lamps, quilts, sheets, rugs and more, all blending Ashwell's signature cozy-English-cottage feel with a contemporary-California style.
Pictured are her Bath Vanity Table ($89.99) and Stool ($29.99), the Fabric Message Board ($17.99), and the Ceramic Lamp with Fabric Shade ($24.99), Sculpted Mirror ($19.99), Pink Glass Base ($24.99) and Ivory Lamp Shade with Pink Cording ($19.99).
All items are available in Target stores, and many can be found at www.target.com. Call 800-591-3869.
You're looking bright
See yourself in a new light with BeautyWraps bathroom lighting from Kichler. The new, innovative lights feature a top-mounted lighting fixture with two matching mini pendant lights hanging at face level on each side. The result is a whole new you in the mirror. OK, not exactly. But you will see fewer shadows cast down on your face, since traditional top-mounted lighting accentuates flaws and makes lines appear deeper. BeautyWraps easily install into your current over-the-mirror outlet box, with pendants simply hanging on the sides in front of your mirror. The stylish lights are available in two styles and three finishes. They sell for about $273 at Dorman's Lighthouse in Timonium and Wilson Lighting in Towson. Matching mirrors are also available, but sold separately, for $227.
Call 800-659-9000 or visit www.kichler.com for more locations.
For a smoother moving day
We all know the stress of moving. The frenzied packing. The backbreaking lifting. And all the things that inevitably go wrong. If you're dreading your next move, professional organizer Linda Rothschild offers these tips for easing the stress of moving:
Make a plan. Create a list of all that needs to be done -- repairing furniture, cleaning out closets, changing addresses, transferring utilities, finding a mover. Then create a timeline and start early.
Make sure it fits. Measure your things and the space. Label moving boxes and furniture, so the mover knows where they go.
Find a reputable mover. Get recommendations, rather than just picking one at random from the Yellow Pages. And choose a moving date during slower times -- you'll likely get a better crew.
Pack wisely. Use small boxes for heavy items and large boxes for lighter items. And consider letting the movers pack the fragile items, as they have the proper supplies.
Do an inventory of the boxes you put into storage or into the basement. Write up contents, take pictures and number boxes, for easier retrieval.
Browse the ceramic exhibit Mirror-Mirror on the Wall by Esther Snow, showing at ARTFX, 45 West St., Annapolis, through June 30. You can purchase or simply admire Snow's handmade tile mirrors, ceramic pendulum clocks, bottle sculptures, platters and other pieces. Call 410-990-4540.
Learn about the history of flowerpots at the "Tour of Pots: From Necessity to Artistry," a guided stroll through the U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory, 100 Maryland Ave. S.W., Washington, at 11 a.m. or at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Free. Call 202-226-4082 to register.
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