Saturday, March 15, 2003

In the know

What's going on around the home


In print

Mag mention: Mural and faux finish artist Heather Lamb-Cromwell of Withamsville gets a nod in the March issue of Decorate with Paint, a national trade publication. But it's her painted soaps, with a design that lasts the life of the bar, getting all the attention. (Sold at Originalities, Hyde Park Square.) She is also working on a mural for a Homearama 2003 home by Sanneman Homes and Bat-Lerina, a ballet-inspired sculpture using 25 baseball bats for Bats Incredible! the public arts project due March 31 on streets downtown and in Northern Kentucky. 236-6619.

Shop talk

Celebrate women: Ten Thousand Villages in O'Bryonville, selling handicrafts from developing nations, and the YWCA of Cincinnati are partnering to mark March as Women's History Month, not surprising considering that 70 percent of the shop's artisans are women. The local YWCA will benefit from a portion of the shop's March 27 sales, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The nonprofit, stocked with baskets, mud cloth, batik and Indian textiles, candles, ceramics and carvings, is a natural for those hunting for one-of-a-kind decorating and home accessories (pictured: detail from Guatemalan folk doll wreath, $44.95). Artisans from more than 30 countries receive fair wages for their work, leading to a better life for them and their families, according to Sayrah Namaste, assistant store manager. The store is at 2011 Madison Road. 871-5840.

Wise buys

J.Lo and Swiffer: To tout the newest Swiffer creation - Swiffer Dusters - Procter & Gamble tucked in a copy of the Jennifer Lopez film Maid in Manhattan (out in DVD and video March 25) with the press material showing the singer-actress holding the duster on the cover ... though she's not seen chasing dust bunnies with it in the film. Though the $4.29 pack with the flexible handle and five disposable dusters is hardly economical for hotel use, the fluffy Swiffer-on-a-stick proved quite handy to our testers - easily sweeping VCRs, stereo equipment, bookshelves, blinds and the nooks and crannies of antiques.

By design

Peterman's plans: The partnership announced last month between John Peterman, clothes cataloger for armchair adventurers, and Jeffco, high-end furniture maker, will include adaptations of some of the quirky entrepreneur's own pieces picked up in his world travels. But don't expect cookie-cutter couches. They are pinning their hopes on the individuality that his catalogs have cashed in on in the past. The line of 25 case goods, occasional and upholstery pieces is set to debut at the October High Point, N.C. furniture market, a little more than a year after Peterman and Jeffco put their heads together. Each furniture collection piece will have a name and story on a hangtag designed by the same artist who draws the clever Peterman catalog, according to Furniture Today.

To check out the latest goods from the Lexington-based company, go to Web site.

Contact Joy Kraft by phone: 768-8467; fax: 768-8330; e-mail:

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