Saturday, September 6, 2003

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One-level luxury: If the June Homearama designs, checking in at an average 7,000 square feet, seemed a bit daunting, the homes in the New Lifestyles Edition, open today through Sept. 14, may be a better fit, at 2,726 to 4,500 square feet each.

The showcase of nine, one-level new homes at Miami Bluffs in Warren County is the second New Lifestyle Edition event from the Home Builders Association of Greater Cincinnati. Like its big brother, these homes are professionally decorated, and the emphasis is on luxury. The prices of these homes are $535,000 to $700,000, a bargain compared to the ever-escalating average $1.27 million price for this year's earlier show. Hours: 4-10 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $8 adults, under 12 free with adult. Information: 851-6300.

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Habitat how-to: The DIY-Do It Yourself Network hosts a five-part workshop on how to build a Habitat for Humanity home,

7 p.m. Sept 22-26 with Steve Thomas, home renovation expert. The workshop, highlighting a home being built in Charlotte, N.C., will serve as a guide to those who want to contribute to their communities by volunteering with Habitat, a Christian ministry that builds homes for partner families who wouldn't normally be able to afford them. Nearly 50,000 Habitat homes have been built in the United States.

In print

Basket book: Longaberger is about more than baskets. The company with the basket-shaped building near Columbus has published a book of entertaining and decorating ideas, Entertaining with Longaberger: Celebrating the Seasons (The Longaberger Co; $30 ($15 if you buy a basket in September). Slickly photographed, the book guides you through planning a party, decorating, staying on budget, setting up and recipes, with multiple suggestions for each season. Longaberger baskets and crafts figure prominently in all the plans. Available through Longaberger consultants, (800) 966-0374 or

By design

Mural moms: Three Cincinnati moms with collective experience in graphic arts, education and child rearing, of course, are nurturing their own talents in a new business, Wallcandy Murals. Laura Roy, Helen Atkins and Wendy Wickman met at pre- and post-natal exercise classes and forged a friendship through play groups and late night phone consultations that led to a collaboration on custom decor for children's rooms. Surrounding children with stimulating rooms is their goal for their murals, painted furniture, faux finishes and room accessories. Information: 924-1101.

Decorating, remodeling kit: Did you know that an entryway should be at least 3 feet, 6 inches wide so you can greet visitors comfortably? Or that when planning a kitchen island, you should allow at least 3 feet, 6 inches to the nearest counter for one person or 4 feet for two people working back to back? Design Works has added a list of critical dimensions and clearances that should be considered in remodeling and planning to its Home Quick Planner, a set of 700 pre-cut, reusable peel-and-stick furniture and architectural symbols at 1/4-inch scale. The list is available at for $25.

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

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