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Current by Susan Martin

A touch of glass

Maybe it’s the summer light, but colored glass bottles seem the perfect decorating accent in warm weather. Picture a few of them lined up on a deep, sunny window sill. Or a collection grouped together on a mantel, with a few filled with summer blooms. Clear bottles can show off stems of leaves from the garden. And blue glass bottles are perfect in a room with white wicker, blue cushions and yellow pillows. Shown here: bottles from Marshalls.

Trims to Treasures

The Interior Design Association of Western New York’s “Trims to Treasures” event is back – in a new location.

The sale of discounted fabrics, accessories, wallpaper, furniture and antiques will take place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Sunday at the Interior Design Resource Center, 1685 Elmwood Ave. at the corner of Great Arrow Avenue.

Part of the proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House. See

Shake, shake, shake

Have you checked out the array of salt and pepper shakers online or in stores these days? Designer Kate Spade dreamed up the Fairmount Park Telephone Salt and Pepper Shakers modeled after a dial desk-top phone (the handle is one shaker, the base, the second). Check them out at or at

Pier 1 Imports offers shakers shaped like red and green bell peppers. Williams-Sonoma goes for miniature salt and pepper shakers shaped like chili peppers in brass with a nickel finish.

And Umbra’s black and white “Buddy” salt and pepper shakers – one male and one female – are another popular option; see

Number, please

Here’s an idea for your front porch: House number pillows. HGTV magazine found an online resource for them:, where 15-inch square burlap or canvas pillows are custom-made to order and personalized with your house number in a choice of paint colors.They sell for $29 each or are available in sets.

And finally ...

“YOU’RE SHOUTING! Use caps sparingly.”

Smartphone etiquette tip from Real Simple magazine, June issue.

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