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Favorite item of the week

Here's another addition to the category of "Why didn't they have this sort of stuff when we were young?": the denim cube from Pier 1's Cargokids! collection, coming this summer.

The cube, which can be used for piling up books, parking one's posterior or kicking up one's feet, is completely covered in denim. And the design details are adorable: Belt loops, pockets, jean-style stitching.

Available in July, the chubby cube retails at $59.
Design tip

Now that we're getting into the party season again, here's a simple idea for table decorations: Haul out the canning jars, and fill them with fresh flowers.

The classic Mason jar and its association with harvesting fresh berries and fruits make it a perennial summertime symbol, write the editors of Home magazine, in the June issue.

Their advice: "Cluster together jars of various sizes for an offbeat display, and keep the arrangements simple and casual."
It's all a game

Monopoly is making news these days. First, there's the Buffalo Monopoly-theme great room at this year's Decorators' Show House, in which the perimeter of the floor mimics the board game.

Then, there's architect/product designer Michael Graves' newly designed Monopoly game at Target, housed in its own wooden case.

As the Washington Post describes it: "No more kelly green houses and red hotels. As reinvented by Graves, the structures have become considerably more svelte and rendered in his familiar dusty blue and terra cotta palette."

There's a velvet-lined drawer for stashing cash. And the players' tokens are miniature versions of Graves' most popular Target products, including a teapot, toaster, blender and more.

The price for all this fun: $49.99
Tall orders

When even a king-size bed comes up too short for them, here's something new for tall people: the Sleep Number Grand King, from Select Comfort.

Touted as the biggest bed on the market, it measures 4 inches wider and 18 inches longer than a regular 76-by-80-inch king mattress.

That adds up to 30 percent more sleeping area than a traditional king-size mattress, according to the company. Suggested retail is $3,500 to $4,500.

Grand King sheets, mattress pads and comforter are also available; a traditional king headboard can be attached.

For more information, click on Or call 800-535-BEDS.
From the home front

"There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is having lots to do and not doing it."
Mary Little, American writer and illustrator

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