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DESIGN NOTES

All things orange

The home furnishings world wants to remind us that pumpkins aren't the only things orange around here. The Halloween hue is popular for the home, too.

Pumpkin wool pillows from Pottery Barn. Orange Sky comforters from L.L. Bean. Pumpkin Cream paint from Benjamin Moore.

And there is more. Rowe Furniture highlights the following orange looks from its collection: a tangerine slipcovered sofa; an armless sofa from its Mini Mod collection in 1960s orange and aqua stripes; an orange cube ottoman; smaller-scale sofas in burnt or light orange . . .

And to complement it all: How about a black patent leather ottoman?

Design tip

Here's a pumpkin-carving tip from Family Fun magazine: Draw your design on the pumpkin with a water-based marker. Mistakes can be erased easily with a damp sponge.

Top drawer advice

Granite counter tops and stainless-steel appliances are nice, but a really workable kitchen needs only one thing: organization, according to the Washington Post.

Here are some of the ideas on where to put what, as reported by the Post:

Everyday dishes, silverware and glasses by the dishwasher.

Plastic food-storage containers between sink and refrigerator.

Vertical dividers in cabinet above wall oven or refrigerator for baking pans, cookie sheets, cooling racks, pot lids.

Baskets and other lightweight items used less frequently in the highest cabinets.

Paper towel holder mounted inside the cabinet door under the sink. A hook for the dish towel works well here, too, along with trash bags, sponges and dish soap.

Pot holders near the range.

Pull-out cabinet for garbage and recycling next to the sink (or store recyclables near back door or in the garage).

Spices, salts, oils and vinegars by the range/cook top.

Cutting boards in a cabinet underneath or near the cook top; vertical dividers are handy.

Coffeepot on counter near sink, with filters, sugar and mugs stored nearby.

Small appliances (hand blender, juicer, mixer) are best stored in a cabinet, not out on the counter.

Coming soon

It was only a matter of time, really. Isaac Mizrahi, whose clothing line has proved to be one of Target's biggest hits, will unveil his own line of home furnishings next March, reports the Washington Post.

Lighting, furniture, bedding, and bath and tabletop accessories are just some of the items that will be sold under the newly expanded Isaac Mizrahi for Target label.

He joins architect Michael Graves and Swell designers Cynthia Rowley and Ilene Rosenzweig in designing hip yet cheap products for the retail chain.

And finally . . .

"I've concluded that there would be less need to add on to our houses if we knew how to arrange the stuff we own." -- Alan J. Heavens, Knight Ridder Newspapers

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