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Spoil 'em rotten

Indulgent parents and grandparents don't need to look far to gear up kids for summer. Kid-size chaise lounges, Adirondack chairs, picnic tables and even lemonade stands give little ones their own place in the sun this season.

But that's not all.

Stores and catalogs are showing all sorts of gardening tools for kids -- right down to scaled-down knee pads and gardening gloves. Whimsical beach towels and metal pails can be personalized with a child's name.

And the L.L. Bean Home summer catalog even offers tableware featuring not only the child's name but also a picture of a boy or girl with the same hair and skin color as your own little darling.

There's even an ice cream bowl. Sweet.

Design tip

Here is a decorating idea from Martha Stewart Living magazine: If you have a plate with a beautiful border, you can turn it into a mirror.

Here's how, according to the April issue: Measure the diameter inside the rim of the plate or saucer you wish to use. Buy a bevel-edged mirror that is that size or slightly smaller from a crafts store. Attach the mirror with an epoxy glue.

Finally, hang the plate on the wall with a plate hanger or prop it on a stand. You can also use a mirrored saucer to hold jewelry or other small items.

Decorators' Show House

It's almost time for the 13th Decorators' Show House to open its doors. This year's show house, the Century House at 100 Lincoln Parkway, runs April 30 to May 22. The three-story show house plus carriage house features the work of local decorators, designers, artists, landscapers, shop-owners, craftsmen and more.

Decorators' Show House is a major community fund-raiser co-sponsored by the Junior League of Buffalo and The Buffalo News.

Tickets are $12, advance sale (through April 29); $15 at the door. Tickets are available at Junior League headquarters, 45 Elmwood Ave.; the Junior League's Perennial Favorites shop, 498 Elmwood Ave.; through Junior League members, and online at Area Wegmans have advance tickets for $13.

Reflect on this

Mirrors are, in fact, making decorating news. And not just the kind you hang on the wall.

Mirrored furniture and accessories are brightening the home furnishings world -- and adding silver screen glamour to interiors.

"Flip through a Horchow catalog and you'll spot more than a dozen examples of mirrored furniture: nesting tables, a console, an armoire, a bench, pedestals and a bed. And superstar California designer Barbara Barry created a line of luxury mirrored bathroom surroundings for Kallista, including a wastebasket and tub," reports Knight Ridder Newspapers.

Mirrored picture frames, mirrored room panels and mirrored chests are other options.

And finally . . .

"At my table I set a place for surprise. I serve opinion and sometimes fact. I simmer good conversation."
From an advertisement for Electrolux appliances