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Book offers tips for comfortable home design

For many of us, decorating can be daunting. Stephen Saint-Onge seeks to take the scariness out of the process in his new book, "No Place Like Home: Tips & Techniques for Real Family-Friendly Home Design" (Wiley Publishing, $19.99).

Saint-Onge is familiar to many through his television appearances and his House Calls With Stephen Saint-Onge column in Better Homes and Gardens magazine. In his book, he inspires his readers with rooms that are warm, approachable and functional and helps them achieve similar results by giving them processes to follow and room makeovers to emulate.

The book is heavy on the how-to. Saint-Onge provides guidance on everything from weekend makeovers to major renovations, pointing out specific elements in each room that readers might incorporate in their own homes.

He sprinkles the book with tips and ideas and helps readers get started on projects by posing questions to help them define their needs and wants.


Fitted sheets

>Q: Where can you buy individual sheets? I have three top sheets but no contour sheets to go with them. All I ever see anymore is sheet sets.

A: Flat or fitted sheets packaged individually are less common than they used to be. Target, Bed Bath & Beyond and larger Macy's stores sell some sheets individually, and you might be able to find a limited selection at off-price retailers such as T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods, Marshalls and Gabriel Bros.

Mail-order sources are another option. The Company Store, L.L. Bean and Lands' End all sell individual sheets. I also found them at a number of online retailers, including,,, and


Outdoor chairs

A Hudson, Ohio, company is using engineered plastic to make Adirondack chairs that are virtually maintenance-free.

The Rocky River Rondack Co. says its chairs are designed for both durability and comfort. The plastic mimics the look of natural wood but never needs to be sanded, stained, painted or sealed.

The chairs can stay outdoors year-round, although they fold to make them easy to store.

The chairs come in white or toffee and sell for $369 plus shipping on the company's website, http://www.rondac

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