See who wins
THE Keys Dream Home ON HGTV
At 9 on Sunday night, the winner of the HGTV Dream Home Giveaway will be announced. Tune in to see who wins the $2.2-million beachfront home of 3,500 square feet in Islamorada, in the Keys. "Wins" is the key word here; most winners can't afford the taxes, so they end up selling their prize rather than living in it. Get an advance peek at what you're missing out on at www.hgtv.com (click on Dream Home).
If just a paper clip or label won't do
Sometimes you need a paper clip. Sometimes you need a label. Sometimes you need both. Clip a packet of papers together with the Clip-rite and write on the tab to label, sort or assign. Flip it over and reuse it. A pack of 24, with a plastic caddy, is $3 at Office Depot.
Stuff a sock in it, or stuff it in a sock
What to do with old or single socks: Slip delicate Christmas ornaments inside them for storage, suggests Lori Baird in Don't Throw It Out: Recycle and Reuse to Make Things Last, a compendium from Yankee magazine. Need more storage for CDs or DVDs? File them in a three-ring binder in album refill pages for 5 by 7 photos.
JCPenney turns fashion up a notch
If the new American Living line of home goods at JCPenney looks a lot like Ralph Lauren merchandise, there's a good reason. The classic pink-and-green madras sheets, faded chintz pillows and chambray curtains were designed by Global Brand Concepts, a division of Polo Ralph Lauren. It's the biggest launch in Penney's history for fashion and home products. The brand includes bedding, bath towels and rugs, and window treatments. Tableware, area rugs, lighting and furniture will be added in the next year. The products are among Penney's most expensive, with price tags of $180 for a 700-thread-count queen four-piece sheet set and $29 for a cotton bath rug that is 17 by 24 inches.
with a twist
Tips from interior designer DD Allen, quoted in O at Home magazine: Try a familiar material in a different way (solid-surface Corian as a cabinet surface in a room other than the kitchen, for example). Hardwood floors aren't necessarily an asset: A bad wood floor "can ruin a room if it looks cheap, has a poor finish or is the wrong color."
Compiled by Times homes and garden editor Judy Stark