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Briefs: Tips for bathroom remodeling

What do you make of this rubbish?

Wondering what to do with old corks, expired license tags, old Monopoly deeds, buttons, bottles, dice? Get ready for some arts and crafts for adults with Rubbish! Reuse Your Refuse, by Kate Shoup (Wiley, $19.99). Here are more than 30 projects using stuff that's "at your disposal," the book says. Create a credit card bracelet, a bottle-cap magnet, a lamp shade covered with photo negatives, a belt made from pop-top tabs.

Tips for bathroom remodeling

Dos and don'ts for remodeling a bathroom, courtesy of designers featured in the Washington Post: Oversize whirlpool tubs are increasingly outdated. Consider a deep soaking tub. When it comes to tile, go conservative. Busy patterns or trendy colors will soon look dated. Don't buy a pedestal sink if you lack storage space.

Over-the-top home entertainment

Three megahomes at the Lake Club in Lake Mary, near Orlando, will be open May 10 through June 22 as the Street of Dreams, a showcase of luxury homebuilding. One home has a bowling alley; another, a "lazy river" water feature and a grotto cave; the third, a pub-style game room with five plasma TVs. Prices, furnished: $7.9-million to $9.25-million. Hours, directions:; (407) 829-7871.

One-stop shopping for green living

Today and Sunday, the Pinellas Living Green Expo offers ideas on how to live better, healthier lives with less impact on the planet. More than 100 vendors of products and services — many of them the people you've been trying to find all year! — will be there to offer services ranging from solar heating to "green" remodeling to recyclable building components to organic clothing. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Harborview Center, 300 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Free. Web:

Pop it up

and fill it up

Where could you use this? In the yard and garden, sure; to tote your bottles and cans to the recycling center; to haul out the rubbish when you peel off that old wallcovering; to toss the kids' toys in. The Collapsible Lawn Bag's 55-gallon polyethylene shell stores flat when not in use. You can pop it up to half size or full size. It's $30 at duluth (item #70091).

Compiled by Times homes and garden editor Judy Stark


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