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Found: stuff you need

If you're remodeling or renovating a house, frustration can set in when you can't find the hardware you want. Before you despair, check out The Renovator's Supply catalog. From decorated wall plates to architectural elements to weather vanes, the bimonthly catalog offers an armchair source for remodeling accessories. For a free catalog, write to: The Renovator's Supply, Millers Falls, Mass. 01349, or call (413) 659-2211.Set your designs on this

The Architectural Design Center, 2601 Ulmerton Road E, Suite 106 B, Largo, offers extensive literature, information and displays of construction and remodeling products. In addition, listings on contractors, architects, designers and installers are available. An exhibit of window and door products will be on display for the public Friday and Saturday. Admission is free. The library and regular product displays are open to the public from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call the center at 535-0541.

Do it with style

While we're on the subject of remodeling, if you want to do it yourself and need both ideas and instructions, Terence Conran, designer and home-style expert, has written three books for different rooms of the house that show you how to plan and build projects. Terence Conran's Do-It-Yourself With Style Original Designs for Bathrooms and Bedrooms, Terence Conran's Do-It-Yourself With Style Original Designs for Kitchens and Dining Rooms and Terence Conran's Do-It-Yourself With Style Original Designs for Living Rooms and Work Spaces (Fireside, $14.95 each, paperback) are full of illustrations and color photographs and easy-to-follow instructions.

Understanding the dotted line

The Suncoast Community Associations Institute will offer a free seminar for homeowners on contracts from 4-6 p.m. Thursday at the institute's office, 6161 M.

L. King (Ninth) St. N, Suite 101, St. Petersburg. Reservations are required. For information or to reserve a space, call Jess McBride at 521-3054 in St. Petersburg.

Oriental orientation

There's a lot more to Oriental rugs than just a place to put your feet. You can find out about them through a new PBS series, Art Underfoot: Living With Oriental Rugs. It debuts at 3:30 p.m. Friday on WUSF-Ch. 16. John Kurtz, artist, historian, collector and owner of an Oriental rug gallery in Wilmington, Del., will discuss the artistic, historic, cultural and financial value of Oriental rugs.

Energize yourself

A useful number to note is the toll-free energy hotline operated by Conservation and Renewable Energy Inquiry and Referral Service (CAREIRS). The service, under contract with the U.S. Department of Energy, provides information on solar and consumer energy conversation topics, ranging from insulation to windows to landscaping. The number is (800) 523-2929; or write to: CAREIRS, P.O. Box 8900, Silver Spring, Md. 20907.

_ Compiled by NANCY PARADIS