Talk about your fashionable footwear! These surgical booties are everywhere this spring _ at the Florida Orchestra designer show house in St. Petersburg, at last weekend's house tour on Anna Maria Island, even at the model homes at Disney's "new town" of Celebration near the Magic Kingdom. Visitors slip the elasticized fabric booties on over their shoes to protect the floors. "We've been using them a couple of years now," show house co-chair Paula Park said, to preserve rugs and floors in the borrowed show homes. "Maybe two people a day will say something," but once she explains why the booties are necessary, "they'll put them on." The owners of the Tampa home that will be the orchestra show house there next month visited the St. Petersburg show house, Park said, and the wife, upon being issued a pair of booties, announced: "I'm going to insist they do this at my house." And so they will, when the Tampa home opens April 5. Meanwhile, if you just can't wait to put your best foot forward in these stylish slippers, one surgical supply house said the booties are available in boxes of 50 pairs and cost 13 cents per foot.
. . . And shake a leg
Today's the final day of the Florida Orchestra Guild/St. Petersburg show house at 2024 Coffee Pot Blvd. NE in St. Petersburg. You have from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to view the rooms and scoop up interior designers' ideas. Tickets are $10; more information call 821-7145. Meanwhile, for a preview of the details that add up to something special, such this tassel , turn to Page 5D.
Parade was a traffic jam
They ran out of business cards. They ran out of fliers. They ended the day so hoarse from talking they could barely speak. Pinellas remodelers were a happy bunch after the Remodelers Parade of Homes last Sunday. Most of the participants reported 400 to 500 visitors at their homes. About 1,000 people turned out to inspect one house that was open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. "We had people who were doing the loop; they'd been to every one," said Daniel E. Ashline, the parade chair. The turnout "blew away everyone," said Ashline, who ran out of handouts and had to send out for more for the 300 people who visited his remodeling project in Pass-a-Grille. The clear message: There's strong consumer interest in remodeling (or at least in rubbernecking at other people's homes). The remodelers are already talking about doing it again.
Point and click
The TV and VCR, the ceiling fan, the garage door . . . now here's something else controlled by a remote: window shades. Hunter Douglas is introducing the Duette PowerRise for its Duette honeycomb shades. Just hit the button and the shade raises or lowers. It eliminates those dangling cords, which can be a safety hazard for kids, and makes it easier to adjust heavy or out-of-the-way shades. The PowerRise has a built-in mechanism that stops the shade if it touches an object (a child, pet or toy, for example), and can be preset to stop the shade in the same place each time it's raised or lowered. Cost: 20 to 30 percent more than a manual Duette shade. (A 4- by5-foot manual shade with ]-inch fabric costs $408 suggested retail; shade and motorization with remote cost $657.) For more information contact Hunter Douglas at (800) 327-8953.
Small world after all
Check out this mini-Parade of Homes. Three fully detailed playhouses, constructed by three area builders _ Lennar Homes, H.
D. Construction and Ronald Underwood Homes _ go on display Sunday at Clearwater Mall. Visitors can buy $1 raffle tickets in hopes of winning one of the playhouses, which will be on view through April 19. Ticket proceeds benefit the dePaul School for Dyslexia in Clearwater and the scholarship program of the Contractors & Builders Association of Pinellas County.
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_ Compiled by Homes Editor JUDY STARK