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Local quilter on HGTV

Published Sep. 26, 2005

Fiber artist Suzanne R. Neusner of St. Petersburg will be featured on Home & Garden Television at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday on the program Simply Quilts, showing the quilting and applique techniques she uses in making Jewish ritual objects. The call from HGTV "was like a call from heaven," said Mrs. Neusner, who taped the 30-minute program last April. She will show quilts that use Judaic images; a huppah, the Jewish marriage canopy; and a Passover matzoh cover. Mrs. Neusner's work can also be seen at her Web site,

The Spartan La-Z-Boy

This is it, the original La-Z-Boy recliner. The wood-slat, folding chair was invented in 1928, designed for "nature's way of relaxing," following the body's contours both sitting up and leaning back. An upholstered version, introduced a year later, was the forerunner of the living-room sprawler we know today. You can recline in authentic reproductions of the original recliner, made of beech with brass-plated hardware and a numbered plate verifying that it's part of a limited edition. It's $399 at La-Z-Boy retailers.

Housing trends

Ten trends to watch in housing, from Gopal Ahluwalia, chief of research for the National Association of Home Builders:

+ Exteriors will stay the same; the changes will be on the inside.

+ The number of two-story homes will continue to grow; it has risen from 17 percent of new homes in 1971 to 52 percent last year.

+ The size of new homes is about to max out, at between 2,250 and 2,300 square feet, up from an average of 2,225 square feet last year. "We're near saturation," Ahluwalia said, noting that family size has dropped 30 percent in the last 30 years while house size has increased 50 percent.

+ Lot size will drop from around 10,000 square feet to 9,000.

+ Three baths will become standard. Look for separate toilets, separate showers, his and hers bathrooms.

+ Kitchens will become the focal points, for both convenience and luxury.

+ Storage will be key.

+ Higher ceilings, 9 feet or more, will be standard.

+ Zoned controls for heating and cooling will grow in popularity.

+ Watch for an increased use of technology, and just behind it, a strong move toward "healthy houses" that pay attention to indoor air quality and use of natural and non-allergenic products.

_ Compiled by Homes editor JUDY STARK