Tins give mints a new air
Left your toothbrush at home and worried about insulting your client with coffee breath? Not to worry. It's almost certain someone in the office will come to your rescue with a mint. And not just any mint a strong, expensive one in a beautifully designed tin.
The National Confectioners Assn., in McLean, Va., reports that annual mint sales grew from $378 million in 1995 to $557 million in the most recent period.
Those who pay attention to aesthetics say the tins are irresistible, too.
"Tins are so pretty. They're designed to walk around with," said Lisbeth Echeandia , publisher of Confectioner Magazine, a trade publication out of Northbrook, Ill.
Tinned mints are easy to share, she added. "A nice hygienic package makes it easier to offer a mint to somebody else. You don't get fuzzy mints like you do at the bottom of your purse when they're in nice packaging."
Paint the town
A historic Lawrence home is featured for its fine finishes in a national decorating magazine.
The Ludington-Thacher house, owned by Dr. Terry and Elaine Riordan, 1613 Tenn., was remodeled as part of the 1999 Designer Showhouse fund-raising event for Cottonwood Inc. The Victorian dining room was what caught the eye of Better Homes and Gardens Paint Decor magazine.
The dining room, designed by Markie Bieri, featured unusual finishes on the furniture to provide an aged look as well as ruby red walls and painted flourishes in a corner.
Design idea takes flight
Moviegoers usually frequent the theater to escape reality, while directors and set designers work to create a sense of realism in their films. Wall murals, a recent home-decorating trend, are bringing the two factions closer together.
Environmental Graphics of Hopkins, Minn., produces photographic and painted images that assist art directors in set creation through full-size wall murals. The summer movie "Space Cowboys" featured three of the company's murals.
The realistic backdrops, which cost about $100 each, are now showing up on the home decorating circuit. The company has more than 20 different designs that include a world map, a lunar "Earthrise" and the space shuttle in orbit. For dealer information call (888) 205-3441.