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September 16, 2001

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Collapsible cans help in a crunch

Here's a storage idea for homes with a space crunch: Umbra's new Crunch Cans.

Crunch Cans are plastic-lined, cotton-canvas cans that stand upright on their own to make filling easier, then collapse for storage. They come in three sizes 14, 17 and 25 inches tall. The large can has handles, which makes it useful as a hamper.

The smallest Crunch Can also is available in rubber.

Suggested retail prices for the cans range from $8 to $15. They are available at www.umbra.com/.

Designer's book helps finesse your style

You've got style. You just don't know what it is.

"What Goes With What" can help you figure it out.

The book, written by interior designer Lauren Smith, is a decorating handbook that covers such basics as furniture styles, arrangements and color. The book starts with a quiz to help you determine whether your style is formal, semiformal or informal, then gives an overview of the types of furniture that fit your style and information to help translate your preferences into a decorating scheme that suits you.

The book guides readers on developing a color scheme and contains basic information on fabrics, paint, wallpaper, floor coverings, window treatments and accessories. Smith even includes money-saving ideas for decorators on tight budgets.

"What Goes With What" is published by Capital Books Inc. and sells for $17.95.

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