Martha Stewart, Bob Vila and Lynette Jennings aren't the only home and garden experts on the street.
The newest neighbor in the 'hood is Home & Garden Television (HGTV), a cable station devoted to making the most of your home and garden.
HGTV features creative ideas, helpful hints, tips and tricks of the trade on everything from building a porch to planning a party and remodeling the kitchen. In addition, the station airs tours of the homes of some of America's most popular entertainers.
For instance, on Sunday at 2 p.m., "At Home With Carol Burnett" takes viewers on a tour of the comedian's four-acre retreat in Santa Fe, N.M. The house, which is 7,500 square feet and has a 360-degree view of the mountains from the media room, is built in the open adobe style that is native to the area.
Among some of the regular shows on HGTV: "Before & After," which takes a look at a remodeling project from start to finish; "Extreme Homes," which showcases one-of-a-kind houses, such as a renovated gas station, bowling alley and railroad caboose; "Surprise Gardener," which features a team of landscaping and garden professionals who perform a yard make-over in every episode; and "Decorating Cents," a series that shows how to transform your home with little money and lots of creativity.
Check your local listings for channels and program times.
On the Mark
When you want to make a point, choose Cartier's newest writing instrument, the Diabolo pen collection, which is luxurious and functional.
The pen is unique because it is large yet light and sturdy for optimal ergonomic comfort when holding it. The pen's internal design and screw-on cap help to prevent leaks even under the most demanding circumstances.
The pen ($165-$265) is also distinguished by its markings: the Cartier "C" logo on the clip, three consecutive gold rings accenting the cap and the jeweler's signature, the blue cabochon.
The Diabolo pen is available in fountain, ball point, roller ball and pencil versions at the Cartier boutique at South Coast Plaza, Costa Mesa, or by calling (800) 227-8437.
Wrap yourself in warmth with the Cozy Cuddler, a down comforter that not only envelops you from head to toe but also opens for use on your bed.
The Cozy Cuddler zips up the front and secures with Velcro closures, so you can move your hands and arms freely.
The twin-size cover, which has a 232-thread count, has 24 ounces of 500-550 fill power European down. It is available in navy, ivory, liberty blue, rouge, alpine and straw.
The machine-washable Cozy Cuddler ($99), can be ordered through the Company Store catalog: (800) 285-3696.