Back in Time

Turn back the clock for the latest trends in furnishings. Drawing inspiration from Europe and the '30s and '40s, the Pottery Barn has updated its look with the opulence of the past.

The subtle design of the '30s is most notable in the Caroline collection, which features pieces with straight lines, upholstered in luxe fabrics, such as velvet.

The armchair ($849) has a padded hardwood frame with deep pillow backs and seats. Piping emphasizes the deep pillows and wide arms.

The Caroline collection, available in two colors--Aubergine purple or Loden green--also includes a sofa ($1,400), a sleeper sofa that unfolds into a queen-size bed ($1,700), love seat ($1,300) and ottoman ($400).

Pottery Barn accessories also take a step back.

The mantel clock, which first appeared in 1750 in France, once was considered a prized possession worthy of a prominent spot on the mantel.

Pottery Barn updated the clock with a brushed pewter-color casing and black face.

The small ($34, 5 1/2 inches by 5 3/8 inches high) and large ($59, 9 1/4 inches by 10 3/4 inches high) clocks both run on one AA battery.

For more information, call (800) 922-5507.

Rock 'n' Ripple

No coins are needed to enjoy these fountains.

Suitable for use indoors and out, these copper fountains, the latest offerings by Maris Taylor Designs, can soothe away the aches and pains of even the most brutal, stress-filled day.

The fountains (starting at $260) are made of copper and slate. The copper fountains have a patina finish; the slate pieces vary from black to green to plum in color, making each unique.

Most of the rocks used in the fountains are from riverbeds in the Seattle area, where Maris Taylor Designs is based, except for the sandstone, which is dug up in an area near Mt. Rainier.

The fountains range from 12 to 15 inches tall, and the widest dish is 16 inches across. The water and driving mechanism are housed in the bottom bowl.

For more information, call (888) 209-2740.

Play It Cool

Now your child's artwork isn't the only thing to stick on the fridge.

Turn your icebox into a playing field with magnetized game boards (about $12) designed for the refrigerator by Something's Up of Lakeside.

"Chess and checkers have been played for centuries; however, our magnetized versions are the first to make play possible on today's focal point of family activity--the refrigerator door," says Ron Schneider, president of Something's Up. "It gives families a chance to interact in a play, and not have to focus conversation only on homework or family business.

"Everyone gets some time to unwind, and food still gets on the table."

For the nearest retailer, call (800) 749-8468.

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