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"People bought 'art on a stick' ini-
tially because it was colorful and fun
and could stick in their gardens," says
Anne Kuffler, gallery owner.
"People are going into much more
complex things like tiles and foun-
tains and sculpture. They are spend-
ing more time in their gardens and
more time at home and so they are
trying to beautify the area they live
In fact, forecasters note that
Americans may be staying closer to
home this year rather than traveling,
in the wake of the events of Sept. 11.
To that end, they may try to make
their homes more vacation-like, says a
March 16 Detroit News article.
To do that, Kathy Levy, owner of
Rated (G) gift shop in Southfield,
advises hanging wind chimes above
the patio or purchasing a birdhouse or
"Animals are very big, as are water-
ing cans and wooden flowers or a dec-
orative thermometer," suggests Levy.
"Sometimes, people decorate more
on the inside of their home for what
other people are going to think," she
notes. "They decorate the outside for
What else is hot this season?
Vintage cotton rugs (www.woodard-
weave.com ), big brass thermometers
(www.conantcustombrass.com ), bird-
houses (www.birdhousebrokerage.com )
and functional containers. Brodsky
recommends decorative cache pots or
ornate, concrete and limestone con-
Yedinak, of Detroit Garden Works,
found glazed French pottery in
"It's got gloss and a sheen rather
than a dull terracotta pot," he notes.
It also has color — blues and yel-
lows and greens. "If you're looking to
intensify color, this is one way to do
it," says Yedinak.
Ultimately, homeowners should
"trust [their] instincts, and go for
things [they] love. Some hot trends
fizzle out quickly."
"I can't express enough why the
outside is important," says Rated (G)'s
Levy. "People want to be back to
nature, feel like they're part of it. You
don't have to have a swimming pool
to be outside." ❑
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