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Animals serve as muse for decorations

May 22, 2008 | 11:18 am
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Had your share of brightly colored floral designs for summer entertaining?
In today's Home section, David A. Keeps explains that animal motifs make plastic look fantastic:
Case in point: This laser-cut, doily-edged laminated wood tray, $175, by the French firm IBride is one of several Victorian-meets-surrealism designs featuring lifelike birds in Elizabethan finery. It is paired with a shatter-resistant espresso cup and saucer from Italy, $10.
There's also a Boston terrier four-piece set of plates by Pop Ink (not shown). The tray, dishes, cup and saucer are available at Show, 1722 N. Vermont Ave., L.A.; (323) 644-1960, www.showlifestyle.com. The clear acrylic, 5-inch-high, LED light chandelier, above, operates on AAA batteries and can be grouped to create mood lighting, $19 each, www.kikkerlandshop.com (enter "chandelier" in the search field).
-- Francisco Vara-Orta
Photo: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

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