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Space-Age Style

Is it a bird, a plane? No. It’s an indoor air purifier! With a patented advanced ionization process and conventional electrostatic filter techniques, the IonFlow 50 Surface by Lightair is as savvy as it looks. The smallest model of the silent, award-winning Swedish-made appliance, which stands 22 inches tall and weighs almost six pounds, is enough to filter the air in a 540 square-foot room. $299; www.amazon.com

Turquoise Charm

The new Island Blooms beach towel from Vera Bradley’s Resort Collection conjures up dreams of sun and sand, banishing winter doldrums. Interior design fans will enjoy showing off some of the hottest hues for the home—bold chartreuse and turquoise—or perhaps get inspired for a room makeover. Big in color and in size, the ultra-absorbent towel is sure to be a favorite accessory this season. $38; www.verabradley.com

The Next Wave

Oceanside Glasstile has released several new dimensional field tile designs, including Stratus, a set of five curved pieces that create a subtle wave pattern on walls and other surfaces. Available in a range of colors and iridescent, non-irisdescent and matte finishes, the recycled glass tiles form the strong horizontal lines and flowing, organic shapes that are desirable in today’s kitchens and baths. $32-$36 per set depending on finish; available in Atlanta at Traditions in Tile, www.traditionsintile.com

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Read Up

Remodeling can be a great investment in your home, but before you do anything, you need a plan. Enter the new book “Staying Put: Remodel Your House to Get the Home You Want” by Connecticut-based architect Duo Dickinson published by The Taunton Press. In it, readers will find photos and descriptions of more than 60 budget remodeling projects designed for post-recession living delivered with a dose of humor and lots of passion. $12.48; www.tauntonstore.com

Pop of Color

All A Flutter™ Shrub Rose is a new addition to the Southern Living Plant Collection premiering this spring at select retail garden centers across the Southeast. The result of a naming contest on the company’s Facebook page, the sun-tolerant, disease-resistant shrub produces bright pink semi-double blooms and, like other plant varieties in the collection, is designed to thrive in Southern gardens. $21.95; www.southernlivingplants.com

Get the Look

Exotic hardwood is a major trend in decks and porches, but the maintenance can be a hassle. A viable alternative, American-made Gossen WeatherReady Passport decking is made with solid-core cellular PVC, which will not warp or crack and resists fading, mold and stains. The eco-friendly material comes in four rich shades: Tuscan Cherry, London Grey, Spanish Walnut and Moroccan Cedar. $2.35-$3.49 per foot; available in Atlanta at Randall Brothers, Inc., www.randallbrothers.com


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