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A way to disguise a shower drain

 

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California Faucets has a solution for disguising one of the least attractive parts of a shower: the drain.

The company’s StyleDrain Tile is designed to accept an inlay of tile or stone that matches the shower floor, making the drain less noticeable.

The product has a square inner frame that holds the tile or stone. Water flows through a gap between that inner frame and a larger outer frame.

The frames are made of brass and are available in five decorative finishes. Prices range from $397 to $589, depending on the finish.

Find dealers in the “Where to buy” section of www.calfaucets.com — there are several in Palm Beach County.

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Starting Seeds (Storey Publishing, $8.95 in paperback ) is a basic guide to growing plants from seed, whether they’re started indoors or out.

The book takes readers through the process — deciding what to grow, determining when to start the seeds, sowing them, caring for seedlings and, in the case of seeds started indoors, transplanting them to the garden.

Author Barbara Ellis includes lists of easy seeds to start with as well as information and helpful pointers to boost the chances of success.

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