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Plantation house offers top products at affordable prices

November 13, 2003

GREER WYLDER

At the Plantation House, find an eclectic blend of home furnishings

that are quality and an exceptional value.

Owner Pauline Doherty selects everything mostly in Los Angeles.

She says with the incredible vendors, there isn't a need to buy out

of the country. Doherty also designs vignettes, creates eye-catching

window displays, and even offers interior design. Her husband, Carter

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Brown, make all the custom furniture.

They can custom design any piece: built-in cabinets, tables,

benches, beds and more -- mostly from high-quality alder. Exotic

hardwoods are available, too. The showroom has a British

Colonial-look, with Asian-fused accent pieces. A sofa line is also

available, with high-quality fabrics to choose from.

The Plantation House is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to

Friday; and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. It's at 1686 Tustin Ave.

in Costa Mesa. Call (949) 646-5440.

SILK TRADERS

At the Silk Trading Co., select from luxury textiles,

ready-to-wear drapery, paint and home furnishings. Co-owners Warren

and Andrea Kay opened their first L.A. location 10 years ago. Now,

the company boasts more than 20 design showrooms throughout the

country. Its innovative "drapery out of a box" is a top seller for

instant decorating gratification. Drapes come in two sizes, fitting

most windows. The design house features more than exclusive fabrics

-- including cottons, linens, textured silks, wools and detailed

embroidery -- in colors subtle to vibrant. Prices vary from $16 to

$200 per yard. Also, find a complimentary furniture collection that

suits sophisticated rooms, sleek interiors and urban lofts. Product

lines include an organic-based interior paint for a "plaster look";

custom hardware; pillows and handbags. In-house design consultants

can help with custom reupholstery, drapery and more. The Silk Trading

Co. is at South Coast Plaza, level one of the Crate & Barrel/Macy's

Home Store wing. Call (714) 689-3004 or visit

http://www.silktrading.com.

SPORTSWEAR AND DENIM

The first Indigo Palms Denim Company store, a division of Tommy

Bahama, showcases its collection of sophisticated, sportswear and

casual denim for men. Select from trousers, shorts, shirts and jacket

in luxury fabrics -- cashmere, silk, linen and suede -- that work

well with denim. Blending the two collections is the company's

signature look. Also, select pieces from the women's Indigo Palms

collection feature three choices in denim fits, luxury knits, suede

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