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Five Uses For…

This antique rack of glass jars, called a caramelera, came from a candy store in Argentina. Architectural Artifacts almost always stocks them, in a range of sizes. What could you do with one in your home? We asked some experts for ideas

The Great Cover-Up

Everywhere we look these days, there’s something pleasant under glass. Keep cupcakes fresh with a large Barreveld glass cloche and a Mosser Glass cake plate. Cloche, $65, and plate, $85, at P.O.S.H., 613 N. State St. An antique wood spool becomes a cheese server when topped with a small cloche, $49, at Le Magasin, 408 … Read more

Play's the Thing

Produced by Arden Nelson Storing data has never been this much fun: LaCie’s stackable, Lego-like Brick desktop hard drives, $229.99, at www.bestbuy.com. Matthias Gumm’s Hombroich series of microwavable and dishwasher-safe porcelain bowls by Blohmgumm, $15 to $159, at Luminaire, 301 W. Superior St. With their metal frames covered in fabric or leather, Patricia Urquiola’s Glove … Read more

Q. I sometimes see cracked and stained claw-foot bathtubs at salvage shops. How big a deal is it to get one looking like new?

Q. I sometimes see cracked and stained claw-foot bathtubs at salvage shops. How big a deal is it to get one looking like new?A. Restoration is a semi-big deal but can be worth it if you love your tub, says Brian Schacht, who operates Advanced Refinishing (877-562-8468; www.advancedrefinishing.com), a nationwide tub restoration business, out of … Read more