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With a flair for the dramatic

March 08, 2007|David A. Keeps | Times Staff Writer

SOME actresses wait tables; Ames Ingham helped restore them. After supporting her thespian endeavors with gigs working for Hollyhock's Suzanne Rheinstein and interior designer Joe Nye, Ingham now brings a sophisticated theatricality to her own home decor studio. Much of the inventory is 20th century vintage and antiques redone in knock-'em-dead fabrics to create what she calls "a modern mix of age, history, coziness and drama." Her own designs include high-glamour lamps made from ceramic Asian tea jars ($3,200 per pair), a four-panel dressing room screen covered in chinoiserie fabric by Manuel Canovas ($3,800), custom pillows (from $250) and her Ingham hall lantern, a simple yet elegant wrought-iron and glass box on a French chain ($2,400). Ames Ingham, 8246 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood; (323) 782-0905; www.amesingham.com.

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AUCTION

A cache of Craftsman gems

Considered one of the finest examples of shingle-style architecture, the 1901 Vancroft estate in West Virginia also was notable for its wealth of American Indian and folk art collections and Craftsman furniture. The living room and dining room, shown here in a period photograph, featured production pieces and custom commissions by Gustav Stickley "in his prime experimental period," says David Rago, who will put 35 lots from the historic home up for bid (in person and online) at this weekend's Craftsman auction at Rago Arts in Lambertsville, N.J. Among the rarities: a Stickley dinner gong (Lot 38, estimated to sell for $8,500 to $12,500). The sale also includes Roycroft metalwork, Tiffany and Handel lamps and a large cache of ceramics by Rookwood and George Ohr. To view the catalog or place a bid: www.ragoarts.com.

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FINDS

Around the world in 24 hours

Daylight saving time arrives Sunday, but there's no need to lose sleep. The KnoWhere clocks from Artecnica, the Los Angeles architecture and product design firm, are marked in 24-hour increments and have multiple hands to denote time around the globe. The clock hands of the blue-faced Cosmos model ($82), top, come in the form of architectural landmarks: the Statue of Liberty, Eiffel Tower, Transamerica Building, Tokyo Tower and Rio de Janeiro's statue of Christ the Redeemer. Designed by Peter Stathis and Susanna Dulkinys, the One World model ($82) looks like a re-imagined airport clock with hands keeping time in L.A., New York, Paris, Tokyo and Sydney. www.modernpoverty.com.

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SAVE

Clean lines, cool prices

In the five years since they opened the modern showroom Silho, Michelle Wayson and Jason Martin have built a strong collection of their own clean-lined furniture designs. This weekend, a sample sale of upholstered and wood pieces from the Silho line will include the Easton chair ($815) and ottoman ($337.50) shown here, both reflecting a 50% discount. Colorful New Zealand wool rugs and Nakashima-style wooden benches are also half off, and a skirted console and dining/desk chairs are marked down 75%. Accessories, selected artworks including antique book prints and selected lighting are 25% off. 142 N. La Brea Ave., L.A.; (323) 935-9955;www.silhofurniture.com.

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