Art Outlet reborn

Need some artwork to add personality to your home? Omforme, an "eclectic modern re-design" shop in Minneapolis, is teaming up with Hennes Art Co. to bring back the Art Outlet originally located on Interstate 394 in Golden Valley. For years, the Art Outlet was a destination spot for those looking for art at great prices. The outlet, operated by Greg Hennes, showcased up to 1,000 pieces of original art, posters, sculptures and more, in every style, genre and medium. The Art Outlet closed in 2010 when the building was sold. But it will be reborn at Omforme between Jan. 19 and 30. Art will be available in many genres and price points, starting at $25.

Omforme is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The store is located at 613 W. 24th St., Minneapolis.


Cozying up for winter

During the cold, dark winter months, there's nothing so wonderful as coming home to a warm, snuggly home that embraces you. It doesn't take much to make your home cozy for winter:

1. Add a snuggly throw. The first thing I do when the mercury ebbs is to toss a few blankets here and there. These quick coverups not only make your book-reading, TV-watching and tea-drinking moments warmer, they also add a gorgeous layer to your decor. Pick throws that add a pop of color.

If you are crafty, try this: Get a yard and a half of fabric that looks great on both sides — like a check or herringbone — hem it, and you have a beautiful throw for a great price.

2. Switch to winter pillows. A simple pillow switcheroo can dramatically change the look of your sofa or chairs. I go through the house unzipping my summer pillow cases, then sticking the bare pillow forms in my winter pillow cases. This is the perfect opportunity to see if your forms need to be replaced and to get your pillow cases to the cleaners so they are fresh and ready to store until the weather warms up again.

Menswear fabrics, with their woolly heft, rich colors and touchable texture, add just the right feel to a room you want to warm up.

If you are having custom pillows made, give them distinct personality with interesting details, like contrasting trim and buttons.

3. Add the warm glow of a candle. Everyone and everything looks better drenched in candlelight. During the winter, I fill my home with candles to give it a warm, welcoming feel. For safety reasons, I now use battery-operated candles. The fakes have gotten so good it's often hard to tell them apart from live flames at a distance. Many battery-operated candles come with a timer or even remote controls so you don't have to go about lighting candles.

MARY CAROL GARRITY, Tribune News Service