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INSIDE: N Classified Marketplace, page 50 N Puzzles, page 51 Home Front THE DIRT ON DIRT ... Theresa Lyngso, who grew up in the family business Lyngso Garden Materials, Inc. and has been brewing actively aerated compost tea for six years, will talk about the “Soil Foodweb” on Saturday, Oct. 30, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. The class will deal with increasing and nurturing aerobic organisms that make fertile soil. Cost is $31. Information: 650-493-6072 or or (continued on page 40) lin e at w w w .P al o Al to On lin e. co m HOLIDAYS Preparing one’s home can be as simple as a seasonal wardrobe change Switching to warmers tones, such as this red area rug and chair, above, makes the house cosier during the cooler months. Left, Tables can be dressed up with ribbons and bows. by Carol Blitzer mall changes can make a huge difference when creating a warm, welcoming look in the pre-holiday season. So say local interior designers, who agree that a little paint can go a long way in freshening up a home. But, before one starts, it’s always a good idea to clear away the clutter, junk mail and odd paperwork, Mary Pat Killoran-Rondthaler, of Feathered Nest Design, Redwood City, said. Then she’d create a welcoming entry, beginning with a fresh sweep, a new mat and a basket filled with logs, pinecones and oranges. “I will use three or five pots spray-painted, with greenery added,” she said. Next she suggests a front hallway bench, along with a low basket, to help guests shed shoes. Jeanette Loretz, of J L Designs & Interiors, Los Altos, and president-elect of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) for 2011, favors a quick coat of paint: “It’s fast and it makes a dramatic difference.” Warmer shades — say, red and orange for autumn — can be introduced by painting one wall of the living or dining room, then complementing the tone with a runner and napkins of the same color, suggested Deborah Marks, Los Altos interior designer. Or, switch the drapery tiebacks, or even the soup plates, to match. Accessories could include a tall floor vase with sunflowers or autumn leaves, colorful candles on the mantelpiece or even an interesting art book with photographs of fall trees on the coffee table, she added. Warmer tones can be used in kitchens and bathrooms as well, with bathroom towels or floor rugs changed. “A nice flower arrangement with orange and reds would be welcome,” Marks said. Another paint option is to use tape to mark off a geometric design on the wall, making a trellis design or mimicking a chair rail or molding, sug- S (continued on page 39) Deborah Marks GARDEN MAINTENANCE ... Ella Ancheta, Gamble Garden’s garden manager, will talk about “Fall and Winter Garden Maintenance” on on DRESSING UP for the Deborah Marks HOLIDAY FOODS ... Cindy Roberts will teach how to cook “The Ultimate Thanksgiving” on Monday, Nov. 1, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Yannette Fichou Edwards will offer a class on preparing an “Elegant Holiday Dinner” on Tuesday, Nov. 2, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Thanksgiving class will offer both traditional and contemporary recipes, including No-Fail Stuffing, Shiitake Mushroom Gravy and Mashed Potatoes with chilis and jack cheese. The holiday dinner features dishes that can be prepared ahead, including Dates Stuffed with Smoked Almonds and Bacon, Potatoes Parisienne and white chocolate Coeur a la Creme. Both classes, which are held in Room 103 at Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, and cost $50, include demonstration, participation and sampling. Information: 650-329-3752 or so Deborah Marks TREASURE HUNTING ... FabMo will hold its next free designer fabric distribution on Friday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2423 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. Appointments are required, to keep the chaos down, but tables are restocked regularly. Information (or to request an appointment): Al E M 46 HO GE EN PA OP IDE, GU HOME & REAL ESTATE PA L O A LT O W E E K LY Orange placemats and an arrangement of pumpkins dress up the table for the season. *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ"V̜LiÀÊә]ÊÓä£äÊU Page 37

Palo Alto Weekly 10.29.2010 - Section 2

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