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Home&Real Estate Home Front FLORAL DESIGN ... Wendy Morck, a graduate of Filoli’s Home Design Program and an exhibitor at “Bouquets to Art,”, will offer a class on “Branches, Buds and Blossoms” from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, at Filoli, 86 Cañada Road, Woodside. Her class will deal with how to cut, condition, arrange and display flowers. Cost is $80 for nonmembers, $65 for members, including all materials. Information: 650-3648300 or HEALTHY PLANTS ... Ann Northrup, who teaches horticultural classes at Foothill College and is a volunteer in the UCCE Master Gardener program in Santa Clara County, will teach a class on “A Common Sense Approach to Healthy Plants” from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 24. The class will be held in the Carriage House at Gamble Garden, 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. Northrup will talk about preventing problems, as well as dealing with ailing plants. Cost is $35 for nonmembers, $25 for members. Information: 650329-1356 or www.gamblegarden. org ORGANIC VEGGIES ... Jody Main, food and garden writer and educator, will teach an “Introduction to Organic Vegetable Gardening” from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 24, at Common Ground Education Center, 559 College Ave., Palo Alto. Main will talk about compost, mulch, fertilizer, bed preparation, companion planting, crop rotation, cover crops, pest control and more. Cost is $31, including handouts. Information: 650-493-6072 or www. SIMPLE TASSELS ... Nancy Welch, the author of three books on tassels, will offer a workshop on making simple tassels and ropes from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 24, at the FabMo annex, 2423 Old Middlefield Way, Mountain View. Participants should bring scissors and yarn to make three tassels; yarn will also be for sale in class. Cost is $35. Information: SPECIAL BRUNCH ... Yannette Fichou Edwards will teach how to create a “Unique Breakfast/Brunch in No Time at All!” from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27. Featured recipes include lemonscented poppy seed muffins with a lemon glaze, fettuccini frittata with prosciutto, a smoked salmon hash with scallions and capers, and granola. The class, which includes demonstration, cooking and sampling, will be held in Room 103, Palo Alto High School, 50 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto. Cost is $50. Information: 650-329-3752 or (continued on page 40) OPEN HOME GUIDE 52 Also online at I f you only have time to visit one of the four houses on the Charming Cottages of Palo Alto tour this month, don’t miss the home of Debbie Miller and Carol Nast. What started as a 1928 Mediterranean home with rich cocobolo wide-plank flooring, outward-opening casement windows and dark-beamed ceilings, has been enhanced through a several-year remodeling project into a stunning home. “We tried to keep the classic character of the house,” Miller said, pointing to the rough-hewn front door and newly refinished floors. “I thought the house was beautiful, but nothing was done.” Miller has lived there since 1989, but she and Nast didn’t start the renovation until 2008. Three different designs were drawn up before they settled on architect Robert Goldspink of Aptos and contractor Harrell Remodeling of Mountain View. Much of the front remains the same, embellished by ironwork designed by Jolee Horne, a landscape designer in Mountain View. Horne designed (and HandCrafted Metals of Redwood City made) everything from the wisteria-adorned arched trellis in the front yard to the living-room fireplace screen, lamps, gate, the courtyard hearth and embellishment around a fountain. Working with interior designer Olivia Boston, of Olivia’s Order, San Francisco, Miller and Nast created a home that’s thematically unified by color and style throughout. “They wanted a Tuscan, Old World look,” Boston said. That look is seen in the scrolled pattern in one wallpapered wall behind the bed in a downstairs bedroom, coordinated with matching fabric in the bed skirt. The twists and leaves reappear in much of the ironwork, or bathroom faucets, or shower tiles. Colors segue from the russet living room through the Dijon dining room to the chamois master-bedroom suite. Coordinated flooring begins with the dark, tropical cocobolo in the entry and living room, moving into tile that resembles reclaimed brick in the kitchen and breakfast room. Spaces are captured in intriguing ways: One-third of a closet was incorporated in an enlarged bathroom, which includes tile that closely resembles wood. What was once the entry to the kitchen is now a larder, complete with custom cabinetry by Segale Bros. with faux-front bins (that appear to contain pasta (continued on page 39) Above: The living room features a large fireplace and a chandelier found in a Chicago hotel ballroom. Right: A decorative inlaid marble backsplash is a distinctive feature in the kitchen; note the brick-detailed larder at the left. by Carol Blitzer | photographs by Veronica Weber HONORING THE OLD, NEW MAKING WAY FOR THE Mills College home tour offers glimpses into fixed-up homes in Palo Alto *>œÊÌœÊ7iiŽÞÊUÊ>ÀV…ÊÓÎ]ÊÓä£ÓÊU Page 37

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