New book has colorful subjectHas anyone ever explained...


May 03, 1992|By Karol V. Menzie

New book has colorful subject

Has anyone ever explained color to you? How it really works and how you can make it work for you? For instance, the fact that the brain can distinguish an estimated 7 million different colors?

Donald Kaufman and Taffy Dahl tell all that and more in "Color: Natural Palettes for Painted Rooms," a new book from Clarkson Potter (1992, $50). Mr. Kaufman is a noted artist and architectural color consultant. He and Ms. Dahl, his wife and partner, believe that color should echo its surroundings, and they often work with objects from nature -- pebbles, bark, twigs -- to create a palette for a particular space. Topics include "Expressing the Architecture," "Working with Strong Trim," and "Integrating Nature." Each has a wealth of information on why certain colors were chosen and how they function in light and space. Photos by Tina Freeman capture nuances remarkably. The result, you might say, is enlightening.

@ Visitors say Baltimore's rowhouses all look alike. Residents of the city take them for granted.

But Dean Krimmel, curator of local history at the Baltimore City Life Museum, says there is a fascinating history surrounding the evolution of rowhouses -- from the different eras and the &L materials used to build them (including Formstone), to the various characteristics and scales of the homes, to the survival of these neighborhoods.

If you're new to the area or just curious about the street you live on, "Those Old Placid Rows" bus tour may give new insight into Baltimore as a growing city.

Sponsored by the Baltimore City Life Museum, the $20 tour is in its 10th year. Participants can learn the history of more than 10 neighborhoods, including Federal Hill, Union Square, Bolton Hill, Reservoir Hill, Patterson Park and Ednor Gardens.

Join Mr. Krimmel from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Tours depart from the Carroll Mansion, 800 E. Lombard St. Lunch is on your own at Lexington Market. Reservations required: Call (410) 396-3279 or (410) 396-4545.


Jill L. Kubatko When Anna Jarvis lobbied congress to honor her mother and America's mothers on a special day, little did she know that she would help create one of the most popular holidays for giving flowers. Ms. Jarvis asked that it be "a day to remember your mother with gifts and flowers." On May 9, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson signed Mother's Day into law.

One floral company has introduced an alternative to sending flowers to Mom in far-off places through a middle man or broker, a system that can leave the buyer feeling helpless about what Mom is going to end up with. Flowers Direct, which debuted in early December, lets you speak directly to a florist near the recipient.

With the Flowers Direct system, a customer who wishes to send an out-of-town arrangement dials a toll-free number -- (800) 621-2121 -- using a touch-tone phone. Then, prompted by a series of voice commands, the customer enters the recipient's five-digit ZIP code. The call is automatically routed to the hometown or local florist.

Here are a few hints when ordering flowers. Ask the florist if the plant has any unopened buds -- you want a mixture of opened and unopened buds. Discuss your options and choices, such as how many blooms will be delivered. Ask if holiday trim is available or if add-ons, such as Mylar balloons, are offered.

J.L.K Cut, trim or clip, this new product may make the chore easier.

Need a gift for mother or a grandmother on Mother's Day?

Black & Decker has a new product that could fit the bill: the cordless Snip-Ez Light Duty Power Scissors, which take the pain out of heavy cutting.

Snip-Ez ($12.99-$14.99) work like regular scissors, but with battery-operated power. Some of their uses include cutting dress patterns, fabric, ribbons, wallpaper and gift wrap; clipping newspaper or magazine coupons and articles; and trimming flower stems and photographs.

Snip-Ez work on two double A batteries and come with extra blades. The touch-button operation, says Black & Decker, is especially helpful for people with arthritis or other hand function limitations.

Find Snip-Ez at Caldor, Hechinger's and later this summer at Kmart.


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