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October 26, 1997|By Elizabeth Large

Color schemes you can live with

Making colors other than neutrals work together can be difficult for do-it-yourself decorators, but a new book by interior designer Alexandra Stoddard offers some appealing if very personal suggestions. Here are Stoddard's favorite color schemes for living rooms:

* Pale blue walls with white trim; same blue for ceiling; blue, red, yellow and white fabrics and rugs; fruitwood-colored wood floor; fruitwood furniture.

* Pale pink walls with white trim; pale green ceiling; green, yellow, fuchsia and pink fabrics and rugs; fruitwood-colored wood floor; fruitwood furniture.

* Pale apricot walls with white trim; pale green ceiling; apricot, green, yellow, purple and pink fabrics and rugs; fruitwood-colored wood floor; fruitwood furniture.

* White walls with pale blue trim; pale blue ceiling; blue, white and pink fabrics and rugs; fruitwood-colored wood floor; natural wicker, rattan and pine furniture.

* Pale green walls with white trim; pale green ceiling; green, yellow, pink and white fabrics and rugs; bleached wood floor; natural wicker, rattan and pine furniture.

From "The Decoration of Houses" (William Morrow and Company, $30)

Timely exhibit

Surely it's no accident that OXOXO Gallery's "Tick-Tock" exhibit opens Saturday, just in time for the end of Daylight Savings Time. Fifteen artists have created fascinating time pieces like the two pictured: "Urban Living" by Randall Cleaver (1997, 21-by-9-by-6 inches, made of found objects and a clock) and "Fun" by Chris Griffin (1997, 25-by-7 1/2 -by-3 inches, made of vintage tins, bottle caps, buttons, game pieces and gears).

"Tick-Tock" opens Oct. 25 with a party from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The gallery (1617 Sulgrave Ave., 410-466-9696) is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibit continues through Nov. 25.

Vodka, the traditional way

The New York-based Zandel Group, which tracks young-adult market trends, sees "resplurgence [hedonistic activities], sports and mellow moods" as three defining trends for 20-somethings in the late '90s. It's hard to find one gift that covers all three bases, but two out of three isn't bad. For that we suggest Crate & Barrel's seven-piece vodka set ($39.95).

This is the way the traditional drink of the Russian people is traditionally served. The chip-resistant glass bowl is filled with ice. The hand-blown glasses, filled with cold vodka, nestle in the ice so the liquor gets even colder. Of course, the bowl itself has many other uses. This is a gift that will make martinis seem like yesterday's news.

Made-to-order reproductions

The pieces manufactured by the Baltimore furniture company Joal-James Langley Ltd. look like exact reproductions of Hepplewhite, Chippendale and Sheraton furniture. They are handmade of mahogany, yew, cherry and rosewood with satinwood and ebony inlays. But the company's factory, located in Portugal, is flexible. You can order furniture from its approximately 100-item catalog in a variety of sizes, and you can select the wood you want. Joal-James Langley Ltd. is carried by the Rist Corporation in the Washington Design Center, or you can call the company offices locally at 410-823-0667.

Pub Date: 10/26/97

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