All about colorMark Woodman of Mark Woodman Interiors will...

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March 15, 1998|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Sun Staff

All about color

Mark Woodman of Mark Woodman Interiors will be discussing how color inspires, evokes moods and rekindles memories at a lecture Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.at the Baltimore County Library's Towson branch.

Sponsored by the Baltimore Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association, the lecture will focus on concepts currently directing color and design. Topics will be "Rebirth," "Spirituality," "Into the Garden," "The Global Market" and "Simple Luxe."

"World Colors" is open to the public by prepaid reservation only. The cost is $15. For more information, call 410-461-4986.

The bend is in the handle, which keeps you from bending your back. It's the ergonomic Back-Saver Wide-Sweep lawn rake for spring cleanup chores. Back-Savers comes in three sizes: 20-inch ($21), 30-inch ($24) and 36-inch ($26). They feature steel teeth, aluminum heads, tubular steel bent handles and foam grips to protect your hands from blisters.

You may have trouble finding these rakes in stores locally, so your best bet is to order directly from Rugg Manufacturing Co. at nTC (The Web site is www.rugg.com; the e-mail address is saleugg.com.)

Paint is one of the cheapest and most versatile ways to update a room. Here are some tips for brightening up your home from the editors of Country Sampler's Decorate with Paint:

* To make a room appear larger, choose a light palette for walls and trim.

* In small rooms with low ceilings, vertical stripes can make the space look taller.

* Create a trompe l'oeil headboard with stencils that simulate panels or fences (pictured).

* Apply a thin layer of joint compound to texturize smooth drywall. Drag tools or hands over the wet surface. When it dries, paint over it for a trendy textured wall.

* You can permanently paint glasses and ceramic plates with Delta Air-Dry Paint Enamel paints.

* Decorate plastic bathroom accessories with a silver metallic paint pen for a boutique look.

Just how ugly is your kitchen? Sears Kitchen & Bath, which has a new showroom at the Festival at Pasadena, is giving away a complete kitchen remodeling worth $10,000 in its Ugly Kitchen Contest. Participants provide photos and write a 100-word essay on why their kitchen desperately needs remodeling. They must be legal residents of Maryland and own their own home. Official entry forms can be picked up at the showroom at 1851 Ritchie Highway. The deadline is March 31.

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