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May 10, 1998|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff

Warm breezes waft inside

It's not the season, it's the style: summer colors, summer lightness, summer textures are hot as Ocean City in a heat wave on the decorating scene these days.

* "Light colors and summery furniture make small rooms feel larger," says Home magazine in its May issue, which displays an 1,100-square-foot guest house in Texas where the furniture is wire and wicker, the floors are limestone like a patio and all the backgrounds are white.

* Interior designer Trudy Dujardin, who lives in Connecticut and on Nantucket Island, tells American Homestyle & Gardening magazine that when she decorates, "my colors come from the surroundings" - blue sky, gray fog, bleached white seashells. Crisp white trim, pale yellow walls, a blue-on-white toile on furniture and a blue cotton stair runner are some of the touches in her own home.

* Outdoor-rustic tile and stone have taken over every surface in trendy bathrooms. Even concrete is showing up in wall and floor tiles.

* Laura Ashley's new Garden collection for spring features sunny-yellow florals and stripes that bring the outdoors in. Curtains (shown at top) are Freshford fabric; Normandie chair is covered in Mandalay check.


* Bring a bag and a shovel and dig up all the tulip bulbs you want from the display beds at Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Ave., on Saturday. The event lasts from 7 a.m. to noon. There's no limit to the number of bulbs you can have of the approximately 20,000 available. Call 410-367-2217.

* Floral displays with a literary note will be on display Tuesday and Wednesday at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral St., when the Green Spring Valley Garden Club offers "A Flower Unblown; a Book Unread." Displays are keyed to noted Baltimore authors such as Ogden Nash and Edgar Allan Poe. On Tuesday, garden authors Rebecca Kolls and Carole Ottesen will speak at a lecture-luncheon that starts at 11 a.m. Admission to the flower displays is free. Tickets to the lectures are $40; a box lunch is available for $15. For information or reservations, call Susan VanWagenberg at 410-366-0320.

* Learn how to jazz up your meals with culinary herbs from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. today at the National Herb Garden of the National Arboretum in Washington. Enter the arboretum from New York Avenue Northeast, R Street Northeast, or Bladensburg Road. Call 202-245-2726.

Barney's video magic

I love you, you love me, let's see how appealing a kiddie video can be when your child appears in a video with Barney. Parents mail a picture of their child to Kideo Productions, and the child's image is digitally inserted into "My Party with Barney." The child joins the big purple guy in songs, animation and live-action sequences that emphasize self-sufficiency and friendship. Suggested retail price is $34.95. To order the video, call 888-88KIDEO.

Structure in your life

Charming outbuildings can add a lot to an estate - or to a city rowhouse or suburban Colonial. A new book, "Barns & Backbuildings," published by New York architect Don Berg, offers 94 variations of designs for garages, sheds, barns, stables, workshops and garden structures. There's advice on how to plan and how to build, as well as sources for blueprints, building kits, timber frames, hardware, cupolas and weather vanes, and such building parts as stairs, doors and windows. For a copy, send $9.95 plus $2 postage to Donald Berg, P.O. Box 698, Rockville Centre, N.Y. 11571.

Pub Date: 5/10/98

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