BRUSH STROKES Brush Strokes was an Esmonde and Larbey sitcom set in South London and depicting the (mostly) amorous adventures of a good-looking, wisecracking house painter, Jacko (Karl Howman). : Ever since the art of faux finishes was introduced to the masses, we've been buying books, kits and videotapes with step-by-step instructions. But not all looks - such as marble, stone and adobe - go with all decorating themes and that's where Canadian interior design expert Debbie Travis Debbie Travis (born in Blackburn Lancashire, England, 1957) is a television personality, interior designer (with no formal training or education) and former fashion model. She is best known as the host of Debbie Travis' Facelift and Debbie Travis' Painted House. has a corner on the market. In her new paperback book, ``Debbie Travis' Painted House'' (Clarkson Potter; $19.95), Travis explains which paint colors and techniques go best with your decor. For instance, if you love that Shabby Chic Shabby chic is a design style deliberately using worn and deteriorated items. History
The style started in Great Britain and evokes the type of decoration found in large country houses where there are worn and faded old chintz sofas and curtains, old paintwork and look of old white furniture, she suggests a color wash Noun 1. color wash - a wash of whitewash or other water-base paint tinted with a colored pigment
wash - a thin coat of water-base paint or fresco finish using shades of white, cream and pastels. Rooms with a Zen or Eastern theme are more exotic, calling for ragging, bagging and gilding gilding, process of applying a thin layer of real or imitation gold to a surface. The process is employed on wood, metal, ivory, leather, paper, glass, porcelain, and fabrics and is used to embellish the decorative elements, domes, and vaults of buildings. finishes using jewel tones of red, blue, ochre and gold, while country kitchens with pine furniture and cast-iron cookware will be enhanced by what she calls ``rustic naturals'' (red, green, yellow, blue) painted with an antique finish, stenciling and/or color washing to enhance pine furniture and cast-iron cookware. Of course, the book also goes into great detail on each painting technique.
- Barbara De Witt
WHAT COLOR WAS THAT? Anybody who has ever painted her house or kids' furniture knows how frustrating it is when it's time for a touch up. You have all these cans with paint drips over the labels and you can't remember which one was for which room. To make it easier, Rubbermaid has created the Paint Journal, a decorating organizer and reference book with all the paint details at your fingertips "Fingertips" is a 1963 number-one hit single recorded live by "Little" Stevie Wonder for Motown's Tamla label. Wonder's first hit single, "Fingertips" was the first live, non-studio recording to reach number-one on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in the United States. . It's even divided by rooms so you can write down all the specifics on paint, materials, tools and fabrics, with a special place for wallpaper samples, fabric swatches and before/after photos. A great gift for the do-it-yourselfer and/or new home owner, Rubbermaid's Paint Journal is $12.99 at Wal-Mart in Valencia, Lancaster and Oxnard. For more information, call (800) 253-7856.
GIVE IT AN EDGE: Dull scissors scissors
Cutting instrument or tool consisting of a pair of opposed metal blades that meet and cut when the handles at their ends are brought together. Modern scissors are of two types: the more usual pivoted blades have a rivet or screw connection between the cutting ends , knives and clippers can make your work a real chore, and those old-fashioned sharpening stones are a pain to use. A handy alternative is the new compact portable Super Sharpener No. 1. The little lightweight sharpener has an ergonomically designed handle and a blade safety guard to protect fingers and knuckles, with diamond-ground tungsten carbide inserts to sharpen both sides of the blade at the same time. It's even good for serrated serrated /ser·rat·ed/ (ser´at-ed) having a sawlike edge.
adj having a jagged or notched edge; saw-toothed. and electric knives. Super Sharpener No. 1 is $6.95 at Home Depot and other home improvement stores.
GETTING STARTED: It may be midsummer, but it's not too late to learn about saving water with a California native plant garden. To get you started, the Theodore Payne Foundation This article or section is written like an .
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Mark blatant advertising for , using . is offering a two-session workshop Aug. 17 and 24. It's a hands-on workshop so bring garden gloves and plenty of ideas for planting your own garden. Classes are from 9 to 11 a.m. at 10459 Tuxford St., Sun Valley. Fee is $40. For more information, call (818) 768-1802.
NATURE WALK: Take time to smell the flowers - and learn what they are - at 10 a.m. Tuesday when Canoga Park horticulturist Tom Hayduk leads a botanical tour of the Soka University of America SUA's educational philosophy was established by Tsunesaburo Makiguchi, the first president of Soka Gakkai, who had worked as the principal of an elementary school in Japan. Makiguchi published the Value Creating Educational System based on his belief that "the purpose of education is to Botanical Research Center and Nursery and the John and Juliana Gensley Native Plant Demonstration Garden. The walking tour is free, but you'll need reservations, which can be made by calling (818) 878-3763. Rain cancels. The school is located at 26800 W. Mulholland Highway, Calabasas.
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