The "grandma's kitchen" look is what's new, Country Sampler's Decorating Ideas magazine tells us. Bet no one's eager to bring back the icebox and the wood-burning stove, though! But have at it with oilcloth, old coffee pots and milk bottles, and tart pans dressed up with paint or oilcloth to serve as wall art. A sister publication, Country Business, makes these predictions for what will take center stage this summer: nostalgic collections such as villages and lighthouses (please, enough with the birdhouses, already); scrapbooks and photo albums; Inspirational sayings; Sunny, bright colors: ocean blues, strawberry reds, lemon yellows, rich melons, meadow greens, all of which mirror the country's positive mood, related to a strong economy; garden themes (ladybugs, ferns, frogs, dragonflies); French country table linens and kitchen accessories; nautical motifs; gift items for men that relate to golf, cigar and pipe smoking, fishing and boating.
Get with the program: Prepare for disaster
Not to be fear-mongers, but: Home & Garden Television starts a six-part series at 8 p.m. Sunday on home disaster preparedness, HomeWatch: Disaster Safety. The one-hour series opener educates viewers on preparations they can take to protect themselves and their families in natural disasters. Then Monday through Friday, 30-minute shows starting at 8 p.m. will deal with specific disasters: Monday, wind (including hurricanes and tornadoes); Tuesday, floods; Wednesday, earthquakes; Thursday, fire; and Friday, severe cold and snow. After each of those programs a live half-hour segment will offer in-depth lifesaving techniques, and experts will answer, via satellite, questions posted by readers on the HGTV Web site (http://www.hgtv.com). Check your local cable listings for where to find HGTV.
Florida flower power
Alexandra Stoddard, interior design consultant, author and Home & Garden Television lifestyle personality, will appear Sunday at two Pinellas branches of Burdines to speak about how to create "the perfect Florida lifestyle." The "Florida Garden Party" is sponsored by Charter Club, whose fashions will be modeled and whose home accessories Stoddard will use to create tabletop designs. Another sponsor is Home Depot, which will offer tips on herb gardens, topiary, orchids and other gardening suggestions. Stoddard's appearances are at 1 p.m. at the Burdines at Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg and 4 p.m. at the Burdines at Countryside Mall in Clearwater.
_ Compiled by Homes Editor JUDY STARK