Blue and white: always in fashion


"I have had a lifelong love affair with blue and white in its many variations," writes British decorative-arts expert Stephanie Hoppen in her new book, "Blue & White Living" (Clarkson Potter, $35).

The book's reverential text and more than 250 eye-catching pictures -- including rooms, artwork, collectibles and furniture -- underscore Hoppen's belief that blue and white is one color combination that will never go out of style.

Hoppen, who lives with and collects blue-and-white wares, includes these nuggets of blue-and-white wisdom in the book:

* Be they wide or narrow, blue and white stripes always look crisp and fresh.

* Blue and white is so wonderfully versatile that it lends itself to every sort of kitchen. You can opt for all-modern or all-traditional or an innovative combination of the two.

* Like blue and white china, blue and white tiles can be mixed and matched to dazzling visual effect. Combine geometric patterns with plain white tiles outlined in blue, or mix variations on a theme, such as checks and grids.

* Almost anything blue and white is collectible. Look for Chinese vases and ginger jars; Dutch delft tiles and tiles from Portugal; pottery from Morocco; and, closer to home, American spatterware, stoneware and Flow Blue china.

-- Universal Press Syndicate

Pots with purpose

Call it design by pottery, if you will. American Designer Pottery is offering a free, 12-page color guide to using pots as decorative accessories in and around the home. Called "Decorating With Pottery: Wonderful Ways to Enhance Your Home," the booklet offers dozens of ideas for using urns, pots and rectangular planters in a number of settings, from poolside and patio to front hall and dining room. The pots are depicted individually and in groups holding a variety of plant and nonplant items, such as topiary, holiday greens, wet umbrellas and wine bottles on ice. To receive the booklet from the Dallas, Texas-based pottery maker, call 800-393-6600.

Garden tips online

Hoping for a rosier gardening season? Get online. All- America Rose Selections, a nonprofit association dedicated to garden rose research and promotion, will hold its first online chat session from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday.

Amateur and serious rose growers alike are invited to talk with John K. Walden, AARS expert grower and hybridizer. He'll offer his rose-growing techniques and tips for maintaining your rose garden. Log on to the associa- tion's Web site at


Roger Swain (left), garden-book author, host of PBS television's "The Victory Garden" and science editor of Horticulture magazine, will give a gardening/environmental lecture at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. today at Lilypons Water Gardens in Frederick. He also will sign copies of his newest book, "The Practical Gardener." There is a parking fee of $2 per adult. Lilypons is located off Exit 54 of Interstate 70. Follow Route 85 south for seven miles. Turn left on Lilypons Road. Go a quarter mile to the gardens on the left. Call 301-874-2504.

Home Front welcomes interesting home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Karol V. Menzie, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, Md. 21278, or fax to 410-783-2519.

Pub Date: 06/20/99

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