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Home front: design workshop; art fair; Mother's Day bouquet


A roundup of local home and garden news and events, including a design workshop and Mountain View's art fair.

DESIGN WORKSHOP ... Homeowners interested in redesigning their outdoor space can attend a workshop hosted by Peninsula Building Materials (PBM) in Mountain View on Saturday, April 28, from 11:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. "Updating Your Outdoor Living Space," will be a panel-style talk by designers from Harrell Remodeling in Menlo Park. The event will include a complimentary lunch reception and will be held at the PBM Masonry Showroom, 2490 Charleston Road, Mountain View. Participants should RSVP at

A LA CARTE ART ... Downtown Mountain View will host an outdoor celebration of the arts on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6. The juried show will feature home goods among the wares produced by 200 of the West Coast's top artists showing their latest handcrafted ceramics, glass, fine art, textiles, needlework and wood. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days on Castro Street between Church Street and Evelyn Avenue.

SPRING FLOWERS FOR MOTHER'S DAY ... Come celebrate Mother's Day at Gamble Garden by creating a beautiful floral "nest" centerpiece. Katherine Glazier, one of the co-leaders of floral design at Filoli, will teach the class on Friday, May 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. She will teach participants how to weave branches, greens and mosses to create a botanical nest that they will fill with springtime blooms. Gamble Garden is located at 1431 Waverley St., Palo Alto. The cost is $99 for members and $129 for nonmembers. Go to to register.

SELL YOUR HOME WITH COLOR ... The home design website Houzz has its take on the colors that will sell your home. The number one interior color is "greige," a sort of pale gray with a beige undertone, considered "one of the most versatile colors for staging," according to Houzz contributor Neila Deen. Essentially a pale taupe, greige is a cool hue that can complement and add depth to a mostly white room. Another hue, sometimes called "bird's egg blue" or referred to as "grown-up turquoise," is a warm medium blue and a good choice for living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms. If you want to go darker, charcoal can act as a neutral if it's used right to add depth to an accent wall. In a kitchen, Deen says it's OK to take a risk with something like golden yellow to contrast with white or stainless steel appliances.

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