For more information, call the phone number or use the email address provided. To submit items, call Melissa Howell at 475-3770 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Reference “Home and garden calendar.” Please submit items at least 10 days before publication.
Apogon Iris Garden Club, 10 a.m. Wednesday, 3421 NW 19. Garden brunch will be served. Hosts are D. Treat and K. Brian. Program and tour is “How Does Diana’s Garden Grow.” Roll call is “What Is Your Favorite Rose and Why.”
Oklahoma Horticulture Society, 7 p.m. Wednesday, OSU Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N Portland. TLC Nursery Landscape plant specialist Cindy Townsend will give a presentation on Plants for the Butterfly Garden. Refreshments and door prizes. Free.
Central Oklahoma Beekeepers Association, 7 p.m. June 26, Oklahoma County Cooperative Extension Service, 930 N Portland. Discussion will include dilemmas facing bees and beekeepers, including diseases and disease control. All interested in this fascinating activity are welcome to attend.
CENTRAL OKLAHOMA CACTUS AND SUCCULENT SOCIETY ANNUAL SHOW AND SALE, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Free. Call 737-1831 or email Cactibud@cox.net.
BROWN BAG LUNCH SPEAKER SERIES: ORGANIC VEGETABLE GARDENING, noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, second-floor conference room, Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno. Kamala Gamble, owner and proprietor at Guildford Gardens, will lead this short lecture with ample time for discussion. Gamble has grown year-round for 14 years and produces vegetables, herbs and flowers organically on her 1.5 acre suburban farm. After a brief talk about Oklahoma vegetable gardening she will answer gardening questions. Call 297-3995. Free to the public
EDMOND FARMER’S MARKET, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through October, Wednesday Markets includes Junior Market, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. through Aug. 13, Festival Market Place, 26 W. 1.
MIDTOWN MARKET AT SAINTS, 1 p.m. to sunset, Fridays through October, northeast corner of NW 9 and Walker. Operated by Urban Agrarian.
OSU-OKC MARKET, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday and Saturdays year round, OSU Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N Portland.
NORMAN FARM MARKET, 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays through October, Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 601 E Robinson, Norman.
Today’s bath: celebrating the fabulousness of water
Q: I need some cool ideas for a new master bath I’m planning for my husband. We’re renovating. I’ve engaged a professional bath designer, but I want to meet her armed with some ideas. What can you suggest?
A: First, fasten your seatbelt: The 21st century bath has become the most active, innovative and exciting room in the house!
Why? Credit our universal interest in health and fitness, and our collective enchantment with our most liquid asset: water. As a result, the design world is high on H2O — as both an essential element and a creative medium. Tubs, faucets and even toilets have become sculptural works of art, and the bath, once a place of personal privacy, is now a social center, complete with such living room-like amenities as comfortable seating and special light fixtures.
Bath design has also undergone a dramatic technological upgrade. New technology and new materials offer new freedoms for modern designers, whose tool chests now include such wonders as ceramic tiles that glow in the dark, LED lamps (bulbs) that can be built into cabinets, and faucets, showerheads and other plumbing fixtures that bring out the sheer beauty — and pleasure — of water.
In the high, wide and handsome bath we show here, California designer Katrina Stumbos (fourdsigninc.com) took Brizo’s new “Sotria” faucets as her inspiration for a room that’s sleek and cool, but not cold, thanks to her use of familiar materials. The wood vanity, wood-look ceramic tiles, and glass are familiar, yes, but used in surprising new ways, like that large pane of tempered glass that sets off the shower in a single, brilliant stroke.
Brizo, by the way, has raised the style bar in the faucet industry, infusing its fixtures with high-fashion ideas, first with apparel designer Jason Wu (who often dresses the first lady), now tapping talents like Stumbos’. See more at www.brizo.com.
More for your design research: Check out other out-there manufacturers that are upping the ante on fashion-forward bath fixtures: from Germany’s Black Forest, Duravit offers the latest ideas of the slightly mad French architect Philippe Starck (duravit.com). And from the U.S., American Standard is marking its l5th decade with a totally new division, DXV (get it?), which fast-forwards bath design from the l9th century to tomorrow (DXV.com).
— Rose Bennett Gilbert, Creators Syndicate
Rose Bennett Gilbert is the co-author of “Manhattan Style” and six other books on interior design.