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•CENTRAL OKLAHOMA BONSAI SOCIETY, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Program is “Fertilizing and Watering Bonsai Trees,” presented by Keith Warren. Visitors welcome.
•JR. MASTER GARDENER CLASS, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and June 21, Oklahoma County Cooperative Extension Service, 930 N Portland. Youths ages 8 to 11 can learn about the many things gardening has to offer through this hands-on workshop. Class is offered Thursday or June 21 and is limited to 20. Pre-registration is due by Tuesday. Call 713-1125.
•THIRD THURSDAY GARDENING: GREAT PLANTS FOR OKLAHOMA, 6 to 7 p.m. June 19, Oklahoma County Cooperative Extension Service, 930 N Portland. Free. Call 713-1125.
•BROWN BAG LUNCH SPEAKER SERIES: ORGANIC VEGETABLE GARDENING, noon to 1:30 p.m. June 26, 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 plants year-round for 14 years, and produces vegetables, herbs and flowers organically on her 1.5 acre suburban farm. Call 297-3995. Free to the public.
•CENTRAL OKLAHOMA BONSAI SOCIETY SHOW AND SALE, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Daily demonstrations. Sales and bazaar area.
•DAYLILY SHOW AND SALE, 1 to 4 p.m. June 14, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36, presented by the Central Oklahoma Hemerocallis Society. Call 321-4170 or 550-7632.
•SPLENDOR IN THE GARDENS, June 19, Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno. Evening will include a VIP sponsor reception, followed by a farm-to-table feast served at the Great Lawn. Drinks and dancing will follow dinner. Sponsorships are available for $500 per couple. Individual tickets available. Call 297-3995.
•EDMOND FARMER’S MARKET, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through October, Wednesday Markets including 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.
How to master the mix of then and now
Q: Our house is traditional, but we are not. My husband and I like things with a contemporary edge, especially the art we have collected over the years. We recently moved into the Colonial-style house he inherited from his aunt and are having trouble reconciling our modern taste with the formal architecture. Is there a secret?
A: Hardly a secret — any interior designer worth his Pantone swatches knows how to manage the marriage of traditional and modern design: It's all about mastering the mix ... about blending styles, cross-referencing colors and patterns, and enjoying the juxtaposition of then and now.
Good, clean modern design can be every bit as “formal” in its attitude as the most historic traditional design. See how top designer Barbara Ostrom orchestrates a mix of modern and traditional in the “swellegant” room we show here, created for the 2014 Mansion in May show house in New Jersey (mansioninmay.org).
At first glance, the room may look straight out of “Downton Abbey,” only recolored and polished up for American taste. But look again. This is POSH, as the English would say, brightly repurposed for living today. Ostrom says she took the “staunchly traditional architecture” and made it a “light and airy and sought-after retreat,” using furniture — and abstract artworks — you'd never find in a 19th-century estate.
Her very modern sense of whimsy is also at play: What looks like traditional blue-and-white garniture over the doorway is a just-for-fun trompe-l'oeil painting.
Q: I love traditional decor: the more historic, the better. I could move happily into “Downton Abbey.” Is anybody still making furniture like that?
A: You bet your silver candelabra! And not just historic. Some of today's reproduction furniture comes pedigreed, too, straight from Althorp, the sprawling English estate that has been home to the aristocratic Spencer family for five centuries. Think George Washington, Winston Churchill and, of course, the late Princess Diana, who is buried on an island in the lake at Althorp.
Her brother Charles, 9th Earl Spencer, has given furniture-maker Theodore Alexander permission to create pieces based on the furnishings at Althorp (theodorealexander.com). So now you, too, can live like gentry with such treasures as the Master of the Seas Chair, inspired by an earlier Earl Spencer's decision to appoint Horatio Nelson commander of the English Fleet — Trafalgar and all that. This is a chair for a true chair man, with a crown topping its back rail and arms made into little bronze-finished cannons.
There's potentially more — much more — to come, based on the vast furnishing found throughout the estate (“estimates talk of around 100 rooms,” said Charles, who isn't sure of the number himself).
You can go see the originals in place: Althorp has been open to the public in the summer for more than a half-century. The 9th Earl himself led tours “to earn pocket money” as a teenager. Now, proceeds from the Theodore Alexander collection help keep the estate alive and working “as a 21st-century home,” he said.
— Rose Bennett Gilbert, Creators Syndicate
Rose Bennett Gilbert is the co-author of “Manhattan Style” and six other books on interior design.