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hBook teaches how to mix roses, other flowers

Published: Sat, June 11, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.

hBook teaches how to mix roses, other flowers

Stephen Scanniello used to grow roses just the way his grandfather did -- in their own formal beds, with no other plants allowed in to mar the composition.

He's since changed his ways. Scanniello, a garden design consultant and former curator at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, now advocates mixing it up in the garden by combining roses with other plants that accent their beauty and camouflage their flaws. He gives guidance for doing that in "Rose Companions: Growing Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs, Shrubs, and Vines with Roses," a new book he's written for rose grower Jackson & amp; Perkins.

"Rose Companions" is published by Cool Springs Press and is priced at $22.99 in softcover.

Tips for transforming a closet into a bar

Like to entertain? Need more storage? Consider a chic redo of a small closet into a party-ready bar that was on display this spring at the Kips Bay Decorator Show House in New York.

In an otherwise unexceptional 31/2-foot-square closet, New York designer Robert Passell applied black-and-white-striped wallpaper horizontally and on the ceiling, and painted the trim a striking lacquer black.

"We were going for impact," he said. The small space "is great if you entertain, but it's also great for storage. Liquor takes up a lot of space, glasses take up space."

Passell has transformed many closets into bars in New York and New Jersey, and offered several suggestions for folks interested in doing the same on a moderate budget:

UPaint walls and ceiling the same vibrant color to create impact.

UA dresser found at a flea market or up in the attic can serve as bar and storage. Add a marble or glass top to protect the finish.

UIf the closet has smaller dimensions than the one used at the Show House, consider lining the walls and ceiling with mirrors.

UThe closet door can be removed or left on.

UAn electrical outlet is useful to plug in a lamp.


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