Q: I inherited my mom’s antique farmhouse table and hutch, which I love and want to use, but I have a fairly modern kitchen. Do you have suggestions for integrating them so they look like they fit in?
A: Thomas Pheasant, a Washington interior designer and author of “Thomas Pheasant: Simply Serene,” answers: When I select furniture, I look at each piece for its beauty and quality. I have found that if I hold the same standards to any piece, whether modern or antique, they always look great when I mix them together. I think there is a chic quality to collecting through a careful eye. If your antique farm table is beautiful, use it.
— Washington Post
Last day for Holiday Tables
Saturday is your last chance to catch Holiday Tables at Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central. Thirty-four tables are decorated for the event, a fundraiser sponsored by the center’s Designing Women volunteer group.
There is a boutique of holiday and home-decor items for sale as well as lunch and baked goods to purchase. Admission is $10 (no children under 8). Lunch is $12. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with lunch served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Q: I’ve read that you can keep bare-root geraniums over the winter. How do you do that?
A: Here’s how to store them in a bare-root state, the Iowa State University Extension says:
Dig up the plant and gently shake the soil from its roots. Place the plant inside an open paper bag, or hang it upside-down from rafters in a cool, dark place. Two or three times during the winter, soak the plant’s roots in water for an hour or two, and then return it to storage.
In late March or early April, pot the plant, water it thoroughly and cut back the dead stem tips. Keep it in a sunny window to wait for new growth to start, which may take several weeks.
— Akron Beacon Journal
Holiday porch-pot demo
Karen Hull of Johnson’s Garden Center will be at Botanica on Wednesday to show how to decorate pots for the front porch for the holidays with fresh evergreens, pinecones and bows. The lunchtime lecture, at 12:15, is included in Botanica admission, which is $7 for adults.