Home & Garden

Home & garden briefs: Gourd show planned Oct. 4-5 in Lacey

LACEY -- Whether you are an artist, a gourd afficionado or are just plain curious about gourds, you'll find everything you want at the Washington State Gourd Society's fall show Oct. 4-5 at the Thurston County fairgrounds in Lacey near Olympia.

The show will feature beautiful gourd art, gourd supplies from vendors and many other related items. Classes are being offered for beginners to more advanced students. Registration is required and class size is limited.

Hours are from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Classes begin at 9 a.m.

For more information or to see a list of classes, go to www.wagourdsociety.org. Or call WSGS president Myrna Grigsby, 360-249-8144.

Free composting class to be offered Oct. 11

Learn how to turn coffee grounds, potato peels, apple cores and other household organic waste into rich compost at a free composting workshop on Oct. 11. Once broken down the composted material can be used to nourish everything from house plants to vegetable gardens.

Included in the free workshop will be information on recycling and how to reduce your household trash.

The workshop runs from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Mid-Columbia Library, 1620 S. Union St., Kennewick. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call 942-7730 or 545-3551.

Plum a sure thing this fall

Purple is a popular color for clothing this season, and just as home design follows fashion, shades of plum and aubergine are showing up on walls, rugs and upholstery.

Some designers recommend pairing the hue with chocolate brown or pale gray. But most use it as the one spot of color in a room full of neutrals.

If you're searching for a single, colorful accessory, Ikea's Andrea rug is a two-tone swirl of plum and port.

Not interested in spending a lot? A throw or pillow will enliven and update any living room or bedroom.