Is a gardening club a better place than yoga class for meeting strong women? The Chron's Home and Garden section today continues to be heavy on spring gardening stories, leading with Susan Fornoff's piece on garden clubs. AT is a bit more intrigued by Jeff Turrentine's exploration of the way large kitchen spaces influence eating habits. That there's a connection at all between our spaces and our behavior is integral to AT. (We do appreciate gardens, it's just that our sweet spot is located a little bit more... inside.)
Garden clubs growing up: Fornoff sheds light on the burgeoning subculture of social gardening clubs.
Do supersized kitchens translate into more oversized homeowners?: We're partial to the integrated kitchen ourselves, so we were surprised to read that diet specialists consider the opportunities they present for "mindless munching" to be dangerous for dieters.
Keeping House: Method to madness of loving a vacuum: Jes Alexander reports on how satisfying it can be to empty the day's dirt from her discount cyclonic action vacuum cleaner.
Design Dilemmas: Minimize furniture, maximize the view: Beryn Hammil patly "solves" a living room layout problem to take advantage of a great view, but completely misplaces the fireplace. C'mon Beryn, you can do better. AT:SF invites Ming Chapin, the reader who wrote in with this problem, to share her dilemma with the AT community.
Young women who know how find sumptuous niche: The Chronicle cribs an article on debutante decorators that appeared last week in the NYT's House & Home section. Here's Maxwell's take.