We didn't know about the Remmie Awards until reading the Chron's feature story on them, below. And we're liking the way Around the House is evolving with the recent addition of über shopper Sally Socolich. As things go, it was a pretty good Saturday showing for H&G. • Real-life remodels: Mary Jo Bowling profiles three projects that have garnered Remmie Awards from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. We particularly like the way the King family accomplished the expansion of their 1900 square foot house, integrating indoors and outdoors via a new deck, and adding up-to-date details like a wired messaging center.
• AROUND THE HOUSE: Susan Fornoff and Sally Socolich suss out unique holiday shopping at the Celebration of Craftswomen, the Winter Open Studios and The Designer Warehouse Sale, and have some tidbits on ladder safety for holiday decorators and a new deadbolt that can shut out keys.
• Chef's fall garden has lessons of the season: Sonoma's Carneros Bistro & Wine Bar's chef and bartender are inspired by their small but bountiful kitchen garden. Yvonne Michie Horn talks to chef and gardener Janine Falvo about the season's plantings.