Home & Garden Highlights: 12.09.06

Home & Garden Highlights: 12.09.06

Lisa
Dec 11, 2006
Sometimes H&G pulls off a weekend edition that's very frustrating for an AT editor: some good information but no good pictures. We're always interested in what Arrol Gellner has to say (this week he draws a parallel between Victorian domestic architecture and today's McMansions), and we were also very intrigued by the profile of Daily Acts and their eco housing tours. Highlights are after the jump...

Slippery slopes: in this piece by Deborah K. Rich, the tips for creating a terraced garden include "start when you're young," and "have good friends."

Green days: Drew Himmelstein goes on one of Daily Act's eco-housing tours in Petaluma (a "co-housing project"), collects the free gifts (a roll of recycled toilet paper and an eco-smart flourescent bulb) and shares one of the innovative non-profit's pearls of wisdom: "one light and one wipe and one act at a time."

AROUND THE HOUSE: This week Susan Fornoff's and Sally Socolich's shopper's finds include host gifts (bowls by Simon Pearce, Michael Aram, and Decorative Things), a mango veneer desk, La Bouquetiere's warehouse sale, and Philips new-fangled holiday lawn stake lights.

McMansion trend likely to fade when people get tired of upkeep: Arrol Gellner predicts the trend will swing back to more modest housing, as it did after 1900, "with efficiency-minded magazines such as Ladies' Home Journal leading the charge, overworked homemakers rebelled against the large, ornate and hard-to-maintain homes of the Victorian era." We can only hope.

Christmas trees may carry pitch cank: A very good reason to get rid of your tree soon after the holidays are over.
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