A good weekend for H&G, all things considered. There was some good eye candy and the debut of a new monthly design feature from Zahid Sardar. Maybe there's hope yet.
• New life in the West: Zahid Sardar's coverage of a gut-renovated Victorian in the Western Addition is a mixture of architectural review and social history. It's the first in his new monthly series on design-related talent, homes and ideas.
• Auctioning off the past: Steven Winn, the Chron's Arts and Culture Critic, shares the story of a home purge like no other: auctioning off the contents of his parents' home (their lifetimes' worth) to raise money for his mother's nursing home care.
• AROUND THE HOUSE: Susan Fornoff and Sally Socolich get giddy over oval tissues, a whole house filtration system, Bemz slip covers for Ikea sofas (covered on AT: NY some time ago), a new book on antiques (and the antiques of the future), and the new HomeGoods store in Moraga.
• It's not always possible to eat locally -- even when you grow it yourself: Lynette Evans discovers that even Gilroy sometimes resorts to importing garlic.
• A handy guide to not growing radishes: John Hershey grew radishes with his 3 year-old, only to discover that the sharp taste of the spicy root was hardly the lure to gardening he'd envisioned.
• Celery is worth the work: Did you know that winning the decathalon in early ancient Greece netted you a champion wreath made from celery leaves? Here's a guide to growing your own crown.