The Chron's H&G section on Wednesday was a little light... Southwestern look in Bay Area gardens: "Desert plants, which thrive on hot summers, sandy soils and monsoon rains, do surprisingly well in coastal California, with its cool summers, clay soils and complete lack of summer rain"
The living was easygoing on the porch: Memories of the family porch as summertime getaway
When remodeling older kitchen, hire designer for flair, savings: "Spending a few thousand bucks on a good design will produce much better returns and be more practical than pricey cabinetry, appliances or countertops"
Blooms that never fade: SF's Feuillage creates stems in various states of decay to add authenticity to their fake flowers
Cosmo combines wood, steel: Cosmo Line by Napa's Chajo