House and Garden Highlights: 5.13.06 and 5.17.06

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We surrender. From now on we'll only be highlighting selected bits from the Chron's home design coverage, and probably just once a week. There just isn't enough there to keep the local design maw fed.

We're always on the lookout for great home design stories and coverage in other publications, particularly if based in the Bay or PNW Areas. So if you read something you think we should know about, tip us.

Show off with chandeliers: The Chron returns to the Designer's Showcase in Presidio Heights for features on the comeback of chandeliers. Big, dramatic, showstopper chandeliers. Embrace this trend with caution if you live in a small space.

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A soothing retreat off an urban street: We've seen a number of creative backyard buildings in East Bay. This one was undertaken, on a strict budget, as a consolation prize for not being able to move to a snazzier neighborhood. Worth a look for the versatility of the space.

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Finding light sources in dark condo: Interior Designer Rise Krag gives a reader some good tips for optimizing a small, dark apartment.

Growing tomatoes in fog or in sun: If you're tempted to grow tomatoes on your foggy SF balcony, follow the advice of tomato-growing veteran Lynette Evans and stick to the Supice variety.

No-hassle zone: Although writer Charlene Prince won't say so, it's inevitable that you will piss off your neighbors when you undertake a renovation.

'Made in China' not yet a mark of quality: Architect Arrol Gellner, usually very sedate, rants about the Asian manufacturing powerhouse's lack of interest in quality design.

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