House and Garden Highlights: 6.21.06

House and Garden Highlights: 6.21.06

Jun 22, 2006

Design for kids is the focus of this week's Chron. Even if you don't have kids, if you earthquake-proof your home you're on your way to childproofing it. Both involve anchoring furniture and objects to prevent dangerous topples.

There's not much that's new in the kid design coverage, but we do love the pricey highchairs. Wish they made Mozzee's Nest (the one in the middle) in an adult size.

Modern high chairs definitely not child's play: You guessed it: highchairs are the new strollers.

Read on for other highlights.

Keeping tiny tots from living large: Tips on how to limit baby paraphenalia. Charlene Prince profiles a couple living in a 500-square foot SF apartment with their baby. "Instead of a bulky highchair, they bought a compact booster seat that sits atop a chair at the table." So much for the Mozzee.

Spooning through the history of utensils: Norma Shattuck writes about the contest between beauty and utility in flatware.

HOT STUFF: Laura Thomas finally scores with this writeup of decorative tile options, including a profusion of interesting new designs from Portland-based Ann Sacks.

Living-dining room needs some help: Beryn Hammil offers some small space wisdom: "To make a space feel calm and inviting...eliminate the clutter; take it away or put it in a display that's more like a collection than clutter."

First step of childproofing: Crawl around: From the down-low, you'll learn just how easy it is to fall, poison yourself, suffocate, collide with hard or sharp objects, or get mixed up with water or fire. (Not to mention topple the furniture onto yourself.)

DIARY OF A RENTER, PART 7 (CONCLUSION): Jerome Gagnon concludes his serial on a recent move from one small SF apartment into an even smaller one.

Perfume gardens all year with daphne: Aromatic daphnes in all shapes and sizes and degrees of difficulty-to-grow.

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