For the first time since the 60's the trend pendulum swings back to papering your walls. And so the Chron gives wallpaper its 15 minutes in this week's Home & Garden. Also: articles on far less trendy subjects like Victorian porch restoration, piano rebuilding, and tomato growing. • Wallpaper redux: In her lead article, Susan Fornoff concludes that "you can put anything on a wall -- maps, menus, anything," but that doing so probably requires hiring a pro to hang it. Note the nifty (and pricey!) mother-of-pearl paper by Maya Romanoff, in the pic. Other highlights after the jump.
• Restoring the Balance: Pianos are high maintenance instruments, but less so if you live in the Bay Area. Our pianos have it better than most because they're "spared significant fluctuations in temperature or humidity." • Wallpaper: the good, the bad and the ugly: If you're tempted by that Maya Romanoff paper but think you can save $$ by hanging it yoursef, read this compilation of anecdotes from sorry DIYers. • For fresher air, find alternatives to vinyl walls: Bottom line: vinyl wallpaper is bad for you and for the environment. The article includes a good list of sources for wallpaper that's actually made from paper, or from other non-toxic alternatives. • Fearless color exploration can be lots of fun: Marcy Voyevod's advice is sound, but she needs a better headline ...and some pictures! • How to restore an Alameda Victorian so that it's the prettiest painted lady in town: "Rebuilding the entry stairs and front porch is probably the single biggest thing you can do to enhance a Victorian home." The Burnett brothers stand behind this statement with a thorough how-to. • Not too late for tomatoes: Good sources for the tasty and delicious heirloom varieties.