House and Garden Roundup: 05.06.06

House and Garden Roundup: 05.06.06

May 8, 2006

We're feeling completely neglected by the Chron. This weekend's section produced only a few things worth mentioning, and even they confirm our developing theory that the H&G section editors live in large manses with even larger gardens.

SIGNATURE STYLE: Walter Ratcliff: Interesting to read that one person, East Bay's post turn-of-the-century City Architect, defined the look of Berkeley with municipal buildings and homes that emphasized enduring value and comfort rather than iconoclastic style. With "pleasing proportions, a love for the out-of-doors and restrained but effective decoration," Ratcliff's hallmarks sound right in tune with the East Bay of today. Writer Dave Weinstein includes a list of his star local buildings.

  • Gardening in the wilderness: 'Cougar Annie' earned her nickname the hard way: An amazing garden in an unlikely place, the temperate rain forest of wild Vancouver Island. A turn-of-the-century frontierswoman named Ada Annie was determined to make a life and a living in this remote homestead in order to keep her husband away from Vancouver's opium dens.

  • Trendsetters hit Kips Bay design show Interior designers flock to NY every year at this time for the 34th annual Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Many of this year's trends sound very Anthropologie: jewel-toned paint colors, upholstered walls, ethnic fabric prints, chandeliers.

  • Summer is housepest season in San Francisco: Karen Stachur waxes curmudgeonly about her many houseguests.

  • 'Plant on' decorative moldings for style: The Burnett Brothers are vying to be the Click and Clack of home repair. This week the answer to both questions they field is MDF.

  • Put down that feather duster -- study says exposure to dust lowers babies' asthma risk: Yet more evidence in support of "the hygiene hypothesis:" dirt and dust are immunity builders for babies.

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