Chronicle H&G Roundup: 04.29.06

Chronicle H&G Roundup: 04.29.06

May 1, 2006

The Chron devoted a lot of column real estate this weekend to the Decorator's Showcase, an event in which decorators took over a giant Beaux Arts mansion in Presidio Heights and dressed it to the nines.

The clutter of real life is the supposed inspiration for these rooms, so it seems ironic to us that they turned out like stage sets. Most of it seems overdone to us, but we do like this child's nursery get-up. Fantastic in a Sugar-Plum-Fairy way.

REVIEW: San Francisco Decorator Showcase: This sounds cool: the "mood wall," a glass wall onto which a changing gallery of DVD images is projected. Very Bill Gates-like.

  • Designers' creativity fueled by arts, culture: Yet more coverage of the extravagnaza, with descriptions of a handful of specific rooms.

  • Gardens flourishing despite rain, sadness: the exterior of the mansion was landscaped by two women who had to overcome some personal challenges to get the work done. Not to sound too harsh, but yawn. It's a decorators' showcase.

  • What your refrigerator says about you: Tidy types keep it clear, others plaster it with memories: Alison Rood offers up the stunning observation that not everyone enjoys a cluttered fridge door, and that this might have something to do with personality.

  • Tile backing stays flexible Schluter-Systems has come out with a webbing that decouples tiles from the surface they are mounted on and helps prevents cracking.

  • Digging a new, lifelong hobby: A Bay Area vegetable garden quickly proves worthwhile: Gardening neophyte Deborah Chang tells the story of how she got started and why she got hooked.

  • Bumper crop of cucumber in a long season: How to grow the "burpless" variety.

  • Gnawing problem results in a squirrelly ending: A Bay Area Caddy Shack, but with squirrels and sentimentality.

  • Warm weather a plus for burglars: Here's something useful: "Almost 60 percent of completed burglaries take place without any signs of forced entry." Tips on how to prevent your home from becoming one of them.

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