Chronicle H&G Roundup: 05.03.06

Chronicle H&G Roundup: 05.03.06

May 4, 2006

It's a good thing SF has its own AT now, because the Chron seems hell-bent on ignoring small-space dwellers. Coverage this week includes a grand Mediterranean garden in Sonoma and a $162k kitchen remodel.

The only thing we could fit in our apartment woud be writer Elise Kazanjia's memory-laden antique Chinese chest...

GARDEN PARTY: Winery ground plan comes to fruition at Chateau St. Jean: As if you needed an excuse to go wine tasting, the Chateau St. Jean winery in Sonoma, with its elaborate Mediterranean gardens, is open to the public in May for the Fete de la Fleur and a Memorial Day weekend open house.

  • Trickiest remodel for toughest client: Contracter Howard Robbins won an award for this $162k kitchen remodel with Japanese touches. A mix of high end appliances and Shoji screens, which hide the clutter.

  • Memories of China linger in a scent: Her mother's camphor chest is still a treasure trove: Elise Kazanjia serves up her own private memory-conjuring madeleine for her childhood in China, via "the heady smell of camphor, a pungent blend of menthol, eucalyptus and Tiger Balm..."

  • Love affair with roses can bloom in fog: Rayford Reddell overcomes the fog and successfully cultivates roses in SF, learning through trial and error that the modern hybridized varieties work best.

  • Clematis montana: A showy climber with a vanilla-nutmeg scent: How to grow this vigorous flowering climber.

  • MONTHLY GARDENING TASKS May: Time to ready garden for flowers, fruits of summer: A monthly checklist of tasks to keep your garden growing and blooming. We like this tip the best: "Continue to pursue slugs and snails."

  • Pop culture going all housewife on us: Domesticity isn't just a girl thing anymore, but women still carry most of the workload: The growing popularity of domesticity gurus (Maxwell anyone?) tends to sidetrack the truth about housework: it sucks, no matter what your gender.

  • No more hiding under the covers -- bedroom morphs into new living area: Bed as hearth? The Chron cribs Penelope Green's article from the NYT about new bedding systems that help make the bed the soft cushy center of a household's life.

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