Home and Garden Roundup: 2.18.07

Home and Garden Roundup: 2.18.07

Janel Laban
Feb 23, 2007

Where Beauty is Therapy is about the conversion of a former mental institution into a condo and retail development. The entire complex that once was the Traverse City State Hospital is an astonishing 1 million square feet - 10% of it has been redeveloped.

The photo above is of an attic condo owned by Luigi and Carlotta Maresca. The surgeons had this to say about living in a place whose new use is so different from its former one: "A couple times I've had criticism: `How could you go there? There've been a lot of suffering souls in that place.' But I look at the beauty. I see this more like a beautiful, historic renovation project. And times change, and medicine evolves. You cannot look at things in history just with the eyes of today."

Check out the full slideshow of images here.

Also from H&G this week:

Five things to know: About CFL bulbs - cost, safety, temperature and other facts and figures.

Your A/V Guy: Kevin Hunt reviews a seriously over-sized ipod docking station - its 18x12x15 and weighs 38 lbs! Add the 21" high stand and it tops 59 lbs...and there is even an XL option that goes weighs in even higher. The price tag is also quite large. But, according to this review, big size and price does equal good sound.

Dishing: Jean Marie Brownson revists a memorable Spanish meal with recipes for chicken with smoky red peppers and potatoes and butter lettuce salad with ajo blanco (white garlic) dressing.

Living the Green Life: This week the questions are about recylcing and Mike Mitchell of the Illinois Recycling association does the answering.

(We usually post our roundup early in the week - apologies for bumping it to Friday!)

Top Image: Tribune Photo by Michael Tercha

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