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.
• 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.