From the Editor


On the Home-and-Garden Front


    For readers who love home and design, this is the issue for you.
    It’s a luxury tour of the East Bay home-and-garden front, covering the topic from the inside out. It’s chock-full of articles on upscale green living, opulent kitchens, gorgeous gardens and Oakland’s own art movement with inviting photography guaranteed to keep the eyes lingering.
    Eco-conscious homebodies will be impressed with the Japanese-inspired green spec home that architect-builder Sallie Lang, a disciple of Paul Discoe and Joinery Structures, created—an open, airy, multistory manse with expansive views from its steep Oakland Hills perch. It lingered on the market until the right homeowners came along, and contributor Tiffany Carboni relays how the modern, spacious habitat came to be.
    Foodie fiends will swoon over the inspired kitchen renovations that sparkle with bright colors, crisp lines, interesting composites and one-of-a-kind features they’ll immediately rush to imitate. See what challenges these homeowners faced and overcame in their quest to create their picture-perfect renovation.
    The net-savy, penny-pinching set will find comrades-in-eBay-and-Craigslist-arms in the Eastmont couple, chef Pierre Harriet and nurse Gena Owens, who built the kitchen of their dreams from the ground up on a surprisingly inexpensive budget. They carried it off by doing much of the work (drywall, installations, etc.) themselves, hunting far and wide for bargains (hello, World Wide Web) and knowing when to splurge (on counters) and where to save (on cabinets). The result is a professional chef’s dream of a kitchen with an interesting story behind every nook, cranny, faucet and appliance, an MO that carries through the rest of this couple’s newly constructed split-level abode with killer views of the bay.
    Gardeners who long for the gurgling sounds of lush outdoor water features can vicariously traipse through a few Bay Area gems where manmade streams tumble over rock piles or pool lusciously into calming ponds in head-turning flora-infested yards, bucolic retreats sure to relax the most uptight Type As.
    And art lovers can learn about the Oakland Reuse Movement, Oaktown’s individual style of artistic expression that leads creatives to dumpsters and found objects to turn everyday trash into extraordinary treasures, from paintings to furniture. It’s amazing stuff that would enhance any art gallery as well as an average Joe’s home decor.
    Other nuggets in store this month: Block Party heads to the Laurel; an Oakland journalist sets out to save the world through a nonprofit press institute; Dialogues
gets the scoop from Wes “Scoop” Nisker; and Cocina Poblana is the featured restaurant review.
    So go on, get reading.
    One last note: Oakland Magazine did well in the recent East Bay Press Club annual awards recognizing work published in 2007. Art director Debbi Murzyn took home third-place honors for page design for “Slow Pleasures” [November 2007], an article written by contributing writer Wanda Hennig who earned third-place recognition in the lifestyle feature category. Illustrator Julie Goonan received a second-place award in illustration for “Earth Friend or Foe?”[May 2007].

Judith M. Gallman



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