House and Garden Highlights: 5.31.06

House and Garden Highlights: 5.31.06

Jun 1, 2006

It was good to read that people in NY will pay extra to fund an enlightenened corporate ethos around boho chic furniture and homewares ("...customers willingly paid as much as 20 percent more for products bearing labels that cited a positive social impact -- in particular, the use of fair labor practices in their manufacture.").

But it was surprising that a department store in NY (ABC) beat the Left Coast to this concept.

Yup, all the action has been in NY for the last week. The Chron even paid reporter Zahid Sardar to cover the Bay Area's noteworthy contribution to ICFF, the mammoth contemporary furniture showcase. Highlights after the jump.

King of the roses: The rose has met both its match and its maker in Tom Carruth, a 54-year-old hybridizer who's won 9 All-America Rose Selections awards in 10 years.

A three-ring design circus: Practically a who's who of the San Francisco contemporary furniture design world.

PICK OF THE WEEK: Buddleia alternifolia: Demetra Bowles Lathrop plants Buddleia alternifolia to conjure butterflies in a year when they are in short supply. This bush's street name is, literally,"Fountain Butterfly Bush."

At ABC, shoppers can align spending with personal values: ABC Carpet and Home is one of our favorite places to lose an afternoon in NY, and they are now sweetening the pot (as well as making it more pricey) by evolving towards a corporate goal of showcasing and selling "100 percent responsible design."

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