Magazine article Sunset

Plugged In

Magazine article Sunset

Plugged In

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At the entrance to Cornerstone Sonoma, where the Sunset Test Gardens and Outdoor Kitchen are located, a sweet little cottage with a white picket fence beckons visitors like something out of a Thornton Wilder novel. Brides often rent it when they book their weddings on the property; at last year's Celebration Weekend, we used it as our medical station (as well as an impromptu green room for Food-stage headliner Ayesha Curry). Several months ago, I found myself wondering: What would it take to convert a tiny dwelling from the 1900s into a cutting-edge connected home? And thus the Sunset Smart Cottage was born (page 54). Be one of the first to see it in action at our 2017 Celebration Weekend (from $35; May 20-21; sunset.com/cw).

What's exciting to me about this particular project is the intersection of tradition and technology. It's the same reason I savor this issue's Spring Planting Guide, which features a paean to scented geraniums (page 46) next to a front-yard makeover with a trio of hi/lo-tech tools (page 42). It's why I love the incongruous beauty of writer Dashka Slater's story on Nipton, a modern-day California ghost town turned sustainable community with eco-cabins that are rented out on Airbnb (page 68). …

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