July 7, 2010 |
For those who wonder what reality television would look like if it hadn't been hijacked by drama queens — Gordon Ramsay, Speidi, Jon and Kate, the assorted Housewives — or if it wasn't so obviously and ruthlessly scripted and over-produced, "Come Dine With Me," which premieres Wednesday on BBC America, is entertaining and addictive proof that less is definitely more. In various British locales — Bath, Swindon, London, etc. — four strangers each prepare a multi-course meal in his or her home for the other three.
May 22, 1991
After reading your article in the May 7 Times, I just had to write to you. Many of my contemporaries are a little provoked, but you really hit the nail on the head. I have heard about the "Casserole Brigade" ever since I h a ve known about Leisure World. No one has ever had the nerve to come right out and write about it, but now that you have, the closets are opening up! There are enough innuendoes and discriminations going on to fill several books. Keep writing, and I'll keep quilting, and maybe some day the twain will meet.
November 27, 1986 |
How to Get Organized When You Don't Have the Time by Stephanie Culp (Writer's Digest Books: paperback, $9.95). Stephanie Culp has taken on an intrinsically dreary subject--orderly closets, tidy files, a place for everything and everything in its place--and makes it all seem exciting, even enticing.
June 6, 2010 |
A beautifully preserved 99-year-old Craftsman home, built by Pasadena architect J. Constantine Hillman for himself, blends elements of the early 20th century Arts and Crafts movement with a whimsical playfulness to create a fairy tale house with an unobstructed view of the Arroyo Seco. With a wood shake exterior and a traditional front porch, the two-story house is entered through a central living room, anchored by a fireplace updated with faux Batchelder tile. Patterned redwood paneling, original oak flooring and picture ledges give the room a rough hewn, yet detailed look.
September 19, 1998
As an apartment dweller, reading "Civic Blueprints" (by Nicolai Ouroussoff, Aug. 29) gave me a hoot and a moan in its focus on Gregory Ain's alleged adaptable designs in single dwellings. I wonder about those Mar Vista real estate buyers stripping the owner-modified stark Ain designs back to their original shoebox appearance and claustrophobic dimensions. Are they seeking to create hospitable living spaces and a friendly neighborhood, or marketable objects of art for upscale, single or childless Westsiders?
July 7, 1996
As one who has lived in, loved in and nurtured the family home for close to 30 years, and now has it on the market, I found your article ("Hello, Wake Up and Smell the Cat Box, Home Sellers," June 2) quite depressing. Our home is spacious, immaculate and attractive, and located in the convenient Beverly Center neighborhood. It has the charm of a home built in the 1920s--lovely hardwood floors, stained glass window, beautiful tile work, large rooms and closets, plus all new water pipes, new roof, sparkling spa and pool, wiring for cable TV and the Internet.
July 30, 2001
I read the account of the skunk attack ("With a Skunk Around, Family Life Stinks," July 17) with amusement and remembrances of horror. About 18 months ago my husband, adult son and I were rudely awakened at 3:30 a.m. to the horrific smell of what seemed to be a chemical fire. The fire department quickly arrived in force. Imagine our embarrassment to hear, "Lady, you had a skunk!" My husband showered, dressed and went to church to sing in the choir. The choir members politely requested he go home, change, and shower again between the first and second services, which he did. Monday morning we were delighted to hear about SKUNKS, a volunteer organization run by Share Bond at (310)
June 20, 2010 |
A golfer's personal paradise can be found at Porcupine Creek, a 249-acre estate in Rancho Mirage that features a Mediterranean-inspired villa, four casitas, four guesthouses and a private 19-hole golf course, with that extra hole available for playoff games. "It has its own driving range, clubhouse, lakes and sweeping panoramas of the mountains and valley floors," says Barbara Duskin of Hilton & Hyland, an affiliate of Christie's Great Estates, in Beverly Hills. Gates open to a long, meandering drive past landscaped gardens and brooks to the front entrance, where a covered stone walkway leads to the house.
May 17, 1987 |
Question: I own a home with a pool and am tired of taking care of it. It's rarely used. What can I do to rid myself of the pool without filling it in with dirt or destroying its value? Answer: Readers who would love to have their own swimming pools are going to read your question and weep. However, if the pool is not being used, it's understandable that you would like to use the space for another purpose. One solution might be to build a deck over the pool area.