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HOME & GARDEN
January 15, 2011 | By R. Daniel Foster, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Consider the whimsy that frames the hearth in David Edward Byrd and Jolino Beserra's 1928 Spanish bungalow. Clothed in broken ceramics and found and treasured objects, the fireplace resembles an outsize toy. The swirled mosaic pattern and jumble of shiny fun make one suspect it's crowded with spirits. "In fact," says Beserra, "it is. " "We built the fireplace as our portrait," adds Beserra, who in 1997 bought the three-bedroom Silver Lake home with Byrd, his partner of 28 years.
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HOME & GARDEN
August 4, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
"Twilight" star Peter Facinelli and his wife, actress Jennie Garth, are hoping for a bite on the $5,995,000 home they have listed in Toluca Lake. The Paul Williams traditional house was built in 1937 for country singer and actor Tex Ritter and was the childhood home of the late actor and comedian John Ritter. The structure retains Williams' architectural details including crown molding and a crescent-shaped staircase. Enlarged and renovated, the house has six bedrooms, eight bathrooms and 8,416 square feet of living space.
HOME & GARDEN
February 17, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
John Schneider, whose career has spanned from "The Dukes of Hazzard" in the '80s to "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" in the '90s to the still-running "Smallville," has listed his Agoura Hills home for sale at $2,199,000. The actor described the English-style house of nearly 7,000 square feet as having "an East Coast kind of flair. " "In the summer, it has ivy on the outside," he said. "We have fall at the house. You have to rake leaves. " Schneider raised his children on the 3-acre spread, which has a creek that leads to the area where "Dukes" (1979-85)
REAL ESTATE
April 23, 1989
Wrapped in an attractive exterior of wood siding accented by brick veneer and paned windows, this home is designed for today's housing needs--in terms of both style and affordability. The approach to the covered entry is graced by a brick planter. The side-lighted entry door opens to a spectacular living room, featuring vaulted ceilings, an open staircase, a hallway overlook upstairs and a fantastic fireplace arrangement. The fireplace unit includes a wood bin with overhead shelves to house TV and stereo components.
BUSINESS
December 27, 2009 | By Darrell Satzman
The south of France meets Pasadena's South Arroyo in a 1923 Mediterranean Revival house designed by renowned Southern California architects Reginald Johnson, Roland Coate and George Kaufmann. Built near the edge of a bluff, the home has expansive views of the Colorado Street Bridge, the Vista del Arroyo and the San Gabriel Mountains from most of its 15 rooms. A sloping, curved driveway winds from the street past a three-car garage and attached guesthouse up to a circular motor court at the front of the home.
BUSINESS
June 20, 2010 | By Dinah Eng
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.
BOOKS
April 15, 1990
You by the fireplace, your glass of whiskey Set on my mantelpiece, a little frisky As you are speaking of your long success And probing in my depths of idleness, Smooth talker, you, you Shakespeare of men's hearts, Now turned Catullus of the nether parts, I hear the offer you are making me, As crude and brutal as pure sex would be Without the love that should attend it.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2013 | By Sharon Mizota
Dutch artist Petra Schilder's exhibition at Carter & Citizen revitalizes a mostly bygone way of life. In the intimate gallery, Schilder has painstakingly constructed a replica of a Dutch smuiger , or fireplace, out of hand-painted ceramic tiles. The tiles, which cover the wall from floor to ceiling, depict a farm landscape dotted with sheep. The hearth is flanked by two chairs holding piles of sheared wool in its raw state, and a chandelier loaded with lumpy brown candles hangs from the ceiling.
HOME & GARDEN
January 19, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Actor, singer and tween heartthrob Carlos Pena Jr. has bought a Mediterranean-style home in the San Fernando Valley for close to its $1.5-million asking price. The 6,000-square-foot villa is set back from the road on a gated lot. It has a paver-stone courtyard with a fountain. The custom front door, with leaded and beveled glass and side lights, opens to a two-story foyer with limestone floor, curved staircase and crystal chandelier. There are five bedrooms and four bathrooms.
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