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March 14, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
It's time for our annual list of spring garden tours and events, for all you planners. Be sure to check organizers' websites for more information and updates, because some events do sell out. Additions to the list and suggestions are welcome via reader comments. April 6-7: More than 40 gardens, each planted with at least 50% California native plants, will be featured in the 10th annual self-guided tour organized by the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants . 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
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January 2, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Acorn owners Maggie Lobl, Erin Tanaka and Laura Tanaka said they wanted to open a home and garden boutique in Eagle Rock because of Colorado Boulevard's amiable vibe. “It's so friendly here,” Lobl said. “People really walk in this neighborhood and favor local indie shops.” Indeed, earlier this week, repeat visitors from the neighborhood stopped in to shop for gifts and peruse the sunny, welcoming space. Packed with terrariums, planters, books and ceramics, the former paintball supply store features a refreshing variety of accessories that won't break the bank: graphic Pehr tea towels ($13.50)
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HOME & GARDEN
July 24, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Try not to get too excited, but "Curb Your Enthusiasm" star Cheryl Hines and her husband, producer Paul Young , have put their gated Brentwood home on the market at $4,249,000. The Mandeville Canyon-area estate, built in 1951, sits on about two-thirds of an acre with mountain views and a swimming pool. The renovated Cape Cod-inspired house has an open floor plan and was designed for indoor-outdoor entertaining. The detached guesthouse includes a kitchen. In all, there are six bedrooms, 5 1/2 bathrooms and more than 4,900 square feet of living space.
HOME & GARDEN
November 15, 2013 | By Rob Robinson
I was done. At 57, I had three cratered marriages behind me, all with intelligent women and mutually agreed upon endings that separated them from me and me from my money and a couple of nice homes. It was like I was in the major leagues and just couldn't seem to hit the curve. And they kept throwing it. So I got out of the game. No more long-term relationships, no shared keys, no traveling toothbrushes, none of that. And the strategy worked for a while, not spectacularly, but it worked.
HOME & GARDEN
October 2, 2010 | By Sam Watters, Special to the Los Angeles Times
There are two great tea parties: the Boston tax revolt in 1773 and the homey tea time enjoyed since the Pilgrims landed in 1620. Here's a story about the Plymouth Rock variety. The year was 1946 and movie babe Jennifer Jones was 27. She'd rocketed to fame playing the ingénue daughter of compassionate Claudette Colbert in David Selznick's blockbuster "Since You Went Away. " She'd won an Oscar for her pious saint in "The Song of Bernadette," and notoriety was on the way for her turn as a sex goddess in the just-released "Duel in the Sun. " Branded by critics as "Lust in the Sun," that film ?
HOME & GARDEN
August 6, 2010 | Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Update: Actress Missi Pyle and her husband, grizzly bear expert and naturalist Casey Anderson, have sold their Beachwood Canyon home for $659,000. The bungalow of about 880 square feet sits in the hills below the Hollywood sign. Built in 1926, it has an open-plan dining and living room, a wood-burning fireplace, two bedrooms and one bathroom. There are outdoor living and dining areas, a spa and gardens with fruit trees and wisteria. Pyle appeared on "Grey's Anatomy" this year and is shooting a pilot, "How to Be a Better American," for ABC. She stars in the film "Miss Nobody," which premiered in June at the Seattle International Film Festival.
HOME & GARDEN
October 30, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
They found the home listing in the PennySaver, of all places. Todd Porter and Diane Cu barely glanced at the interior of the run-down three-bedroom, two-bathroom house when they arrived for a walk-through, and instead they headed straight to the sprawling backyard overgrown with brush and suffocated by a giant pine. "We looked at each other and said, 'This is it,'" Porter recalled. PHOTO GALLERY: Inside the "Bountiful" garden The Costa Mesa backyard wasn't neat or squared off like Southern California yards are supposed to be. Instead, the 11,000-square-foot lot was a jagged, oddly shaped U. It was perfect for the couple's plans: To carve out a quiet oasis where they could live a garden-to-plate lifestyle.
HOME & GARDEN
May 26, 2012 | By Jill Cargerman, Special to the Los Angeles Times
We're at Cirque du Soleil on the beach, amazed and giggling and holding hands. It's a children's wonderland. We're not children - my husband and I are in our 40s. But we're having the time of our lives, until we recognize a couple we know across the big top … also in their 40s, there with their small children and disapproving looks. We don't have children. We are conspicuously alone, in an altered state, and have been caught falling out of our seats with delight, popcorn spilled in our laps, tears streaming down our cheeks from the sheer joy of it all, not to mention tripping.
HOME & GARDEN
July 14, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
A Beverly Hills home owned by entertainer Dean Martin in the 1980s has come on the market at $4,495,000. The remodeled contemporary, built in 1959, has an open-plan living and dining room with angled ceilings, a fireplace and walls of glass looking out to the pool and spa area, a fountain and terraces. In the kitchen, the island — with a wine cellar, a sink and prep space — can seat four. There are five bedrooms and six bathrooms. Martin, who died in 1995 at age 78, was a film and television actor and nightclub singer turned recording artist.
HOME & GARDEN
August 8, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Jon Feltheimer, chief executive of the Santa Monica film and television studio Lions Gate Entertainment Corp., has sold his Holmby Hills estate for $14.4 million. The 1.4-acre flat property overlooks a fairway at the private Los Angeles Country Club. The 6,400-square-foot house, built in 1927, has five bedrooms and 51/2 bathrooms. Feltheimer, 59, bought the property in 2009 for $9,812,500, public records show. David Offer of Prudential California, Brentwood, was the listing agent, according to the Multiple Listing Service.
HOME & GARDEN
November 2, 2013 | By Charlotte Davidson
After 11 years of married life in Paris, my French husband and I divorced. I packed up our two kids and returned to my native California, to Los Angeles - a place I considered not so much a city as a motorized less-than. No cafe-lined grands boulevards where the chic could stroll and discuss philosophy, just plenty of strip malls filled with doughnut shops and nail salons where regulars carped about traffic and cellphone service. But my kids needed to keep up their French, and L.A. had not one but at least two French schools, so I anticipated the positives.
HOME & GARDEN
October 30, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
They found the home listing in the PennySaver, of all places. Todd Porter and Diane Cu barely glanced at the interior of the run-down three-bedroom, two-bathroom house when they arrived for a walk-through, and instead they headed straight to the sprawling backyard overgrown with brush and suffocated by a giant pine. "We looked at each other and said, 'This is it,'" Porter recalled. PHOTO GALLERY: Inside the "Bountiful" garden The Costa Mesa backyard wasn't neat or squared off like Southern California yards are supposed to be. Instead, the 11,000-square-foot lot was a jagged, oddly shaped U. It was perfect for the couple's plans: To carve out a quiet oasis where they could live a garden-to-plate lifestyle.
HOME & GARDEN
September 27, 2013 | Chris Erskine
Bob Newhart has a wonderful old bit where he claims that if you gave enough monkeys enough typewriters, sooner or later they would write all the great books. Whether they would come up with great comedy bits is another matter. You have to think that art isn't merely a mob effort. All it really takes is the right monkey. I used to think that if there were no booze, there would've been no great books. What sun is to citrus, hooch is to the recesses of the literary mind. That's not to say aspiring authors should drink.
HOME & GARDEN
September 6, 2013 | By Carrie Friedman
I am running errands on a rare free afternoon when I drive past the restaurant Little Door on 3rd Street and surprise myself by having an anxiety attack, pronounced enough that I have to pull over. I can't get a good breath. My hands are so sweaty they slip on the steering wheel. I was last here a decade ago with my boyfriend at the time. We were together for six years, and for most of those years I felt like a disheveled beauty queen, my sash out of whack, Vaseline smeared on my teeth, trying so hard to win his love.
HOME & GARDEN
August 30, 2013 | By Robyn Brown
"I've waited this long for Mr. Right," my 38-year-old sister said as she leaned toward me over her albacore protein roll, the sushi restaurant buzzing with sake-soaked conversation. "I'm not going to settle for anything less than magic. " I knew the adrenaline rush she meant. In the wake of my divorce eight years ago, I'd fallen hard for a new boyfriend - a contemporary artist who was scruffy in a way I thought very Julian Schnabel but my friends considered merely dirty - and my life of petty arguments and lawyer phone calls suddenly seemed dusted with a dreamy shimmer of serendipity.
HOME & GARDEN
August 16, 2013 | By Rebecca Green
I'm watching an unfamiliar man pace my room, sweat dripping from his scarred neck. He tells me I'm in danger. I'd been in a minor car accident, and he believes I may have suffered permanent injury. "You need an MRI," he urges. "But I feel fine and my X-rays were normal," I insist. "Injuries don't show up right away. You could have traumatic brain injury. You can't just assume everything is OK. " His agitation grows. I know this man, but I've never seen him like this. His years serving as an Air Force captain in Afghanistan are bearing down on him - and on us. I don't know if I can stay with someone this afraid.
HOME & GARDEN
May 28, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Former "Two and a Half Men" star Charlie Sheen has listed his residence in Beverly Hills' gated Mulholland Estates for $7.2 million. The Mediterranean-style mansion was designed for entertaining and is touted as having spacious public rooms, a screening room and balconies and terraces off the front. The 7,924-square-foot house, constructed in 1992, has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The grounds include an outdoor kitchen with a dining area, a swimming pool and a spa. The actor, 45, was fired earlier this year from the CBS sitcom on which he had starred since 2003.
HOME & GARDEN
July 11, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Update: The longtime Bel-Air home of actress Elizabeth Taylor has sold for an undisclosed amount. The house came on the market in May at $8.6 million. The listing agent, David Mossler of Teles Properties in Beverly Hills, declined to reveal the sales price, and weeks or months may pass before it will appear in public records. Owned by the Oscar-winning actress since 1981, the 1960s ranch-style house sits on 1.27 acres, which include a swimming pool with spa, gardens and a koi pond.
HOME & GARDEN
July 6, 2013 | By Sara Reichling
Looking back, perhaps it was just timing. Or perhaps it was the peculiar ambience of the Saddle Ranch Chop House (mechanical bull, sticky floor and stale beer smell) that thwarted a connection. Normally I wouldn't have been caught dead in that place, but it was Christmas Eve, and I had agreed to meet my friend Rachel, her boyfriend and their friend Joe for drinks. Joe was handsome in a normal-guy kind of way. Not my type - a bit too old and too well dressed. All I remember from that day is that he smoked menthols, he lived in Hollywood, and never in my life had a guy shown less interest in me. The next couple of years, I saw Joe once or twice, always at parties on the Eastside, where, to my dismay, my newly married friends had been migrating.
HOME & GARDEN
June 22, 2013 | Chris Erskine
I have a crush on my polo pony. His name is Leon. Many polo ponies come from other countries. Leon is American. The last time I drove a domestic was a Chevy rental. Liked it well enough to try again. So Leon and I are a couple now. At least for an afternoon, while I learn to play polo out in Temecula. Last week, hang gliding. This week, polo. Please don't mock me, though I certainly would if I were you. It's as if I've suddenly awakened as a thrill-seeking playboy, the algorithms of my next fortune dancing in my pretty little head.
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