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July 23, 2011 | Chris Erskine
If I were king, every day would start with a group run and end with a bonfire. If I were king, I'd have a big chair. It would have wheels and an engine. It would smell like baseball gloves and German shepherd puppies. The chair would recline, the first recliner-throne in world history. If I were king, Gordon Lightfoot would be our poet laureate (even though he's Canadian), and he'd give guitar lessons for free on Saturday afternoons. Anyone could come. If I were king, Mila Kunis would be secretary of the Navy.
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HOME & GARDEN
September 17, 2011 | Chris Erskine
Our house is so loud that it's beginning to kill off the landscaping. Shrubs are dying, and there's this ring — almost a solar corona — where the grass is browning around the foundation. Lately, even the spiders are clinging to life, that's how loud our house is. The other day the little guy runs in, slams the door so hard that all the 8-penny nails in the house pop a quarter-inch out of their sockets … baaaam, zip. He is breathless and carrying a lacrosse stick just because.
HOME & GARDEN
July 2, 2011 | Chris Erskine
I realized the house needed a little work when a crew from Habitat for Humanity showed up the other day and started rebuilding walls. I'd have let them continue, but I was afraid FEMA would roll in next, and who needs all those trailers in the yard? Well, I guess we do. It's a coach's lament. During baseball season, the house goes all to Helsinki. This visible decay makes my wife, Posh, a little crazy. I soothe her with bird sounds and keen observations, such as: "You know, wood looks better when it has a little weather in it. " Or, "I like the way that Adirondack chair peels in the sun — like in an Andrew Wyeth painting.
HOME & GARDEN
December 6, 2010 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Update: Former major league pitcher Bret Saberhagen has sold his gated Calabasas home for $2.4 million. The renovated and rebuilt compound includes a single-story Tuscan-style villa and two guesthouses on 1.2 acres. The main house, built in 1969 and renovated in 2008, has a home theater with a 90-inch screen and eight recliners, and a wine cellar that can seat 12. There are four bedrooms, six bathrooms and 5,300 square feet of living space. Outdoor amenities include a cabana with a fireplace and television, a swimming pool with spa, a wet bar and a putting green.
HOME & GARDEN
October 9, 2010 | Chris Erskine
So here we are back on the college campus, one of the greatest places you can ever be ? a center of serious thought and discussion. By the way, on a college campus, all communication now takes place by cellphone, primarily text messages. If Romeo and Juliet were attending college today, they'd be hanging out in their respective Starbucks, texting: "Where r't thou, dude?" Juliet would say with her thumbs. "Juz hangin'. U?" Romeo would respond, and then they'd try to hook up. Some people may see this as the death of romance, but I'm young enough to appreciate the magic.
HOME & GARDEN
June 4, 2011
To accommodate Bobby Blatt as she ages, the house was designed with some flexibility in mind. "You can plan for many different possibilities," Michael Blatt says, "but some might not ever happen, so you can also waste a lot of time and money. " Some examples of universal design — design for those who are physically challenged and those who are not — that Michael decided were worth incorporating. ALREADY INSTALLED Potential ground-floor bedroom: The family room on the ground floor doubles as a guest room but can become the master bedroom if stairs ever become too hard to climb.
HOME & GARDEN
December 4, 2010
Adamson House, Malibu The landmark house's special holiday night tours (see above) will start at 7, 7:30 and 8 p.m. Dec. 10, 11, 17 and 18. These tours cost $15 and include refreshment and a small souvenir. Reservations and prepayment are required. The regular Adamson House tours are offered 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, last tour at 2 p.m. These tickets are $2 to $5, cash only; children 5 and younger are free, and no reservations are needed. (310) 456-8432, http://www.
HOME & GARDEN
April 30, 2011 | Chris Erskine
My latest venture is freeze-dried clothing, for the person who always overpacks or, in my case, forgets to bring any socks. Freeze-dried socks, soon to be available in a hotel vending machine near you. Had been living out of a carry-on bag for five days when this freeze-dried concept just came to me suddenly, like an epic poem. I was sitting on a bar stool — go figure — next to a guy in a White Sox cap telling me about his plan to reinterpret the Old Testament in a way that had never really been attempted before.
HOME & GARDEN
August 11, 2010 | Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Rapper and actress Eve has listed her Hollywood Hills home at $2,045,000 or for lease at $15,000 a month, the Multiple Listing Service shows. The contemporary Mediterranean has large public rooms designed for entertaining and city light views. There are four bedrooms, 41/2 bathrooms and 4,297 square feet of living space. Eve, 31, appeared last year in the roller derby film "Whip It" and on "Glee" as a rival choral coach. She starred in the TV series "Eve" from 2003 to '06. Her first three albums sold more than 8 million copies worldwide.
HOME & GARDEN
September 25, 2010
Reading your Lost L.A. column on Frank Lloyd Wright's La Miniatura in Pasadena ("Want to Buy La Miniatura? Take Note," Sept. 4) brought back a flood of memories from my high school days in 1969. My best friend, Nicki, lived there with her grandfather, an industrialist from another era. Nicki and I spent many hours at La Miniatura hanging out as young teenage girls. I'd walk up the drive past the old Rolls-Royce, and the elderly and elegant butler would come to the door to announce my arrival.
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