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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.
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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.
HOME & GARDEN
June 11, 2011 | Chris Erskine
At our school, the end-of-year open house is a big PR stunt, and everybody knows it. The classrooms are way over the top. They look like the set of a Tim Burton movie — colorful, outsized, everything moving. There are salmon spinning from the ceiling and family trees along the wall, some full of nuts. In the back of the class, one of the children is playing Vivaldi's "Juditha Triumphans" on a toy xylophone. Not my kid, mind you, but someone's. As the night unfolds, his teacher, Mrs. Norris, stands proudly to the side with that buttermilk smile of hers, as if saying, "See what your children have done?
HOME & GARDEN
December 3, 2011 | Chris Erskine
You know my favorite drinking glass? The skull of a fallen enemy. I buy them in sets of eight. I mention this because it's so difficult to find the right gift. Another thing I'd like for Christmas is brain surgery. A recent MRI found that my brain rests in what medical experts call "the missionary position," toes to the ceiling, in the laziest cranial pose a brain can assume. They never explained why my brain had toes. Or why it was wearing socks. "I really have a brain?" I asked, "because for years …" "Look here," the doc said, pointing to the scan.
HOME & GARDEN
November 6, 2010 | Chris Erskine
I packed Grandma away with the Halloween decorations the other day. Honest mistake. You know how it goes; you get a little rhythm going and pretty soon you're just throwing everything in the box, boom-boom-boom. Fortunately, my wife heard Grandma yelling from the box in the basement later in the day. Seriously, she couldn't have been down there more than a few hours. "What's that?" Posh asked. "Just my stomach," I said. "Mom?!!" So, we unpacked the old heirloom and plopped her on a stool near the kitchen TV. Nobody was really to blame, of course, yet Posh seemed a little frosted over the whole episode.
HOME & GARDEN
February 19, 2011 | Chris Erskine
The thing about men doing chores around the house is that when we are done, a simple "thank you" will not suffice. What we really want ? and expect ? are a parade and ceremony involving government dignitaries, beauty queens and an F-16 flyover. After that, a catered lunch is in order, some short speeches about the man's selflessness and dedication, and a modest cash grant. That's about it. Maybe they could name a school after him, but that's only for really special chores ? like laundry or bathing the kids.
HOME & GARDEN
August 20, 2010
Regarding "Incredible Lightness," the July 31 cover article on a Venice house brightened by skylights, glass walls and glass flooring: Several big problems come to mind with all those creative openings. They undoubtedly give the house an eerie look and feel at night and let in too much light for sleeping. All that sunshine fades the furniture and furnishings. The heating and air conditioning bill must be astronomical. Enjoy your clever design. Stephany Yablow North Hollywood Architect Dennis Gibbens responds: Actually, the amount of glass and skylights means that I don't have to have supplemental lighting during the daytime.
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