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November 21, 2009 | Chris Erskine
My wife, Posh, is part Pilgrim. She's got all these funny ideas about religion and sex and is even pretty puritanical when it comes to what to stuff the turkey with. "No oysters!" she's always shouting. "Why not?" "No oysters!" she shouts again, like the zealot she is. Immediately, she goes back to stirring sauces and thwopping big metal pans with wooden spoons, which is what Pilgrim wives do for kicks. "Loosen up, woman," I say. "Yeah, loosen up, woman," say her sons, which always goes over very well.
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HOME & GARDEN
January 30, 2010
Ending Sunday: Gus Design Group, known for Minimalist furniture and reasonable prices, is offering a 15% discount on its entire collection to anyone who donates to a local food bank. The School chairs, pictured here in oak, have been reduced $40 to $225. The Ossington walnut ply end table, normally $445, is now $378. Other offerings include coffee tables, ottoman cubes, picture rails and some lighting. Go to Gusmodern.com for a list of retailers or order through DesignPublic.com, which offers free shipping.
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HOME & GARDEN
November 21, 2009
For wine lovers with a sense of humor and a taste for the modern, this bird decanter -- a new arrival at the Los Angeles store Fitzsu -- is a welcome change in the way one might aerate a favorite red. The profile suggests Scandinavian design, but the piece is actually mouth-blown glass from Italy. Think fun and functional: The low, wide bowl benefits younger vintages that need more room to breathe, and the shape of the piece allows for graceful handling and serving. Simply straddle your index and middle fingers around its leg and cradle the bowl in the palm of your hand, then pour.
HOME & GARDEN
January 30, 2010
Wood, steel, glass. Ho-hum. Materials deployed for the exterior of homes are growing increasingly adventurous. We asked Material ConneXion, an international consulting service that advises designers, companies and government agencies on design and construction, to explain some of the newest products to be used in residential projects. Emerging exterior materials include: La Terre finishing plaster : This plaster incorporates waste materials, including ground recycled concrete from old construction.
HOME & GARDEN
November 28, 2009 | Chris Erskine
A few days before Thanksgiving, my wife actually tried to brine me. She filled the tub with water and salt and soaked me like a bird. Every few hours, she'd come in and flip me around. Fortunately, soccer was over and I didn't have that much else to do. "You'll be more tender," she explained. "Probably not," I warned. "It works with Butterballs," Posh said. "Well, I'm not him." I'm telling you, these moms -- you've got to watch them. There's no telling what they'll try next.
HOME & GARDEN
December 12, 2009
The National Christmas Tree outside the White House represents the most energy-efficient tree in a long, long time, expected to consume just 6,000 watts of power, compared with 18,000 in 2008 and 40,000 in the years before that. The 42-foot-tall Colorado blue spruce is decorated with LEDs from topper to toe -- 750 strings of white lights in all. In the spirit of recycling, the White House and National Park Foundation also suggested that the team behind the tree "take a look at reusing some of the ornaments from the past," said Mary Beth Gotti, who designed the National Christmas Tree.
HOME & GARDEN
December 19, 2009
Sustainable Landscaping for Dummies Owen E. Dell Wiley: 364 pp, $21.99
HOME & GARDEN
December 19, 2009
Kid Made Modern Todd Oldham Ammo Books: 192 pp., $22.95
HOME & GARDEN
January 30, 2010
Ending Sunday: Gus Design Group, known for Minimalist furniture and reasonable prices, is offering a 15% discount on its entire collection to anyone who donates to a local food bank. The School chairs, pictured here in oak, have been reduced $40 to $225. The Ossington walnut ply end table, normally $445, is now $378. Other offerings include coffee tables, ottoman cubes, picture rails and some lighting. Go to Gusmodern.com for a list of retailers or order through DesignPublic.com, which offers free shipping.
HOME & GARDEN
December 12, 2009 | Chris Erskine
I don't mind the rain, for that's when Posh takes tiny, cautious steps between house and car -- sexy little cocktail waitress steps, as if in heels. I'm a pig, I know, but here in the suburbs we take sustenance where we can find it. If I'm really lucky, she's wearing a sweater. "Can you help me . . ." she starts to ask. "YESSSSSSS!" I say, and race to the car to carry in 25 Macy's bags and the spare tire. A long time ago, my wife told me that the only thing she really wanted for Christmas was for me to always look at her the way I did when she was 20. Done.
HOME & GARDEN
January 2, 2010
TODAY Viewing stones: California Aiseki Kai presents a weeklong display of "viewing stones." Popular in Asia for centuries, viewing stones invite contemplation of their subtle, graceful forms. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Friends' Hall, Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100; www.huntington.org. THURSDAY Efficient watering: The winter series of Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer kicks off with consultant Bob Galbreath's lecture on efficient irrigation in urban landscapes.
HOME & GARDEN
January 2, 2010 | Chris Erskine
It's difficult to sum up the Celtic drama that was our holidays. First, the whole place smelled of hot sauce and scrambled eggs for almost two weeks. What's with that? I finally had to crack open a window. The crowning moment probably came a few days before Christmas when the little girl called an impromptu family meeting. This stunned everybody, for we haven't had a family meeting in about seven years. The last time was just before the little guy was born, to announce we were still fertile and to tell the kids "let that be a lesson to you how a few moments of animal behavior can forever alter your life" -- that kind of stuff.
HOME & GARDEN
December 19, 2009
Sustainable Landscaping for Dummies Owen E. Dell Wiley: 364 pp, $21.99
HOME & GARDEN
December 19, 2009
Kid Made Modern Todd Oldham Ammo Books: 192 pp., $22.95
HOME & GARDEN
December 12, 2009
The National Christmas Tree outside the White House represents the most energy-efficient tree in a long, long time, expected to consume just 6,000 watts of power, compared with 18,000 in 2008 and 40,000 in the years before that. The 42-foot-tall Colorado blue spruce is decorated with LEDs from topper to toe -- 750 strings of white lights in all. In the spirit of recycling, the White House and National Park Foundation also suggested that the team behind the tree "take a look at reusing some of the ornaments from the past," said Mary Beth Gotti, who designed the National Christmas Tree.
HOME & GARDEN
December 12, 2009 | Chris Erskine
I don't mind the rain, for that's when Posh takes tiny, cautious steps between house and car -- sexy little cocktail waitress steps, as if in heels. I'm a pig, I know, but here in the suburbs we take sustenance where we can find it. If I'm really lucky, she's wearing a sweater. "Can you help me . . ." she starts to ask. "YESSSSSSS!" I say, and race to the car to carry in 25 Macy's bags and the spare tire. A long time ago, my wife told me that the only thing she really wanted for Christmas was for me to always look at her the way I did when she was 20. Done.
HOME & GARDEN
November 28, 2009
The Atwater Village home of Rebecca Rudolph and Colin Thompson will be included in the Dec. 6 Eastside Eco-Tour. Participants can drive to Silver Lake and Los Feliz homes and gardens that demonstrate sustainable practices such as water conservation, energy efficiency and organic gardening. The homes will be open noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For a map: farmfeliz.org/EastsideEcoTour.
HOME & GARDEN
January 2, 2010
TODAY Viewing stones: California Aiseki Kai presents a weeklong display of "viewing stones." Popular in Asia for centuries, viewing stones invite contemplation of their subtle, graceful forms. 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Friends' Hall, Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 1151 Oxford Road, San Marino. (626) 405-2100; www.huntington.org. THURSDAY Efficient watering: The winter series of Thursday Garden Talks With Lili Singer kicks off with consultant Bob Galbreath's lecture on efficient irrigation in urban landscapes.
HOME & GARDEN
November 28, 2009 | Chris Erskine
A few days before Thanksgiving, my wife actually tried to brine me. She filled the tub with water and salt and soaked me like a bird. Every few hours, she'd come in and flip me around. Fortunately, soccer was over and I didn't have that much else to do. "You'll be more tender," she explained. "Probably not," I warned. "It works with Butterballs," Posh said. "Well, I'm not him." I'm telling you, these moms -- you've got to watch them. There's no telling what they'll try next.
HOME & GARDEN
November 28, 2009
The Atwater Village home of Rebecca Rudolph and Colin Thompson will be included in the Dec. 6 Eastside Eco-Tour. Participants can drive to Silver Lake and Los Feliz homes and gardens that demonstrate sustainable practices such as water conservation, energy efficiency and organic gardening. The homes will be open noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For a map: farmfeliz.org/EastsideEcoTour.
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