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December 19, 2009 | By Emily Green
The idea that suburban gardens might be "sustainable" came late to Southern California. Modern Los Angeles was sold on the promise that anything grows here. Exotic plants were status symbols. Sunshine was constant, and the only worry about water was finding plants best suited to go next to the swimming pool. More than a century later, the fantasy style is out. Sustainable is in. There's only one problem. What does sustainable mean? Landscape architect Owen Dell has cut through the eco-babble to offer not just a definition but also a how-to book.
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.
December 12, 2009
To update a vintage house the same way David Ritch did: Simplify surfaces A restrained materials palette, including oak for flooring and cabinet finishes, unifies the interiors. Use built-ins Closets, bookshelves and tables are incorporated into the architecture. "You don't have to buy furniture if you build it into the room," Ritch says. Capture unused spaces The designer added 120 square feet by using the ceiling volume as a loft.
December 3, 2009 | By Lauren Beale
Producer Marshall Herskovitz has sold his home in a Brentwood equestrian area for $4.6 million, according to the Multiple Listing Service. The one-story ranch-style house, built in 1948, was designed for entertaining and opens to covered patios and an expansive backyard. The flat lot of more than half an acre includes a swimming pool and spa. The 2,655-square-foot home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. Herskovitz, 57, recently purchased an equestrian home in Calabasas for $4.1 million.
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.
October 9, 2009 | By Lauren Beale
Producer Marshall Herskovitz has purchased an equestrian property in Calabasas for $4.1 million. The ranch has a Mediterranean-style house with six bedrooms and seven bathrooms in 7,000 square feet, a seven-stall barn, two arenas, pastureland and a separate caretaker apartment. The remodeled home's family room opens to a wrap-around veranda overlooking the swimming pool area. An outdoor living area has a hacienda-style fireplace and barbecue. There are mature oak trees and a creek.
May 21, 2000
The Bluff Park Neighborhood Assn. and Long Beach Heritage will present home-and-garden tours in the Bluff Park Historical District of Long Beach on June 4 from 1 to 5 p.m. The second annual tour will highlight the "treasures of Bluff Park," including a Victorian Queen Anne home and a 1912 bungalow, as well as Spanish Revival and Colonial Revival homes. Advance tickets are available for $18. For information, call the Long Beach Heritage office at (562) 493-7019.
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