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HOME & GARDEN
January 30, 2010
Not a soap fetishist? Unsure when is the proper time to bust out "the nice soap"? You still may fall in love with the Spell It Out soaps by L.A.-based Dugshop, which recently launched Bubblegenius.com. At 2 1/2 inches, each is smaller than you might think. But can you imagine anything more delightful, cheerful or Dadaist than these soaps ($5 apiece) in a little dish next to the sink, like an offering of oversized Sweethearts? Dugshop's other products include a Morning Bagels Soap Set that looks -- and reportedly smells -- like freshly baked bagels, and the Wright Suds Stained Glass Window Soap based on the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright.
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HOME & GARDEN
December 19, 2009
What are the must-haves in Southern California potting sheds these days? We asked the folks at Gardener's Supply, the Vermont-based mail-order company. Its most popular tools and gadgets among California consumers are those that support sustainable gardening, spokeswoman Maree Gaetani says. "Our kitchen compost crocks are big -- including the new bamboo one," she says. The Bamboo Crock, a container for kitchen scraps that can be composted, is made from a sustainable material and has a 3 1/3 -quart removable pail and a snug-fitting lid. It measures 11 inches high and 7 3/4 inches in diameter.
HOME & GARDEN
December 26, 2009
Re "Stories for Life" (Dec. 19): How I wish I'd seen your article encouraging the interviewing of aging loved ones in 1975! As a teenager growing up in the very remote Ozarks, I used to keep my elderly grandmother company while she hand-churned butter or made her own incredibly tasty cottage cheese while I watched. She casually would mention "that pinch-faced President Wilson" or admire that late, lovely young actress named Marilyn Monroe while I listened, utterly unaware of the deep wellspring of history sitting across from me. If only I'd secured some of these many interesting retrospective observations on tape!
HOME & GARDEN
December 19, 2009
In Korean, duson means two hands. It's the ideal name for designer Yeung Kim's Silver Lake store, a mix of contemporary home furnishings he made from recycled objects as well as other midcentury furniture and found art. "I like to mix American, Asian, antiques and modern," says Kim, who sells 500-year-old bronze bowl rims from Korea mounted on sleek wooden bases. Point to a thick wooden chopping block mounted on an old typewriter stand or a table lamp made from dented cola cans, and Kim will say, "I made that."
HOME & GARDEN
January 30, 2010
Ah, nature. It's so full of whatchamacallits. For many people, no labels are necessary when a flower catches the eye or a bird flits overhead. It could be a cuckoo or it could be a sparrow. It's background. For others, the problem isn't lack of interest, but memory. By the time most of us are back home flipping through a bird book, our minds will have played tricks with the plumage. He is sure it was an oriole; she is just as sure it was a woodpecker. A new iPhone application from Audubon Guides can settle the dispute.
HOME & GARDEN
January 23, 2010 | Chris Erskine
"I'm 7," the little guy tells me the other day. "Oh?" "You know my friend Daniel?" "Yeah?" "He's 6 and three ounces." I love these Family Circus moments. We don't normally have a Family Circus kind of family. We trend toward sarcasm and savage mimicry. In our family, a joke isn't really considered a success unless someone's crying. No, I don't know where it comes from either. I've always been a very upbeat person. It's the Irish in me. I glow from the inside (which helps illuminate my fishbowl head)
HOME & GARDEN
January 16, 2010 | By Emily Green
Birdsong can be piped into gardens. It's done at the museum and garden complex known as the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. However, for those who prefer the sound of actual birds, perhaps the single most important step that any gardener can take is to stop pruning during nesting season. Some of us are familiar with the concept of stilling the saws and allowing birds to breed, but we follow an Eastern calendar. Unfortunately, that time frame doesn't apply in Southern California. Whereas bird-nesting in the East is a spring event, it begins here in winter.
HOME & GARDEN
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.
HOME & GARDEN
December 9, 2009 | By Lauren Beale
Update: Fashion photographer David LaChapelle has sold his 1920s Spanish-style home in the Sunset Strip area for $1.6 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows. The multilevel house with a view of the Chateau Marmont has three bedrooms and 1 1/2 bathrooms in an open floor plan of 1,912 square feet. There is a remodeled kitchen, a living room fireplace, dark hardwood floors, a blue-tile swimming pool and a spa. LaChapelle, 46, who has published books, directed videos and made documentaries, is known for his portraits of celebrities, including David Beckham, Lance Armstrong, Britney Spears and Mariah Carey.
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