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December 10, 2009 | By Lauren Beale
Update: Fashion designer Randolph Duke has sold his award-winning Hollywood Hills house for $5.3 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows. The modern home, designed by XTen Architecture, won the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles chapter award for residential design in 2007. Set on a promontory, the gated 4,800-square-foot house has 10-foot-high glass panels that open to 6,500 square feet of outdoor terraces, decks and gardens. There is a silver-leaf tiled swimming pool, a reflecting pond and downtown-to-ocean views from the three-bedroom, 3 1/2 -bathroom trilevel.
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HOME & GARDEN
January 23, 2010
Fifty pencil drawings of Eichler homes in Orange will be exhibited next month inside a classic Eichler being restored to its original 1964 condition. Architect Jeffrey Crussell's artwork will be on view Feb. 20 to March 20. You can request an invitation by e-mailing crussellj@earthlink.net . Info: www.crussellfinearts.com.
HOME & GARDEN
February 22, 2010 | By Lauren Beale
Technology entrepreneur and philanthropist David Bohnett has listed his restored Holmby Hills estate for $18.9 million. Designed by A. Quincy Jones in 1955 for actor Gary Cooper, the wood, stone and glass house has four bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms in 5,721 square feet and sits on nearly 2 1/2 wooded acres. Paths and low rock walls traverse the grounds and gardens. A canopied walkway leads to the open entrance hall. The living room features terrazzo floors, a raised stone fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the swimming pool.
HOME & GARDEN
February 17, 2010 | By Lauren Beale
Palomino Hacienda, the Las Vegas estate leased by Michael Jackson from 2006 through 2008, is listed at $12.8 million. If a buyer is not forthcoming, it will be sold at a luxury home auction in April. The 1.7-acre compound was the late pop icon's last residence in Las Vegas. The 20,638-square-foot main house has a chapel, several living rooms, four bedrooms, 4 1/2 bathrooms and a maid's or guest quarters with a kitchen. The house includes an 8,500-square-foot basement, which the 15-time Grammy winner used as storage for his memorabilia, book and art collections and as a studio.
HOME & GARDEN
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.
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
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
More Is More Hutton Wilkinson Abrams: 368 pp., $75
HOME & GARDEN
December 19, 2009
Sustainable Landscaping for Dummies Owen E. Dell Wiley: 364 pp, $21.99
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