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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!
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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.
HOME & GARDEN
November 30, 2009 | By Lauren Beale
Update: Former MOCA director Jeremy Strick has sold his Westwood-area home for $2,235,000, according to the Multiple Listing Service. The Spanish-style house, with six bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms in 4,327 square feet, was built in 1930. It has two walled courtyards, a step-down living room with a beamed ceiling, a paneled library with built-in bookcases, arched doorways and a covered patio with an outdoor fireplace. There is a swimming pool and spa, a circular driveway and mountain views.
HOME & GARDEN
September 30, 2009 | By Lauren Beale
Update: Actress Meg Ryan has put her Bel-Air home back up for sale at $14.2 million. She had listed the compound in October 2008 at $19.5 million but withdrew it from the market at the end of February. The Spanish-style house, built in 1931, has been restored and features stenciled beam ceilings, arched doorways and ironwork. French doors open to city and ocean views, a loggia, a dining pavilion and the swimming pool. The four fireplaces include one in the guesthouse.
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