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HOME & GARDEN
December 19, 2009
Kid Made Modern Todd Oldham Ammo Books: 192 pp., $22.95
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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.
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 9, 2010 | Chris Erskine
On the 14th day of Christmas, my dad asks me to write his column for him again. He says he feels like Santa after the holidays, tapped out and smelling like sweaty reindeer. After all the holiday activity, my dad just likes to sit in his fave chair and "keep an eye on the kids," which is code for "watch a lot of bowl games." Oh, my God, we should put him out on the curb with the tree. "Got any of that good bacon left?" he hollers. "What bacon?" my mom answers. "We haven't had bacon in . . . " "My point exactly!"
HOME & GARDEN
January 16, 2010
Indoor-outdoor decor emporium Inner Gardens already has showrooms in Culver City and West Hollywood, so why open a third location -- especially in this tough retail climate? "Our client base is in Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, Malibu and Brentwood," President Stephen Block says. When a storefront became available on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, he moved fast. Doors opened Jan. 4, and the grand opening celebration is scheduled for Thursday. When asked whether the product mix of the new store will be influenced by the economy, Block responds: "We're perceived as expensive, but I don't mind.
HOME & GARDEN
February 13, 2010 | Chris Erskine
One of the things I miss most about first grade is the exchange of valentines. First-graders know how to handle love, and that is to give your heart to everyone. It's like boxing the trifecta at Santa Anita. You allow for almost every possibility. So the little guy has been working vigorously on his 20 valentines, licking the envelopes till they are wet as an engagement kiss. By the time he is done, the envelopes are so soggy that they start to wrinkle, like little cotton handkerchiefs just out of the wash.
HOME & GARDEN
January 30, 2010
New iPhone applications promise to make plant and bird identification easier, whether you're gardening in the backyard or hiking in the hills.
HOME & GARDEN
December 26, 2009
Each December welcomes the arrival of the Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds catalog, a veritable encyclopedia of time-honored, nonhybrid, nongenetically modified and nonpatented seeds for the home gardener. The 124-page publication is packed with enticing photographs of vintage vegetable, herb and flower varieties available by seed from the company, which is based in Mansfield, Mo. Most of the packets cost $1.75 to $2.50 apiece and yield delicious, healthy food that you can grow again and again, should you be inclined to collect seeds for future seasons.
HOME & GARDEN
January 9, 2010
Much of the buzz at the Consumer Electronics Show has been about connectivity, specifically the way in which TVs are bringing Internet services into the living room. Kwikset went a few steps further and brought connectivity to the front door. The company exhibited its SmartCode With Home Connect products, which allow homeowners to lock and unlock a door from anywhere in the world through the Internet or mobile phone. Among other features: Vacationers can set up the devices to send an e-mail or text message if a door is unlocked while they're away.
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