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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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HOME & GARDEN
December 12, 2009
There are farmed trees, there are fake trees and then there are living trees, those small pines and firs that are bought in pots and later planted. But this year, L.A. has another option: rental trees. Living Christmas Co. in Torrance is offering potted 2- to 7-foot-tall Christmas trees that are delivered and later picked up by a biodiesel truck. "For a lot of people, Christmas begins as soon as the tree shows up. It's awesome -- all joy," company founder Scott Martin said. But afterward, when the browning tree is lying by the curb?
HOME & GARDEN
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.
HOME & GARDEN
January 16, 2010 | By Debra Prinzing
Some call it aquamarine, robin's egg or Tiffany blue. The Pantone Color Institute calls it turquoise, and it's the company's official color of 2010. For the Home section, the announcement is something of a confirmation. Back in July, writer Barbara Thornburg declared turquoise a hot hue, alerting readers that they might see the shade on more plates, carpets, pillows and other accents for the home. Now, Pantone, the company that sets color standards for design industries, has chosen turquoise as the singular hue exemplifying consumer attitudes and preferences this year.
HOME & GARDEN
October 27, 2009 | By Lauren Beale
Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom has listed his Manhattan Beach home for $2,399,000. The two-level Mediterranean has five bedrooms and five bathrooms in about 4,200 square feet. Custom-built in 2002, the house has an open floor plan, a family room with a hand-carved bar, three stone fireplaces, an office and a swimming pool with a spa. There are views of downtown L.A., the Hollywood sign and the mountains. Odom, 29, bought the house in 2006 as a family home and a place to entertain his fellow Lakers, according to reports at the time.
HOME & GARDEN
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.
HOME & GARDEN
December 19, 2009
With his new book, Todd Oldham challenges Martha Stewart's reign as the ultimate creator of cool crafts. The 52 projects in Oldham's "Kid Made Modern" are inspired by midcentury greats such as Alexander Calder, Charles and Ray Eames and Isamu Noguchi. That may sound a little pretentious, but the ideas are ultimately just like the Modernist works they emulate: simple, distinctive and enjoyable. Many of the projects use inexpensive and recyclable materials. For wrapping paper reminiscent of Finnish textile maker Marimekko's designs, my daughter and I dipped bubble wrap in paint.
HOME & GARDEN
December 5, 2009 | By Alexandria Abramian Mott and David A. Keeps
Been invited to a holiday party that you'd really prefer to skip? Dying to regift Aunt Mitzi's potpourri of questionable origin? We surveyed creative minds for answers to holiday conundrums. You may not agree with the advice, but at least it's free. To launch our 101 suggestions for holiday cheer, we start with that perennial question: QUESTION: How do you handle the party guest who's had too much eggnog? Ed Begley Jr. Ed Begley Jr. , actor and environmentalist: I married her. Mary Sue Milliken , chef and restaurateur: Have more eggnog myself.
HOME & GARDEN
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.
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