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January 21, 2010 | By Lauren Beale
Update: Singer-actress Cher has auctioned her newly built home on three-quarters of an acre in the Hualalai Resort in Hawaii for $8.72 million. The unidentified buyer is from Arizona, according to Concierge Auctions, which handled the sale. Concierge had estimated before the sale that Cher's 8,821-square-foot luxury compound, which overlooks the ocean and a golf course, would go for between $8 million and $12 million. The Oscar, Grammy and Emmy winner paid $2.9 million for the site in 2009.
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HOME & GARDEN
January 18, 2010 | By Lauren Beale
Update: A Hollywood Hills house owned by pop singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera has come back on the market at $6.25 million after a short time off the Multiple Listing Service. This practice of "refreshing" listings restarts the days on the market clock. Originally listed for $7,995,000 in April 2008, the renovated home has a 1,200-square-foot master bedroom suite, a screening room that seats 18, a gym, a pool and a 12-person spa, according to previous Times reports.
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
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
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
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 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.
HOME & GARDEN
January 9, 2010
When the Sensia Internet radio from Pure premiered this week at the Consumer Electronics Show, it borrowed a page from the iPhone's playbook. What might otherwise look like a typical clock radio stood out with a 5.7-inch touch screen that can make channel surfing substantially easier, faster and more fun. Instead of dials or buttons, controls are manipulated by sliding, swiping or tapping a finger. The design includes an input for an iPod or MP3 player and a virtual keyboard for on-screen searches of stations or navigation of apps for Facebook, Twitter and more.
HOME & GARDEN
January 9, 2010
OXO, the company best known for its clever kitchen gadgets, is rolling out a line of garden tools this winter. The bypass hand pruner pictured below ($24.99) comes with a cushioned, gel-pad grip and hardened steel blades finished with a nonstick coating. It can open wide enough to trim a 3/4 -inch-diameter branch or set on a "quick cut" setting that purposely limits the range of motion, reducing hand strain during light, repetitive clipping. When the time comes, replacement blades allow gardeners to refresh their pruner rather than toss the whole thing out. Equally practical: The hedge shears shown at left ($29.
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