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HOME & GARDEN
December 19, 2009
Sustainable Landscaping for Dummies Owen E. Dell Wiley: 364 pp, $21.99
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HOME & GARDEN
December 19, 2009
Kid Made Modern Todd Oldham Ammo Books: 192 pp., $22.95
HOME & GARDEN
December 19, 2009
What are the must-haves in Southern California potting sheds these days? We asked the folks at Gardener's Supply, the Vermont-based mail-order company. Its most popular tools and gadgets among California consumers are those that support sustainable gardening, spokeswoman Maree Gaetani says. "Our kitchen compost crocks are big -- including the new bamboo one," she says. The Bamboo Crock, a container for kitchen scraps that can be composted, is made from a sustainable material and has a 3 1/3 -quart removable pail and a snug-fitting lid. It measures 11 inches high and 7 3/4 inches in diameter.
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
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 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 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
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.
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