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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.
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HOME & GARDEN
December 19, 2009 | By Deborah Netburn
Popular children's author and illustrator David Shannon put out a book last year that made kids laugh and their parents cry. The book is called "Too Many Toys" and tells the story of a boy named Spencer who floats happily around his house on a cascading river of toys. But when his dad steps on a Lego piece in his bare feet (ouch!) and his mom trips over race cars while doing the laundry (youch!) they decide that Spencer has too many toys. And so begins an epic negotiation in which Spencer tells his mom he cannot relinquish any toys.
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
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
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 11, 2009 | By Lauren Beale
Celebrity stylist Andrea Lieberman has sold her Midcentury Modern home in the Hollywood Hills for $1,800,625. Designed for indoor-outdoor living, the 1957 house has walls of glass, polished concrete floors, fireplaces in the living and family rooms, an eat-in kitchen and a swimming pool with patio and deck areas. The home's clean lines belie the seller's penchant for plaid. There are two bedrooms and two bathrooms in 2,566 square feet. Lieberman is known for having dressed such stars as Gwen Stefani and Jennifer Lopez.
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
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.
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