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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 19, 2009
When it comes to color, the subject of Kelly Wearstler's third coffee-table book, the Los Angeles-based designer writes: "I do not think there are any rules." That philosophy also applies to her literary efforts. Wearstler gained fame for creating high-voltage interiors filled with color, texture and pattern, but as an author, she plays the die-hard minimalist. "Hue" offers only an introductory Q & A with Wearstler that explores her philosophy of color and cites some of the architects, designers and artists who have inspired her. Photo captions don't exist, and credits and resources are found only in an index at the end of the book.
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 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.
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