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HOME & GARDEN
December 12, 2009 | By Sam Watters
In 1887 along the San Gabriel Mountains, the community of Altadena launched with great promise to compete against mighty Pasadena to the south. Some wood and shingle houses by local architects went up, planted with showy flower gardens, but the hamlet stayed a countryside stop for year-end holiday visitors. Winter blossoms, orchards and poppy fields -- what more did a tourist need? Town founders John and Frederick Woodbury were from a pioneer Iowa family. In 1883 on a 400-acre ranch bordered by Marengo and Lake avenues, Altadena Drive and Woodbury Road, Fred built a white clapboard mansion.
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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 12, 2009 | By Lili Singer
Bulbs are the antithesis of an instant landscape, yet many gardeners will wait months for brown, desiccated nubbins to flaunt their foliage, raise their buds to the sun and finally burst into bloom. Fall is the time to plant bulbs, though you'd never know it by visiting Southern California nurseries. Stores should have baskets of bulbs, but gardeners instead often find themselves turning to catalogs and websites, particularly if the search is for miniature narcissus. These peewee daffodils, most of which hail from southwestern Europe and northwestern Africa, often fare well in Southern California gardens.
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.
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.
HOME & GARDEN
November 30, 2009 | By Lauren Beale
Update: Former MOCA director Jeremy Strick has sold his Westwood-area home for $2,235,000, according to the Multiple Listing Service. The Spanish-style house, with six bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms in 4,327 square feet, was built in 1930. It has two walled courtyards, a step-down living room with a beamed ceiling, a paneled library with built-in bookcases, arched doorways and a covered patio with an outdoor fireplace. There is a swimming pool and spa, a circular driveway and mountain views.
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