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FOOD
June 14, 2006 | Charles Perry, Times Staff Writer
SUMMER'S here, the lazy days of summer, so what do we want to do? Speed up the barbecue, of course. Vacation time and long bright evenings are terrible things to waste. And that's why some companies want us to buy vacuum marinators. The idea sounds good. The most time-consuming part of barbecue is the marinating. Having to put your meat in aromatic liquid hours before firing up the grill just throws a cold blanket on the spontaneity of the whole thing.
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BUSINESS
April 7, 2006 | From Reuters
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. said Thursday that it would extend its reach by launching an exclusive line of home products in Macy's department stores. Shares of the lifestyle media company rose 13.7%. The Martha Stewart Collection, which will include towels, dinnerware and holiday decor, is expected to debut in fall 2007 in Macy's stores and on Macys.com. Martha Stewart Living already sells home goods at Sears Holdings Corp.'s Kmart unit and Sears Canada Inc.
HOME & GARDEN
November 24, 2005 | Adamo DiGregorio, Special to The Times
THE holiday spirit is in the air: everything and everyone accented with red, lights sparkling in unexpected places, and a heady scent of anticipation. In the home, there are sophisticated and inexpensive ways to tickle and soothe the olfactory senses during the holidays. The aroma of freshly baked cookies or fragrant pine can evoke warm memories, but scented pillows, candles, beads or sticks can also infuse your house with a festive ambience.
HOME & GARDEN
November 17, 2005 | Adamo DiGregorio, Special to The Times
FRESH design ideas are giving tables a stylish presence. Over the last year, there have been innovations in table shapes, tops and details thanks to advances in technology and sophisticated finishing techniques. Silk screening can give a coffee table a dual personality. A sleek dining table appears to be a hunk of walnut when it actually is made up of hollow, modular units. Precision cuts allow designers to use different materials such as traditional walnut and modern porcelain enamel.
HOME & GARDEN
November 10, 2005 | David A. Keeps and Adamo DiGregorio, Special to The Times
IF you want to make over any space, be it breakfast bar or boudoir, mix thriftiness with craftiness. The first part is easy: Inexpensive furnishings come in a world of periods and styles, from modern Scandinavian to ancient Moroccan. The keys to a dramatic transformation -- strong colors and powerful patterns -- can be cost-effective as long as you're willing to make friends with a staple gun and a paintbrush.
HOME & GARDEN
November 10, 2005 | Beth Lapides
I RECENTLY surprised myself, and everyone who knows me, by buying a house in Palm Springs. Sure, lots of people in L.A. buy homes in Palm Springs -- second homes. Not me. In a glorious celebration of backward living, we bought our second home first. Greg and I first came to the desert to celebrate our fifth anniversary at Two Bunch Palms, the famed resort where you can soak in a hot mud bath while you "soften your gaze" at Al Capone's hideaway.
HOME & GARDEN
November 10, 2005 | Craig Nakano
Hi there, Poang. Hello, Cendy and Nandor and Emmabo. You chairs all look so chipper in your Scandinavian splendor. But here in Burbank, inside an IKEA store brimming with bargain hounds, what I really could use is a little peace. A smidgen of quiet. A respite from the 10,000 others plodding along the blue-arrowed aisles with me today.
HOME & GARDEN
November 10, 2005 | Lisa Boone, Times Staff Writer
LOS ANGELES interior designers are accustomed to working with big budgets, but that doesn't keep them from thinking inexpensively -- for themselves or others. A few admitted to choosing inexpensive design elements for their own homes and shopping at TJ Maxx. While each designer highlights something unique, they are all based on the same ideals: making the most of what you already have and using accessories shrewdly. Here are a few of the designers' suggestions.
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