Posts Tagged ‘home


Cleaning Up and Moving Toward Sanity

6:30am found me up, coffeed, and organizing the house.  Sam and I are equally chronic trail-leavers: cause for me to go from room to room asking, “Does this belong here?  Where does this belong?  Why the hell did I put this here?”  International power adapters don’t belong in a woven box with cuff links, although when I put them there, it seemed perfectly logical because the box was just the right size.  After re-placing about a dozen things, (feeling not unlike Wall-E) the questions and answers became a meditation, and I thought about the additional trouble I caused myself by just doing what I’d always done, without changing my behavior.

My Grandfather was right, all those times.  Put things where they belong, and you’ll always know where to find them.  To help us, he Continue reading ‘Cleaning Up and Moving Toward Sanity’


Early to Bed, Early to Rise

Sam gets up at 4:30, and I sleep in ’til 7:30, almost every morning.  “Delicious sleep,” he said to me recently, “you get 780 more hours a year than I do. That’s like a whole month.”  It’s actually 32.5 days.

How adorable I must be, drowsily wishing him a great day as I snuggle back into the pillows and drifting back off for another couple of hours, as Sam departs, his sleep envy fermenting into mild resentment.  It took a day to sink in, and so this morning I set my iPhone alarm for 6:30, with productivity in mind.

The goal is to focus on a few (gulp) chores, or a simple home improvement project that doesn’t require neighbor-waking power tools.  I tried it for the first time this morning, making the following findings: Continue reading ‘Early to Bed, Early to Rise’


Fresh Vegetables & Our Urban Homestead

About six weeks ago, Sam and I cleared a sunny, un-grassed space in the yard formerly reserved for a tangle of hose and a shortcut to the garage, turning it into our first vegetable garden. My Grandmother would call it a Victory Garden; that’s the term I grew up with. Well, between the war, the economy, and the record deficit Bush is leaving us with, we could use a little homegrown victory.

We started by making mounded rows 8″-10″ high, and we planted Continue reading ‘Fresh Vegetables & Our Urban Homestead’


Zen and the Art of Wood Refinishing

In the last four weekends, Sam and I have purchased three sanders: two Skil Octos and a Black & Decker belt sander. Not a big deal for me. I grew up with power tools. Sam is another story. That said, we’ve taken on restoring the knotty pine kitchen in our home.

Unfortunately, in our haste to get going, we didn’t take ‘before’ photos. The photo to the left is the best we’ve got. That’s white primer over knotty pine, and an outmoded light fixture. Continue reading ‘Zen and the Art of Wood Refinishing’


Gwen Stefani Slept Here

Gwen and Gavin’s Los Feliz home is up for sale. It’s a flawless, 1928 Mediterranean north of the boulevard. In this economy, it’s a lot of ducats for a mere 5,000 sq. ft., but if you’re into Gwen, tick-tock-tick-tock-tick-tock.

Click here for over 50 shots of this mad, mad pad.

If you don’t have a realtor, I’d recommend ours: Robert Carey, at Sotheby’s.

P.S. Save your cards and fan letters. They haven’t lived there for over a year.

More info and photos after the jump. Continue reading ‘Gwen Stefani Slept Here’


Sex Up Your House to Help It Sell

Lots of people in the Los Angeles area are selling their homes and moving: to another part of town, out of the madness, or to Canada, where most of the productions are done anyway.

The first thing to remember is that you’re ‘staging’ the house, in much the same way a set decorator would, and remembering that helps you make good decisions about what to do to present your home in its best light. That said, our friend Robert Carey offered some advice to home owners who are soon to be home sellers: Continue reading ‘Sex Up Your House to Help It Sell’

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