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Ask Kathy: How to assess an old house?

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Dear Kathy: I found your blog today and enjoyed reading it. Many of your links were helpful. Thanks for all your work!   I am about to buy an old (1905) house in [...]

Tidbits from the web

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A slow burn over a gas grill Follow along as this New York Times columnist tries to get a gas grill grilling. Good luck with that! More Stack ‘em or don’t stack [...]

Fun with IKEA’s $40 Varde wall shelf

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IKEA sells a pretty nice $40 Varde wall shelf unit. But actually, it’s a little bland. A couple of designers from Los Angeles offer some variations in the L.A. Times. [...]

Looking for a landscaper

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A reader sent in this email: Hi! I saw your Pardon Our Dust article on drought-tolerant grasses. Can you recommend good landscape architect in the L.A. area? (Pamela Burton [...]

Mike Holmes in New Orleans

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I’ve got my own paparazzo working down in New Orleans (AKA my husband, Bill) and he swung by the house Mike Holmes of “Holmes on Homes” is helping to build. [...]

Who will win ‘Design Star’?

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Last night, on HGTV’s “Design Star,” the three judges agreed this was the strongest group of finalists they’d seen yet. I agree. And I wondered if [...]

A treat in store for you

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Now don’t hate me for this, but last weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Angelo Surmelis, host of HGTV’s “Rate My Space,” at his Los Angeles home. [...]

Are some landscape plants TOO wonderful?

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On my walks lately, I keeping coming across the type of plants you see in this photo. They are in bloom right now and so gorgeous I can hardly stand it. So you might wonder, [...]

Deadly beds

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These kids’ beds, imported by Bayside Furnishings of San Diego, are handsome, no doubt about that. Unfortunately, they are also potentially deadly and have been [...]

Two complete baths in 14 days

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How is it possible for a remodeling company to completely gut and remodel two bathrooms in 14 days? Can you even wrap your mind around that? Check out the full story here. [...]

TV Review: ‘Rate My Space’

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I’ve watched several episodes of “Rate My Space” with Angelo Surmelis on HGTV and I’m quite impressed. Here’s how it works: The homeowners who [...]

You write the caption

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I found this photo over at the excellent L.A. Land blog. Where do you suppose these two guys are heading with this [...]

Two readers looking for contractors

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The economy might be picking up. Folks are looking for contractors: Palm Desert/Coachella Valley Thanks for your words of caution regarding tips to research a contractor for [...]

Peel-and-stick solar panels

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See a fast-motion video showing 2.25 kilowatts of Lumeta solar panels installed in 34 minutes. These will be featured at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference June 24 to 27 [...]
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