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Spring in SoCal: The home improvement calendar

FEBRUARY 8-10: Home Remodeling & Decorating Show, Orange County Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa 8-10: Desert Spring Home & Garden Show, Fantasy Springs Special Events Center, Indio 10: Rose Bowl Flea Market, Rose Bowl, Pasadena 22-24: Home Remodeling & Decorating Show, L.A. Convention Center, Los Angeles 22-24: Inland Empire Home & Garden Show, National Orange Show Events [...]

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The ADHD method of home maintenance

If you’ve got even a slight touch of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (I’m raising my hand here), you’ve probably started one home maintenance project only to find three others to tackle at the same time. Chris Erskine, who writes the Man of the House column for the L.A. Times’ Home section, is in on that very [...]

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Upcoming SoCal home improvement events

JANUARY 25: Frank Lloyd Wright: The Southwest Legacy, lecture, 7:30 p.m., Art Center College of Design, Padadena 25-27: Home & Backyard Living Expo, Ontario Convention Center, Ontario 26: Tour: Frank Lloyd Wright house: La Miniatura, Pasadena Weekly: The Home Depot in-store clinics: January’s clinics: Organize Your Closet Space, Learn How to Hang Drywall, Tiling Floors [...]

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Book Report: Two new books on the art of feng shui

If you’re interested in feng shui, the ancient Chinese art of placement, Amy Hubbard, a Los Angeles Times staff writer, reviews two of them, as seen in the Real Estate section. Hubbard writes: It wasn’t until I read two new books on feng shui that I realized the mirror facing my living-room window was bouncing [...]

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2008 SoCal home improvement calendar

JANUARY 8-March 11: Residential Remodeling, class, 10 Tuesdays, 3:45 to 6:45 p.m., $420, UCLA Extension 11-13: Pomona Home Improvement & Remodeling Show, Fairplex L.A. County Fairgrounds, Pomona 12: Creating Warmth and Drama in the Home With Light, class, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., $95, UCLA Extension 13: Rose Bowl Flea Market, Rose Bowl, Pasadena 17: [...]

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Pardon Our Dust: Year in review

It’s been a robust year on the Pardon Our Dust Blog. Here’s a taste of what we’ve shared: Some excellent kitchen remodels . . . A Westwood kitchen in a New York state of mind Downey kitchen and dining room for $27,642 Where the money went: DIY luxury kitchen See more kitchens Some bath remodeling [...]

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Please, please, please can I be a Pardon Our Dust Guest Blogger?

Well, yes, as a matter of fact, you can become a Pardon Our Dust Guest Blogger. And we’ve seen some amazing Guest Blogs lately, including: • Peggy’s impressive efforts to restore her vintage Burbank cottage • Brent’s plans for his Hawthorne kitchen remodel • How Jeannie got new floors for her Cambria cottage • The [...]

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Guest Blogger: Jeannie’s seaside cottage gets floored

Today’s Guest Blogger is Jeannie Matulis, an attorney and a friend of mine who achieved her dream of owning a cottage by the sea. Her carpeted floors, though, were not dreamy, and I asked her to blog about how she found a solution: When I bought my house in Cambria six years ago, I was [...]

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Guest Blogger: Peggy takes on her 1920s Burbank bathroom

Part 2 of Peggy Olearczuk’s remodel story: Another disaster area in our 1920s Spanish bungalow was our green-and-lavender Art Deco bathroom. The dark, creepy shower had been patched through the years with the wrong color tile, and it leaked so badly we worried we’d fall through the floor. The 1970s-era wallpaper was peeling, and the [...]

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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from me and Seva (a.k.a. Seva Bean), age 4, who is visiting this holiday with her family. And remember . . . home is everything.

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Want to be a guest blogger?

Do you have a project or remodel you’d like to share with the Pardon Our Dust community? In preparation for my vacation from Nov. 30 to Dec. 9, I’m looking for a few home improvement enthusiasts who would like to be a guest blogger for a day or so. All you’d have to do is [...]

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A union-made remodel?

Speaking of the striking writers’ union, are you pro-union, anti-union or somewhere in the center? I’ve got my own pro-union bias because my dad was a union lather in the San Fernando Valley when I was growing up. I had a stay-at-home mom for me and my two siblings, and we lived in a house [...]

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Top 5 home improvement books on Amazon: Notice a trend?

1. Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home 2. It’s Easy Being Green: A Handbook for Earth-Friendly Living 3. The Renewable Energy Handbook: A Guide to Rural Energy Independence, Off-grid and Sustainable Living 4. The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair: With 350 Projects and 2300 Photos 5. [...]

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You write the caption

………………………….Photos courtesy of BloggersBliss

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Book Report: ‘The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Simple Home Repair’

When you first pick up "The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Simple Home Repair," you may not be overly excited; it may not give you that "gotta-have-it" feeling. But don’t set it aside too quickly. With some quiet consideration, you may find, as I did, that home-improvement author Judy Ostrow’s new book has some sound and [...]

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Book Report: ‘Surface Preparation for Interior House Painting’

I admire the entrepreneurial spirit, and passion about one’s work, and courage. So when Steve Broujos, a painting contractor and educator in Wilmington, Del., asked if I’d like to see his new book, I thought: Why not? The title is not exactly dynamic: "Surface Preparation for Interior House Painting." But I’ll tell you what: It’s [...]

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Wanted: Not-so-expensive remodels for Pardon Our Dust series in the L.A. Times

In my efforts to write remodeling stories that will educate and inspire readers, I’m looking for remodels that are . . . . . . less than 2 years old . . . in Southern California . . . interesting in some way (i.e. the green kitchen was a lifelong dream, or you bought your [...]

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Book Report: About the House With Henri de Marne

It seems to me there are two kinds of homeowners: those like my friend Kitty who have a keen awareness of the state of their home’s condition — what’s working and what needs to be fixed — and those like me, who walk around in a state of denial about their home’s shortcomings, hoping that [...]

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Caption contest — We have a winner!

Congratulations to Jennifer Chapman! Here is the winning caption, which got the most votes: "The LAPD reported a dramatic increase in DIY arrests over the holiday weekend." And Jennifer also wrote the second-most-vote-getting caption: "Wife Agrees to NFL Sunday Ticket if Husband Builds Doghouse and Lives In It" Good job! I’ll put the prize in [...]

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I dunno, I just feel like giving away a book

*** BREAKING NEWS: WE HAVE A WINNER! Congratulations to Jeannie M. of Cambria. *** The book I’m giving I gave away is called The New Bungalow Kitchen, and it’s published by Taunton Press. You can see my report on it here. How do you win? Be the 4th person to send an e-mail to podblog@aol.com [...]

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