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HOME & GARDEN

The stranger in the coffee shop had a tale of uncommon devotion

I sense a latent dorkiness creeping up on me in late middle age — an obsession with the sex lives of butterflies or the mood-enhancing benefits of bacon. Sort of an intellectual second puberty … a midlife astral plane. Actually, it's probably not so latent. It's just out there. While coffeeing...

Gardening

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Manhattan Beach's Dacha can give your home an earthy California vibe

Manhattan Beach's Dacha can give your home an earthy California vibe

A home goods and decor shop located near the ocean doesn't have to involve heavy doses of aqua tones, coral and shabby chic. At Dacha, a boutique that opened last fall in downtown Manhattan Beach, interior designer Lauren Alexander creates other ways to connect to the local environment. "It's really...

Design & Decorating

Mimi Zeiger on design, density and her new book 'Tiny Houses in the City'

Mimi Zeiger on design, density and her new book 'Tiny Houses in the City'

Architecture critic and author Mimi Zeiger grew up in Berkeley with a Bronx-raised mother who she says had no patience for driving her anywhere.  So it’s no surprise that her latest book, “Tiny Houses in the City,” (Rizzoli, $29.95) focuses on creative pint-sized homes that are wedged into densely...

L.A. Affairs

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How science taught me that love is all about failure

I spent nearly six years in Los Angeles earning my PhD in neuroscience, a pursuit in which, as my father has observed, one of the most important lessons was how to fail. That is, how to try something really difficult, fail miserably and yet not let it ruin my confidence or determination. It's really...

DIY & Crafts

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Tour some of Pasadena's most charming Arts & Crafts-era homes

Tour some of Pasadena's most charming Arts & Crafts-era homes at the 27th Bungalow Heaven Home Tour on Sunday. The self-guided walking tour provides entrance to several bungalows in the landmark district, with docents on hand to offer historical background. There will also be restoration demonstrations,...

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