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Best of 2007: Home

Merle and Gerald Measer transformed their bland Malibu ranch house into a modern blend of curved walls and blocks of color. (Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times)
A chaise longue in the Zen garden at downtown L.A.'s Library Court Lofts offers tenants a little corner of tranquillity. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
The Santa Monica home of Louise and Aziz Farnam was transformed by a mosaic facade that took six years to complete. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
In downtown Los Angeles, the landmark clock tower of the newly restored Eastern Columbia building is lighted every night, its Art Deco facade reflected in the rooftop pool. The building has been converted to lofts. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
Sandy Eldridge of Palm Springs trains one of her dogs to use a Skamper Ramp, a device that helps prevent pet drownings. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
Under a full harvest moon, 4-year-old Bradford Nelson makes his way past the backyard infinity pool and a fireplace in the master bedroom of the Brentwood home of Tess and Brian Nelson. Theirs is one of several restored classic mid-century homes in the historic Crestwood Hills neighborhood. (Richard Hartog / Los Angeles Times)
Asa Soltan Rahmati peers from a tub set on a landing in her studio loft, behind her Venice home. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Steve Machado makes his way down a staircase in his Silverlake home. (Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)
A stonemason carves the Bridge of Verdant Mist’s name on its granite side at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino. Craftsmen from China spent six months creating an authentic Chinese garden there. (Annie Wells / Los Angeles Times)
Friends hang out in the backyard of Johnson Hartig’s Los Angeles home. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)