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Legos, gingerbread and gumdrops: How the Obamas decorated the White House for the holidays one last time

The White House has once again been transformed into a Winter Wonderland for the holidays complete with snowball arches composed of more than 6,000 ornaments, 56 Lego gingerbread houses made from 200,000 Lego bricks, 8,000 bows and ribbons and 25,000 yarn pom-poms.  The traditional White House...

14 great coffee-table books to give as gifts to your favorite design enthusiast

Audible and books on tape are great, but they don’t satisfy the escapist quality inherent in a good coffee-table book. Here, we’ve assembled a list of 14 recent releases that are worthy of gift wrap for the design buff on your list: Foraged Flora: A Year of Gathering and Arranging Wild Plants and...

You need new Christmas tree ornaments. Here are some ideas:

You could devote every waking moment of the next three weeks to the study of holiday decorations and still not make a dent in the expanding universe of themed trees, hand-made wreaths and color-coordinated rooms. Spend some time browsing through the images on Pinterest and Instagram and you may...

A look inside the luxe L.A. hotspot for Hollywood hopefuls

California isn’t just about palm trees, eye-popping colors and Midcentury design, if one were to go by Kelly Wearstler’s interpretation of California living inside Hollywood Proper Residences, an extended-stay accommodation geared toward the musicians, writers and creatives who will inevitably...

Beyond the bottle: Hostess gifts that get you invited back

Polite society, and possibly your mother, says a thoughtful party guest never arrives empty-handed. But that doesn’t mean bringing a bottle of wine. Again.   The point of a host or hostess gift is showing appreciation, and when it comes to saying thank you, fermented grapes aren’t the only game...

I tried to give my kidney to my boyfriend. He broke up with me anyway.

“For better, for worse … in sickness and in health, until death do us part.” We’ve watched our loved ones make that commitment to one another, the biggest promise we can make to another human in this life. But what if one person gets sick — very sick, the kind that won’t get better — 2½ months...

Trend spotting: How to get the 'farmhouse modern' look

In 2014, Manhattan Beach architect David Watson started getting requests to design and remodel homes in what clients were referring to as “farmhouse modern.” It marked a shift from the more typical requests of his South Bay clients to create beach-friendly Hamptons-inspired houses. Two years later,...

Move over, man caves, make room for 'she sheds'

Soon after Leila Sayegh and her family moved into their 1915 Silver Lake home a couple of years ago, a family member made a suggestion as what to do with the carriage house in the backyard. "She wanted me to put in plumbing and rent it out as an Airbnb," Sayegh said. "Instead, I liked the idea...

Why I've been dating the same girl for 26 years

I don’t go on a lot of dates. It’s hard to make time in between work, kids activities, travel and other obligations, but when I want to go out I ask the same girl every time – and she says yes almost every time. It’s the same girl who I took on a first date to a surprise party on Dec. 15, 1989,...

You really think this helps? This insane hunger for the holidays?

Challenging times. We can barely afford lunch, and along comes Christmas. No one seems too happy about this development. Some even seem a little panicked. Turns out the Grinch was just a little ahead of his time. Scrooge too. Christmas contrarians have so much to work with. Exhibit A: video of...

Tour homes inside one of Pasadena's oldest and quaintest neighborhoods

Tour one of Pasadena’s oldest and quaintest neighborhoods at the 10th annual Garfield Heights Historic Home Tour on Dec. 4. Located northeast of Pasadena's Old Town, the landmark district features a variety of architectural styles built between 1880 and 1930 including English Tudor, Spanish Revival and California...

Oh Joy! Design blogger Joy Cho shows you how to get creative with your gift wrapping

Buying the perfect gift is only half the battle. You still need to wrap it. We turned to Joy Cho — you know her from her wildly popular design and lifestyle website, Oh Joy! — for some creative gift wrapping ideas using items you can easily find at your local craft store and shops such as Target,...

Here's what the holidays look like inside actress Drew Barrymore's home

Acting is only a part-time job for Drew Barrymore: Behind the scenes, she’s a creative powerhouse. In addition to her production company, Flower Films, and past work as a co-creative director for Cover Girl, she’s launched Flower Beauty cosmetics, Flower Eyewear, Barrymore Wines and has now expanded...

Your 3-step plan to writing the perfect "Thank You" note

Oh what a thrill to open your mailbox and find, amid a sea of bills and junk mail, a hand-addressed note filled with appreciation for wonderful you. But we’ve all been guilty of failing to send a “Thank You” note, often because we don’t know what to say, or how to say it, or wonder whether it’s...

The perfect gift? Sometimes, it's in the eye of the receiver

Buying presents for my husband has never been easy. I’ve tried wardrobe updates, best-selling novels, even a stainless steel cappuccino maker, but I’ve never hit a gift home run.  As the holidays approached, I would comb “best gifts for men” on the Internet. But what could possibly symbolize my...

How you can help the less fortunate this holiday season

Those of us lucky enough to hunker down for a long Thanksgiving weekend stuffed with feasting and gratitude may be looking for concrete ways of giving thanks this holiday season. One way to do that is to support people living without homes in the greater Los Angles community. We spoke to representatives...

One easy way to glam up your holiday table? Rent the linens

Table linens are the perfect final touch to a beautifully placed setting. They soften the look of the table and help convey a subtle message that this get-together is something extra special.  But it’s a difficult task to have table linens at the ready for every occasion. One solution? Rent them....

An air of Gratitude runs throughout this Beverly Hills home

Cafe Gratitude’s Southern California locations, from San Diego to Venice, reflect a certain evolution of vegan cuisine, both in the kitchen and in the dining room. A haute bohemian chic aesthetic is key to the brand, which is about to open its sixth location in Beverly Hills, and also operates...

How I found love again after my 20-year marriage broke up

About four years ago, my marriage of 20 years broke up. Yes, a sad, tragic story, and I’m sure I am not the only one this has happened to. But there I was, a 43-year-old woman who woke up and thought “Now what?” I had no clue how to get out there again. At first my friends thought I was jumping...

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