LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 11.28.09

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

Thanksgiving is about home as much as it is about food. It’s about hanging out at home, with family, friends and guests, figuring out ways to occupy the kids and where to put the extra guests. This week’s Los Angeles Times Home & Garden section swirls around these questions, from a close look at Todd Oldham’s new book, with crafts geared towards the modern kid, to ways to section off and create privacy for guests. Plus, there are two house tours, one of which was originally posted here! Links to these stories on the LA Times website and more, after the jump.

Todd Oldham’s new book ‘Kid Made Modern’: midcentury modern-inspired crafts for kids: Looking for ways to occupy the kids this weekend and beyond? If you can brave the crowds, you might want to pick up a copy of Todd Oldham’s new book, for your own kid or for the kids of friends, full of cool projects inspired by such diverse designers as Marimekko, Verner Panton and Alexander Girard, many of which use inexpensive and recyclable materials from wooden spoons to shoe boxes to bubble wrap.

Why not try … a peacock holiday wreath?: I loved a sign I saw in the papered-over windows at Nordstrom’s last week informing customers that, since they believe in celebrating one holiday at a time, their decorations would not be going up until yesterday. Now that Thanksgiving is over, the guests are starting to leave and the leftovers are almost gone, you can start thinking about decorating for the next holiday. Go a little glam with this wreath.

A 1913 Long Beach Craftsman, relocated and revived: Wendy Harn saved this Craftsman house from the wrecking ball by having it relocated to her lot in the Bluff Pines Historic District. Twenty years later, it nears the end of a painstaking renovation, just in time for the holidays.

Apartment Therapy’s online house tour
highlights fashionable downtown L.A. loft
: The LA Times spotlights a house tour originally posted here by our own Gregory Han showcasing a loft home that only adds fuel to our desire to move downtown.

Keeping guests happy: Five temporary room dividers: Thanksgiving is often the start of guest season. But, if you don’t have a separate guest room, how do you maintain the privacy of you and your guests so nobody loses their mind? Here, five temporary solutions.

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