LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 12.26.09

LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 12.26.09

Abby Stone
Dec 26, 2009

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. That's the idea that links together the articles that caught our eye in this week's Los Angeles Times Home & Garden section. There's a look at Kelly Wearstler's new book, more candy for the eye than feast for the ear; Owen Dell shows off his garden in Santa Barbara, where the principles outlined in his book 'Sustainable Gardening for Dummies,' are put into practice; Astro-turf covered anything sounds awful but suspend your judgment until you see what Alicia Blas does with it; the Times rounds up 9 folding tables that are surprising in their beauty. Links to these articles and more, after the jump.

Designer Kelly Wearstler tells little, but shows a lot, in her new book, 'Hue': Whether you love her or hate her, there's no mistaking Kelly Wearstler's visually arresting style for that of any other interior designer. As with her other books, in her latest book, 'Hue," she's short on words and big on pictures, less about sharing her vision than letting you experience the impact of it for yourself.

A peek inside the Santa Barbara garden of Owen Dell, author of 'Sustainable Landscaping for Dummies': Owen Dell's puts his nine principles of sustainable gardening to work in his own garden. Check out the full tour to see them in action.

AstroTurf house numbers from Firmly Planted say, 'We're here!': If Santa missed your house yesterday, you might want to think about these Astro-turf covered house numbers from garden designer Alicia Blas, one of her many Astro-turf covered items.

9 modern riffs on the old folding table: Folding tables are like the best gifts, you can't always tell that much about them until they're undone. They're also the perfect solution for a small space dweller who loves to throw dinner parties but doesn't have the space for a large table to reside all year round. The Los Angeles Times rounds up 9 great ones. (We'd fit our favorite, the M'ovo 175 from Unica Home pictured above, with a mirror so it could do double duty as a looking glass when not in use as a dining spot and yes, it's pricey but it's cheaper than moving.)

Other articles you might want to check: 'More Is More' delves into the lavish visions of designer Tony Duquette; Reader Mail: the story behind that shower floor; and, White House holiday decor features environmentally-friendly touches.

[Mark Edward Harris; Spencer Weiner / LAT; Alicia Blas; Unica Home]

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