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Weekly Wrapup: A fire-proofed house, flu-proofed dorms and a boredom-proofed garden

September 12, 2009 | 11:12 am


In the still-kicking, hold-in-your-hands, probably-costs-less-than-what-you-paid-for-that-can-of-Diek-Coke issue of the Los Angeles Times Home section today:

Home of the Times: A couple in the Malibu hills vow not to let disaster strike twice. Their 700-square-foot weekend retreat, pictured at top, is built to be as wildfire-proof as can be. Check out the full story now, and look for the expanded photo gallery in a couple of days. Bonus: A sidebar on how baby diapers inspired a fire-retardant gel now available so homeowners can coat their own roofs.

Garden: Welcome to artist Kenny Scharf's mad world in Culver City. Read the story on an unconventional approach to low-water landscaping, and see the photo gallery, which includes the house. 

Living: Turn up the volume and pass the popcorn and ibuprofen, please. Read how universities are trying to prevent the TV lounge, dining hall and bedrooms from becoming a petri dish for H1N1

Maison & Objet: Because a trophy-head deer covered in vintage needlepoint is exactly what you were looking for. Check out that bit of insanity plus some bonus online-only reports in our coverage from the Paris design show.

Hot Property: Ben Stiller, Ruth Buzzi, "Juno" producer Daniel Dubiecki, Bette Davis, the Baltimore Ravens' Trevor Pryce and South Korean film star Leslie Kim.

Man of the House: Hold off on the frantic letters, please. We just gave Chris Erskine a day off. 

Datebook: Our weekly event calendar is posted here every Monday, so check back. For last week's, click here.

-- Craig Nakano

Photo credits, clockwise from top: Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times; Frédérique Morrel; Ken Hively / Los Angeles Times; AFP / Getty Images.