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Living Large in Small Spaces
By Marsha Webster, The@Home Groupie
Although many are “living large” here in North Ranch, not
everyone lives in large square footage. Your space may be limit-
ing, but you’re only limited by your imagination when it comes
to creating those amenities large homes have to ofer.
Try these practical ideas for functional use of your small space.
Tiny closet turned mini-workstation. Tis small nook can hold
all the essentials for completing small tasks like mail sorting,
paying bills, and sending emails. A compact, wireless printer can
be neatly stored on a wooden shelf up top. A battery-operated
desk lamp, laptop, and ofce supply organizer can occupy the
middle area on a cut-to-size, matching wooden board that sits
on top of two small fle cabinets. Just open the door, pull up a
foldable chair, and you’re in business.
Laundry space turned serving bar. A front-loading, side-by-
side washer and dryer can serve up more than clean clothes.
Tuck them behind sliding curtains and create the illusion of
dressed up cabinetry. Add a custom-ft countertop, some bar
accessories, and this laundry niche can double as a cozy bar area
for mixing drinks and matching socks too.
Stairs turned extra storage area. Tat space under the stairs
is often wasted but valuable space. Integrating built-in draw-
ers under the stairway is a practical way to store miscellaneous
items like magazines, newspapers, umbrellas, gloves, scarves, etc.
How about a pseudo wine cellar?
Or, simply leave it open and it makes for a nice play area or
reading nook for the kids. For a seamless look, paint or stain the
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Unique local owned furniture store makes your dream home a reality.
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TION is a full service home furnishings
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Tey have a wonderful collection of styles
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By Katrina Barnes
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Scott and Ann Nelson
For the Nelson Family, home is where the heart is.
Gorgeous mountain views. Magnifcent,
scenic parks. Safe, family-oriented neigh-
borhoods. Tese are just some of the
things that drew Scott and Ann Nelson
from their previous north Virginia dwell-
ing to their current home in beautiful
North Ranch. After retiring from the
FBI, with the promise of a job for Scott
as Chief of Security for Warner Bros.,
the Nelsons brought their clan out to
sunny California ten years ago. With
three children, two girls and boy, all in
their mid-thirties, the Nelsons are able to
take the time to do the things they love.
Te Nelsons delight in enjoying a great
meal at their favorite Westlake Village
restaurant, Rustico, where family is frst.
As far as exciting hobbies go, the Nelsons
have perfected the art: utilizing the great
mountain bike trails of the area, sports,
ftness training, reading their favorite
books, swimming in their pool, and play-
ing with their three grandkids (ages eight,
three, and one). With this exhilarating
lifestyle, it is no wonder the Nelsons have
become quite acclimated to California
living and are proud to call North Ranch
their home. In addition to an amazingly
close-knit family life, Scott Nelson also
enjoys teaching as an adjunct professor
for the George Herbert Walker School
of Business and Technology at Webster
University, he is on the board of directors
Scott and Ann Nelson with their granddaughter Allie
Te Nelson's impressive granddaughter donates her hair for Locks of Love
Introducing Alexandra Elizabeth Francis, she generally goes by Allie.
Allie with her long hair Allie with hairstylist Heather Westmore from Savvy
Salon right after her haircut
Allie in her grandpa's ribbons from Vietnam
What grade are you in and what school do you go to?
I am in 2nd grade at Oak Hills Elementary.
Why did you choose to do this?
I chose to do Locks of Love because I wanted to support and
help kids with cancer. It made me really sad to think someone
could maybe get teased because of their disease or the way they
look. It makes me happy to think that if I donate my hair that
at least one kid might have the chance to be helped.
How did you become aware of this cause?
When I was about four or fve years old, I saw a commercial
for St. Jude’s Hospital. It made me really sad to think that kids
with cancer have to deal with being really sick and possibly
dying, but also with looking diferent because of the medicine
they take. I wanted to see what I could do to help kids with
cancer feel better about themselves.
What are your interests?
I’m interested in helping people however I can, plus ballet, read-
ing, sports, drawing, music, and playing with my friends. My
favorite subjects at school are science, math, and history.
Were you nervous about cutting your hair?
I wasn’t nervous at all to cut my hair. I was actually really excit-
ed to do it because I’ve been growing out my hair for Locks of
Love since I was in kindergarten and it was fnally long enough
for me to donate it!
How do you feel afterwards having a new look?
I feel great about my new look and shorter hair. It’s especially
good for the season because it’s almost summer.
for the Westlake Ranch Property Own-
ers Association, and is the president of a
security consulting group called Security
and Risk Management Group, LLC.
When you include the Nelsons' furry
friends Mac and Minnie, the golden
retrievers, and Rudy, their senior cat, it's
a full house! When asked about their
favorite vacation spot, the Nelsons agreed,
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Hey Doc, Can You Freeze My Fat Away?
By Talia Emery, M.D.
You’ve probably heard some of the
hype about new technology that can
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Te media describes it as a simple, safe,
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it too good to be true?
For the right patient, CoolSculpting
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uncomfortable liposuction procedure or,
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more smoothly or your jeans ft more
Cryolipolysis, the technical term for what
the popular press call “freezing fat,” is
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process involves cooling fat cells to the
point that the water inside them crystal-
lizes, rendering them inactive. Because
these crystallized, inactive fat cells look
foreign to our body, they are metabo-
lized and excreted by the body’s natural
Now that you know how it works, let’s
look at the bottom line. Is it easy? Is it
painful? Is it costly? What’s the catch?
In short, cryolipolysis does not replace
diet and exercise as the best practice for
weight reduction. In fact, it’s not meant
to cause large amounts of
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For the right candidate, stud-
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Treatments can be repeated for additional
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Most patients do not describe the pro-
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DesignE l E ME Nt S
In recent years, the look in outdoor fur-
niture has evolved to much more sophis-
ticated styles, with trendy upholstery
designs and fnishes that now simulate
natural wood or natural wicker. Te high
quality furniture itself looks like wood,
but is actually powder-coated aluminum,
resulting in lightweight, durable furniture
that is easy to maintain and built to last.
Improvements in weaving technology
now create the look of natural wicker
although the fber is instead made of a
high grade resin material. A good qual-
ity “resinweave” will withstand exposure
to harsh sun, mold, and rain and is made
to last for years. Manufacturers from all
over the world are using these new tech-
nologies, resulting in amazing looks and
styles. We have the European manufac-
turers bringing out cutting edge designs,
while the American suppliers are con-
tinuing to concentrate on the more Tra-
ditional and Mediterranean styles which
are still the preference in most California
Te outdoor experience is no longer lim-
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sisting of 5-piece dining sets and chaise
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some still love the large BBQ celebra-
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12, many are opting for the more relaxing
“family room” type setting. Tis is easily
created with large sofas, oversized chairs,
and stylish cofee tables. Fire elements,
wall ornaments, and interesting acces-
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you both warmth and light. Te most
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Sipping in Springtime Wine and Food Festival
Photographed by Gary Coon
Te Westlake Village Junior Women's Club 2nd Annual Sipping
in Springtime Wine and Food Festival was held at the Gardens
of the World in Tousand Oaks from 3:00-6:00pm. Te annual
fundraising event included tastings from over 30 wine and food
vendors, local entertainment by reggae band Rising Son, and a
huge silent auction flled with trips, memorabilia, and one-of-a-
kind experiences. Te event’s highlighted charity was the New
West Symphony’s Music Van. Te Music Van provides enrich-
ment for thousands of Conejo Valley school children through
ofering them a hands-on experience with orchestral instru-
ments. Proceeds also went to the many charities the Westlake
Juniors support including Hospice of the Conejo, Support for
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Katso Morrow, President, gave a warm welcome to supporters
in her opening letter, encouraging all to fnd answers to their
dream kitchens, to enjoy the boutique shopping and the “bites.”
Te tour included fve newly designed and renovated kitchens,
each with its owners personality imprinted. Tere were plenty of
practical solutions and design secrets to share.
Te Luithly residence was flled with character and Old World
charm, taking an original 1931 cabin on Lake Malibou and
transforming it into a magnifcent estate. Te kitchen and home
were flled with hand carved bas-relief ornamentation; the
breakfast room’s gazebo ceiling had custom skylights and hand
painted tromp l’oeil grape vines. It had all of the modern ameni-
ties of a chef ’s kitchen with the charm of a European mountain
chalet. With the lakeside views and adjoining outdoor rooms,
one felt transported to a vacation hideaway. European crafts-
manship was evident throughout, and carved panels of Tuscany
and Sienna were infuenced by memories of family travels and
photographs. Layers of history, craftsmanship, and love are what
make this a very special kitchen.
Te remodeled home on the lake in Westlake was transformed
by the Mandrys to create a magnifcent entertaining space with
the kitchen and dining area becoming the hub and heart of the
home. Te kitchen included unobstructed views of the water,
and the sleek maple cabinets which were punctuated by an over-
sized Al Dente Brothers vintage poster called “Pasta” in bright
red. Everything was anchored with calm, slate colored granite
countertops, bar and island. Te multiple prep and entertain-
ing areas make it easy to keep guests entertained while the chef
creates. Te high ceilings gave a spacious and dramatic feeling,
while the Farmhouse wood table, antiques, and stone freplace
maintained a warmth and coziness so often lost in big spaces.
Te most unique item was the curvy ‘Mystic’ sink in the island,
which one could envision flled with chilled shrimp or bottles of
wine on ice. Now that’s a party!
Te Freedmans approached the homeowners of a house that
they just knew was meant to be theirs and created a charismatic
and warm family home in a peaceful Westlake Village neigh-
borhood. As the homeowner told me, she knew in her heart that
it was just the right house to create the charismatic and stun-
ning kitchen of her dreams. She created a Parisian style chef ’s
kitchen with classic black and white. Te rich charcoal black
cabinets were contrasted by the cool clean Calcutta marble and
white subway tile backsplash and then surrounding the beautiful
soapstone island. Te focal point of the room is the hand paint-
ed tile backsplash behind the big Wolf stove with various herbs
named in black script. Highlighting the room is a gorgeous view
of the gardens as viewed through the custom window boxes
flled with the owner’s crystal collection. Chic, functional, and
classic all the way!
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visual and culinary delight. ALCV is a leading volunteer organization locally recognized for providing support
focusing on enhancing the educational success of children and young adults in our community. Te 2nd annual
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fun and interesting to all attendees!
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Te professionally designed kitchen in Agoura Hills was
designed to be the “everywoman’s” kitchen, flled with utilitarian
features, neutral materials, and practical solutions in a moder-
ate size space. Designer Eileen Gould took the 1980’s country
kitchen to a clean contemporary kitchen flled with modern
amenities. Te Friedmans wanted a family friendly kitchen, and
they love the warm cherry cabinets that were stained on-site to
maintain a rich quality fnish. Tey blend beautifully with the
granite counter tops and travertine tile backsplash and custom
tiled hood over the stove. Wood foors tie the new kitchen
together with the family room and bar to create an open and
warm entertaining space.
And last but not least, our visit to the Arteaga home high on
a hill in Westlake proved to be a great fnale with an outdoor
kitchen and living area. With panoramic sunset views over
the salt water pool, one could envision outdoor barbeques and
dinner parties enjoying the outdoor ambiance. Te authentic
Spanish tile roof and archways enclosed the outdoor dining area
with a raised open beam ceiling and an oversized stone freplace
accentuated by lovely iron chandeliers and sconces. Te bar was
elegant yet serviceable with rich Tuscan red granite, ready to
serve hors d’oeuvres, drinks, or full course bufet. Te terra cotta
tile patio and multiple seating areas proved to be the perfect set-
ting to enjoy the views of the surrounding North Ranch valley
and hillsides.
We can’t go without giving mention to all of the featured res-
taurants that served wonderful food samplings at the North
Ranch Community Centre. Boutiques featured shopping from
a bevy of wonderful vendors and the “Bites” were served by the
following generous hosts: Boccaccio’s, Grissini, Sweet Arleen’s,
Tifa Chocolate, Bellini Osteria, Fins, Rustico, Te Grill, and
VomFass. Even Antonio Saba'to Jr showed up with his mother
Yvonne Saba'to in support of the charity event.
Highlighting the tour, we were impressed by the professional
designs and endless ideas in all fve homes. Tere was defnitely
something for everyone’s taste and dreams. Tis was an event to
make sure is on your calendar next year, a not to be missed feast
for the senses.
The home of Marsha and Steve Arteaga
Antonio Sabato Jr with his mother
Yvonne Sabato at the event
Te boutiques at the North Ranch
Community Center
If you do volunteer work or are involved with a charity please let us know
at gayle.barnes@n2pub.com.
“Although the sub-
ject of economics has
many facets, the feld
is unifed by several
central ideas,” says
N. Gregory Mankiw,
author of Principles of
Economics and Profes-
sor of Economics at
Harvard University.
Listed below are his
10 principles of economics and a summary description of each:
1. People Face Tradeofs - Individuals and households choose
among alternatives i.e. time vs. income vs. expense vs. savings vs.
education vs. enjoyment. Societies face similar tradeofs: various
rates of taxes and interest vs. spending and investment choices;
work incentives vs. redistribution and welfare programs; ef-
ciency and regulation vs. costs.
2. Te Cost of Something Is What You Give Up to Get It -
Costs comparison and benefts derived of alternative courses of
action is described as opportunity cost.
3. Rational People Tink at the Margin - Decisions involving
small incremental adjustments to obtain incremental benefts
provides major resulting aggregate benefts.
4. People Respond to Incentives - Policy makers design incen-
tives to modify societal behaviors, i.e. taxes and interest rates are
adjusted to tempt, alter, or mandate changes.
5. Trade Can Make Everyone Better Of - Trade among coun-
tries can make countries better of. Trading promotes greater
specializations, which provides greater varieties of goods and
services at lower costs.
6. Markets are Usually a Good Way to Organize Economic
Activity - Te free marketplace, not government controlled
central planning, is where supply and demand and decentralized
decision making produce an efcient and efective system.
7. Governments Can Sometimes Improve Market Outcomes
- Whether referring to government intervention in environmen-
tal or monopoly issues or in an inefcient allocation of resources
causing distortions in the market place, i.e. mortgages and real
estate, or whether discussing the public policy subjects of taxes
and welfare, the objective is to promote fairness, efciency, and
equitable benefts within a debate of more or less government
control, redistribution and regulation.
By Mark Wendell
Boutiques and Bites
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Address Neighborhood List Price Sold Date DOM Beds Baths SqFt Sale Price
4539 Tam Oshanter Dr. Ben Johnson Fairway $679,950 04/15/11 55 4 3 3,000 670,000
4554 Tam O Shanter Dr. Ben Johnson Fairway $709,750 03/14/11 169 3 3 2,672 695,000
4614 Tam O Shanter Dr. Ben Johnson Fairway $739,000 03/04/11 37 3 2.5 2,196 727,000
4796 Canterbury St. Master Series $745,000 04/28/11 6 3 3 2,216 715,000
4590 Pine Valley Pl. Master Series $1,100,000 02/25/11 267 4 3 3,346 950,000
1172 Deep Wood Dr. Custom $1,099,000 01/21/11 46 4 3.5 3,074 1,017,000
1743 Crooked Trail Pl. Crescent Oaks $1,100,000 02/11/11 127 5 3.5 3,330 1,050,000
1800 Falling Star Ave. Whitehawk $1,395,000 03/31/11 41 5 3 3,795 1,395,000
1945 Smokey Ridge Ave.** Whitehawk $1,399,000 03/01/11 129 5 3.5 3,615 1,330,000
4003 Cresthaven Dr. Custom $1,550,000 01/05/11 181 5 5 4,891 1,350,000
1800 Falling Star Ave. Whitehawk $1,395,000 03/31/11 22 5 3 3,795 1,395,000
1001 Hollyhock Ct. Custom $1,590,000 03/31/11 165 6 5 4,996 1,575,000
1704 Uppper Ranch Rd. Custom $1,625,000 01/14/11 113 4 4.5 4,076 1,460,000
1001 Hollyhock Ct. Custom $1,795,000 03/31/11 165 6 5 4,996 1,575,000
5389 Long Shadow Ct. Custom $1,999,000 02/25/11 145 4 4.5 5,537 1,825,000
1234 Heritage Pl. Custom $2,299,000 03/11/11 1 6 7.5 7,209 2,262,500
1087 Country Valley Rd. Country Club Estates $2,695,000 01/27/11 40 5 4.5 6,090 2,275,000
676 Country Valley Rd. Country Club Estates $3,499,000 04/21/11 91 6 8 7,250 2,975,000
740 Country Valley Rd. Country Club Estates $4,000,000 01/21/11 684 7 8.5 7,341 3,000,000
Featured properties may not be listed by the office/agent presenting this brochure.
Source Multiple Listing Service. All information herein has not been verified and is not guaranteed.
Supplied by Tim Freund Dilbeck Estates *REO **Short Sale
8. A Country’s Standard of Living Depends on Its Ability to
Produce Goods and Services - Generally, income equates to
quality of life, i.e. home, technology, nutrition, health care, life
expectancy, education, transportation, occupation, and oppor-
tunity. Wide variations among countries in living standards are
attributable to diferences in a countries’ productivity, as defned
by the amount of goods and services produced per unit of time.
Tus, the aggregate growth rate of productivity of a nation
determines the growth rate of wages, which increase living stan-
9. Prices Rise When the Government Prints Too Much
Money - Infation is an increase in the overall level of prices in
an economy, caused by rapid growth of money supply coupled
with strong consumer demand. Altering this process is a public
policy decision, i.e. raising interest rates to dampen demand for
goods and services.
10. Society Faces a Short-Run Tradeof between Infation
and Unemployment - Te Phillips Curve explains the trade-of
between infation and unemployment. Generally, a lower mon-
ey supply will result in lower prices due to a reduction in the
amount available to spend. However, the tools to efect change
in monetary and fscal policy are so powerful that they are the
subject of ongoing political debate.
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or liable for ancillary products or services ofered by MDWendell Wealth Partners.
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Sunday, July 17
How to Decorate with Color and Pattern
Where: The Oaks, 350 West Hillcrest Dr., Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
When: 10am
Get expert advice on choosing a palette and mixing colors and
patterns with confdence. All class participants will receive 10% of
merchandise featured in the class.
For more information: www.shoptheoaksmall.com
Friday, July 22 & 23
Dolly Parton
Where: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Avenue, Holly-
wood, CA 90068
When: 8:30pm
The Queen of Country Music makes her Bowl debut in this extraor-
dinary concert. Celebrating a new record, as well as over 45 years
of hit songs, Dolly Parton is one of the most adored fgures in
American music. Her unforgettable live show showcases her classic
voice and impressive multi-instrumental artistry – a dazzling night
of all-Dolly!
For more information: www.hollywoodbowl.com
Thursday, July 28
Teen Treasure Hunt
Where: Grant R. Brimhall Library
When: 6:30pm
Find clues, complete tasks, and solve puzzles hidden in the Library!
Refreshments will be available and gift card prizes for the winners! 
This is a Teen Summer Reading Club program for grades 6-12. 
For more information:  www.toaks.org/library
Saturday, July 30
Scenes and Fairytales fromChildhood with Jackie Petitto
Where: Grant R. Brimhall Library
When: 2pm
Local resident and college music teacher Jackie Petitto will pres-
ent information and musical excerpts including Ravel’s Mother
Goose Suite, Bizet’s Children’s Games, Debussy’s Petite Suite and
Faure’s Dolly Suite.  A Summer Reading Club program for ages 5
and up.
For more information: 805-449-2660 x 7313
Friday, Aug. 5-7
Where: Hollywood Bowl, 2301 North Highland Avenue, Holly-
wood, CA 90068
You Can’t Stop the Beat! Our annual fully staged Broadway musical
takes a trip down the irresistible musical lane of 1962 Baltimore
with the 2003 winner of eight Tony Awards, Hairspray! This invigo-
rating phenomenon of Broadway – based on the classic flm by
John Waters – is the doo-wop infected story of big dreams, big
voices and, of course, big hair!
For more information: 323.850.2000
Saturday, Aug. 13
Paula Poundstone
Where: The Canyon, 28912 Roadside Drive, Agoura Hills, CA 91301
When: 9pm
Appearing on stage with a stool, a microphone and a can of Diet
Pepsi, Paula Poundstone is famous for her razor-sharp wit and
spontaneity. The Boston Globe said, "Poundstone improvises with
a crowd like a Jazz musician...swinging in unexpected directions
without a plan, without a net." Paula is so quick and unassuming
that audience members at her live shows often leave complaining
that their cheeks hurt from laughter.
For more information: www.canyonclub.net
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