Rolling Hills The Early Years: June

The Early Years – Sheriffs Posse, Los Angeles County


In the early days of Los Angeles, the Sheriff had a group of men he could call upon him to help him in capturing highwaymen, murderers, and desperados. The men of the posse were all mounted because the bandits would escape to the outlying country and had to be caught by men on horseback.

By 1940, the Sheriff’s Posse was primarily a social organization. It was composed of a group of expert horsemen – you’ve seen them ride many times in the Tournament of Roses Parade.

The Sheriffs Posse probably reached the height of its prestige in 1930-1940 under Sheriff Eugene W. Biscaluiz. It was a large group of men, and occasionally they would go to some of the large ranchos around Southern California for rides. All of it was for fun – they would trailer their horses to the rancho headquarters that they were going to, and saddle up their favorite horse with a western work saddle, equipped with lariat, etc., and go off for a ride of miles and miles, and end up having a barbecue and then going home.

Just after the hay was harvested, in the late summer of 1940, the Palos Verdes Corporation invited the Sheriff’s Posse to come to Rolling Hills and ride over our 12,000 acres, and be the guests of the Palos Verdes Corporation, and enjoy themselves.

They all assembled at Ken Buggy’s Rolling Hills Riding Stables, unloaded their horses and saddled up with western saddles and equipment. From the assembly point, they rode across fields until they came to Rancho Elastico. It was a beautiful, clear, sparkling Autumn day – and dry. So, by the time they got to my ranchito they were all ready for a drink.

I had arranged to have a bar set up on a pickup truck. It was all equipped with liquid refreshments that a Sheriff’s Posse would like. After a round of drinks, the children’s ringtail monkey, who was a great household pet and who really ruled the roost, showed up. He had been in the habit, when we had guests, of stealing a sip from the Old Fashioned glasses – and here was his golden opportunity.

The riders thought it was funny as heck that a monkey would like liquor. After a drink or two, Adolph, which the children thought was a fine name for a monkey, climbed to the top of the tallest eucalyptus and then would leap high in the air to the neighboring black acacia tree – but he rapidly got to the point where, on account of being a little the worse for liquor, he would miss the upper limbs of the tree and come tumbling down and just barely catch himself. He did this over and over. That monkey really had a head by the time the Posse rode on to the next stop.

From Rancho Elastico the Posse rode down the Long Valley until they came to a stack of straw. This year we had threshed the barley rather than baling it, and where the Peninsula Center is at the present time was a huge stack of fluffy, loose, barley straw. They were all feeling pretty good – it was a nice, warm day. They got to riding around and around and around the stack of straw. Then every once in awhile, one of the riders would get very hilarious and he would his horse straight into the straw, which was very loose, and the horse would stumble and fall down, and the rider would fall off – and the only way the could get the rider and horse back onto firm ground again would be to lasso them and drag them out. And that is one version of what you might call “horsing around”

By 1:00 pm everybody was starving, and ready for a good meal, and they had a good meal. We had employed caterers to barbecue the food. They barbecued a steer, and it was ready by the time the boys got there. There were all kinds of Mexican dishes – lots of frijoles, tamales, and green salad — anything they wanted. There was plenty of beer, plenty of coffee, and plenty of fun.

From there the Posse rode down Georgeff Canyon back to the Rolling Hills Riding Stables, where they unsaddled, put their horses in the trailers, and returned to their homes.

Excerpt from: Rolling Hills: The Early Years by A.E. Hanson


Kitchen Backsplash Designs

Once you’ve decided what materials and colors you want for your backsplash, it’s time to determine how to put it all together. If you choose tile, do you prefer a consistent pattern (say, square or diagonal) or will you mix it up in some way? Here are some kitchen backsplash ideas and designs to spark your imagination.

Range Backsplash Ideas

Breaking up the tile pattern behind the range is a great way to add interest and a focal point to the room. This can be done with a simple border tile to section off a rectangular area below the hood, or by changing the tiles altogether. Purchasing a tile mural or mosaic design is another way of highlighting this part of the kitchen.


Sink Backsplash Ideas

If your sink happens to be in front of a wall instead of a window, you will want to decide whether to keep the same tile pattern as the rest of the kitchen or to mix it up. The same general design principles apply behind a sink as they do behind a range, so you can change the backsplash here with an easy-to-clean stone slab or add a design feature with a border tile or mural if you wish


Kitchen Tile Murals

Depending on the style of your kitchen, an artistic mural can add both a point of focus and a conversation piece to the room. It’s one of the most popular kitchen backsplash ideas for Tuscancountry, and French country kitchens. With an appropriate period design, a tile mural can be used in Craftsman kitchens as well.


Abstract Tile Designs

An artistic mural is not always appropriate in a modern or luxury home, so to spice up the look, you might consider kitchen backsplash tile designs that are more abstract. These are often available pre-packaged from specialty tile stores, although it is possible for a creative artisan to design one from scratch for your home.

Abstract Tile Design Rectangular Backsplash Tile Pattern

Backsplash Tile Patterns

From a simple rectangular tile design to multi-tiered bands of varying shapes, the sheer number of backsplash tile patterns is staggering. For any given material, there are often dozens of possible sizes and shapes to choose from, and near infinite ways in which to combine them. While it’s easy to over-complicate things, I often recommend starting simple and then adding some variation as needed.

Mosaic Backsplash Tiles

Sometimes smaller is better. Mosaic backsplash tiles are usually 1-inch or smaller, and typically come in 12×12-inch pre-formed sheets to make installation much easier. The tiles can be all of the same material, or can be ordered in randomized patterns from specialized tile retailers. Arizona Tile’s Custom Blend Tool allows you to generate your own special-order mosaic pattern online.

Mosaic Backsplash Tiles

Other Decorative Backsplash Options

A growing trend in backsplash design is the customized look, be it with screen-printed tiles or photographic glass backsplashes. A number of companies now offer custom large-format printing on the back of glass panels that have been custom fit to your walls. The result is a unique design that is entirely your own.


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Contemporary Kitchen Cabinets

Contemporary kitchen cabinets are generally composed of minimal ornamentation and flat surfaces. The cabinetry style is intentionally non-traditional, avoiding decorative moldings in favor of simplicity and function.

A Black and White Kitchen with Contemporary Cabinets
This black and white kitchen features contemporary cabinets by ALNO, AG. [+] More Pictures

Historic Influences: Contemporary kitchen designs date from the 1940s to the present, and trace many of their stylistic origins in Europe.

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Elements of Style: For a clean and spacious look, contemporary kitchen design typically avoids excess ornamentation. Crown molding, wood carvings, and raised panel door styles are almost never used. Small spaces can be made to feel bigger if there is less visual stimulation. Therefore the relatively flat surfaces found in contemporary kitchens can be of benefit to smaller modern homes.

Materials: Most materials in contemporary kitchen designs are man-made, including metal, plastic, concrete, glass, and recycled goods. While these man-made materials can often feel cold and sterile, many designers like to incorporate natural elements such as wood veneer and natural stone to bring some warmth back into the room. Simple decorations such as a potted plant or a bowl of fruit can also give your kitchen a more natural ambiance.

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Color Schemes: Many contemporary kitchens have monochromatic color schemes, featuring various combinations of black, white, and gray. These kitchens tend to look very modern and sharp. Some contemporary designs, however, incorporate unique colors or exotic wood in order to create a visual impact and showcase the homeowner’s favorite materials or hues.

Kitchen Design Photos: Below are some pictures of kitchens featuring contemporary cabinets.

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What You Need To Know Before Installing A New Fence

Many homeowners think that putting up a fence is as simple as getting the supplies and beginning the installation of their new fence. However, there is much more involved than that and what you don’t know could get you into trouble. Not to mention the money it will cost you if you don’t get it right the first time. Below are a few things you should know before you begin your fencing project.

1. The first thing you will need to do is to check your city’s code enforcement laws regarding fencing. You will need to know if they allow fencing, and if they do you will need to know if there are any height restrictions. Then you will more than likely need a permit.

2. You need to know your property line. This doesn’t mean you should guess. You should have your property line professionally marked according to your legal plat map and legal description of your property line. Your legal plat map can also be obtained from your tax assessor’s office. You shouldn’t skip this step; otherwise, you could find yourself having to remove your newly installed fence due to encroachment on to your neighbor’s property.

3. You are legally required to have the utility lines on your property marked before you dig. If you don’t, and you hit a utility line, you could be fined and will more than likely be responsible for paying the repair costs and any damages.

4. You will need to know ahead of time what quantity of materials you are going to need. That means you will need to know the height of your fence and how many poles it will take to complete your fence. When buying fence poles, you will need to remember that the poles will be buried approximately 18″ to 24″ in the ground so plan accordingly.

5. Determine how many gates you will need. Keep in mind that the taller the gate is, the more hinges it will need in order to hold it up and to keep it functioning properly for years to come. A standard gate uses two hinges; however, if your gate is over eight feet tall, you should use three to four hinges on each gate.

6. There are several different types of wood from which you can choose. Pine, spruce and cedar are the most popular, with pine being the least expensive and cedar being the most expensive. However, the cedar, even though it is the most expensive, will last the longest.

We hope you have found this information helpful. If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, talk with your realtor. Let him know that you are considering a move. He would be more than happy to supply you with a list of available homes in your area, as well as, a competitive market analysis of your neighborhood.

Luxury Kitchen Designs

Luxury Kitchen Design: Today’s expensive homes are only as luxurious as the kitchens they contain. Luxury kitchens call for extraordinary details along with the use of rich materials and colors. Scroll down to see the complete gallery below.

Luxury Kitchen Design with High Coffered Ceilings, Antique White Cabinets, and a Dark Wood Island
Everything about this kitchen exudes elegance, with its the high coffered ceilings, antique white cabinets, decorative stained glass, and a contrasting wood island topped with gracefully shaped granite.

Ultimate Investment: As the most valuable room in any house, a luxury kitchen adds tremendous worth to a home. Unlike an expensive car, which can depreciate quickly, an expensive kitchen is an investment that creates value over a longer period of time.

Price Points: In my experience in the kitchen remodeling industry, I’m convinced that the old adage “You get what you pay for” holds true when it comes to building kitchens. Luxury appliances and expensive kitchen cabinets will last much longer and retain their value far better than mid-range and low-end options. I’ve seen mid-level cabinetry crumbling and falling off the walls after only 10-15 years. Cheap import cabinetry may “look” luxurious today but will end up in a dump in a very short time. Your best bet is to buy it right the first time. Considering a luxury kitchen design is a great place to start. A luxury kitchen can cost you anywhere from $30,000- $60,000.

Luxury Kitchen Cabinets: Cabinetry is the largest and most important investment in any kitchen remodel. Luxury kitchen cabinets often feature high-end American woods like Cherry and Walnut with rich, dark stains. Exotic woods such as Sapele Mahogany or Brazilian Cherry can take it to another level. Specialty painted and glazed finishes can also make for a luxurious kitchen. For a downright opulent look, some cabinet finishers use gold leaf to accent cabinetry details. High-end kitchens often feature flush inset, frameless, or beaded inset cabinets with deluxe undermount soft-closing drawers.

Luxury Appliances: To create a beautiful focal point in the room, an artfully crafted wood hood makes a stunning design statement. For extra elegance, luxury appliances can be framed in with decorative carved posts or fluted columns. Occasionally the appliances themselves are panelized with wood. Luxury kitchen sinks can be crafted of heavy gauge stainless steel, polished or hammered copper, or even marble or granite.

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How To Properly Maintain Your Deck All Year Around

Having a deck or installing a new one can increase the value of your home and will give you about a 77% return on your investment when it comes time to sell.   So it’s important that you take the time necessary  to properly care for your deck all year around.

Here is a deck maintenance schedule you should adhere to in order to protect your investment.

If you have a wood deck, you should clean and seal it once every year.  If you have a vinyl deck, you should clean it once every year.  Make sure you cover your plants, bushes or any foliage you have with plastic sheets before you begin.


• Wash your deck to remove any mold and debris that has gotten into the wood.  You will  need to scrape out the debris between the boards as well.  For a wood deck you can use any general deck cleaner or if you prefer, you can use a half bleach and half water solution .   If you have a vinyl deck, you will need to purchase a deck cleaner that is specifically designed to clean composite materials.  Then use a soft brush to gently scrub it clean; however,  you should never powerwash a vinyl deck as you may damage the material and void the warranty.

• Seal your wood deck if it needs it.  You can test your deck using water to see if it needs to be resealed or not.  Hose your deck down with water and if the water beads up you don’t need to seal it.  If the water soaks into the wood, it’s time to reseal.


• Inspect your deck visually to check for potential hazards.  Check for loose boards and if you can access the underbelly of your deck, check the posts, joists and beams for rot or structural damage.  Additionally, you should check for any potential pest problems and address them if needed.


• Look for any nails that have started to come up.  If the nail is only slightly raised, just hammer it back down.  However, if it has raised substantially, you should pull out the nail and then re-install a screw that is longer than the nail you just removed.

• Trim any bushes or foliage away from your deck to help prevent rotting.  You should also move around any pots, chairs and tables you have on your deck to help prevent discoloration.

You should sweep your deck periodically to remove any debris that has piled up around the area.

I hope you have found this information helpful.  If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, call your realtor, he would be more than happy to help you with the entire buying and selling process from start to finish.

What Are The Best Upgrades For Your New Construction Home

Building a new construction home can be very exciting.  But there are so many upgrades to choose from.  And some of those upgrades are very expensive.   So how do you decide which options are practical and which options you should pass on.

The best way to decide which upgrades to say yes to and which ones you should say no to is to think about how it will affect the resale value of your home should you decide to sell in the future.  Ask yourself  “will this upgrade add to the value of my home in the future?”  If the answer is yes, then go for it!

But the resale money is not the only thing that is important when making decisions about which upgrades to choose.  Aside from adding value to your home, you should ask yourself what are the most important things to you and your family.  Where do you spend all of your time.

Do you need a large family room or does each family member prefer their own spaces.  Do you spend a lot of time in the kitchen?

Here are a few things that may help you decide which upgrades to choose.

• You’ll never go wrong when opting for the upgraded kitchen cabinets.  Consider selecting the custom cabinets.  They are better built, have better finishes and will last longer.  Additionally,  opt for the taller uppers.  You know, the ones that go all the way to the ceiling.  This will give you that much needed extra storage space that you will definitely need the longer you have lived in your house

• Opt for premium hinges and drawer slides as well.  Your kitchen cabinets will take a lot of abuse over the years and it is very expensive if you have to replace your cabinets only after a few years

• Choose the top quality carpet.  It will hold up better in the high traffic areas and keep you from having to replace it sooner than you would have if you had gone with the cheapest carpet. Generally the more quality the carpet is – the easier it is to get clean when dirt and spills occur

• The same goes for your carpet padding.  A thicker, better quality pad will increase the life of your carpet

• Wood or ceramic tile flooring is always considered a good upgrade.  It is durable, practical and will never go out of style.  Most people prefer wood or ceramic tile flooring to carpet for those very reasons

• Ceiling fans and light fixtures.  An upgraded ceiling fan and light fixture package will not only add some energy efficiency to your home but it will also add a more quality look as well.  Nothing spells cheap more than seeing cheap ceiling fans and light fixtures and they are not that expensive of an upgrade

• Add some skylights.  This is especially important if your new homes floorplan does not allow for much natural lighting.  Natural lighting will give your home that light, bright feeling and will help save on your energy costs as well.

The most important thing is to make sure that you choose the upgrades that are the most important to you.  If you have the things you want the most, you will more than likely remain happy with your new home choice for years to come.