Essential California Week in Review: Stay home, again

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It is Saturday, Nov. 21.

Here’s a look at the top stories of the last week:

New pandemic crackdowns. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a curfew starting Saturday throughout most of California to combat a surge in new coronavirus cases, days after the state rolled back reopenings. The new rules will apply to those living in counties in the most restrictive “purple” tier of the state’s reopening roadmap.

The third wave is the hardest. Experts say this wave of infections is particularly troubling because “we never got back down” to a low baseline number of cases, and now we’re fatigued and entering a season spent

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Dr. Fox: Elderly cat’s bathroom habits change | Pets

Dear Dr. Fox: My 18-year-old female cat recently had a stroke. After a month of nurturing, she has made a nice recovery. But now, she uses her litter box to urinate, but defecates on the rug in my sunroom. I change the litter regularly, and when she went in front of me in the sunroom once, I showed her that it upsets me. After that episode, she used the litter box for two days, but is now back to urinating in the litter box and pooping on the sunroom rug. Help. D.M., Tom’s River, New Jersey

Dear D.M.: Your cat is old, and I would let her defecate on the rug in the sunroom, at least it is confined to one spot in your home. Place a large pee-pad on the area and smear some feces on the surface to encourage her to use that spot.

She may be constipated

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October existing home sales see ‘spectacular’ 26.6% annual increase

Sales of existing homes in October soared well past expectations, rising 4.3% compared with September and 26.6% annually to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 6.85 million units, according to the National Association of Realtors.

The NAR’s chief economist, Lawrence Yun, called the annual increase “a spectacular gain.”

The annualized sales rate is the highest since February 2006. The highest pace ever was in 2005 at 7.1 million units.

The data reflect closed sales representing contracts signed in August and September .

“It’s quite amazing. Even if the home sales were to go down to 6 million, I would be happy,” said Yun. “The surge in sales in recent months has now offset the spring market losses. With news that a COVID-19 vaccine will soon be available, and with mortgage rates projected to hover around 3% in 2021, I expect the market’s growth to continue into 2021.”

Yun forecasts existing

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Black Friday Belk Deals (2020): Top Early Electronics, Kitchen Appliance, Home Furniture & Decor, Clothing & More Deals Highlighted by Saver Trends

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Black Friday sales researchers have listed the top early Belk deals for Black Friday 2020, together with sales on travel & luggage, kitchen, bed & bath essentials, clothing & footwear, home furniture & decor and more. Links to the top deals are listed below.

Best Belk Deals:

  • Save up to 60% on a wide range of items at Belk.com – get the best deals on fashion items, jewelry, bed & bath & more from top brands
  • Save up to 86% on all types of shoes at Belk.com – click the link for the hottest deals on sports shoes, fashion shoes, casual shoes & performance shoes for men, women & children
  • Save up to 88% on small kitchen appliances from top brands at Belk.com – get big savings on deep fryers, stand mixers, coffee makers, cookware & more
  • Save up to 36% on a wide range of furniture
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What you need to know

A modified stay-at-home order goes into effect for much of California as of Saturday morning, part of a new effort to slow the rapid spread of the coronavirus.



a person standing in front of a box: A shopper picks up toilet paper at a store in Burbank on Thursday. Paper towels and other cleaning supplies are flying off retail shelves amid a new wave of panic buying as the country faces another coronavirus surge. (Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)


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A shopper picks up toilet paper at a store in Burbank on Thursday. Paper towels and other cleaning supplies are flying off retail shelves amid a new wave of panic buying as the country faces another coronavirus surge. (Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)

Here are the details of the order:

  • Prohibits most nonessential activity outside the home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. in purple tier counties.
  • Lasts through Dec. 21, though it could be extended.
  • Does not apply to people experiencing homelessness. Nothing in the order prevents any number of people from the same household from leaving their residence, lodging or temporary accommodation, as long as they do not engage in any interaction with (or
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Sophie Burke discusses interior design trends for 2021

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Nordic retreat (holiday residence) designed by Sophie Burke of Sophie Burke Design.
Nordic retreat (holiday residence) designed by Sophie Burke of Sophie Burke Design. Photo by Gillian Stevens Photography /PNG

Something noticeable about her work is how much attention she pays to her clients and how this translates into the interiors she creates for them. There is a sense of intimacy and captured personalities that are conveyed with warmth and without fanfare.

“On most of our projects, we’re working with clients for two to four years. You really get to know them. We want spaces to reflect who lives there, what works for them, and what works for them in terms of functionality. We do a deep dive into their hobbies, likes, passions, how they cook, do they cook with their partner? Or alone? What sports do they like? It just helps develop a full picture,” she says.

This technique makes projects more interesting for Burke and her

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70 Years of Automotive Design

In 1985, the Detroit Institute of Art hosted an exhibit called “Detroit Style: Automotive Form 1925-1950,” which the institute called a showcase “that bridges the gap between industrial design and the fine arts as it demonstrates the aesthetics and history of automotive design in a period now considered classic.” Thirty-five years later, the DIA completes the design story with a new exhibit called “Detroit Style: Car Design in the Motor City, 1950-2020,” open now and running until June 27, 2021.

By the 1950s, motor vehicles had begun their transition into commodities, not yet as pervasive and presumed as electric light and ice, but swiftly cruising that way. Even today, though, the car is a peculiar product—obliged to run as reliably as an appliance while still expressing an artful style that precludes it from being regarded as an everyday widget. Cars are expensive to produce, taxing to buy, and the buyer

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Home of the Week: Beverly Hills penthouse covered in greenery

Found toward the top of a Beverly Hills complex that blends nature with architecture, this chic “Sky Villa” looks as good on the outside as it does on the inside. The building, dubbed Gardenhouse, was designed by MAD Architects, the same firm handling the futuristic Lucas Museum of Narrative Art coming to Exposition Park. Greenery covers the outside, and museum-like living spaces fill the inside with gallery white walls and a massive sculptural staircase.

The details

Location: 8600 Wilshire Blvd. #17, Beverly Hills, 90211

Asking price: $5.888 million

Year built: 2020

Living area: 2,916 square feet, three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms

Features: Subterranean parking garage; direct elevator access; private foyer; floor-to-ceiling walls of glass; two-story living room; angular windows; marble kitchen; lofted primary suite; free-standing tub; private terrace; city and mountain views; architectural facade of aluminum composite panels.

About the area: In the 90211 ZIP Code, based on two sales, the

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Theory Design redesigns interior of showroom in Boca Grande

Theory Design has re-designed the interior of a Showroom it shares with Seagate Development Group in the heart of downtown Boca Grande’s heralded Historic District at 411 Park Avenue, Suite 1.  The re-design was executed after the Showroom’s existing furniture selections were sold.  New selections, including a beautiful sectional sofa finished with white fabric, lounge chairs with light wooden frames and white fabric, a soft grey leather ottoman that serves as a coffee table, white leather stools that feature a light tan accent band, and other new selections are available for purchase.  The re-design also included the introduction of new art pieces and color themes that feature key lime green and indigo accents.



a pool next to a building: Theory Design’s Senior Interior Designer Paula Myette is creating the interior for Seagate Development Group’s furnished Bal Harbour model now under construction at Hill Tide Estates on the southern tip of Boca Grande.


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Theory Design’s Senior Interior Designer Paula Myette is creating the interior for Seagate Development Group’s furnished Bal Harbour model now under construction at Hill Tide Estates on the southern tip of Boca Grande.

The elements

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Family members returning home bring higher COVID risk for Thanksgiving gatherings

At a time when Americans are pondering how to celebrate Thanksgiving safely amid the country’s worst surge in coronavirus cases, many families will be faced with yet another complicating factor: the return home of students.

8 items you need to have Thanksgiving dinner outside

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Public health experts are discouraging nonessential travel and gatherings of multiple households for Thanksgiving, fearing those activities may further spread a virus that has sickened more than 11.5 million and killed in excess of 251,000 in the U.S. On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended against traveling for Thanksgiving.



a group of stuffed animals sitting on top of a building: The Thanksgiving turkey leads off the parade on Central Park West at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.


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The Thanksgiving turkey leads off the parade on Central Park West at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York.

Colleges and universities have reported 252,000-plus cases since the pandemic began, according to a New York Times tracker. Returning students – whether they lived

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