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The cactus store in Echo Park that's taking over your Instagram feed

It’s always cactus weather in the unmarked Echo Park storefront known informally as “the Cactus Store” or “Hot Cactus” to neighbors. Navigating the 200-square-foot interior is like squeezing through sheer desert canyon walls, as 450-plus rare and exotic cactuses in unglazed terra-cotta pots rise...

Protecting your home from wildfire

Southern California is no stranger to destructive wildfires. Although homeowners cannot control Mother Nature, they can take several precautions, notably brush clearance, to reduce fire danger. Clearing your land Brush clearance is one of the best ways to protect your home from wildfire. In Los...

A sprawling South Pasadena lawn gets a chic low-water makeover

In our latest lawn-to-drought-garden makeover from readers, a South Pasadena lawn is removed and replaced with UC Verde buffalo grass (Bouteloua gracilis), natives and drought-tolerant plants. Layered plantings and giant pavers transform the front yard into a tranquil escape.   Long and expansive,...

You slept with him and he never called back? You got played, girl!

If you’ve been a single girl in Los Angeles for a couple years, you know the “rules” of the dating scene. It’s a jungle out there, filled with animals and indecency. So when my friend Mara said to me over lunch, “He hasn’t texted in two days. Should I say something?” I already knew what had happened. ...

Prepare to be obsessed: Apps let you test drive paint colors without lifting a brush

Paint chips are so 20th century. Not sure what color to paint the living room? There’s an app for that. In fact, there are several. Over the past decade, major paint manufacturers have introduced free, online design tools to help homeowners choose interior and exterior paint color via computer,...

See inside the Paul Ferrante factory, where unique lighting and furniture has been made for 60 years

Stepping into the Paul Ferrante factory located on Rodeo Road near La Cienega Boulevard is just about the closest you can get to experiencing the sights and sounds of an old-school trade workshop. What might start with a conversation and a rough sketch from a customer results in striking, one-of-a-kind...

Do you really need to shell out money for a pricey 'organic bed'?

Your bed is supposed to be the place where you can rest your weary head and let the day’s worries fade away. But some heath and environmental activists fear our beds — and sofas and other household products — could be making us sick. At issue are chemical materials that can be found in some vinyl...

My nightmare Tinder date with a lingerie model

I began my dating app experience much later in life. (The foolish decision to buy a Windows phone set me back two years.) I was anxious to get started the moment I upgraded devices. The first and most obvious download was the infamous Tinder, renowned as a hook-up app but also responsible for significant...

Gorgeous, sustainable furniture

Out of devastation came creation.  Fierce Santa Ana winds shocked Los Angeles County, shredding roofs, downing power lines and leaving thousands of trees felled on the night of Nov. 30, 2011, and causing more than $40 million in damage.  The gale-force winds left heaps of natural detritus in its...

This guest cottage feels like a lofty, secluded cabin - right outside DTLA

When architects Bo Sundius and Hisako Ichiki decided to build a guest cottage on their property in Elysian Park, they wanted the scale of a loft but the feel of a cabin. “We knew it would be a small space,” says Ichiki, “but we wanted to make it feel as big as possible while remaining warm.”  The...

I had to work up the nerve to ask, 'Do you want to be my girlfriend?'

When it came to girls, I was shy. It’s not that I feared that they would beat me up, like the bullies I evaded on the playground in East Los Angeles. I simply feared rejection. For some mysterious reason that I still don’t understand, I felt that if I got rejected, all my friends and complete strangers...

The Butterfly Pavilion is back! And you have until Aug. 7 to see it

If you’ve never walked the grounds of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont – a true haven for California native plants – then the return of the Butterfly Pavilion may be just the thing to tempt you to make the trek.  The temporary enclosure is small at 24-by-36 feet but offers a rare opportunity...

A thirsy Pasadena lawn morphs into a stunning, drought-tolerant habitat for hummingbirds

We're asking Southern California readers to share photos of their lawn-to-drought-garden makeovers. Here’s how one Pasadena homeowner did it: Thirst is a relative term when it comes to David Rose’s Pasadena yard, as he exchanged water-hungry St. Augustine grass for a hummingbird habitat filled...

This is no way to keep my treasured family photos - or is it?

None of our kids would be what you would call “the most reliable.” Probably the closest thing to reliable would be the lovely and patient older daughter, who had a birthday the other day. She hosted a dinner party to mark the occasion, and broke two wine glasses while loading the dishwasher. Mazel...

Go beyond cactus: 8 drought-tolerant plants that can handle summer's blistering heat

Although fall is planting season in Southern California, summer is the best time to see how plants survive the heat. After early triple-digit temperatures in Los Angeles this summer, we asked Scott Kleinrock, the native/drought-resistant plant specialist at the Huntington, about plants that can...

This drought-friendly yard is a tropical oasis - in the middle of Burbank

Long before turf removal became a popular gardening practice in drought-stricken California, David Pixley removed his Burbank lawn and replaced it with low-water cacti, succulents and flowers. Like a painter with a canvas, Pixley planted an unconventional mix of things, choosing exotic plants that...

'Say hello to Grace Kelly': I'm introducing my teen to the classics

On a lazy morning at the library, we discovered that you can check out an astounding 50 items at once, which pretty much should cover us for the rest of the summer -- an item a day, a novel, a biography, a classic Jimmy Stewart flick. While picking out DVDs, I talked the little guy into “Rear Window,”...

Cactus and succulents from around the globe are on display - and for sale - at the Huntington

Cactus and succulent fans who know a sempervivum from a haageocereus can decipher even more unusual specimens at the Cactus and Succulent Society of America’s 51st show and sale at the Huntington on Saturday and Sunday. The July 2-3 event is geared toward collectors and neophytes alike as hundreds...

How a group of strangers helped a former foster child create the home of her dreams

It’s the last night 24-year-old Max Plunkett will have to sleep on the floor … or so she sincerely hopes. Plunkett has lived in 20 foster homes since she was a baby. But Plunkett, 24, is one of the lucky ones. She survived the system that finds 24% of aged out foster care youth in Los Angeles County...

Nobody wants your filthy house, and other tips for selling your home from the 'Property Brothers'

When it comes to getting the best price for your house, there might be no higher-profile experts than Drew and Jonathan Scott, the personable hosts of several HGTV series including the long-running “Property Brothers.” The 38-year-old twins started their real-estate ways while still in college,...

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