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It's too early. We’re in the middle of nowhere. But it's beautiful to see the kid play ball

My first suggestion for surviving summer: Avoid any and all sports tournaments. We were at one the other day, if not in the bosom of Los Angeles, then up near the larynx. Four games. Gravel parking lots. Melting flesh. With every close play at home, a cloud of dust would sweep the bleachers, until...

What I learned from the classic college hook-up culture at USC

When I met Dan I wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. An L.A. native, I’ve waded through a sea of the city’s most promising players. I’ve had my heart marred by the son of a Middle Eastern mogul, been duped by a handful of Hollywood’s finest college dropouts and have made painstakingly boring conversation...

L.A. designer Jeremy Scott's outrageous new furniture collection for Mass Beverly

In his fashion collections for Milan-based brand Moschino, Jeremy Scott is hardly one to play it safe. (His latest offerings, shown earlier this month in Hollywood, were predicated on showgirls, fire motifs and Playboy bunnies.) So when Scott collaborated with Italian furniture house Gufram for...

Mark your calendar: the popular Cactus and Succulent show returns to Huntington

The Huntington’s annual Cactus and Succulent Show is popular with desert plant lovers, and with good reason. For drought-conscious gardeners, the hundreds of exotic plants on display and for sale offer endless inspiration. The show has much to offer aficionados and curiosity-seekers alike as...

A dilapidated Venice bungalow is reborn as a 'crazy' family compound

A noted L.A. architect designs a family compound for restaurateur Paul Hibler and realtor Tiffany Rochelle that is a little bit "crazy," just like Venice

For Father's Day this year, all I want is a 'dad bod'

I had children for the same reasons most guys do, so I’d have someone to play catch with for the rest of my life. The other day, I asked our youngest daughter, Rapunzel, if she wanted to play a little catch. She’s 26 now, so she just assumed I was joking. Come to think of it, I am always joking....

Landscape architects re-imagine the gardens of a famed Schindler house

If you want to see the imagination of landscape architects run wild, invite them to design an imaginary landscape for a Rudolph Schindler-designed home. That’s what curators Mia Lehrer and the MAK Center’s Executive Director Priscilla Fraser have done for “Lush,” a new group exhibition for which...

This Father's Day, give Dad a subscription service to match his tastes

Gamer dad? Grill master? Snappy dresser? We've got you covered with subscription boxes that were made just for him

Why I have a fear of falling... in love

Number of days since last fall: 15. 16. 17. 18. I would casually glance at the dry-erase board hanging in the hall of the inpatient rehabilitation hospital on the way to my dad’s room. I did not think about it much. My dad was in such bad shape that we were far more concerned with him breathing...

It's hard to believe this gorgeous home was once a drug den for squatters

Inspired by developer Joseph Eichler, Surfside Projects built a modern home in Leucadia that showcases the best of midcentury modernism.

A home is transformed through vibrant patterns and colors — and a little trust

It started with the wallpaper almost every time. Los Angeles designer Karen Frid-Madden proposed installing two contrasting yet complementary white and royal blue wallpaper patterns in her client Karl Thurmond's Westwood living room. Needless to say, it took a little convincing. Then came the dining...

Posh is recovering nicely: It's been a total team effort (and I am the water boy)

“Dad, I love you,” one of the kids said the other day. I thought to myself, “Yeah? What’s the catch?” As I warned another parent recently, just assume your teenagers are lying to you. When they happen to tell the truth – which occurs occasionally — you can always adjust accordingly. Just to be...

I found love at a neighbor's wake

After a 20-year marriage and a separation, I decided to try online dating. I quickly learned to keep the first meeting short, not dinner, in case things didn’t go well. On one date I arranged to meet a UCLA law school graduate at a Santa Monica coffee house. As a lawyer myself, I anticipated at...

Major reboot of Topanga house and gardens was a passion project, builder-owner says: 'I was hopelessly in love...'

When experienced home builder and sometime illustrator Bill Buerge calls the restoration of the Mountain Mermaid his “ultimate challenge,” he isn’t kidding. “Piles of exterminated bees, horse manure and goat poop littered the floors. Most of the plaster had fallen from the walls,” he recalls. That’s...

They found a real estate unicorn: A house with great 'bones,' ready for decorating

"We were able to come in and focus on the fun stuff, the decorating," says Tom Balamaci of the L.A. home he bought with husband Patrick Wildnauer.

My daughter's been stealing my wine and other confessions to kick-off summer

I found a stray sunflower seed in my dress shoe the other day. I took that as another sign summer is near. Just in case, I fired up the grill and hit some kebabs with a reckless and satisfying char. Fire. Meat. Summer. Let the party begin. June is brass bands and peeling fences. Summer is mourning...

This L.A. furniture maker has stayed in business 40 years by catering to customers

In 1976, Victor Sawan took over an 8,500-square-foot space near South Los Angeles and started making brass beds. He named his new company Wesley Allen, created by blending the names of his son, Wesley, and his business partner Martin Bender’s son, Alan. Pretty quickly, the brand became known for...

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