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L.A. designers share refined furniture, accessories at NYCxDesign

In its third year, NYCxDesign, which held more than 300 events in New York City’s five boroughs from May 8-19, boasted a strong Southern California presence. Some four dozen local designers and manufacturers exhibited at the 27th annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair, while a handful...

Garden party: Floral wallpapers that will make you forget the drought

If the dire predictions are to be believed, Southern California will turn into parched desert in the not too distant future (though one hopes a “Mad Max” mentality doesn’t take hold as well). With water restrictions already in place, extremely conscientious homeowners are already pulling out the...

Notable Pasadena homes open to the public for Historic Highlands tour

The Historic Highlands Neighborhood Assn. is sponsoring a tour on Sunday of five homes from the late 1800s to early 1900s in Pasadena’s Historic Highlands.

Basements: The underground trend in adding space to homes

Homeowners Melissa and Trent Overholt and Emily and Etan Cohen faced a similar problem. The Overholts, who own a half lot a block from the sand in Manhattan Beach, had a growing family that no longer fit in their 550-square-foot home. With three children, the Cohens, who both work at home in Beverlywood,...

'Legends' windows portray rooms Wes Anderson, Debbie Harry might inhabit

Window-shopping may be free, but shop windows rarely look as no-expense-spared as they will Wednesday, when 61 interior decor talents unveil lavish vignettes in showrooms throughout the high-ticket La Cienega Design Quarter for the seventh annual "Legends of La Cienega." The event, which began...

Neutra restoration in Long Beach honors time and patina

If you drive through Park Estates, a traditional Long Beach neighborhood of broad-roofed, mainly one-story houses, you might easily pass right by a modest pitched-roof, two-story home. But the Hafley House and its companion one-story Moore House next door are significant 1953 creations of modernist...

Julie Newmar invites you to dance into her private gardens

In a career that has stretched lithely across seven decades, Julie Newmar, the early blooming classical pianist and dancer who grew up to be TV's first feloniously feline Catwoman, has earned a Tony Award for her first speaking role on Broadway and received two U.S. patents for pantyhose and brassiere...

Beverlywood low-water redo brings carrots, conversation and cash too

For Jeffrey and Linda Glaser, getting rid of their Beverlywood front lawn was a no-brainer.

'Anthology' author on Eames designs and who could play the couple

Charles and Ray Eames "were as careful with their words as they were with their designs," says author and scholar Daniel Ostroff, whose latest book, "An Eames Anthology: Articles, Film Scripts, Interviews, Letters, Notes, and Speeches," is a compilation of material from 1941 to 1986.

Gardens full of ideas on show in Mar Vista tour

Mandatory water restrictions may be prompting gardeners to have second thoughts about their thirsty gardens and lawns, but for the homeowners included in the Mar Vista Green Garden Showcase on April 25, water conservation is a way of life.

Pasadena Showcase House of Design opens at Eliot House, a 1910 Tudor

The first thing visitors will notice upon entering the latest Pasadena Showcase House of Design is a historic fireplace framed by emerald green tile. The brilliant wall brightens the dark entryway in a distinctly modern way, yet the Grueby tile is original to the house.

Natural plaster advocates want to reduce cement in construction

It doesn't take much to fall in love with a wall covered in natural plaster. One touch will do it. The surface is smooth as marble but warmer, more welcoming.

Wright to auction Blackman Cruz antiques, curiosities

Wright, the Chicago auction house that specializes in 20th century design, will partner with the Los Angeles design atelier Blackman Cruz to sell nearly 250 items including industrial, primitive and rustic curiosities such as chairs from Al Capone’s Wisconsin hideout, Continental antiques, midcentury...

Justina Blakeney of the Jungalow releases book, talks design

The term "bohemian" is historically a fluid category. Now Los Angeles-based stylist, blogger and design maven Justina Blakeney shares updated interpretations of the free-spirited aesthetic and worldview with the publication Wednesday of " The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes " (Stewart, Tabori...

Research and respect go into restoring a John Lautner guesthouse

Although most of us know about architect John Lautner through iconic works such as the circular Chemosphere house or the Silvertop estate, his first official commission in Los Angeles was a modest 600-square-foot guesthouse, a refuge that has the peaceful feeling of a cabin with warm wood...

Descanso showcases its new low-water Center Circle Garden

Descanso Gardens' new Center Circle Garden, which opened Friday in La Cañada Flintridge, proves that water-wise gardens can be high on beauty while low on water and maintenance.

'The Royals': Behaving badly never looked so good

From the Clampett’s Beverly Hills mansion to Lord and Lady Grantham’s pile o’ bricks, aka Downton Abbey, television has inspired house envy in viewers pretty much since its invention. The newest entry, however, puts them all in their place: the behemoth baroque estate...

The fierce angel who tends Amir's Garden in Griffith Park

"These winds are creeping me out," shouted Kristin Sabo as she tended groves of black walnut atop a Griffith Park peak during a mid-March heat wave. ¶As the no-nonsense volunteer caretaker of Amir's Garden, Sabo battles more than unseasonable Santa Ana winds. She terms the 5-acre parcel,...

A chandelier built of bicycle parts? It makes a statement

Artist and designer Carolina Fontoura Alzaga turns unlikely trash into beautiful treasure.

Indoor garden products plant edible crops in the kitchen

Supermarket greens are rarely as tasty as the ones you grow in your garden, which is why a new crop of products looks to offer city dwellers a zero-mile diet by letting them raise their own greens indoors, year-round.

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