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Grateful for prayers and pep talks: 'If the Cubbies can win it all, so can Posh'

Amid the emotional chaos, there are signs of normality. The little guy got mint toothpaste in his eye the other morning, which seems to defy all the usual rules of dental hygiene. “Wait, what?” I asked. “You were actually brushing your teeth?” His face in half-scrunch, the eighth-grader explained...

Record drought + record rain = toppled trees. How do you know if your tree is in trouble?

At Elysian Park near Dodger Stadium last weekend, hikers walked their dogs along the popular hiking trail, unconcerned by a recently toppled tree. But with more winter storms predicted, and news of a 100-year-old pine tree falling on a house and car in Pasadena on Tuesday, it’s hard for homeowners...

A modern home connects a family to the outdoors — and to one another

At the Hirsch family compound in Brentwood, pass by a graffiti-adorned brick wall as you enter, and you’ll find yourself in a warm, glass-walled environment, surrounded by the outdoors.   The detailed white-on-black artwork by Los Angeles artists Clamdiggin is a sort of family biography, chronicling...

The secret to a great Oscars party? A $30 bar cart

Even if you’re not an experienced host, it’s easy to make your Oscar-watching party Feb. 26 a success. The secret? A bar cart. We enlisted event planner Camille Simmons, the Long Beach-based proprietor of Planning Pretty, to show us how to put a bar cart — specifically Ikea’s $30 Sunnersta utility...

I pursued her until she had a change of heart

So there I was, a guy in my early 30s, recently separated, having made the solo journey back to Los Angeles from Nashville. Broke and in debt from the experience, I had the war-torn heart of a man who dearly missed his 4-year-old daughter... yet I was liberated from a failed relationship. My ex...

Black History Month: Take a walking tour of Compton architecture

Years after designing Compton City Hall, African American architect Harold Williams said he was determined to bring well-crafted architecture to the community because “all people deserve quality architecture.” In honor of Black History Month, the Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of...

Restoring a neglected tract home to Midcentury glory in Palm Springs

As fans of midcentury modern design, Keith Zabel and husband Randy Shemaitis were drawn to Palm Springs and its wealth of Modernist architecture. “My passion for midcentury modern started in my 20s,” explains Zabel, 45. “I was drawn to the Atomic and Sputnik style that came about after World War...

18 design gifts to give to a loved one — or yourself — this Valentine's Day

Home is where the heart is, literally. This Valentine’s Day, heart-shaped home goods and matching, whimsical prints are turning up the heat on style, providing a cadre of creative ways to embrace design — and showing up on everything from shower curtains to casserole dishes. Although there are...

Artisans achieve the perfect balance in their live-work rental in Watts

It's 11 o'clock, and the Metro Blue Line train is speeding past the Watts apartment of Sean Dougall and Andrew Paulson.   The designers are busy on the second floor of the former light bulb factory, however, and don’t notice the racket. You get the sense, in fact, that the designers revel in their...

How everyone found out I was secretly dating my co-worker

They tell you not to do so, and for good reason. He told me he fell for me the second I walked out of the dressing room in that Norma Kamali dress. No, I wasn’t a client. I was a co-worker. I was just trying on the dress to see if it was worth it with my newly acquired employee discount. This was...

Ikea in Burbank is closing — and then reopening as the biggest Ikea in the nation

How big is the nation’s largest Ikea that is opening Wednesday, Feb. 8, in Burbank? At 456,000-square-feet, the massive warehouse consumes 22 acres, making the original Burbank location seem like a boutique. At a press preview on Wednesday, we took a sneak peek of the massive showroom, which will...

Transforming the traditional into a light and airy oasis

After seven years in a Beverly Hills apartment, architect and interior designer Dan Brunn finally found a place where he could make his mark. “I couldn’t really give the apartment my signature treatment,” said Brunn, whose firm, Dan Brunn Architecture, was named one of Architectural Digest’s 10...

How I figured out I was dating a drug dealer

There's a picture of me from that night — with a giant panda head on. I should have known then what I was in for, but that's half the fun — or torture — of growing up, isn’t it? The not knowing what we know now; the hindsight is 20/20 and all that. I met him at Finn McCool’s on Main Street in Santa...

Throwing a Super Bowl party? 12 ways to score extra seating

On StubHub, a ticket for a suite-level, sideline seat at Super Bowl LI in Houston had been priced well into the six figures. Fortunately, scoring seating for a viewing party in the comfort of your own home only requires a game plan. Depending on the size and nature of the celebration, finding seating...

A glamorous Hollywood Hills setting for L.A.’s newest design destination

Since 2003, designer David Alhadeff has built a reputation for spotting unique design talent and then matching makers with buyers. The Future Perfect, his design showroom and gallery that started in Brooklyn before expanding into Manhattan and San Francisco, has been a go-to source for a clientele...

The trick to getting even more delicious fruit from your garden

It may be the season for cold and rain, but this is the perfect time for grafting different varieties onto your deciduous fruit trees. The Foothill chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers is having its annual Scion Exchange event Feb. 4 at the Arboretum in Arcadia. Free and open to the public,...

Muji, the Japanese design store with the cult following, expands in L.A.

Muji is the kind of store where you can buy well-priced, beautifully designed versions of everything you need. It’s also the kind of story where you wind up purchasing items you had no intention of getting. Boosting the Japanese retailer's Los Angeles presence is the 6,351-square-foot shop that...

The 8 lessons I've learned about being single in L.A.

I’ve been living on Single Girl Lane for eight years. That’s the exit right off the I’m Good on My Own Highway. In these eight years I have grown tremendously and learned a few lessons about myself, love and the opposite sex. So, without further ado … let’s get to this list. Eight Years Single,...

This family is creating a zero-waste homestead in Altadena with goats, chickens and bees

While giving a tour of her family's garden in Altadena, Choi Chatterjee stops suddenly. “The staghorns are coming back, Omer,” she calls to her husband as she surveys the frontyard. A moment later something else catches her eye. “Omer, your lilies are blooming again.” Her excitement offers a hint...

They're just a pair of PJs. Or are they? My case for the silly things that soothe the soul

Tell me, what’s the statute of limitations on Christmas pajamas? How many months can you wear the pair your daughter gave you because they mean a little extra. Silly and flannel, dopey little Santa faces everywhere. Warm as chowder. I mean, what’s a guy to do? I say four months on the Christmas...

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