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This loft remodel in DTLA's Toy Factory building made these empty nesters go 'Wow'

When work beckoned UBS financial services executive Ronald Meraz to Los Angeles, he and wife Denise, recent empty nesters, sold their 7,000-square-foot, eight-acre Murrieta home and started searching for “something different,” Denise says — something like a downtown industrial loft. They weren’t...

A messy home office gets a sleek, stunning makeover

It’s safe to say that Kris Yenbamroong is more comfortable in a kitchen than an office. And it shows – his Night + Market restaurants made Jonathan Gold’s 101 Best Restaurants last year and a new outpost is due in Venice this year. But when it came to his home office, it was a different game. A...

Packing your kid off to college? Here's a reality-check checklist

Listen up class of 2020, Economics 101 starts here. If Roommate A brings an SUV filled with dorm supplies to school this fall, and Roommate B unloads the same, will everything fit into 228 sq. ft. of shared living space? More important: Is it all really necessary? Each year, right around this time,...

A free vacation? Sure, Dad, let me see what works for my boyfriend

It’s late August and the dog needs a bath. Actually, he needs three baths. After his third bath, he needs to be rolled in powdered sugar. He’d still stink, but at least he’d be edible. It’s late August, and I’m examining the little guy’s bare feet for signs of a summer well spent. There are calluses...

Can a person have two soul mates? I hope so

I went to see my boyfriend, Luis, perform at the Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood recently. I drove over from the Valley with our friend Michael, who I’ve known since our daughters were in preschool together, plus a friend of his I had just met that night. As we parked the car and made our way down...

Spanish Splendor: Tour five spectacular Spanish-style homes in Glendale on Sept. 25

Spanish architecture has left an enduring impression in Los Angeles, and Glendale in particular, where Spanish Colonial Revival — and Mediterranean Revival — flourished during the late 1920s and early 1930s. The Glendale Historical Society’s Spanish Splendor home tour on Sept. 25 will showcase...

Designers give Lloyd Wright's Dorland house in Altadena a colorful, personal spin

Miao Miao and Scott Franklin are the kind of couple who relish childlike beauty.  They like to watch cartoons. Their home is decorated with mouse and squirrel artifacts they have made, including a mouse door stop and miniature paintings. And in a romantic take on texting, they have compiled a journal...

Why you need to stop everything and prune your tomato plants right now

So, it’s late summer and your tomato plants are a bulky mass of tangled vines, taking lots of room but providing little — if any — fruit. Time to yank your plants? Not at all, says certified organic grower Tom Yost of Carol Gardens in Riverside.  Southern California gardeners, who enjoy late frost...

This kitchen trend - homey comfort - takes its cue from the living room

The kitchen is the heart of the home. Every day, family members gravitate to this space, scrounging for a bite to eat while catching up on one other’s lives. At parties, friends inevitably congregate here as hosts fuss around the stove top. While food and drink flow, so does the conversation. No...

Binge watching 'Broad City' is good. But finding my boyfriend IRL is better

In August of last year, I realized that I had been single for 10 months and that it was time to make an effort to meet someone new. So I finally went on my first online date. I kept referring to it like it was something alien: “I’m going on a date with someone ‘from the Internet.’” But I was, for...

A front-row seat to the stunning architecture of the Los Angeles Central Library

Learn more about the history of downtown’s Central Library as the Society of Architectural Historians/Southern California Chapter hosts a salon with Arnold Schwartzman and Stephen Gee, authors of the new book “Los Angeles Central Library: A History of its Art and Architecture” on Aug. 21.   Gee...

Compared to parenthood, dropping my daughter off at LAX is a breeze. So long, kid

This will probably go down as the summer of enlightened parenting. First we tried the anti-puberty wall paint, which didn’t work so well and gummed up all our best brushes. Next we started keeping our teenager in a doggy crate at night, which is working very well. Behaviorly, he has made great...

Step inside the glitzy, glamorous Tom Dixon flagship store in Culver City

London-based product designer Tom Dixon’s Beat lighting collection and the company’s popular pieces are often seen in Los Angeles homes, hotels and restaurants. One thing had been missing from L.A., however: an actual Tom Dixon showroom. That’s changed with the late June opening of the splashy...

Raise a glass! Levitating cups are a thing.

Now a flight of cocktails can truly go airborne. An engineer has invented levitating cups, which float in an electromagnetic field generated between the base and magnets on the cups’ bottoms. A cup can even hover above a bar or table if the base is hidden underneath — so no more hectoring from...

Is it time for America to embrace smart toilets - and bidets?

In Japan, three out of four toilets include a bidet and many boast other “smart toilet” features.   By contrast, U.S. bathrooms are, um, far behind. Toilet manufacturers looking to expand their market share in the U.S. are so convinced that Americans are ready to embrace the bidet that many high-end...

My daughter left L.A. for Ohio. We're trying to lure her back wth sunsets and siblings

My life hasn’t been the same since Letterman left. Then Garrison Keillor quit his radio gig recently. Boom, two delightful young spirits gone like that. Now whom do we turn to for moments of sly and honest reflection? Nancy O’Dell? Ryan Seacrest?   The world gets dumber every day, it seems. And...

If you want to find love in the real world, you need to get offline

I was finally ready to get back into the dating game — something I hadn’t done in a while after a broken engagement. After expressing my newfound enthusiasm for wanting to “get out there” again, friends and family had the same advice: “Try online dating.” The concept seemed unnatural to me. Sitting...

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,...

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