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Heath Ceramics owners write the book on the craft of using tile

Tile is sometimes an afterthought at the start of a remodel or a design project, but Catherine Bailey and Robin Petravic are hoping their new book, "Tile Makes the Room," can inspire us to reorder our priorities. "To us, tile isn't just surface material," says Bailey, who, with Petravic, is the...

Inside a Palm Springs getaway that's modern, hip -- and still kid-friendly

When Emilie Davidson Hoyt and Rob Hoyt moved to a traditional home in Pasadena, they were torn. They missed the feeling of a modern house — like the one they lived in previously. But they also needed a space that was more kid-friendly. They satisfied that craving in 2006 when they fell in love...

The 5 biggest misconceptions about watering your lawn and garden during a drought

Four months into mandatory watering restrictions that have curbed Southern California's residential irrigation routines, the news is both good and not so good. On the plus side, citizens are saving water — in many cases, beyond expectations. Many cities are making their mandatory cutback levels...

Shoppe by Amber Interiors offers easygoing style in Old Town Calabasas

Interior designer Amber Lewis is accustomed to meeting the demands of people who want the Malibu native’s discerning eye and laid-back style to enliven their home environments. With her first commercial retail project, however, the needs and requirements were different. “I was my client,” she explained...

Opposites attract: 5 decorating tips from the fabulous Beekman Boys

In the 16 years since they met, Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell have, among other things, given up their careers as a doctor and an advertising executive, respectively; moved from a tiny downtown studio to a one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan to a sprawling 200-plus-year-old farmhouse in upstate...

Photo15 auction to benefit AIDS monument in West Hollywood

On Thursday, Hollywood actress and AIDS philanthropist Sharon Stone will host Photo15, an auction of over 80 photographs by actors (Dennis Hopper and The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus) musicians (Lenny Kravitz) artists (Ed Ruscha) and legends including William Wegman, Herb Ritts and acclaimed architectural...

Desert retreats with breathtaking views offer indoor-outdoor lifestyle

The desert landscape offers unique opportunities for architects and designers.  Here are some of our favorite desert retreats from our archives. 

Why you need to check out Broad Plaza, an inviting outdoor space in the new museum's shadow

Some urban landscapes feel like temporary spaces designed to accommodate office workers on their lunch break. Others, such as the new Broad Plaza, the public space associated with downtown's newest museum, are more organic, flirting with civic engagement, simplicity and the shared space that exists...

Miss 'Mad Men'? Glendale home tour offers peek inside midcentury classics

Recognizing the void left by the conclusion of "Mad Men," the non-profit Glendale Historical Society will host a tour of six midcentury modern homes in some of Glendale's most historic neighborhoods during the "Mad for Modern" home tour on Sunday.

The new Kamsah on Melrose brings shoppers handmade artisan goods from around the globe

Dhia and Firas Rabiai opened Kamsah, a new decor store devoted to handmade artisan goods from around the globe, to let shoppers experience travel without leaving the comforts of home.

Emergency supplies: Tools to put on the list for earthquakes and more

Got batteries? Good. Here's what else might come in handy when an emergency strikes:

Ready for disaster? Here are some items you may not have thought of

What are we going to wish we had on hand after a disaster? For those of us who have prepared our preparedness kits but still have the nagging feeling we're forgetting something, we've found three experts to help us fill in the blank...

Imagine: Rain, rain, stored away

While you watched much-needed showers race down the driveway and spill into street drains two weeks ago, did you perhaps think: How can I harness that rainfall? How can I save that water for a yard that has endured drought-like conditions?

In their world of change, couple modernizes a Los Feliz home

Many couples, especially those with kids, face the prospect of moving with utter dread, if not panic. But for music industry entrepreneur Francois Moret, and his wife, Anne Le Jeune, uprooting and re-nesting is an adventure.

Green 'Gypsy Kitchen' on wheels: Living artfully in smaller spaces

With its 1940s-era Craftsman tool chest, caster wheels and recycled wood planks, the Gypsy Kitchen in Jennifer Nix's tiny Sausalito home is not your everyday built-in workspace.

GSNTV's new 'Steampunk'd' design show: 'Mad Max' meets 'Project Runway'

Just when it seemed like we'd explored every kind of televised competition imaginable - dancing, weight loss, furniture building, house flipping - along comes one that sets a new bar for niche.

See the 70-year-old school desk that's worth $15,000... or more, at auction

Behold what appears to be a humble classroom desk. On Sept 10, the Chicago auction house Wright will include it in a sale of over 265 designs by the late Santa Monica-based Charles and Ray Eames. The pieces comprise the JF Chen Collection, which was exhibited by Los Angeles antiques dealer Joel...

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