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Helpful sites and stores for a home redo

October 24, 2009

The Home staff has culled recommendations from the architects, interior designers and do-it-yourselfers featured in this section to compile this list of resources for anyone planning to remodel, redecorate or otherwise turn his or her home into a work in progress. A sampling of stores and expert advice you might find helpful:


Fashion District in downtown Los Angeles, the vicinity of 9th and Wall streets, for curtain and drapery fabric. for Japanese bedding, including futon covers that can be used as bedspreads.

Restoration Hardware Furniture Outlet in Camarillo, (805) 445-7707, for drawer pulls.

Carter Hardware in Beverly Hills, (310) 657-1940, for bronze door hardware. for curtain rods and rings. for murals and oversize artwork, including licensed reproductions from Victoria & Albert Museum and other British art institutions.

Portola Paints and Glazes in Studio City, www.portola, for textural paints and lime washes.

Building materials

Metal Window Corp. in Inglewood, www.metalwindow, for aluminum windows.

Hermosa Terrazzo in Hermosa Beach, www.hermosati .com, for terrazzo flooring installed on-site.

Anderson Plywood in Culver City, www.andersonplywood .com, for decorative plywood used to make furniture.

Culver City Industrial Hardware, www.culverhardware .com, for rubber furniture wheels.

Tile, flooring

Linoleum City in Hollywood,, for cork tile.

Orange County Tile in Anaheim, www.orangecountytile, for Mexican Talavera tile.

West Los Angeles Building Materials,, for stone flooring.

B&W Tile in Gardena,, for affordable floor and wall coverings.

Mortarless Building Supply in Los Angeles, (323) 663-3291, for Mexican tile.

United Team Tile & Stone in Los Angeles, (323) 257-8181, for affordable selections.

Classic Tile & Mosaic in Los Angeles,, for its clearance room.


Pasadena Antique Center and Annex, www.pasadena, for the old look. for a modern look.

IKEA,, for pendant lights (textiles and kitchen cabinetry too).

Rewire in L.A., www.rewire, for vintage.


Bobcat Carpet & Fabric Care in West L.A., www.bobcat, for binding carpet remnants into area rugs.

Eastern Oriental Rugs in Pasadena, www.easternorien, for the vintage rugs in the back of the store.


Bar Keeper in Silver Lake,, for cocktail glasses and other retro barware.

Big Lots,, for basic utensils, glassware and solid-color dishes. (Thank you, Philippe Starck, for the recommendation.)

Cost Plus World Market for beachy rugs, throw blankets and lanterns. (Thank you, Kelly Wearstler.)

Oceanic Arts in Whittier,, for tiki paraphernalia.

Outdoor decor for overhead carnival-style string lights.

California Cactus Center in Pasadena, www.cactuscenter .com, for unusual varieties.

California Nursery Specialties Cactus Ranch in Reseda, www.california-cactus-succu, for more low-water plants (specializes in commercial projects but opens to the public on weekends).

Bourget Brothers in Santa Monica, www.bourgetbros .com, and Sunburst Decorative Rock in Irwindale, www.sun, for decorative garden ground cover.

Rolling Greens nursery in Culver City, www.rollinggreens, for oversized pots and realistic-looking artificial plants.

Yan's Gifts & Souvenirs in downtown Los Angeles, (213) 680-3078, for outdoor mats and bamboo umbrellas.

Architectural salvage

Olde Good Things in L.A.,

Pasadena Architectural Salvage, www.pasadenaarchi

Silverlake Architectural Salvage in L.A., www.silver


The Huntington Collection in Pasadena, www.thehunting, for the last-Saturday-of-the-month sale.

Furniture House L.A., (323) 461-4703, for retro cabinetry and upholstered furniture.

Retropia in Los Angeles,, for 1950s and '60s decor.

Floor-Model, www.floor, for its North Hollywood warehouse's Danish modern bookcases, consoles, tables.

Don & Dee's Old California Store in Ventura, (805) 643-4217.

Thrift stores

St. Vincent de Paul in Los Angeles (also in Oxnard and Long Beach),

Out of the Closet in Tarzana (yes, specifically Tarzana),

Council Thrift Store in Los Angeles, www.council


Advanced Liquidators in North Hollywood, www, for new and used office furniture.

Alaco Ladder Co. in Chino, (909) 591-7561, for rolling library ladders that make high shelves more functional.

Felt Club, the annual L.A. show for handmade crafts, to be held Nov. 16 at the Shrine Auditorium Expo Center.


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