May 22, 2011 |
Lush greenery and water features make this contemporary home in upper Laurel Canyon a tranquil hideaway with an indoor-outdoor flow that invites outdoor entertaining. The two-bedroom home, near the Mulholland Tennis Club, features custom interior finishes and doors that open from nearly every room to either the enclosed front courtyard or the private backyard with saltwater pool. The house, built in 1960, is owned by James White Jr., a fashion and celebrity portrait photographer whose cover shots can be seen in publications such as Vanity Fair, Esquire, Vogue and GQ. Neighborhood residents include many in the entertainment industry and other professionals.
April 30, 2011 |
After hearing vague warnings all day, Constance Foster finally heard a report of an honest-to-God tornado. The TV news said it was on Greensboro Avenue, a block west of Foster's little two-bedroom brick home in the Rosedale Court housing project. "Me being sarcastic, I said, 'Well, if it's on Greensboro I should be able to see it,' " Foster, 45, recalled. She opened the door and saw two twisters, one bigger than the other. Almost instantly, they combined, and the new behemoth grew exponentially, kicking up a cloud of debris and blackening the western sky. "It opened like the mouth of hell," she said.
April 29, 2011 |
Away from the spotlight of a presidential visit and the glare of national publicity, this rural town of 5,000 in northeast Alabama nursed its tragedy. The walls of the Rainsville Civic Center were blown out. Across the street, the Huddle House, a popular eatery, and the local credit union, were wiped out. Rainsville is part of DeKalb County, which is reporting 32 deaths from the tornadoes that have turned Alabama in the worst-hit state by the deadliest storms in decades. The county ranks right behind Tuscaloosa, where there are 38 confirmed deaths of the state's 210 reported deaths so far. President Obama visited Tuscaloosa on Friday.
April 29, 2011 |
Angela Kelso got off work early from her graphic design job and came home on Wednesday to her little off-white rental house in Cedar Crest, a neighborhood near the University of Alabama campus. It was around 3:30 p.m. Her husband, Clayton Smith, 23, was just minutes away at his ROTC class on campus. Five days earlier, they had married. The modest three-bedroom was their first home together and it was packed with all of the spoils of their recent wedding: Tupperware, wine glasses, a fancy vacuum still in its box. Angela, 22, had been watching news of the coming storm all day. But unless you know a tornado is imminent, what can you really do?
HOME & GARDEN
April 12, 2011 |
The Wilshire corridor condo owned by the late actress Farrah Fawcett has come on the market at $1,885,000. Her 2,767-square-foot unit features a direct-access elevator, a master suite with three walk-in closets, an office that can be converted back to a third bedroom and 2 1/2 bathrooms. The 97-unit building, constructed in 1991, has concierge service, valet parking, 24-hour security, wine storage lockers, a gym and a swimming pool. Fawcett, one of the original "Charlie's Angels" (1976-80)
December 5, 2010 |
Investment executive Louis Gonda wanted two things when he and his wife, Kelly, moved into their Beverly Hills home in 1991 ? enough room to house a family with five children and staff, and a location with resale value. "Beverly Hills remains the best international brand you can find, so we built here," says Gonda, who hired Los Angeles architect Peter Choate to design a Georgian mansion on 1.5 acres above the Beverly Hills Hotel. "I like the anonymity of the house, which is not noticed from the street.
November 7, 2010 |
For women, one of the fastest ways to get to know a new friend is to look through her closet. Sifting through the layers of silk, sequins, cotton and wool, one can learn about the new acquaintance's past, her obsessions, her quirks and the things shared in common. Los Angeles artist, photographer and fashion lover Jeana Sohn is inviting everyone to this intimate party, via a weekly feature on her blog. Though women posting photos of themselves and their outfits online has become ubiquitous in this Internet age, Closet Visit ups the ante, presenting elegant, at-home portraits of some of L.A.'s most creative, stylish women, such as handbag designer Clare Vivier and jeweler Kathryn Bentley, shot with their wardrobes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 29, 2010 |
By the time the 5-year-old boy was rescued from a dark closet in San Bernardino County last year, much of his body had been burned by a glue gun and hot spoons. Johnny had been starved and sodomized, taunted and punched, forced to eat soap and crouch motionless in corners. FOR THE RECORD: Abused boy: An article in the Oct. 29 Section A about the abuse of a 5-year-old boy gave incorrect dates for the start and conclusion of an inquiry into his welfare conducted by the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.
October 25, 2010
Is recovery coming out of the closet? Last week, the Texas Rangers baseball players celebrated their league championship by spraying each other with ginger ale instead of the traditional Champagne bath out of respect for their teammate and star Josh Hamilton, who has led a very public battle and recovery from substance abuse. On Tuesday, Hollywood will do its part to promote the honor of recovery by staging its second Reel Recovery Film Festival. The inaugural festival last year featured Ben Stiller and Jerry Stahl's discussion of the film "Permanent Midnight.
October 16, 2010 |
A boy, dressed up as a cowboy, sits under a dining room table, clutching the rods of a chair like bars on a prison cell. "Let me outta here! Let me outta here!" he screams. It's a scene from fictional adman Don Draper's most acclaimed commercial, and though it may just be a spot for a floor wax, viewers of "Mad Men" know that it symbolizes much more. The show, which ends its fourth season Sunday, has repeatedly used enclosed spaces ? elevators, closets, back seats ? to reinforce the themes of secrecy, repression and isolation that are central to the show.