HOME & GARDEN
November 20, 2010 |
As a color-packed accent to a 1905 Craftsman bungalow, the front yard of Lisa Little and Phil Brennan's Chartreuse House is an example of how much great design can occur in a tiny patch of soil. Before choosing a zesty palette of drought- and salt-tolerant plantings, designer Stephanie Bartron of SB Garden Design in Los Angeles had to address some of the less visible challenges. Prior owners had piled layers of topsoil over the sandy native soil, creating a drainage mess. "I needed to lower the grade of the front yard in order to move water away from the house," Bartron said.
November 4, 2013 |
Versatility is treasured in travel clothing, and the luscious new 100% silk scarves from Cityzen by Azin are textile jewels. Digitally printed in vibrant hues chosen to represent the dynamic pulse of the places for which they are named (Bangkok, Thailand, London, Los Angeles, Chicago, among them), the expansive scarves can be used as elegant shawls over evening wear; draped, twisted and tied as exotic dresses, skirts or blouses; or wrapped for beach cover-up or bathrobe duty. The scarves come in a 42-by-72-inch rectangle or a 42-inch square.
HOME & GARDEN
June 18, 2011 |
It's not every home that can teach you about light. More art installation than house, really, one luminously redesigned residence on the Venice canals demands that you halt your walk and contemplate its spectral radiance. Saturated paints shift, gradate and commingle with the light. Sit and watch this home flex its wattage long enough, and you'll gain appreciation for the 2.8 million hues your eye is able to perceive. "For me, this house is the most authentic I've ever been," said owner Nely Galán of three structures she recently renovated into a single compound, largely through color.
February 12, 2014 |
Narciso Rodriguez's collection doesn't so much go through a revolution each season, but more an evolution. Whereas so many designers are working with bold flashes of color and modern sportswear shapes for fall 2014, Rodriguez has always done that. And to see how he does it is a reminder of what a truly gifted designer he is. Contrasting color lapels and geometric panels on relaxed coats, jackets, sleeveless tops and pants fit together like paper cut outs in a collage, creating art on the runway.
HOME & GARDEN
April 30, 1994 |
Imagine a plant that thrives in heat and sun, is impervious to smog, tolerates water from overhead sprinklers, grows at the phenomenal rate of an inch a day and, best of all, covers itself with masses of eye-catching colorful flowers almost all year. Sounds too good to be true? Meet super petunia. The plant, which has been captivating Europe for the past five years, was introduced to the United States last year. They look like their petunia cousins but behave much better.
November 20, 2011 |
Televisions, computer monitors and smartphones display only a fraction of the colors the human eye can see. But thanks to a new technology developed by a Silicon Valley nanotechnology company, they may soon get a lot more colorful. Nanosys, which works with materials up to 100,000 times thinner than a human hair, has crafted a thin film laden with minuscule particles that can be placed inside a display to dramatically boost the color range it can show. "Around 30% of what the eye can actually perceive in the real world, your TV can reproduce faithfully," said Jason Hartlove, chief executive of the Palo Alto company.
April 7, 2012
Barbara Hartl was on an expedition to Antarctica in February when she came upon the Almirante Brown Antarctic Base, an Argentine research station on the Antarctic Peninsula. "What caught my eye was the bright red building," said Hartl. "So much of Antarctica is without much color, so this scene was in sharp contrast to the usual view. " The Orange resident, who's now been to all seven continents, used a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi. View past photos we've featured . To upload your own, visit our reader travel photo gallery . When you upload your photo, tell us where it was taken and when.
May 6, 2007 |
There's a wonderful old theater story about Laurence Olivier in the 1960s — he was playing in "Othello" and receiving generally glowing notices opposite Frank Findlay and a young actress by the name of Maggie Smith. One night, however, as he stormed through the jealous general's odyssey, Olivier seemed to be on fire (not literally, of course, because that would be painful, and, while certainly an interesting if too literal take on the Moor's passionate histrionics, pretty "out there" as an interpretation of Shakespeare, even for the '60s)
July 30, 2013 |
A low-cost plastic iPhone in different colors has been rumored for a while, and now the device may have a name: the iPhone 5C. A photo hit the Web this weekend allegedly showing a bunch of the store boxes for the plastic iPhone. On the sides of the cases you can see "iPhone 5C. " Some doubted whether the picture and the name would really be what Apple called their plastic iPhone, but Business Insider is reporting that the iPhone 5C may indeed be the moniker for the low-cost smartphone.