November 14, 2012 |
They shop, they drink, they dine, they kvetch. They turn otherwise ordinary rooms into polished interiors, and then ... they go shopping again. They are the stars of “Million Dollar Decorators,” the Bravo reality series that started its second season tonight, yanking back the curtain to see how four of Los Angeles' biggest design personalities - Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, Kathryn M. Ireland , Jeffrey Alan Marks and Mary McDonald - do their jobs....
November 13, 2012 |
Design fans, set your DVRs: Bravo's "Million Dollar Decorators" returns for its second season tonight at 10. The series chronicles the extravagant exploits of Los Angeles designers Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Kathryn M. Ireland, Mary McDonald and Jeffrey Alan Marks, who are given to proclamations such as "Decorating is totally delicious" (Bullard, in a droll English accent) and, "Who wouldn't love a job where you get to spend other people's money?" (McDonald). As an antidote to the eye-popping, wallet-bruising shopping trips and frequent bickering you'll see during the course of eight episodes , we posed a simple, light-hearted challenge: Use their "Million Dollar Decorators'" eyes to find the best buys at Kmart and Marshalls.
November 12, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- The Washington area is full of statues honoring military heroes, many of whom have been long forgotten. But the latest statue, dedicated Monday, salutes a man well known to Marines: Lt. Gen. Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller, the most-decorated Marine in U.S. history. A statue of the recipient of five Navy crosses was dedicated at Semper Fidelis Memorial Park adjacent to the National Museum of the Marine Corps near Quantico, Va. The three-star general died in 1971 at age 73. The eight-foot-tall bronze statue depicts the barrel-chested Puller with his arm extended, pointing toward the museum.
October 9, 2012 |
I've been stealing from Amy Goldin for years. I don't think she'd mind. Critics tend to like it when their insights enter the larger consciousness, and Goldin's certainly entered mine. Her varied writings on the power of decoration, long an artistic taboo, were revelatory in the 1970s. "The Esthetic Ghetto: Some Thoughts About Public Art" was published in an art magazine 38 years ago, but it remains the single best consideration of its thorny subject that I have read. Now those and more have been gathered in "Amy Goldin: Art in a Hairshirt," a long-overdue collection of 28 essays by the critic.
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October 4, 2012 |
How do you let Justin Bieber know you're there when you're in a crowd of thousands at the Staples Center? You ditch school early and persuade your mom or dad to leave work to drive you. You wear purple because purple is Justin's favorite color. You write SWAGGY in gold sparkle on your T-shirt because Swaggy is Justin's special, made-up word. On your left sneaker, in Puffy Paint, you draw a fat red heart. On your right sneaker, you put the silver initials JB. You stand in front of the arena's still-locked doors hours before you'll be let in. And you join other true Beliebers singing his songs - "You are my love, you are my heart, and we will never, ever, ever, be apart" - only you really mean it, and you know he'll know it as soon as he steps outside long enough to lock eyes with you. PHOTOS: Justin Bieber comes to the Staples Center You are 5 maybe, or 6 or 10 or even 17 - and you carry the sign you spent all weekend making that says that you are his "one less lonely girl.
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October 1, 2012 |
Less than a month after approving restrictions on Halloween activities by registered sex offenders, the city of Simi Valley has been sued, accused of violating their 1st Amendment rights and those of their families. The city's new law bans Halloween displays and outside lighting every Oct. 31 at the homes of people convicted of sex crimes. For offenders listed on the Megan's Law website, the city also requires a sign on the front door in letters at least an inch tall: "No candy or treats at this residence.
September 11, 2012 |
Karch Kiraly , one of the most decorated volleyball players of all time, has been chosen as head coach of the U.S. women's national volleyball team in preparation for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Kiraly, the only athlete to win Olympic gold medals in both indoor and beach volleyball, takes over for Hugh McCutcheon , who led the women's team to a silver-medal finish at the London Olympics. McCutcheon, who also coached the men's national team that won the gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Games, has taken over as head women's coach at Minnesota.
August 16, 2012 |
Bridget Moynahan, Orlando Bloom, Zoe Saldana, Courteney Cox, Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves are all lending their names -- and personal style -- to the flash-sale site Joss & Main , which has asked the celebs to curate collections of home decor. The Celebrity Curator for a Cause program launched late Tuesday night. Actress Moynahan kicked off the first sale with mid-century modern selections from the Herman Miller Eames collection, among others. Her picks cover a range of prices.
August 7, 2012 |
The biggest surprise of the new Pasadena store De-Cor isn't its location, a few miles east of Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Sur La Table and the rest of Home Design Central in the city's popular Old Town. Nor is it De-Cor's sheer size, which feels larger than of that of those cross-town shopping destinations. Nor is it De-Cor's pricing, which seems quite reasonable for pillows, poufs and bed covers with the detail and heart of handcrafted work. No, the biggest surprise is the space itself: smartly modern and sleek in a good way, with a polished concrete floor and sandblasted wood ceiling beams that showcase the vibrantly colored, pattern-rich designs in a thoroughly loft-like environment.
July 30, 2012 |
It may be the biggest home store you've never heard of, but Urban Home is getting harder not to notice. The company, whose first five stores are in the San Fernando Valley and points north, has opened its sixth location in the 30,000-square-foot Westside Pavilion space at the prime corner of Westwood and Pico boulevards. It's a big expansion for the Oxnard-based company, and yet the West L.A. store is not even the company's largest. That title would go to the 35,000-square-foot Urban Home at the Sherman Oaks Galleria.