June 8, 2013 |
Dorothy said, "There's no place like home. " I disagree. Every place can be home. Even that place with the bare walls, the wannabe DJ next door and the A/C unit older than your first car. I've lived in six apartments in seven years. From a studio with blue carpeting to an old Victorian with soaring ceilings, every one of those places I have made my home. That's the point of this new column and video series: to look at design through the eyes of the space-starved, budget-minded renter.
June 6, 2013 |
"Hannibal," the recently renewed NBC drama about psychiatrist-serial killer-cannibal Hannibal Lecter, may be as fiendishly gory as TV gets, but the interior decorating is undeniably elegant. Series creator Bryan Fuller , a partner in L.A. design store Fuller + Roberts , hired production designer Patti Podesta and set decorator Jaro Dick to bring Lecter's deadly lairs to life. PHOTOS: The delicious decorating of "Hannibal" Podesta, whose credits include "Cinema Verite," provided L.A. at Home with a detailed postmortem via email on the show's stylish and atmospheric interiors for this edited Q&A: What was your design brief, and what were your references?
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June 3, 2013 |
An Orange County man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for beating his boyfriend to death with a decorative rock in a plot to steal his car, money and electronics, prosecutors said. Jose Fuentes, 26, was found guilty by a jury in March of one felony count of murder, with sentencing enhancements for lying in wait and committing a robbery and burglary, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office. Fuentes, who was sentenced Friday, was also found guilty of robbery and burglary.
May 24, 2013 |
New York Design Week and the 2013 ICFF -- the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, the nation's most important expo for modern home decor -- that wrapped up this week will be remembered more for its cheerful mood than cutting-edge designs. Although designers continued to push boundaries with materials (recycled refrigerator plastic, thermo-formed Corian) and explore 3-D technology, the new looks were more about color, luxurious finishes (copper was king) and a sense of fun (look out, Jonathan Adler)
May 23, 2013
Looking for design ideas specifically for the kitchen? Or the kids' bedrooms? Or space-crunched bathrooms? The L.A. at Home team has been developing Home Inspiration galleries where you can click through, see different types of rooms and borrow inspiration (and perhaps a shopping resource or two) from real Southern Californian houses, condos and apartments. Today we're starting with the living room. HOME INSPIRATIONS PHOTOS: The living room Bookmark L.A. at Home and look for more Home Inspirations galleries featuring other rooms of the home in the days and weeks to come.
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May 19, 2013 |
Three people were injured, one seriously, when a decorative column fell over Friday at the Orange County Fairgrounds, authorities said. Costa Mesa firefighters received a call at 12:07 p.m. that the 4-foot-wide, 15-foot-tall structure fell near Gate 4 near where the Anatolian Cultures and Food Festival was taking place, according to fire Capt. Tim Vasin. Vasin said he believed the structure was part of the festival. Bystanders lifted the column, freeing a person who was trapped under it, before firefighters arrived.
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May 17, 2013 |
Like many World War II veterans, he speaks modestly about his service. He is quiet and a polite listener, not the kind to draw attention to himself. But a few months ago, as he visited the National WWII Museum in New Orleans, other veterans noticed his hat emblazoned with his unit's insignia and number. "You see him?" someone asked. "He was in the 442. I've read about them. " Another vet, after spying the hat, walked up to him. "Sir, I just want to shake your hand. " The 442 refers to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, one of the all-Japanese American units that served with distinction in World War II. The unassuming man turning heads was my father-in-law, Tokuji Yoshihashi.
May 1, 2013 |
With its view of the Hollywood sign and handsome brown facade, Annette Gutierrez's 1908 house would read like a classic L.A. Craftsman if it were not for the chartreuse window trim, the first hint of her modern sensibilities. Gutierrez jokingly calls herself an "exterior decorator" because she sees outdoor spaces just like interior spaces: rooms to be decorated. So beyond the blasts of chartreuse on the house she shares with husband Gustavo and daughter Lola in a historic part of Hollywood, the designer has found ways to make the landscape every bit as decorated a space as her living room.
April 9, 2013 |
Malibu Barbie never had it so good. A Paul Smith rug, curtains sewn from Missoni fabric, LED sconces strung with Swarovski crystals, even a Mies van der Rohe Barcelona daybed cluttered with Rodeo Drive shopping bags - all small enough to fit in your pocket. These are but a few of the over-the-top luxuries decorating 10 couture play pads created for the 2013 Designer Dollhouse Showcase. The Los Angeles firm Richard Manion Architecture has constructed scale-model dream houses - Italianate, brownstone, beach house contemporary and other styles - that will be auctioned April 17 to benefit the UCLA Children's Discovery and Innovation Institute , part of Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA.
March 29, 2013 |
You've spent a chunk of time decorating your Easter eggs. Why not give them a glossy sheen so they look extra special? For shiny Easter eggs, rub them with a very light coating of vegetable oil after the dye is dried. I learned this tip from a fellow Los Angeles Times staffer, Anne, who happened to walk by the Test Kitchen last week as we were shooting eggs for our Easter stories running this weekend in the Saturday section. She drizzled a little vegetable oil on a folded paper towel and rubbed it over an egg. The oil gave the dyed egg a glossy sheen.