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March 9, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
The gig: Deryl McKissack, 52, is president and chief executive of McKissack & McKissack, a construction management and design firm with offices in Los Angeles, Washington, Chicago and Baltimore. The firm manages about $15 billion in construction projects. It has 160 employees. "We're managing the construction process, providing inspections, overseeing schedules and budgets," McKissack said. "With program management, you are managing more than just one project. You are managing an entire capital program for a client.
March 9, 2014 | By Ingrid Schmidt, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Flanked by giant Carrera marble planters shaped like skulls, designer Paula Thomas stands in the courtyard of the first stand-alone boutique for her upscale global fashion brand, Thomas Wylde. "I love the dark and macabre, but I try to turn that into an aesthetic that is beautiful, alluring and abstract," says the British-born, Los Angeles-based Thomas, whose label merges a streetwise, rock 'n' roll vibe with feminine sophistication. Located next to company headquarters in Culver City, the store opened on Feb. 20, simultaneously celebrating Thomas' 48th birthday and the debut of a made-in-L.A.
March 8, 2014 | By Kavita Daswani
A slab of monkeypod wood with a bronze heart embedded in its surface hangs from the ceiling by two lengths of white-and-pale-gold marine rope at Creative Registry. Festooned from the rope are frothy tassels and braided Mylar - all the components artistically fused to make a fetching decorative garden swing. The handmade piece is a collaboration between Honolulu-based woodworker Kristen Brown and Susan Manrao, Los Angeles interior designer and founder of the new West Hollywood home decor showroom.
March 8, 2014 | By Lisa Boone
Heather Ashton has created sophisticated, tongue-in-cheek interiors for West Hollywood's Palihouse Holloway (a taxidermy mallard duck hung from the ceiling) and Caulfield's Bar and Dining Room (devil-horns-and-pitchfork graffiti) in Beverly Hills. That same playful spirit can be seen in the interior designer's Culver City apartment, which reflects her interest in travel and fashion - and her sense of whimsy. "My whole life is about creating temporary spaces," says Ashton , who recently updated the Sixty Beverly Hills.
March 7, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
As anybody who follows Italian wine knows, the quality strides made in Tuscany's Chianti Classico region in the last few decades have been enormous. No longer just the default house wine at red sauce Italian restaurants or pizza joints, the best bottles can hold their own against some of the world's  top red wines -- and in fact have a strong presence at high-end Italian and Cal-Med restaurants. But come May, shopping for a nice little Chianti for dinner may become more complicated.
March 6, 2014 | By Roger Vincent
A long-vacant office tower in a complex on Sunset Boulevard designed decades ago by famed Los Angeles architect William Pereira is being transformed into an upscale 96-unit apartment building known as the Elysian. The sparsely occupied stretch of Sunset on the eastern edge of Echo Park was perhaps best known as the office headquarters of the Metropolitan Water District, which provides drinking water to six southern California counties, until it moved downtown in 1994. The tower has been vacant since the MWD moved, said Leonard Hill, a partner at Linear City Development.
March 4, 2014 | By Barbara Thornburg
Turns out that actress Rhea Perlman, perhaps best known for her role as venom-tongued barmaid Carla Tortelli on "Cheers" (for which she was nominated for 10 Emmy Awards and won four), is deep into yoga and meditation. When it came to redoing the spacious bedroom in the 1930s Wallace Neff home in Beverly Hills that she shares with her husband, actor Danny DeVito, one of her primary goals was to create a separate space in which to do daily meditation and yoga. Perlman called in Genevieve Carter of Carter Design West in Los Angeles to refresh the master bedroom suite and create the new space.
March 4, 2014 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Angels 7, Texas Rangers 4 AT THE PLATE: Raul Ibanez hit a solo home run to right field, and Chris Iannetta hit a run-scoring double to center off Rangers ace Yu Darvish in the second inning. Howie Kendrick's two-out, two-run single in the sixth tied the score, 4-4, and Collin Cowgill's two-run double to left in the seventh made it 6-4. Grant Green added a run-scoring single in the seventh. ON THE MOUND: Left-hander Tyler Skaggs, acquired from Arizona in the three-team Mark Trumbo trade, breezed through two scoreless innings before running into trouble in the third, when he allowed two runs and two hits and walked two. Setup man Joe Smith gave up a run on a walk and Leonys Martin's triple in the third.
March 4, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Depth has been a major reason the Ducks have the most points in the NHL, but as the playoffs near the emphasis has shifted to a tighter, tougher, more talented roster. Ducks General Manager Bob Murray thinned the forward ranks Tuesday by trading Dustin Penner to the Washington Capitals for a fourth-round pick, and sent that pick to Dallas for defenseman Stephane Robidas. Murray also resolved the goalie backlog by dealing Viktor Fasth to the Edmonton Oilers for a fifth-round draft pick this year and a third-round pick in 2015.
March 3, 2014 | By David A. Keeps
New York interior designer Celerie Kemble felt right at home at the recent opening party for Designers House at HD Buttercup in L.A.'s historic Helms Bakery building. “Here the designer gets to put together the things we've labored for years to create,” said Kemble, who selected furniture and accessories from her Henredon and Maitland Smith collections to decorate her signature space. “This is how I would put together a room for myself or one of my clients.” Designers House launched simultaneously as a Los Angeles retail space and as a website selling high-end, limited-quantity home furnishings from well-known interior designers.
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