HOME & GARDEN
October 30, 2013 |
They found the home listing in the PennySaver, of all places. Todd Porter and Diane Cu barely glanced at the interior of the run-down three-bedroom, two-bathroom house when they arrived for a walk-through, and instead they headed straight to the sprawling backyard overgrown with brush and suffocated by a giant pine. "We looked at each other and said, 'This is it,'" Porter recalled. PHOTO GALLERY: Inside the "Bountiful" garden The Costa Mesa backyard wasn't neat or squared off like Southern California yards are supposed to be. Instead, the 11,000-square-foot lot was a jagged, oddly shaped U. It was perfect for the couple's plans: To carve out a quiet oasis where they could live a garden-to-plate lifestyle.
September 27, 2013 |
The Los Angeles Philharmonic will see a changing of the guard at the top position of its board of directors. David Bohnett, the L.A. technology entrepreneur and philanthropist, is stepping down this month from his position as the orchestra's board chairman, a role he's held for the last five years. He will be succeeded by Diane B. Paul, a retired lawyer and orchestra board member since 2009. The orchestra said that Paul was elected to the position at a board meeting Friday and that her appointment is effective Tuesday.
September 20, 2013 |
These days, the building on Diane Disney Miller 's mind is San Francisco's Walt Disney Family Museum, opened in 2009. She bubbles with enthusiasm over this recent tribute to her father, Walt, housed in a former Army barracks building in the Presidio. Still, in a recent conversation, it was easy for Miller, 79, to hark back a decade to the opening of the L.A. structure that had dominated her life and architecture headlines around the world: Walt Disney Concert Hall, a project instigated by a $50-million gift from her mother, Lillian Disney.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 16, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO -- Two GOP lawmakers who will compete next year for a seat on the state Board of Equalization are now duking it out in court. Assemblywoman Diane L. Harkey (R-Dana Point) recently sued state Sen. Mark Wyland (R-Escondido) for defamation and emotional distress after he made comments about legal troubles facing Harkey and her husband during a July speech to a Tea Party group. Harkey's husband, Dan, has been embroiled in a lawsuit by more than 40 plaintiffs alleging fraud by his company Point Center Financial.
September 8, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- There's been a lot of grousing about New York Fashion Week this season -- the packed crowds, the packed schedule, the faraway venues. And on Sunday afternoon, Diane von Furstenberg, president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, answered with a feel-good show that reminded everyone not to take it all so seriously. There was a toe-tapping soundtrack of songs of the summer (Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Daft Punk). And a front row full of glittering Hollywood, fashion and media world fixtures, including Von Furstenberg's husband Barry Diller, as well as Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Allison Williams, Jessica Alba and Bella Thorne. On the runway was some high-wattage talent too, including model Naomi Campbell leading the finale in a black-and-gold dress.
September 1, 2013 |
In a season when individual fashion expression is taking center stage, we salute the red-carpet mavericks. When it comes to stars who do it their way, daring to step out in the unconventional and surprising, Tilda Swinton is always top of mind. A true fashion lover, she wears what she likes, often making choices with gender-bending effects and using her hair to punctuate her dramatic style. Cate Blanchett is another fearless fashion flier. When she turned up at a screening of "Blue Jasmine" in New York wearing a Balenciaga Edition cape and gown selected by the fashion house's controversial new creative director, Alexander Wang, it was a tacit stamp of approval for the 29-year-old who showed his first Balenciaga collection in Paris in February.