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April 2, 2006 | Debra J. Miller, Debra J. Miller teaches English at a private high school in Los Angeles.
On Thursday, Oct. 8, 1964, the day the police decided my mother killed my father, I woke up late, the kind of late that snaps you out of your favorite dream, the one where you're wrapped in the arms of your favorite TV hunk--mine was Dr. Kildare--and he's just about to . . . when bang your unconscious tells you the sun is out, the lights are on all over the house and you're going to be late for school because nobody got you out of bed. We were a family of five. I was 14 and the oldest.
March 21, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Beau Bridges and his wife, Wendy, have sold their home in gated Hidden Hills for $2.4 million - twice what they originally paid. The sale was a while in the making, however. They first listed the country English-style house for sale in 2010 at $3.25 million and later turned to leasing. Designed by architect Marshall Lewis and built in 1976, the ivy-covered house has a sunken den with a fireplace, a bar, a family room, a billiard area, an office, an ample wine cellar, a sauna, six bedrooms and six bathrooms in about 6,800 square feet of living space.
October 29, 1993 | MICHAEL KRIKORIAN
Uncle Stavros Cafe in Hermosa Beach looks like your typical beach breakfast and lunch spot. There's a pleasant, plant-filled patio with umbrella-topped tables, and the dining room is bright and airy because of floor-to-ceiling windows that let in breezes from the ocean, a block away. But, as fans of "Kojak" may remember, Stavros is a Greek name, and what sets this restaurant apart is a list of Greek specialties.
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 4, 1990 | From Building Ideas
The combination of dining room and chandelier is as natural as bread and butter. However, the editors at Better Homes and Gardens' Building Ideas say the light from a single chandelier isn't always adequate, and in newer, more contemporary houses there may be better choices. For one thing, in open spaces, a chandelier's limited range will result in shadowy surrounding areas. For another, more aesthetically pleasing treatments are available.
October 24, 2007 | Pascale Le Draoulec
Here are the key positions you'll find at most upscale restaurants. The more formal the restaurant, the more people you can expect to see milling about the dining room. The terms may vary by restaurant. Host or hostess: Greets guests and, depending on the restaurant, may also take reservations. The host usually handles walk-ins and helps with seating at the bar and with taking items to coat check. General manager (G.M.): The G.M.
December 12, 1986 | CHALON SMITH
Anyone who anxiously recalls the all-hands-on-the-table decorum of holiday meals or a fatherly reprimand once the breakfast dishes had been pushed away will probably identify with much of A.R. Gurney Jr.'s "The Dining Room" at Cypress College.
November 28, 2000 | From Washington Post
Americans have a split personality on the subject of the traditional dining room. We like the casual atmosphere of space open to the kitchen. Yet we also want the formality of a room away from the clatter and mess of pots and pans, especially at this time of year, when so many festivities revolve around the grand meal.
March 22, 2002 | From Associated Press
A $100-million Capitol renovation means Washington state senators will temporarily lose their private dining room and French chefs, and have to eat the same food served to the public. The response was swift. "THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE," wrote Sen. Don Benton (R-Vancouver) in a letter signed by 36 of the 49 state senators.
November 8, 1992 | From The Washington Post
The living room and dining room will disappear from the American residence in the next century--if they haven't already--to be replaced by the family-entertainment room and the computer room, predicts Artimus Keiffer, an "architectural geographer" who teaches at Kent State University in Ohio. Keiffer spoke at the International Geographical Congress 1992, held this summer in Washington, D.C., on the effect of technology on spatial re-orientation of the single-family home.
March 3, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
The manager of a seaside restaurant in Santa Barbara described a chaotic scene after a huge wave crashed into, and broke through, a dining-room window Saturday, prompting screams from stunned patrons. The large wave hit the Moby Dick Restaurant on Stearns Wharf about 9:30 a.m., crashing through a window that was shattered, most likely by debris picked up from the damaged pier, floor manager Gerry Mora told The Times. Patrons were "mostly just shocked and stunned," he said.
February 22, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Perhaps closing out some old business, actor Ryan Reynolds has sold a home in Hollywood Hills West for $1.405 million. The leading man bought the property in his bachelor days for $1.749 million and in recent years had leased it out at $5,200 a month. Entered through a walled and gated courtyard, the Traditional-style home has been updated with solar heating, tankless hot water and impact-resistant French doors. The 1,789 square feet of space includes open-concept living areas, two bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.
January 3, 2014 | By Sam Lubell
If you worked on a house for five years, you'd call it a labor of love, right? What if that process took 25 years? Is there a name for that? This is the story behind architect Paul Zajfen's epic quest in Laguna Beach. Zajfen, a design principal at the Los Angeles firm CO Architects , bought an ocean-view site on the steep, winding bluffs of Laguna in 1989. His dream was to create a modern oasis, hugging the landscape and opening to the elements. Then things got messy.
May 11, 2013 | By David A. Keeps
The 21st century soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann's splashy remake of "The Great Gatsby" may be a head-scratcher, but design fans can't quibble with the period sets created by production designer Catherine Martin. "The phone has been ringing off the hook," said Frank Pollaro , a custom furniture maker renowned for reproductions of Jazz Age designs. "People are falling in love with Art Deco again. " Pollaro, who wasn't involved in the film's production, isn't the only one noting how much excitement the film's period design has managed to generate.
April 26, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Nothing makes a statement quite like a house, unless it's your personal publicist. Spokesman to the stars Howard Bragman has sold his gated house in Hollywood Hills West for $2.3 million. The contemporary compound features vaulted ceilings, an open dining room and kitchen, a screening room, two fireplaces, four bedrooms and four bathrooms in 4,000 square feet of living space. A heated swimming pool is surrounded by a deck that adds more space for outdoor dining and entertaining.
March 8, 2013 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are putting their house in order. First, television personality Kardashian offloaded her place in the Beverly Crest area after just two years of ownership. Public records do not show a sale price. She bought the furnished estate in 2010 for about $3.5 million. The turn-key home was designed, built and decorated by Beverly Hills-based Lucien Lacasse. The Tuscan-style walled and gated house features fireplaces in the dining room, family room, living room, master bedroom and kitchen as well as outdoors.
January 21, 1985 | DAN SULLIVAN, Times Theater Critic
When we eat in the dining room, we sit up straight. We do not bolt our food or kick our little sister under the table. We discuss pleasant subjects of general interest--not how Raymond stuffed a snake down Susan's back. And when we are finished, we fold our napkin and ask to be excused. In the dining room we make a conscious effort. At the same time, we enjoy our meal. If this sounds like your father, you will appreciate what A. R. Gurney Jr.
The Pasadena Playhouse. Of course. That's where A. R. Gurney's "The Dining Room" belongs. When this comedy about the vanishing Northeastern WASP first appeared in the Los Angeles area in 1985, it was at the Coronet Theatre in West Hollywood. An unadorned stage in a New Money community, on a busy commercial street. Wrong, wrong, wrong. The Pasadena Playhouse is an elegantly framed stage in an Old Money community, on a side street.
February 3, 2013
This three-story glass, steel and wood cantilevered house appears to float over its hillside lot. Sited to take in mountain and canyon views, the residence had its star turn as a location for James Woods' house in the 2006-08 TV series "Shark. " Location: 2315 Live Oak Meadows Road, Malibu 90265 Asking price: $1.995 million Lease price: $10,000 a month Year built: 2001 House size: 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, 2,002 square feet Lot size: 1.01 acres Features: Two-story glass wall, third story office/library, glass-walled dining room, breakfast bar, office, patio with barbecue center and built-in seating area, three covered carport spaces.
December 22, 2012 | By Jonathan Gold, Los Angeles Times Restaurant Critic
The first responsibility of any great restaurant is to keep you in the bubble, the soft-serve cocoon of illusion where you forget the world exists for anything but your pleasure. And the newly redesigned Spago, from the moment you toss your keys to the valet to the moment you stagger back out again, gives good bubble. The thick prime rib steak sings with the flavors of blood, age and char; the tagliatelle with white truffles perfumes half the observable universe when its glass dome is whisked away.
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