January 3, 2014 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
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 |
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.