CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2013 |
Marianne Blend learned she was in trouble about three weeks ago when she looked out the window of her Highland Park home and saw strangers placing a large sign in her frontyard. "They were two big men, so I didn't go out there until they were gone," said the 78-year-old widow. "But when I did go out and looked at it, I couldn't believe it. " The sign announced that her 92-year-old clapboard cottage was being sold in a Superior Court probate auction scheduled for Saturday. For Blend, it was stunning news.
February 21, 2013 |
Shopclass, the latest home decor store on York Boulevard in Highland Park, opened this month with floor-to-ceiling stacks of vintage Dutch Modernism, furniture reupholstered with an eclectic touch, thrift store art and enough oddities to please flea market junkies. The emporium is the vision of interior designer Sally Breer, vintage dealer and Texas transplant Jeff Garbs and furniture importer Ellen LeCompte of Amsterdam Modern . The partners considered downtown L.A. and Echo Park, Breer said, but ultimately chose Highland Park for its “community vibe.” Workshops on rewiring lamps, making your own headboard and other DIY endeavors will be part of the draw - a strategy that has worked well for the Pop-Hop bookstore, Platform design boutique and other businesses on the ever-evolving stretch of York between Aldama Street and Avenue 50. (If you missed it, check out our home-centric look at York Boulevard published a year ago.)
December 27, 2012 |
The Scout, our feature on reinvigorated or overlooked shopping desinations, bounced from Long Beach to Claremont to Santa Ana this year. We walked a developing stretch of Pico Boulevard and checked out what's new on La Brea Avenue. But the two destinations that arguably stood out the most: Costa Mesa and the Highland Park neighborhood of northeast L.A. A photo essay on Highland Park's York Boulevard mentioned that new home furnishings shops and restaurants were changing the vibe of a once-gritty thoroughfare and that more newcomers were on the way. Indeed, shortly after the article was published, the Pop-Hop, a bookstore that hosts printmaking and other DIY workshops, and the Highland Cafe opened their doors.
December 14, 2012 |
It's fitting that Hillary Danner is raising her son and daughter in a century-old Arts and Crafts home in the Sycamore Grove area of Highland Park. Built in 1904, the timber-and-stone residence has a grand staircase, a huge covered porch and a curious pedigree, a hint of which comes in the giant "La Boheme" inscription on the wood panel of the living room fireplace. PHOTO GALLERY: Hillary Danner's "La Boheme" house The inscription has special meaning to Danner, who grew up in a 1869 Victorian home in Englewood, N.J., that was restored by her parents, actor Harry Danner and opera director Dorothy Danner.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 29, 2012 |
When he died in 1974, George Abraham Simmons left a bulky legacy: boxes and boxes of drugstore pills, salves and potions - enough to fill multiple cargo containers. What to do with it all? His family was stumped. Pharmaceuticals and botanicals, rouges, deodorants and still-sealed packs of cigarettes - he'd accumulated around 85,000 items. Photos: New life for old corner drugstore To label Simmons a hoarder, though, would be oversimplifying. Take a moment to understand his world.
November 8, 2012 |
When we first blogged on woodworker Yo Takimoto's DIY class in Venice, the headline read: "Where carving wood is a sellout event. " Students would show up by the dozens and devote an afternoon to chiseling sticks of manzanita, juniper, black persimmon or plum wood into artful abstractions. The novice students left with a piece of sculpture, but more important, they found a measure of peace in the contemplative process. Now the class that has been filling the courtyard at Tortoise General Store will be staged on the closest thing the Eastside has to an Abbot Kinney: York Boulevard in Highland Park.