HOME & GARDEN
July 16, 2011 |
When Amy Lippman first called her architect about renovating a Carpinteria beach house she had just bought, she tried to find humor in the design challenge ahead by asking: "Do you want to work on a Taco Bell?" The house wasn't really a fast-food drive-through, of course, but a 1977 stucco box with unfortunate architectural flourishes. Lippman's husband, Rodman Flender, thought she was nuts. After viewing the property for the first time, Los Angeles architect Rachel Allen had to agree with her client's initial assessment.
January 18, 2002 |
Artists, photographers and actors from "The Lord of the Rings" mingled at Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica on Wednesday night at the opening reception for a Pierre Vinet photography exhibition, featuring stills from the movie. Vinet said he fell so in love with New Zealand, where the movie was shot, that he bought two houses there. He also fell in love with the actors. "Liv [Tyler] is ... " But words failed.
November 28, 2012 |
"The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" had its long-expected party in Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand, on Wednesday. Thousands of fans lined the blocks-long red carpet to greet director Peter Jackson and his cast of dwarfs, hobbits and wizards. Wellington's Embassy Theater was decorated to look like a hobbit house as cast members Martin Freeman, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis and Hugo Weaving in addition to Gandalf's band of dwarfs soaked in the fan adoration. Director James Cameron and his wife, Suzy Amis, also attended the event.
May 15, 2001 |
"Yes, these are the real sets," says Sir Ian McKellen, the great English actor, as he squeezes his bottom into a mini-sized chair in a mini-sized Hobbit house, specially flown from New Zealand and reassembled on the grounds of a French castle in the hills overlooking Cannes.
August 3, 1993 |
Shortly after I moved here in September, 1989, I went to cover my first real anti-American demonstration. Dan Quayle, then vice president, was arriving at the airport, and dozens of young leftists wearing red bandannas on their faces had gathered outside to chant, wave garish posters of Uncle Sam and burn an American flag. Like most people, I'd never seen a flag burn. I moved closer, if nervously, to watch. I learned two things that night.
HOME & GARDEN
January 13, 2005 |
Soon after Michelle and Jack Conrad bought a little cottage in Beachwood Canyon, a friend came over for a visit. Before leaving, he delicately comforted Michelle: "Don't worry," he whispered. "One day you'll be able to afford a new one." Thirty years later, Michelle still chuckles at his compassion. The point of the house -- even when it was just-built in the early 1930s -- has always been to look very old and, well, a little different.