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October 27, 1991 | JOEL RAPP, Rapp is a Los Angeles free-lance writer , the gardening editor of Redbook magazine and is heard Sunday mornings on KGIL radio.
"How's your fern?" Once a humorous greeting offered by Steve Allen, this has always been and will continue to be a serious question to indoor gardeners. Every year, millions of indoor plant enthusiasts wrestle with the sometimes difficult task of keeping ferns alive in a home environment.
April 27, 2000 | Times staff and wire reports
With 1,300 exhibit booths and three stages featuring seminars and workshops, Homeworld 2000 bills itself as the "largest three-day home and garden show in California." Actually, the show, Friday through Sunday at the Anaheim Convention Center, is more like a five-ring home-improvement circus. It includes a decorating and remodeling show, landscaping design showcase, gift and antiques show, a kids' show (with everything from books to custom playhouses), and a food-sampling expo.
May 9, 2004 | Susan Heeger
In 1999, after months of house-hunting in the Hollywood Hills, chef Fred Eric happened to drive through the flats of Eagle Rock. There, on a shady street lined with vintage bungalows, he saw a 1903 Japanese-inspired Craftsman and decided on the spot to buy it. Even its chopped-up rooms, linoleum floors, acoustic tile ceilings and heavy window blinds didn't change his mind. Or the absence of any vistas in a garden that consisted of a pair of fruit trees and a scrap of grass that marked the path to the garage.
January 5, 2003 | Susan Heeger
Take a 1928 house, lift its lines into the next century, slap it with color and surround it with palms. Voila, it's South Florida in West Hollywood, Modernism in the tropics. Owner Steve Isaacman, a psychotherapist, is so enamored of palms that he drove a rare pritchardia palm all the way from San Diego in his Honda, its head poking out his window. ''I love the tropics but I like to keep things simple,'' he says. Isaacman bought the English-style cottage on a small 45-by-130-foot lot in 1993.
September 12, 2010 | By Jessica Garrison, Los Angeles Times
Our waiter was staring at us in disbelief. Finally, he leaned forward and, ever so politely, asked my husband to repeat himself. Although we had just ordered three appetizers, a soup and two main courses (we did eat every bite), my husband was, indeed, inquiring about where we might go later that evening to try more of Charleston's culinary delicacies. Most tourists are drawn to Charleston for its graceful, grand homes and hauntingly beautiful gardens. But an increasing number are going for the food, as the rich and varied cuisine of the region undergoes a renaissance propelled by an interest in locally grown ingredients and an influx of new chefs.
June 20, 2009 | W.J. Hennigan
Recreational vehicle sales have fallen off a cliff this last year, but that didn't stop Pomona from going full speed ahead with its fourth annual RV and Travel Show. Also, a boat show. And a home and garden show, spa and pool show and computer fair. They're all together at the Pomona Fairplex this weekend, providing tapped-out shoppers with a chance to do some conspicuous consumption on the cheap.
February 3, 2003 | David Bauder, Associated Press
A poll conducted last year for HGTV revealed that television viewers considered "Trading Spaces" one of their favorite shows on the cable channel. One problem: It's on TLC, not HGTV. "Trading Spaces," the remodeling show in which neighbors impose their decorating tastes on neighbors, was the most popular show on basic cable last week, eclipsing professional wrestling and "SpongeBob SquarePants." It has spawned imitators and transformed home-improvement television.
In soft focus, Sears appliances pose like film stars on the pages of shelter, or interior, magazines--glamorous, nearly erotic, bordering on the lurid. If they were female, they'd lick their lips; if they were Mick Jagger, they'd be making kissy face to the camera. What used to be a job for Mr. Clean or cookie-cutter homemakers in aprons has become an opportunity for sensual epiphany. In the '90s, it seems, homemaking is next to godliness.
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