May 9, 2004 |
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.
September 12, 2010 |
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.
January 5, 2003 |
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.
June 20, 2009 |
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 |
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.
HOME & GARDEN
June 17, 1995 |
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.
March 10, 1991 |
Mary and Fred Buksa's sprightly blue bungalow on Iroquois Avenue in Lakewood won a grand prize last year in the city's house beautiful contest. This year, instead of helping them garner a prize, the rows of insatiable impatiens, the clusters of perky pansies and that fern in the front yard might prompt the judges to check the couple's water bill. In Norwalk, Hiroshi and Mitsuye Nakamoto were among that city's winners last year.
March 2, 1997 |
Though it lies just five miles south of Washington, D.C., Alexandria seems a whole world--and time--away. Because it languished as a backwater across the Potomac while our nation's capital grew by leaps and bounds, much of Alexandria's past survives today. Amazingly, it is not Williamsburg that has more 18th and early l9th century buildings. It is Alexandria. Washington may have its grand monuments and big hotels, but nearby Alexandria has history reduced to a human scale.
October 10, 2010 |
Historic homes in Santa Ana's quiet Floral Park neighborhood don't generally carry a "party central" reputation, but this Spanish Colonial Revival has been the site of numerous political fundraisers, weddings and receptions. The guest lists have included the late Macedonian President Boris Trajkovski, Rep. Loretta Sanchez, state Sen. Lou Correa, students from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and members of the Hispanic Bar Assn. Current owner and longtime Santa Ana orthodontist George Georgieff says the gatherings have been a blessing and a curse.