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.
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.
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.
May 19, 2001
EVENTS Arboretum Plant Sales. Every Saturday and Sunday. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fullerton Arboretum, 1900 Associated Road. (714) 278-3579. Spring Flower Show. Today. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. UCI Arboretum, one block south on Campus Drive from Jamboree Road, on UC Irvine's north campus. (949) 824-5833. Free to members of Friends of the UCI Arboretum and $2 per person for non-members. Laguna Antiques and Garden Show. June 9 and 10. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
April 27, 2000 |
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.
December 16, 1999 |
* The Adamson House (Malibu Lagoon Museum and Historic Adamson House), 23200 Pacific Coast Highway, (310) 456-8432. Tiles from Malibu Potteries. Guided tours Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m, with the last tour starting at 2 p.m. $2. * Casa del Herrero, 1387 E. Valley Road, Montecito, (805) 565-5653. Antique and Tunisian-made tiles used in the house, garden and even inside the garage. Docent-led tours offered Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. $10.
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.