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July 30, 2011 | By Alexandria Abramian-Mott, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Shifting reading habits and a brutal recession may have caused the demise of Domino, Metropolitan Home and House & Garden, not to mention smaller publications such as Oprah Winfrey's O at Home and Martha Stewart's Blueprint, but a surprising phenomenon has been developing elsewhere: While shelter magazines fold in the States, a new generation of interior design titles has taken off in Brazil, Russia and, most aggressively, China. We're not talking digital click-throughs, the online decorating guides such as Lonny that have sprung up here, sometimes staffed by writers and editors who were laid off during the industry meltdown.
April 12, 2014 | Anne Colby
Rustic Canyon's sylvan beauty and funky charm cast its spell on Jill Soffer a dozen years ago. She liked the neighborhood's relaxed environment and abundance of sycamore trees and purchased a home there in 2002. "There's all this green around. It's not too manicured," Soffer said appreciatively. "People are easygoing, everything is a little overgrown, and the creek in the middle of everything is a little shaggy. You can hear the frogs at night. " She planned to renovate her 1920s three-bedroom house, but hadn't yet when she met and then in 2008 married Greg Adler, who had two young sons.
May 20, 2013 | By Leslie Van Buskirk
For all the razzle-dazzle of costumes worn by Michael Douglas in his uncanny incarnation as Liberace in the HBO film “Behind the Candelabra” - the crystals! the sequins! the furs! - the revelation for design fans will be lavish sets that sparkle with late '70s and early '80s style. It's a look that, for better or for worse, is experiencing a revival among contemporary designers just in time for the movie's premiere Sunday. “There was a lot of glamour in the '70s that really has not been repeated since,” Los Angeles designer Kelly Wearstler said, citing Pierre Cardin interiors as particularly noteworthy during that transitional era. PHOTOS: The over-the-top homes of "Behind the Candelabra" Wearstler, who was not involved in “Behind the Candelabra,” gave many reasons why elements of the look are coming back.
December 24, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
If you thought Southern California mansions could hardly get more outlandish, consider the latest must-have feature: A moat encircling the property. Other exclusive amenities include dental chairs, botox stations and wine "cellars" that somehow made their way into the kitchen. It's all part of growing competition among designers, architects and developers for the attention of ultra-wealthy buyers. Moats are making their biggest splash since medieval times. At Jennifer Lopez's former home in Bel-Air, which recently resold for $10 million, an arched footbridge and a cobblestone driveway cross a stone-lined waterway that encircles the French-style villa.
February 12, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Remember when small closets were standard and people simply put their off-season wardrobes into storage? Every year, builders look at the emerging preferences of home buyers, hoping to stay ahead of changes in the way we live. These days, clutter equals stress, said Jill Waage, an editorial director for Better Homes and Gardens. “Storage took on another level of importance when the economy started its downturn and people became more conscience of themselves,” Waage said.
March 1, 2007
HOME'S lead article with eye-catching photos on "A House Turned Inside Out" [Feb. 15] was great reading, but, nevertheless, a missed opportunity. If the premise of the design was to relate the home's interior to the landscape artistry, wouldn't a simple, plan view of the property and buildings have brought the whole piece into clearer focus? With graphics pervading our computer-literate world, I can scarcely conceive that your readers wouldn't comprehend a simple architectural graphic.
November 25, 1990 | ROCHELLE REED, Reed is Style Editor of The Los Angeles Times Magazine.
For the past ten years, Southern Californians have been obsessively interested in home design. This is not surprising: "style" runs a predictable course. In the teenage years through the twenties, your average person is usually interested in personal adornment--clothes--and by extension, the accoutrements of a successful personal appearance: watches, fancy datebooks, prestigious cars.
September 23, 1989 | Clipboard researched by Susan Davis Greene and Rick VanderKnyff / Los Angeles Times, Graphics by Doris Shields / Los Angeles Times
Back in the '70s, Richard Hipp recalls, there were a dozen or more Orange County nurseries specializing in cacti and succulents. But spiraling land costs forced others to pack up and move out, making Hipp's Stanton shop the last of a breed. House of Cactus has occupied its spot on Beach Boulevard since 1959 (for 18 years it was called Black's House of Cactus before the original owner sold to Hipp).
When it comes to home renovation, turning an ugly duckling into a swan is most gratifying when changes are out-of-the-ordinary as well as economical. Although the following three projects weren't low-cost redos, the ingenuity behind their visual surprises would fit any renovator's pocketbook. Need more family room but don't have the budget to add on? Install a fireplace and create a room without a ceiling or walls. Enlarge a tiny bathroom with a shimmering wall of glass blocks.
October 17, 1997 | DADE HAYES
Forget the big-screen television. Ix-nay on the designer drapes. Mary Cordaro's home-improvement budget is all natural. She has lived for several years with her screenwriter husband in a 1,600-square-foot home in Valley Village. Rather than fill the place with the usual comforts, Cordaro uses it as a laboratory for her job as a "building biologist," consulting with business people or homeowners on how to make spaces less toxic and more environmentally friendly.
September 21, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
If you ask Solar Decathlon director Richard King why the average person might want to swing by the U.S. Department of Energy's biennial competition when it opens in 12 days, he answers with a question of his own: "Where else can you see 20 houses so inspiring, side by side?" Indeed, on Sept. 23, 20 teams consisting of students from 30 schools as diverse as Stanford, El Paso Community College and the Vienna University of Technology begin assembling the most unusual housing tract to hit Orange County.
August 30, 2013
The Hurley House in Hollywood Hills, one of the largest and most extravagant homes designed by Swede Greta Magnusson Grossman, is on the market for the first time since it was built in the late 1950s. Grossman brought a Scandinavian sensibility to Southern California's indoor-outdoor lifestyle in this open-plan Midcentury Modern house, which is cantilevered to allow space for a swimming pool and patio. Location: 3320 Wonder View Drive, Los Angeles 90068 Asking price: $1.795 million Year built: 1958 House size: Four bedrooms, four bathrooms, 2,684 square feet Lot size: 15,198 square feet Features: Glass walls, floating-style fireplace, built-in cabinetry, study/library, city views, basement.
July 22, 2013
Ready to lose an hour (or three)? Our Home Tours archive, the online library of past Home of the Times design profiles, has been fully updated with L.A. houses, condos and apartments galore. HOME TOURS: SoCal design profiles in pictures Producer Dianne de Guzman added galleries that had fallen through the cracks and rebuilt some photo tours that had expired in our database. The result is a complete list of our most recent profiles as well as a dozen editor's picks for every year going back to 2007.
July 18, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
A cluster of four Glassell Park houses wrapping up construction and opening to the public for the first time this weekend will be another indicator of how much modern design can help move L.A. real estate in a recovering market. The hillside houses, on a part of Scandia Way that The Times classifies as Glassell Park but that the developer is marketing as Eagle Rock, were designed by L.A. architect Donald Holtz . During a walk-through of one house on Wednesday, Holtz pointed out elements that the Dwell generation is used to seeing in custom modern homes, starting with a living room that reads “loft” thanks to windows stacked under a 21-foot-ceiling.
June 25, 2013 | By David A. Keeps
Let's get the obvious question out of the way first: His name is Belvedere. The less obvious fact: He's one of the adorable, adoptable pets who will benefit from Downtown Modernism , a June 30 furniture sale featuring vintage design retailers from across Los Angeles, all gathered at the Vernon factory of Modernica . Other shops at the outdoor market will include Fat Chance , Reform Gallery , Rehab Vintage , Material Environment...
June 21, 2013
Every once in a while, a house comes along that prompts us to rethink how we cover home design. The Sobieski house in South Pasadena is one of those houses: a series of rooms for an art-loving family that looks and functions like separate buildings -- a sort of artist colony in miniature that pushes the concept of indoor-outdoor living. Our conundrum: How can we best show readers how the design by the architecture firm Koning Eizenberg unfolds? The answer comes in our Sobieski house package : an interactive map from the Times graphics staff, specifically Lorena Iniguez Elebee and Tia Lai, whose schematic shows where Times photographer Ricardo DeAratanha was standing when he got various shots.
April 23, 1995 | Barbara Thornburg
Used for everything from paper clips to razor blades, automobiles to skyscrapers, steel has always been one of the world's cheapest and most versatile metals. And now architects, designers, artists and fabricators are incorporating the material into the home environment as never before.
September 18, 2010 | By Debra Prinzing, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Jonathan Togo, the 33-year-old actor who returns to "CSI: Miami" as investigator Ryan Wolfe when the new season premieres Oct. 3, is bemused by the celebrity real estate racket. Instead of buying into the hype that he needs more house, more furnishings he won't use and more security in the form of a gated neighborhood, Togo is happy with something smaller and more personal, he says. Two years ago he bought his first home, a 1,800-square-foot Midcentury pad in the Hollywood Hills, and he asked himself: "What if I got a tiny house and filled it with the best things I love?"
June 11, 2013 | By David A. Keeps
At Resource Furniture, the newly opened Los Angeles store of the New York-based company, you don't have to be a Transformers-loving kid to appreciate the genius of the Poppi Book, a shelving unit that converts into a loft bed. The loft bed is just one of the space-saving products by the Italian design firm Clei available through Resource Furniture , which specializes in streamlined, multifunction storage and sleeping pieces for lofts, studios...
June 10, 2013 | By David A. Keeps
Home offices might be a trend, but interior designers Nicholas Hertneck and Lawrence Lazzaro grew tired of running a business from their personal residence. In early June, the decorating duo moved their business, a division of the Beverly Hills firm Piper Hertneck Design, to the second floor of a Brentwood Village storefront. On the lower floor, they created Nicholas Lawrence, a retail space with herringbone hickory floors and Venetian and plastered walls. The Vermont soapstone sales counter, Lazzaro said, "was designed to look like it was salvaged from an Art Deco movie theater.
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