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April 7, 2006 | From Reuters
Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. said Thursday that it would extend its reach by launching an exclusive line of home products in Macy's department stores. Shares of the lifestyle media company rose 13.7%. The Martha Stewart Collection, which will include towels, dinnerware and holiday decor, is expected to debut in fall 2007 in Macy's stores and on Martha Stewart Living already sells home goods at Sears Holdings Corp.'s Kmart unit and Sears Canada Inc.
November 24, 2005 | Adamo DiGregorio, Special to The Times
THE holiday spirit is in the air: everything and everyone accented with red, lights sparkling in unexpected places, and a heady scent of anticipation. In the home, there are sophisticated and inexpensive ways to tickle and soothe the olfactory senses during the holidays. The aroma of freshly baked cookies or fragrant pine can evoke warm memories, but scented pillows, candles, beads or sticks can also infuse your house with a festive ambience.
November 17, 2005 | Adamo DiGregorio, Special to The Times
FRESH design ideas are giving tables a stylish presence. Over the last year, there have been innovations in table shapes, tops and details thanks to advances in technology and sophisticated finishing techniques. Silk screening can give a coffee table a dual personality. A sleek dining table appears to be a hunk of walnut when it actually is made up of hollow, modular units. Precision cuts allow designers to use different materials such as traditional walnut and modern porcelain enamel.
November 10, 2005 | David A. Keeps and Adamo DiGregorio, Special to The Times
IF you want to make over any space, be it breakfast bar or boudoir, mix thriftiness with craftiness. The first part is easy: Inexpensive furnishings come in a world of periods and styles, from modern Scandinavian to ancient Moroccan. The keys to a dramatic transformation -- strong colors and powerful patterns -- can be cost-effective as long as you're willing to make friends with a staple gun and a paintbrush.
November 10, 2005 | Beth Lapides
I RECENTLY surprised myself, and everyone who knows me, by buying a house in Palm Springs. Sure, lots of people in L.A. buy homes in Palm Springs -- second homes. Not me. In a glorious celebration of backward living, we bought our second home first. Greg and I first came to the desert to celebrate our fifth anniversary at Two Bunch Palms, the famed resort where you can soak in a hot mud bath while you "soften your gaze" at Al Capone's hideaway.
November 10, 2005 | Craig Nakano
Hi there, Poang. Hello, Cendy and Nandor and Emmabo. You chairs all look so chipper in your Scandinavian splendor. But here in Burbank, inside an IKEA store brimming with bargain hounds, what I really could use is a little peace. A smidgen of quiet. A respite from the 10,000 others plodding along the blue-arrowed aisles with me today.
September 29, 2005 | Adamo DiGregorio, Special to The Times
Taking a cue from the ground and the sky -- or is it from chocolate and blue-raspberry candy? -- designers are mixing earthy brown with airy blues to create a sumptuous color mix that hasn't been seen since the mid-1960s.
September 22, 2005 | Lisa Boone, Times Staff Writer
OUR homes are meant to be a reflection of our taste. But how do you create a cohesive environment when your favorite designs span centuries and styles? Is it really possible to have black leather Wassily chairs in the same house as your grandmother's 19th century dry sink and a Japanese tie-dye silk throw bought yesterday on Sawtelle Boulevard? "Anything goes," reassures Carol Kipling, a Los Angeles-based designer of furnishings and interiors.
August 25, 2005 | David A. Keeps, Times Staff Writer
CALL this a rhetorical question: Why should sharp-looking back-to-school supplies be confined to the halls of academia? With the democratization of good design extending to dorm decor, one might consider a continuing education crash course in the nesting patterns of the 21st century adolescent. Research indicates that when it comes to cost-cutting, space-efficient products -- in awesome colors -- there are few options as stylish as those basics for the college-bound.
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