December 18, 2010 |
It's not unusual to hear about someone figuratively jumping into their work with both feet. Dr. Peter Lommer Kristensen did it literally. Kristensen, of the Hillerod Hospital in Hillerod, Denmark, and two of his colleagues investigated an old Danish myth that it is possible to get drunk by immersing your feet in alcohol. To do so, they soaked their feet in a washtub containing three bottles of vodka for three hours. They measured blood concentrations of alcohol every half-hour and rated themselves on a scale of 0 to 10 on self-confidence, urge to speak and the number of times they desired spontaneous hugs.
August 27, 2013 |
Vanessa De Vargas of Turquoise Interior Design has decorated and redecorated her tiny 500-square-foot bungalow in Venice in a variety of themes during the last 15 years. When she was going through "a dark phase," she painted the walls steel gray and installed red flocked wallpaper. From that moody place, she moved on to a sunnier, beachy vibe with seaside blue and green accents. The bungalow may be small, but De Vargas said the size does not limit her. It is, in fact, what has empowered her to change designs over and over again.
HOME & GARDEN
July 23, 2011 |
Former set decorator Szu Wakeman and her husband Dusty Wakeman turned a dilapidated 1926 beach shack in Oxnard into a modern and rustic beach house using simple materials, salvaged items and thrift store finds. The house sits across the street from Hollywood Beach in an Oxnard enclave that Clark Gable and Rudolph Valentino once called home, but when Szu Wakeman purchased the neglected 1926 residence a few years ago, it was advertised as a tear down. Wakeman, a former set decorator, saw beyond the nicotine-stained walls and recognized the potential for a thoroughly unconventional, funky and fun beach house with husband Dusty, a music producer and engineer, and their two kids.
HOME & GARDEN
April 2, 2010
Claire Stansfield deftly mixes high-end design with more affordable purchases. Some of her budget-minded strategies: Linen sheets: Stansfield swears by Matteo Home sales. "All of the fabrics are made in Italy and finished here in L.A. The quality is amazing," she says. "The sheets aren't cheap, but twice a year they have amazing sales. I always stock up then." http://www.matteohome.com Kids' furniture and accessories: "IKEA, IKEA, IKEA," she says. "Their design is clean and simple looking, and it's affordable."
August 30, 2009 |
Just in time for the worst economic downturn since the Depression, here comes a new crop of social critics to inform us that we're actually spending too little for the food we eat, the clothes we wear, the furniture we sit on and the gasoline that runs our automobiles. Never mind that U.S. job losses these days range from 200,000 to 500,000 a month, that foreclosures are up 32% over this time last year and that people are re-learning how to clip newspaper coupons so as to save at the supermarket.
November 15, 2007
Nipper was barely toddling when I learned that kiddie thrills don't come at expensive theme parks. Looking to buy a hummingbird feeder at Lowe's, we emerged from a long aisle and Nipper's head dropped back in awe. He pointed and shrieked at the dozens of shiny new ceiling fans spinning wa-a-a-a-ay above us. When he stayed enthralled for a full 15 minutes, I knew I was onto something.
December 21, 1997
"We're not the only closet IKEA meatball lovers after all," I shouted across the house to my boyfriend, who couldn't believe that I'd found something about the subject in the magazine ("Some Assembly Required," by Nancy Spiller, SoCal Style, Nov. 9). The two of us have been post-shopping meatball dining at the warm little in-store cafe for years now and have enjoyed the thought that we might be the only ones in town onto this really wonderful little Swedish meatball dinner. The saucy meatballs are truly delicious, the red potatoes and lingonberries a perfect accompaniment and--the best part--the generous portions are reasonably priced.
HOME & GARDEN
August 21, 2010
Tips on creating an affordable tropical retreat In the last 10 years, Bob Ramirez estimates that he has poured about $500,000 into the construction of his home and grounds. Decorating it, however, was far less costly. Here are some of the clever ideas and affordable resources used to create a tropical but family-friendly retreat: FURNITURE Lisa Kline scoured flea markets, garage sales and EBay to find streamlined Midcentury tables and courtroom chairs whose clean lines helped to prevent spaces from feeling too busy.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 10, 1990 |
Jaime Berg said her wallet was vibrating. "It's sending me signals!" she said. "It's telling me to spend, spend, spend!" Berg was one of the thousands of shoppers drawn to IKEA, the newly opened furniture phenom of Burbank that had for weeks been bombarding the Los Angeles area with advertisements.
December 13, 1990 |
It's a great time of year to rent items that we usually buy and save some big bucks. The most unusual rental around probably is Rent-a-Tree, a promotional service offered by Ikea that seems to be taking Los Angeles by storm. Here's the deal: The trees are live Douglas firs shipped from Vancouver, B. C., and measure here from 5 1/2 feet to 7 feet tall. The cost is $10 for the rental with a $10 deposit. You are given a "Tree Lease" and, when you return the tree Jan.