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July 23, 2011 | By Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times
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.
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." Kids' furniture and accessories: "IKEA, IKEA, IKEA," she says. "Their design is clean and simple looking, and it's affordable."
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.
August 27, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
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.
December 5, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
Emerald green is so 2013. Say hello to Radiant Orchid, Pantone's color of the year for 2014. Those not familiar with phalaenopsis may wonder: What, exactly, is Radiant Orchid? In the company's annual announcement, Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, described the hue as “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones" that "inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. " How much weight do these Pantone predictions carry?
November 10, 1990 | David Colker
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.
March 31, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
Golfer Karin Sjodin of Sweden lists putting together Ikea furniture as a hobby, which would seem a mentally and physically cruel way to spend time off. But it took unremitting patience and an ability to figure out unfathomable wind patterns Saturday during the third round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Mission Hills Country Club in Rancho Mirage, skills needed to conquer Ikea and skills Sjodin showed with her round of four-under-par 68....
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.
December 13, 1990 | GERI COOK
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.
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