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July 16, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
Moving to a one-bedroom apartment from a three-bedroom house confirmed what designer Paula Smail said she long suspected: Decorating a small space is no different from decorating a larger space. "At the end of the day, your home needs to be a visual playground," Smail said. "Whatever works in a large space, works equally well in a small space as long as it is done well. " That can include using large furniture, painting walls dark colors and hanging lots of art salon-style.
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HOME & GARDEN
March 10, 2014
Want to do something more creative with your tight living quarters but don't know where to start? Interior designer Heather Ashton offers some suggestions on how to deliver a big jolt of personality to a small living space. PHOTOS: At home with Heather Ashton Don't be scared of paint: Most people think a color, especially a darker tone, makes a small space look smaller. But you aren't fooling anyone, so have fun with it. Paint is an easy way to add personality and dimension to a room.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2008 | F. Kathleen Foley, Special to The Times
The mere thought of producing "Ragtime" in a sub-99-seat theater boggles the imagination. After all, the epic musical, based on E.L. Doctorow's 1975 novel, is typically a big-budget enterprise with a cast of dozens and the kind of razzle-dazzle technical effects that made many early critics dismiss it as sheer flummery.
NEWS
August 22, 2013 | By David A. Keeps
A water-view home with a patch of grass just didn't float Misty Tosh's boat, but when the television producer came upon a 1980s three-story houseboat in Marina del Rey, she dove right in. “It was a giant hunk of slapped-together junk - dark and dank, chopped up into tiny rooms with ladders between the floors,” said Tosh, who bought it two years ago. “People thought I was nuts, but I saw the potential.” Sure, remodeling a houseboat has...
ENTERTAINMENT
July 6, 2000 | S. IRENE VIRBILA, TIMES RESTAURANT CRITIC
Nancy Silverton, co-owner, pastry chef, bread baker and all-around muse at Campanile in Los Angeles, has a good thing going on Thursday nights with her "tartine bar," aka grilled cheese night. That's when she gets behind the bar and serves a dozen or so inventive grilled and open-face sandwiches. (Of course, guests can order off the regular menu as well.) But that's just one night a week.
REAL ESTATE
October 7, 2007 | Kathy Price-Robinson, Special to The Times
Ann Lippincott recalls the exact moment her kitchen remodel got off the ground. During a Halloween party at her Santa Barbara ocean-view condominium two years ago, Lippincott, who was dressed as a witch, was standing in the kitchen with a friend, Lena Savage, an artist and former architect who was dressed as a punk rocker. The two studied the cramped space Lippincott had come to decry as "a bunch of stupid cabinets stuck to the wall."
HOME & GARDEN
September 25, 1993 | ROSE APODACA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Space is a driving force behind decorating and living. The less space, the harder it is to fit in everything you need (and don't need) to live. Consider a family of three residing in a 700-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment. Where does the crib go? Or the dining set? How about space fillers such as a file cabinet, end tables or a rocking chair? How do you keep the place from resembling a storage shed?
NEWS
July 15, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
Walk inside Paula Smail's 600-square-foot apartment in Burbank and you'll be greeted by bold color and texture that strangely doesn't overwhelm. The textile designer has lived in New York, Paris, London and Johannesburg, and here, it shows. The one-bedroom apartment is decorated with South African curios, aboriginal art from Australia, Balinese sculpture and mementos from France, all combining to give the small space a modern vibe.  PHOTOS: Paula Smail's apartment, full of color and pattern Her approach to decorating a small space, she says, is the same as decorating a larger space.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 1991
Linda Blandford's "Private Faces, Public Spaces" columns (Commentary) are outstanding! Her use of the language is marvelous--just the very right words to make me fully aware of her subject, and the life of that person. So much is packed into that small space. I always finish reading feeling so enriched--as if I'd been given a much desired gift. Thank you, Ms. Blandford. PAT CORPE West Covina
HOME & GARDEN
March 10, 2014
Want to do something more creative with your tight living quarters but don't know where to start? Interior designer Heather Ashton offers some suggestions on how to deliver a big jolt of personality to a small living space. PHOTOS: At home with Heather Ashton Don't be scared of paint: Most people think a color, especially a darker tone, makes a small space look smaller. But you aren't fooling anyone, so have fun with it. Paint is an easy way to add personality and dimension to a room.
NEWS
July 16, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
Moving to a one-bedroom apartment from a three-bedroom house confirmed what designer Paula Smail said she long suspected: Decorating a small space is no different from decorating a larger space. "At the end of the day, your home needs to be a visual playground," Smail said. "Whatever works in a large space, works equally well in a small space as long as it is done well. " That can include using large furniture, painting walls dark colors and hanging lots of art salon-style.
NEWS
July 15, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
Walk inside Paula Smail's 600-square-foot apartment in Burbank and you'll be greeted by bold color and texture that strangely doesn't overwhelm. The textile designer has lived in New York, Paris, London and Johannesburg, and here, it shows. The one-bedroom apartment is decorated with South African curios, aboriginal art from Australia, Balinese sculpture and mementos from France, all combining to give the small space a modern vibe.  PHOTOS: Paula Smail's apartment, full of color and pattern Her approach to decorating a small space, she says, is the same as decorating a larger space.
NEWS
February 13, 2013 | By Marissa Gluck
It's unlikely that residents of Mount Washington ever envisioned a metal-clad trapezoid sitting on this bend of Cazador Street, but the design - dubbed the Big and Small House by its architect, Simon Storey - is full of surprises. The home sits on a lot once considered unbuildable because of its steep grade and diminutive size - at 2,500 square feet, about half the typical L.A. lot. Inside, however, the 900-square-foot house feels large and airy despite those space constraints. Owners Joyce Campbell and Jon Behar met Storey a decade ago, when he was a graduate student at the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and hired him to remodel their Mount Washington house.
NEWS
January 31, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
What is it about Airstream design that continues to engender such passion more than 80 years after the trailer first appeared? Is it the alluring, streamlined aluminum shell? The cozy interiors? The nostalgia for a simpler era? “It's a part of American culture that transcends time,” said architect Matthew Hofmann, 29, who last month opened an Airstream hotel consisting of four tricked-out trailers parked midtown at the Santa Barbara Auto Camp   off De La Vina Street.
NEWS
September 13, 2012 | By Lisa Boone
Eight Los Angeles designers have created a hip "show house" in Hollywood, but what makes the Small Space Big Style design showcase different is its size. This is no 5,000-square-foot estate with guest house and maid's quarters. It's a 1,400-square-foot unit inside the Hollywood Condos on Yucca Street. Organized by California Home + Design magazine, the two-bedroom, three-bath showcase opens Friday inside architect Stephen Kanner's 2008 building, which has a 17-foot ceiling and soaring windows.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2012 | By Debra Levine
"Well they began it!" snarled the Jets perched on the scaffolding that lines the Chance Theater's long, narrow shoe box of a performance space. Facing them off - and in spitting distance of the audience - the Sharks echoed in return: "Well they began it!" This group-hiss propelled "Tonight," one of 11 fresh and lucid song-and-dance numbers that choreographer Kelly Todd has laced into the Anaheim Hills theater's critically lauded production of "West Side Story" (extended to Aug. 19). Tasked by Chance director Oanh Nguyen to garnish his update of the theater classic by Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents with in-your-face dance numbers, the 20-year musical theater veteran and a UCLA theater grad, found herself boxed in. Not only was Todd's 12-foot wide, 30-foot long working area hugely constrained but she was thrust in the shadow of a genius.
BUSINESS
March 3, 1998 | BOB HOWARD
Architect Erik Lerner works in one of the few offices that can truly be called unique, as in one of a kind. Lerner's work space is a 7-by-9-foot office that occupies half a parking space in the garage of his West Los Angeles home. This description, however, doesn't nearly do justice to Lerner's homemade creation.
NEWS
July 10, 1991 | LYNN SIMROSS
Dynamo solar AM/FM radio is so compact and versatile that it would come in handy on camping, hiking or fishing trips or in your car or home in case you're suddenly without electric power. It's a great device to keep in your emergency or earthquake preparedness kit. The Dynamo, which measures 6 inches long, 3 1/4 inches high and 1 inch thick, weighs only 10 ounces and has three power sources.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 21, 2011 | By Lee Romney, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from San Francisco -- The first in a spate of casualties in this city's hipster haven was a quiet 22-year-old who held two jobs and sent money home to his mother in Mexico's Yucatan region. Gaspar Puch-tzek was grabbing a cigarette outside the swank Mission District restaurant where he worked on Aug. 30 when he was mistaken for a gang member and shot in the face. Killed less than 12 hours later was 29-year-old Edson Lacayo — a member, police said, of the Suren?o gang, which for decades has battled the Norten?
HOME & GARDEN
November 7, 2009 | David A. Keeps
Though he is still crawling, 9-month-old Thurston Conder takes about 10 seconds to have the run of the house. It's not that he's exceptionally fast; he just doesn't have that far to roam. Thurston shares 380 square feet with his mom and dad, Kelly Breslin and Ryan Conder, and a medium-sized mutt named Charlie. Lots of young families start out in small houses, just not this small. These parents say it's their preference, and that the small space hasn't cramped their style. It's arranged for maximum efficiency, but it still looks comfortable and fashionably decorated.
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