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March 14, 2009 | David Hay
When John Melfi, the New York producer of "Sex in the City," "Rome" and the upcoming Showtime series "Nurse Jackie," decided to become a true Angeleno, he asked Steven Shortridge to build a house for him here. The Culver City architect, however, was a little apprehensive. The daring design he had in mind was for a narrow lot in Venice where he proposed jettisoning the traditional town house layout of small rooms stacked three stories high.
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HOME & GARDEN
March 14, 2009 | David Hay
When John Melfi, the New York producer of "Sex in the City," "Rome" and the upcoming Showtime series "Nurse Jackie," decided to become a true Angeleno, he asked Steven Shortridge to build a house for him here. The Culver City architect, however, was a little apprehensive. The daring design he had in mind was for a narrow lot in Venice where he proposed jettisoning the traditional town house layout of small rooms stacked three stories high.
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MAGAZINE
May 22, 2005 | Barbara Thornburg
Architect Steven Shortridge's living room has sky for a ceiling. The 16-by-20-foot outdoor room he calls his "front-side yard" is nearly half the size of his Lilliputian (750 square feet) Venice home. "Having a room open to the sky and air was more important to me than having more inside space," he says. The one-bedroom house faces the street, a former Venice canal that was filled in in the late '20s.
MAGAZINE
June 7, 1998 | BARBARA THORNBURG
"We wanted to bring the outdoors in," says screenwriter James Berg of the 1960s Venice home he owns with Frederick Fulmer, a yoga and Pilates instructor. And no wonder. When the two moved in four years ago, the two-story former duplex was run-down and dark. Avid gardeners, they envisioned a new bath and kitchen at the rear of the building that would open onto their backyard.
BUSINESS
February 13, 2011 | By Catherine Ho
If a view could say, "You've arrived," it would be the one from this house. The newly completed home on Beverly Hills' Angelo Drive looks out on downtown Los Angeles, Century City, Beverly Hills, the Los Angeles Country Club and, on a clear day, even to the ocean. From afar, the house resembles a stylized box, enclosed by sliding glass doors and frameless windows. Up close, it's elegant lines and attention to detail. Floors are polished concrete, honeycombed to control heat and cold.
MAGAZINE
July 6, 2008 | barbara thornburg, Barbara Thornburg is senior style editor at the magazine. Contact her at barbara.thornburg@latimes.com
At film producer John Melfi's sleek Venice home, some of the most inventive solutions to the question, "How do you squeeze the most from a compact floor plan?" are outside the walls. The modern three-story house, designed by Culver City architect Steven Shortridge in collaboration with his partner Barbara Callas, maximizes its footprint with outdoor rooms on the first floor and the roof.
MAGAZINE
October 4, 1998 | BARBARA THORNBURG
"There's a continuum of time reflected in this house that I wanted to keep," says architect Steven Shortridge of his newly renovated home--an early 20th century Spanish house built in Pasadena and then moved to Venice in 1937. Though Shortridge is a partner in the Beverly Hills firm Israel Callas Shortridge and is known for strikingly modern homes, he quickly recognized the possibilities in preserving and updating this modest one-story structure.
NEWS
March 14, 2013 | By Lisa Boone
It's time for our annual list of spring garden tours and events, for all you planners. Be sure to check organizers' websites for more information and updates, because some events do sell out. Additions to the list and suggestions are welcome via reader comments. April 6-7: More than 40 gardens, each planted with at least 50% California native plants, will be featured in the 10th annual self-guided tour organized by the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants . 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
MAGAZINE
July 6, 2008 | barbara thornburg, Barbara Thornburg is senior style editor at the magazine. Contact her at
In Southern California homes, indoor and outdoor blur, the color and light of our gardens spilling into our interiors, the energy of kitchens and living rooms splashing onto patios. Our fabled setting inspires spaces designed to take full advantage of the long seasons when beautiful days slide into gentle, temperate nights. And this year, in particular, forces both interior and exterior are conspiring to put a new emphasis on the outdoor room.
HOME & GARDEN
April 17, 2008 | David A. Keeps, Times Staff Writer
SOMETHING about Barbara Bestor's dining table, an inexpensive minimalist steel piece, isn't quite right. The glossy surface, powder-coated a watermelon pink, is perfectly cheerful. But laden with platters of finger foods, the table is falling a little flat. Suddenly inspired, the architect sprints to a nearby bookcase and pulls down two thick volumes.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 1996 | Pilar Viladas, Pilar Viladas is a freelance architecture and design writer and a contributing writer for Architectural Digest
The world of architecture, like those of politics and entertainment, likes to simplify complex issues with sound-bite-length catch phrases. The snappier the label, the better. Frank Israel is, therefore, a trend-spotter's nightmare--difficult to categorize and full of contradictions.
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