Eye Candy: Home & Garden Photo Galleries
A greenhouse at Cal State Fullerton is home to thousands of hungry, exotic plants.
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An occasional feature in which Southern California designers create a custom look using only inexpensive, mass-market components.
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Husband-and-wife architects Michael Burch and Diane Wilk preserve Everett Babcocks original 1925 architecture while infusing the property with their own artistry. The result blends the new with the old.
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Looking to set the picnic table with something a little more interesting than the old paper plates?
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The Maltman Bungalows in Silver Lake represent that rare Southern California combination: small houses, good location, not-so-outrageous prices. Take a peek at this development and other attempts to achieve similar success.
Please don't call it split-level. It's a split plane house. Architect Jesse Bornstein modifies a classic idea for a modern age, crafting a home that feels spacious and open yet intimate -- a private refuge graced with functional beauty.
Wicker freshens up with modern silhouettes. Wovens such as abaca bark and sea grass are also being used in home furnishings.
Janna Levenstein's 1950s home was a maze of small, dark rooms. With the help of a UCLA architecture student and Google's free software, she turned the space into a bright, sleek, indoor-outdoor living space where every room opens onto nature.
Victoria Gilbert wanted to transform her cramped, claustrophobic rooms into a home with a more contemporary look and flow. For help, she turned to Apurva Pande and Chinmaya Misra of the Los Angeles design firm Chacol. Their strategy: Peel back the low ceiling.
Architects Alice Fung and Michael Blatt help homeowners make the most of a 1963 Gregory Ain design. Modernist box? Try hexagon.
Rather than try to make their home look more contemporary, Andrea and Sean Moriarty have taken their Spanish Revival further back in time, lending a sense of the past that goes beyond the structures actual years. Here, Andrea Moriarty looks on as mural installer Michael Baughman, far left, and painter Dan Gallagher prepare a 300-square-foot artwork for its eventual place in the homes library.
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Eye Candy: Home & Garden Photo Galleries
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Architect Barbara Bestor builds a cool, clever house in Los Feliz with a nod to the landmark across the street: Frank Lloyd Wright's Ennis House.
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The midcentury architect's house in the Hollywood Hills had been written off by preservationists after one resident added a second story and other features ill-suited for the 1956 design. But after two years of renovation, current owner Mark Haddawy has revived Lautner's original vision.
With Southern hospitality and an artist's eye, this gracious hosts sets the scene for an entertaining evening of good cheer, alfresco. And the house? You couldn't ask for a better setting.
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Spare and simple is the rule in the oceanfront home of Arnoldi and his wife, Katie, a novelist. He designed the house as well as most of its furniture. When they wanted to remake the backyard, no worries: Just drive that bulldozer through the living room.
In a fire-prone canyon of the Angeles National Forest, architect Russell K. Johnson creates a house that he says will last for generations.
Drawn by the 2-acre landscape, Katrina Rivers bought the nondescript house and made it into an offbeat, bohemian, only-in-L.A. retreat.
5:13 PM EDT, July 9, 2013
When Vanessa Choy and Andrew Wong closed their architecture practice in Hong Kong and moved to Los Angeles, they bought a Studio City lot and made plans for a traditional house with a progressive spin. The result is a pleasing mix of country and city, rustic and industrial, casual and refined.
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Designers Karen and Guy Vidal turned a dreary Spanish-style four-plex into a color-splashed bachelor's pad.
William Krisel, 83, never won as much acclaim as Richard Neutra, Albert Frey or others who defined mid-century modernism in Palm Springs. But it was Krisel who helped to bring a modern sensibility to the middle class. Now, decades later, his plans are being built once again.
Though some may see Steven Sharpe's house as urban in nature, architect Zoltan Pali says the structure fundamentally is a country house responding to its setting. "Rural has always been associated with simplicity, sparseness and function," Pali says. "That is this house."
6:04 PM EDT, July 15, 2013
Jerome Dahan, founder of Citizens of Humanity, shares a 1927 Santa Monica house with Lela Tillem, Citizens' head of sales. The Paris-born Dahan and Tillem have infused the home with vintage French style mixed with kicked-back Californian charm.
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Architect Dan Gallagher's design for his brother, Tim, stands like a series of stacked boxes sheathed in glass, cement board and corrugated metal. It's an homage to the craggy peaks of Mammoth — and a departure from the traditional wood cabins in these mountains.
Who says Regency is over? Morgan Lawley lays out her vision of Hollywood glamor in the most unlikely place: a Craftsman-esque fixer in northeast L.A.
7:49 PM EDT, July 16, 2013
The home of Aida and Vahe Yeghiazarian looks like a concrete fortress from the front: blank, angular and windowless. But the design by Jerrold E. Lomax opens up dramatically in back, with banks of glass looking out to amazing views.
7:03 PM EDT, July 16, 2013
Peter Shire designed and installed the patterned linoleum tile floor of the kitchen of his Echo Park home using only squares. "Cutting curves is a sucker's game," he says. A table of his design is flanked by two versions of his "Oh My Cats" chair made of enameled steel.
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A 2003 Home article followed art gallery owner Laurie Frank as she hosted one of her renowned dinner parties at her Whitley Heights home. Sixteen months later, an electrical fire nearly destroyed the house. Take a peek into the rebuilt residence, filled with handcrafted artistry.