The Home staff has culled recommendations from the architects, interior designers and do-it-yourselfers featured in this section to compile this list of resources for anyone planning to remodel, redecorate or otherwise turn his or her home into a work in progress. A sampling of stores and expert advice you might find helpful:


Fashion District in downtown Los Angeles, the vicinity of 9th and Wall streets, for curtain and drapery fabric. for Japanese bedding, including futon covers that can be used as bedspreads.

Restoration Hardware Furniture Outlet in Camarillo, (805) 445-7707, for drawer pulls.

Carter Hardware in Beverly Hills, (310) 657-1940, for bronze door hardware. for curtain rods and rings. for murals and oversize artwork, including licensed reproductions from Victoria & Albert Museum and other British art institutions.

Portola Paints and Glazes in Studio City,, for textural paints and lime washes.

Building materials

Metal Window Corp. in Inglewood,, for aluminum windows.

Hermosa Terrazzo in Hermosa Beach,, for terrazzo flooring installed on-site.

Anderson Plywood in Culver City,, for decorative plywood used to make furniture.

Culver City Industrial Hardware,, for rubber furniture wheels.

Tile, flooring

Linoleum City in Hollywood,, for cork tile.

Orange County Tile in Anaheim,, for Mexican Talavera tile.

West Los Angeles Building Materials,, for stone flooring.

B&W Tile in Gardena,, for affordable floor and wall coverings.