| Apr 18, 2009
Consumers may be passing on cars and couches, but solar lighting is burning bright. When IKEA recently rolled out its new products for summer, the collection included eight sun-powered lanterns, globes and light chains for the garden. Those designs have...
| Apr 25, 2009
Here at Upward Bound House, extreme makeovers are happening every month -- just without Ty Pennington, the cameras or the network TV budget.
The Santa Monica nonprofit, which provides housing for homeless families with children, offers an unusual...
| Dec 13, 2008
We are wealthy with hamsters. Some families have no hamsters at all (which must leave a real hole in your heart). We have nine hamsters. Let me explain.
As luck would have it, there is some sort of Cone of Fertility that hangs over our little home. Here,...
| Jan 4, 2009
Such a simple and utilitarian item, a bookcase. Why, then, is it so challenging to find the perfect one? We approached two local furniture experts for a good read on what makes the best bookcase.
1Make it strong. Whether you're buying a traditional...
| Jan 31, 2009
As architects with more than a passing interest in urban planning, Ali Jeevanjee and Poonam Sharma were thrilled to move to Chinatown, where the mix of residential and retail development in close proximity to public transit makes for a vibrant,...
| Feb 4, 2009
It might seem that there is little as unlikely as a Scandinavian restaurant in Southern California, but for many years one of L.A.'s most celebrated spots was Scandia on Sunset Boulevard. It had closed by the time I came to town, but Gustaf Anders was...
| Aug 15, 2008
California lost a tremendous opportunity last week when AB 2058 was quietly shelved in a state Senate committee. The bill would promote the use of reusable bags by placing a 25-cent fee on each plastic and paper bag consumers use at stores. Such a fee...
| Aug 23, 2008
ALTHOUGH Brooke Anderson was brought up in a modern milieu, she credits her famous "Grams," actress Gloria Swanson, for imbuing her with a love for the traditional. As a young woman, Anderson frequently visited her grandmother's stylish apartment on Fifth...
| Sep 7, 2008
During his nearly 10-year stretch on " Saturday Night Live," Kevin Nealon created a recurring character known as Subliminal Man. Nowadays, the 54-year-old is probably better known as Doug Wilson, the pot-smoking embezzler on "Weeds" whose creatively...
| Sep 13, 2008
AS ANGELO SURMELIS knows all too well, no matter how splendidly you've decorated the rest of your house, guests always end up in the kitchen.
That was a problem for Surmelis (pronounced sir-meh-LEASE), host of Home and Garden Television's "Rate My Space"...
| Sep 13, 2008
Project: Kitchen remodel
Duration: 3 weeks
Cost: $20,000 (approximately)
Designer: Angelo Surmelis
Construction oversight: Kris Quinn, owner of Kohlman Quinn, Los Angeles, (213) 413-9900
Cabinets, stove vent, sink, faucet: IKEA, www....
| Sep 20, 2008
SO HERE I AM,O HERE I AM, in my 17th season of AYSO, the Joe Paterno of youth soccer. I am like one of those guys who marries the same woman three times, not realizing my mistake, thinking this go-around will somehow be different. "Do you, Coach, take...