| May 8, 2013
| 9:15 AM
When the well-to-do congregation of Ware Parish began planning a new and much bigger church during the early 1700s, they did so with no small ambition.
What the vestry designed - with the help of a now unknown builder - was destined to become one...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 5:05 AM
I am a cheapskate. Frugal is a nicer word, but the truth is I can pinch a penny till Abe gets bruises. So of course I brought my skin-flintiest spirit to my recent renovation of my powder room.
The room had long bugged me, with its outdated vanity,...
| Feb 12, 2011
| 3:44 PM
If your old kitchen needs some upgrades or improvements and you are considering remodeling it, look to the Newport Beach Public Library for helpful books and other materials. This is a major household project, and you may want to seek out some design...
| Apr 3, 2012
What do a homespun picket fence, an archetypal wrap-around porch and layers of frothy molding have in common with a glossy kitchen, a spa-quality bathroom or even the sleek interior of a futuristic space ship?
All would look right in white.
| Apr 3, 2012
| 9:15 PM
This is an open letter to the Newport Beach Planning Commission.
On March 22, my husband and I were among the standing-room-only crowd assembled at City Council Chambers to hear the two agenda items scheduled by the commission for public discussion ("...
| Dec 5, 2011
| 11:48 AM
How to Avoid the Holiday ReGifting Cycle
Don't Over Spend
You can find high-quality and unique gifts at every price point HomeGoods. Each stores has an array of unique and surprising items and designer brands at prices significantly less than...
| Feb 16, 2012
| 1:46 PM
Martyn Lawrence-Bullard left his home in England for Los Angeles 20 years ago, determined to be a movie star.
The acting thing didn't exactly work out. But in one of those delightful turnabouts in life, he is now the interior designer to the stars. Ed...
| Jun 30, 2011
| 5:49 AM
Elaine is a graduate of Yale University and studied at the New York School of Interior Design. She began her design career in the office of architecture and design legend Peter Marino. Elaine is a contributing editor to Better Homes &...
| Jul 22, 2011
| 9:40 AM
Earlier this week, Ocean City's town council selected Louis J. Grasmick Lumber Co. of Baltimore to provide more than 56,000 pieces of yellow pine to rebuild the boardwalk, a contract worth about $600,000.
The town also approved plans to purchase and test...
| Sep 6, 2011
| 4:29 PM
Interior designer Phoebe Howard believes in the power and purpose of Southern-style decorating.
"Southern style is unique because the South is unique," says the designer, based in Jacksonville, Fla.
"Our homes have an important place in our lives. We...
| Sep 30, 2011
| 3:46 PM
A long-neglected mansion on the city's west side has been restored to its 19th-century grandeur so that it can provide a home and hope for homeless women.
Dozens of volunteers have adopted rooms in the 8,000-square-foot Victorian, built in 1893 by the...