| 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The room had long bugged me, with its outdated vanity,...
| 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...
| 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 ("...
| 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...
| 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 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...
| Oct 6, 2011
| 6:18 PM
Tired of your digs? Don’t move house just yet. With a few new items, you can spruce up your current space without hiring decorators, gutting your home or sacrificing your savings account.
LET THE LIGHT IN
A room can feel dramatically different...
| Sep 18, 2011
In September 1945, under a pall of ocher smog and summer heat, Los Angeles entered the postwar world. The city then was bigger, wealthier and more diverse than ever. Its established people — mostly past middle age and conservative, a few who were...
| Oct 28, 2011
| 9:51 AM
Ranking up there with other huge, irreversible life decisions — What should I major in? Is this Mr. Right? Should I get a tattoo? — is this critical question: Which dishes should I get?
"You have to care," says Shax Riegler, author of "Dish:...