| 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...
| Feb 3, 2008
They came wearing duck-shaped hats. They blew whistles that quacked. And they lined the New River downtown Saturday to cheer on their favorite rubber ducks to the finish line.
A truck dumped 20,000 toy ducks into the river during the second annual Duck...
| Jul 6, 2010
From souvenirs at the theme parks or amazing discounts at the outlets, to picturesque Park Avenue, Central Florida stores offer something for everyone. Whether you visit Downtown Disney for the day or spend an afternoon at the Florida Mall, you can't go...
| 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...
| Nov 21, 2009
Angela Williams sat in a coral-colored accent chair in the living room of a model home at Staghorn Villas, a 58-unit townhouse community being developed by Habitat Orlando off Silver Star Road.
"This is a beautiful place to be," said Williams, 43, a...
| Dec 2, 2009
I'm a bit of a Grinch. When Halloween rolls around, I turn off the porch light and close the curtains. Each Thanksgiving, I give thanks that I have a friend who hosts the holiday dinner so I don't have to. And I own an artificial Christmas tree with...
| Jan 16, 2010
As 5-year-old Ever Trattner pushes her scooter back and forth across the deck of her family's Venice home, she reminds her father of the path that landed them in this house, not far from Abbot Kinney Boulevard. It's a familiar L.A. story: Scott Trattner's...
| Jan 24, 2010
John Fogarty is the youngest and -- at 6 feet tall -- the shortest of three brothers. He is also my husband. The first night we met, some 4 1/2 years ago, he was wearing a gorgeous wool houndstooth sport coat. Except the coat was two sizes too big, a...
| Jul 9, 2009
Dora the Explorer can undergo all the makeovers she wants--that Dora comforter is still getting chucked faster than last year's gym shoes when Hannah Montana comes calling.
And therein lies the quandary for parents trying to decorate their kids' rooms in...