| Feb 19, 2008
Is plastic OK? More and more, the answer is "no." Across Central Florida, consumers are taking small steps to wean themselves from disposable plastic bags. And many companies are trying to encourage it. Grocery and big-box stores now sell durable shopping...
| Feb 21, 2010
An hour outside Manaus, the Amazon's biggest city, the blackened remains of a virgin forest smolder. Chain saws whine. And Jonas Mendes tosses logs, one after another, into his kiln.
"I know it's wrong to cut down the trees," said Mendes, 48, sweat...
| Mar 6, 2010
It can be a bit delicate to ask a furniture shopper: "Oh, sir, um, maybe, ah, you'd like to see something a bit, hmmm, sturdier?"
We are, as a people, as a sitting-in-chairs public, big. Bigger than we ought to be, health authorities frequently tell us....
| Mar 5, 2010
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Finding a whimsical vintage lamp at a flea market can be great, but what if it doesn't have a shade? You might top off your find with something off-the-rack. (Yawn.) You could have one made. (But how much does that cost?) Or you could go the DIY route and...
| 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...
| Aug 21, 2010
In the last 10 years, Bob Ramirez estimates that he has poured about $500,000 into the construction of his home and grounds. Decorating it, however, was far less costly. Here are some of the clever ideas and affordable resources used to create a...
| Aug 15, 2009
As a professional designer and house-flipper, Ryan Brown knows how to increase the beauty and value of a house. But what does a flipper do differently when he's designing a permanent residence for himself? Here's how Brown splurged and scrimped:...
| Nov 7, 2009
Though he is still crawling, 9-month-old Thurston Conder takes about 10 seconds to have the run of the house. It's not that he's exceptionally fast; he just doesn't have that far to roam. Thurston shares 380 square feet with his mom and dad, Kelly Breslin...
| 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...
| 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...
| Oct 24, 2009
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...