| 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 8, 2009
| 11:48 AM
Backyard Party Tips
Top 10 Tips for A Successful Summer Bash
#1 - Cheap is Chic
Don't spend a lot of $! Especially on things you're going to throw away; i.e. disposable dinnerware, decorations, expensive food, etc. Make sure you have good themed items,...
| 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...
| Jul 17, 2009
| 8:04 AM
Hipster heartbreak might leave you hollow
500 Days of Summer is an over the top, tragic, moderately terrific, and modern love tale. Yeah, it's a love story and if you were expecting something different
oops. Summer is the "new" love story, the one...
| Jul 27, 2009
Already, a nimbus of legend surrounds the story: In late 2004, Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson delivered to his publisher three finished manuscripts -- the opening salvos in a rumored 10-part suspense narrative. Like a latter-day Sjöwall-Wahlöö, the...
| Jul 31, 2009
Here's a romantic comedy that remembers that the best romances have a touch of the bittersweet. That's the happy accident happily titled (500) Days of Summer.
How happy? This pairing of Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Lookout) and the quirky Zooey Deschanel...
| Aug 14, 2009
| 7:57 AM
College Dorm Decorating
Where to buy:
Furniture and accessories From IKEA
Cork from the www.Corkstore.com
Stencil Plastic from Pearl Art Supply's
Buy multifunctional furniture
Consider sze and scale of furniture
| 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:...
| Aug 21, 2009
Robert Rodriguez channels his inner 11-year-old with Shorts, a childish but fun wish fulfillment-fantasy for kids that's equal parts boogers, big messages and product placement.
It's a connected collection of "shorts" -- short films about kids (and...