| 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...
| 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....
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...
| May 27, 2007
Kellie Lim knows all too well what it is like to be a very sick child.
Struck with a ravaging bacterial infection that destroys limbs, she became a triple amputee at age 8 and soon faced a life of prosthetics, wheelchairs and often-painful...
| May 8, 2008
A coalition of environmental groups and a developer have agreed on a landmark plan to conserve 90% of the largest chunk of privately owned wilderness remaining in Southern California.
The agreement ends years of debate over the fate of an untrammeled...
| Oct 25, 2008
There are certain roles in Hollywood that, once cast, simply stick like glue.
Sean Connery will always be James Bond. Anthony Hopkins will always be Hannibal Lecter. And Melissa Joan Hart will always be Sabrina the Teenage Witch, no matter how many...
| Sep 20, 2008
LOUNGING ON a chaise beneath a Balinese umbrella in the backyard of Edward Sorano and Scott Ellis, you can imagine yourself on vacation at a tropical resort. Surrounded by tiki torches, Indonesian fabrics, gurgling fountains and tropical plants, you half-...
| 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...