| Aug 15, 2008
California lost a tremendous opportunity last week when AB 2058 was quietly shelved in a state Senate committee. The bill would promote the use of reusable bags by placing a 25-cent fee on each plastic and paper bag consumers use at stores. Such a fee...
| 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...
| 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...
| Nov 8, 2008
Since reestablishing residence in his native Southern California in 2006, novelist and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis hasn't exactly gone hungry for dinner invitations. Yet on many a weekend night, the 44-year-old creator of such provocative bestsellers...
| Jan 31, 2009
As architects with more than a passing interest in urban planning, Ali Jeevanjee and Poonam Sharma were thrilled to move to Chinatown, where the mix of residential and retail development in close proximity to public transit makes for a vibrant,...
| 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...
| Dec 13, 2008
We are wealthy with hamsters. Some families have no hamsters at all (which must leave a real hole in your heart). We have nine hamsters. Let me explain.
As luck would have it, there is some sort of Cone of Fertility that hangs over our little home. Here,...
| Feb 4, 2009
It might seem that there is little as unlikely as a Scandinavian restaurant in Southern California, but for many years one of L.A.'s most celebrated spots was Scandia on Sunset Boulevard. It had closed by the time I came to town, but Gustaf Anders was...
| Sep 20, 2008
SO HERE I AM,O HERE I AM, in my 17th season of AYSO, the Joe Paterno of youth soccer. I am like one of those guys who marries the same woman three times, not realizing my mistake, thinking this go-around will somehow be different. "Do you, Coach, take...
| Aug 2, 2008
In this new occasional feature, Home challenges Southern California artists and designers to have some fun tranforming inexpensive, mass-market pieces.
MOST shoppers look at IKEA's Värde shelf and see a $39.99 wall-mounted unit made of wood. Rebecca...
| Sep 13, 2008
Project: Kitchen remodel
Duration: 3 weeks
Cost: $20,000 (approximately)
Designer: Angelo Surmelis
Construction oversight: Kris Quinn, owner of Kohlman Quinn, Los Angeles, (213) 413-9900
Cabinets, stove vent, sink, faucet: IKEA, www....