| 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 1, 2007
As a cultural icon, Wonder Bread has always been pretty tiresome. Occupying that dismal, overhyped semiotic space between authentic Americana and ironic pop artifact, its one of those products (see also Spam and Pez) that's been usurped by its own...
| 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...
| 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....
| 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...
| Sep 13, 2008
AS ANGELO SURMELIS knows all too well, no matter how splendidly you've decorated the rest of your house, guests always end up in the kitchen.
That was a problem for Surmelis (pronounced sir-meh-LEASE), host of Home and Garden Television's "Rate My Space"...
| 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,...
| Apr 13, 2009
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Jennifer Braxton of IKEA gives Better Philly's Joey Fortman some tips on how to stay relaxed and stress free for the holidays while entertaining guests. Jennifer Braxton's tips include planning early, saying "yes" to help, choosing food items that...
| 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...