There was a lot of rubbernecking at the corner of 39th and Vincent Avenue S. last summer. There, perched high on stilt-like supports, sat the second floor of a quaint cottage-style house. Below it, instead of a main floor, was nothing but air.
An entry hall offers a home its interior curb appeal. And while the front door, foyer dimensions, flooring, furnishings and colors can combine to provide a gracious welcome, the staircase is key in making a statement.
For 15 years, Pixar and DreamWorks have been in an ongoing battle for animated entertainment. It was never like the rivalry of Coke vs. Pepsi - a feud between two ultimately similar types of sugar water - because there's a clear winner in this taste battle every time.
Although Emmy winning actor Jim Parsons is best known for his role as the hyper intelligent, socially-challenged, irrepressible Sheldon Cooper on CBS's "The Big Bang Theory," he will soon be known for playing another misfit. Parsons stars as Oh, a tiny purple creature, in the DreamWorks animation, "Home."
Even if you have never held a paint brush, you can learn to sketch buds and blooms and stalks and stems so you can embrace and enjoy the beauty of the seasons, according to botanical art instructor Linda Miller.
It was love at first sight that day in Brookhaven, Miss., when I came across the grand crinum lily, Crinum asiaticum, I fell in love even though it wasn't blooming. The tree-like structure of the stem or stalk and the large exotic foliage sold me with its texture before I had even experienced the beauty of the white blooms or tantalizing fragrance.
LAS VEGAS - That curated look continues to be a favorite in home furnishings. It's all about developing a space that pulls from various periods, vintage finds and flea markets. To avoid cookie-cutter interiors, buyers are gravitating to things that have meaning or history. At the Las Vegas Market earlier this year, manufacturers showed off their own versions of one-of-a-kinds.
The combination of a feeble script, unnecessary music montages, unlikable characters and so-so animation leave "Home" a close encounter of the dull kind. E.T. would use his call to phone the theater to get his money back.
LOS ANGELES - Todd Segal's tiny 1919 home in the city's Highland Park neighborhood - a 624-square-foot cabin that rests on a 7,500-square-foot hillside lot - was inhabited by squatters when he purchased it five years ago.
Q: Dear Ed, I recently went to purchase a kitchen faucet and to my surprise I did not know what to do. Turns out that with spray head kitchen faucets there are now two types. One was a pull-out style, the other a pull-down style. I did not want to rush into anything, so I thought I would just ask if you can please tell me the differences between these two faucets.
Spring has sprung, and it's time to talk about color. Specifically, green, a color that is often considered pure, crisp and fresh. I simply love using the color green. Why? To sum it up in a single word: versatility. Like a great black dress, the color green can be dressed up or dressed down and can be paired with so many colors. Best of all, there are so many shades and tones of greens to choose from.
Dear Angie: How important is it to repair plaster before repainting? Our ceilings have peeling paint that we're pretty sure was caused by past water damage. Since the water problem is no longer an issue, can we simply repaint the ceilings or should we first repair any underlying plaster damage?
As a second generation native of dry Los Angeles, the plants that stand out in my memory are those that have survived our periodic droughts. Many of these were remnants of earlier eras - first the beloved species of the pueblo's Victorian gardener, then the bungalow era. These homes define my half-century-old memories, those hulking dark wood homes that featured the beautiful craftsmanship and the naturalistic imagery of the art nouveau years.
I am a fabric junkie, and the longer I'm in interior design, the more my addiction to gorgeous textiles grows. As I design spaces for my home and those of friends and customers, I'm always blown away by the power a few yards of fabric has to take a room to new heights and to make it a truly unique expression of the homeowner's personality.
Call us optimists, but we think everyone under the sun can and should have a beautiful home. If you're pinching pennies, there's plenty you can do to create a stylish and inviting home for yourself and your friends. The first step (and this is true no matter where or how you live) is to clean your home and get it organized. Doing those two things alone will drastically improve the quality of your space. Then, on to decorating. With years of budget decorating behind (and in front of!) us, we've amassed a few helpful tips for making house with a slim wallet.