September 27, 2012

A Man Ahead of His Time

The Design of Kalef Alaton

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On Wednesday we featured the gorgeous little compound at Eight Eighty Two Doheny Drive. Today we're going to finish what we started. We're going to talk about the compound's previous tenant: Famous interior designer Kalef Alaton. Kalef Alaton was a Turkish-born interior designer who studied painting and sculpture in Paris before moving to Los Angeles and setting his eyes on interior design. By the time he died of AIDS in 1989 at ... Read More


September 18, 2012

Making the Maximum of Minimal

The Incredible Work of Juan Montoya

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A cool thing happened to us the other day: We backed into learning about a designer through real estate. It went something like this: We were perusing New York listings and kept getting caught up on a gorgeous Upper East Side pad in a Pre-War co-op building. Through the broker's description - which, incidentally, was pointed out on Curbed as being one of the best descriptions they've seen as of late - we learned the ... Read More


August 30, 2012

Alex's Style Pick: Floors That Pop

12 Great Examples of Patterned Flooring

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One of my favorite trends for fall is prints and patterns. They've been on the runway and in the home ... in the form of chevrons, stripes, flowers, butterflies, diamonds, and everything in between. I admittedly have a hard time wearing this trend. (Why does it look good on Jessica Alba, but not on me? That was a rhetorical question, by the way.) But patterns in the home are one of my favorite styles and ... Read More


August 15, 2012

Trend: Open Shelving in Your Kitchen

Showing Off Your "Unmentionables"

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The trend began small – with hanging pot racks and glass cabinetry. Now open kitchen shelving is ubiquitous. Ceramics, kitchen tools, cookbooks, and utensils are exposed for all the world to see. Yet, like many trends, this one seems difficult to achieve at home. While we see open shelves in magazines, blogs, and Pinterest pages, we seldom see open shelving in real life kitchens. We searched the internet and came up with a few of our ... Read More


July 23, 2012

Alex's Style Pick: LIght Wood Floors

Going Against the Grain

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I'm seriously going against the grain with today's style pick (sorry, terrible pun) and I have a strong feeling I'm going to have some readers who are going to disagree with me on this one. I'll admit: I'm a light wood floor kinda girl. Now, before you unsubscribe - Don't! We need all the subscribers we can get - I'll explain further. While I really love the look of hardwood ... Read More


March 20, 2012

Extinguish the Flame

Induction Cooktops

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Blame it on the Food Network. We watched expert chefs adjust their gas stoves millimeters at a time, leading us to believe that such heat precision was necessary even if our own gourmet was defined as Kraft Deluxe Macaroni and Cheese instead of that tricky risotto Giada was cooking. What came next? Hours of grueling burner cleanup. Induction cooktops are changing all that. Remember the flat cooktops that were popular in the ‘80s? The ones ... Read More


March 18, 2012

Colored Kitchen Cabinetry

Kitchen Cabinets: From DIY to Lux

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We’re going to offend quite a few of our readers here, but we’re going to take the leap because we tend to be brutally honest: We’re tired of white kitchens. Sure, some of it could be the result of the fact that we’ve been a little color-happy lately. As we’ve mentioned in a bunch of recent articles, color’s everywhere. We’re seeing it on the runway, the streets of ... Read More


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