LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 08.15.09

LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 08.15.09

Abby Stone
Aug 15, 2009

081509-hng01.jpgThe Los Angeles Times website has been remodeled! The Home and Garden section will now include a section called "First Look" focusing on lesser known architecture and interior design firms in Southern California which will provide photos and commentary by the designers themselves. First up: FER Studio's remodel of a La Cañada Flintridge house. Also this week: Ryan Brown of "Flipping Out" shows off his redone home and shares tips on where to scrimp and where to save; and, a look at the home of Ron Frank of Frank Bros., the company that furnished the Case Study homes. Links to these stories, and more, on the Los Angeles Times website, after the jump...

First Look: FER Studio's La Cañada remodel: A newly raised ceiling, bifold doors opening to the backyard and and an extended stainless steel counter that doubles as a bar on the other side are some of the features in FER Studio's remodel of George and Patty Garfield's La Cañada home. This home launches the series "First Look" which will let designers comment on their own work.

'Flipping Out's' Ryan Brown settles down in the Hollywood Hills: Though he makes a living flipping homes, Ryan Brown and his partner, Dale Monchamp, were inspired by their young daughter's arrival into their lives to put down roots. The result: a relaxed mix of Hollywood Regency, British Colonial, Asian-accented modernism and nautical charm. Brown shares his tips on where to scrimp and where to save when doing a remodel.

Frank Bros., the store that changed how California was decorated: To furnish the Case Study Homes, program creator John Entenza enlisted a Long Beach furniture company, Frank Bros. The store's archive, recently donated to the Getty Museum, fills out the story of mid-century design; the Frank's home showcases some of its wares.

[images: Jack Coyier; Christine Cotter / LAT; Axel Koester for LAT]

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