LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 09.5.09

LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 09.5.09

Abby Stone
Sep 5, 2009

090509-hng01.jpgHere in Los Angeles, even if you're not in the film business, you often find your life touched by it, if only by its encouragement to "live your dream," as my friend Z puts it. This week's Los Angeles Times Home & Garden section takes a look at three homes whose owners are doing just that: a Beachwood Canyon home that was the setting of the film Double Indemnity; a Lincoln Heights home that recreates its homeowner's dream of idyllic country living minutes from downtown; and, the outdoor dining space and party that celebrated the recent release of the documentary, The September Issue. Links to these stories on the Los Angeles Times website, after the jump...

Mae Brunken's Beachwood Canyon Home in the Hollywood Hills: Mae Brunken found her dream home with a past when she purchased this house that was the setting for the film, Double Indemnity. Renovating and decorating the house, she channeled a glamourous movie star of the 30s and 40s, fusing Art Deco and Spanish, modern and playful together for a house that is as thrilling and mesmerizing as the movie it once starred in.

Skyfarm: A Lincoln Heights family brings country living to the city A vegetable garden, chicken coops, a bee farm...you'd never guess that this idyllic house, dubbed Skyfarm by its owners and just outside Los Angeles' bustling downtown scene, was once so uninhabitable that the inspector who came to look at it assumed it was a tear-down. Six years later, it's a "decompression chamber" from the chaos of city living.

A homegrown premiere: Celebrating 'The September Issue' release at the director's house: The director R.J. Cutler invites friends to celebrate the release of The September Issue, his new documentary, at his home in the Hollywood Hills where he shows off his new outdoor dining room.

[images: Ricardo DeAratanha / LAT; Lawrence K. Ho / LAT; Ringo H.W. Chiu / LAT]

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