LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 01.23.10

LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 01.23.10

Abby Stone
Jan 23, 2010

With all the rain we've had, and more on the way, in the last week or so Los Angeles has felt more like Seattle or London than sunny southern California. The articles that caught our eye in this week's Los Angeles Times Home & Garden section look at the good points and bad points of this unusual weather. Mudslides and broken umbrellas? Bad. Cozy lighting and an appreciation for the unique architecture of Donald Wexler that forms the core of the look of Palm Springs? Good. Links to these articles and more on the Los Angeles Times website, after the jump.

Hillside or hill slide? The right plants can help keep soil stable when big storms roll through: Yes, we need the rain but along with it's benefits are also the fears of mudslides. The right kind of plants can keep your property intact. And, once the rain's subsided, take the opportunity to check around your home and make note of repairs (it's not until it rains that a lot of us realize that our roof has holes)

Raindrops keep falling on my ... eco-friendly umbrella: How often do you see a broken umbrella, lying by the side of the road? Too often unfortunately, and when umbrellas break, they often end up in a landfill (except if it belongs to a reader of ReadyMade Magazine, which had a DIY on morphing a broken umbrella into a magazine rack about a year ago.). Green Home's umbrella, made from recycled plastic and shredded wood is completely compostable. Woah! And no, it won't melt in the rain.

Made in California: Gabriel Abraham's industrial chic Atelier lights: My first reaction when I saw these was how great would these be in my dream loft downtown? They'd be awesome over a bed, lighting up a kitchen counter or shedding light on a desk

Wexler Weekend Event: 'Wexler Weekend' focuses on Palm Springs Modernist architect: Donald Wexler, an architect who helped define the mid-century modern desert look, is the focus of this weekend's Palm Springs Preservation Foundation Wexler weekend.

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