April showers bring May flowers though, if today's weather is any indication of what this month will be like, that honour may now go to February, a month that's short on days and long on the optimism that its central holiday evokes. Perhaps that's why the articles that caught our eye in this week's Los Angeles Times Home & Garden section are the blog version of old flames, we're curious to hear how things have turned out. There's a look at the blog Unhappy Hipsters; an update on the car in the living room; a closer look at Upward Bound and a metallic version of the loopy chair. Links to these stories and more, after the jump.
Critic's Notebook: Christopher Hawthorne on Unhappy Hipsters and the mystery behind it: If you've ever looked at the studied interior stylings of a home in Dwell and thought, "Nice, but who actually lives there?" then Unhappy Hipsters is your prayers answered. The interiors are drool-worthy but it's the droll captions that captivate us. But who picks the pictures and writes what the rest of us dare not say? It's a mystery.
Garage-mahal, Chapter 2: The neighbors strike back: It may be a particularly Los Angeles phenomenon to see a car as something more than just a way to get from here to there but as art (something that, as a New Yorker, I'm still a little bit baffled by), something worthy of being displayed in, say, a museum or your living room. It's not the car in the living room that's the problem, it's the moving it in and out that has made the neighbors car-azy.
L.A. interior designers pay it forward at new Upward Bound homeless shelter: This new temporary shelter in Culver City is proof that the Apartment Therapy credo, "saving the world, one room at a time," is true. Our surroundings influence our well-being and our life. Spearheaded by occasional Apartment Therapy contributor, Vanessa de Vargas, this project promises to transform the lives of the families who'll get to live their while making the transition to new and better lives. Read Vanessa's interview with one of the designers, Nadia Geller, here.
Frances Elkins' classic loop chair moves outdoors: When the loop chair appeared on the cover of Domino a few years back, it caused a slew of inquiries. Now the design's been interpreted in metal, perfect for outdoors.