LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 02.13.10

LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 02.13.10

Abby Stone
Feb 13, 2010

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day so love is in the air. Let's talk about some things we love in week's Los Angeles Times Home & Garden section. There's a tour of the Toy Factory lofts where we would love to live (especially as it's around the corner from a bar we love and across the street from a restaurant we love); even though we think there are better way to show your love to someone, green flowers are nice any time of the year; we love those leather-strapped mirrors, even more when they're at a lower price point; and, we love knowing we're not alone when it comes to our slovenly filing habits. Links to these stories, and more, after the jump.

Inside the Toy Factory: Four lofts, four looks: We've shared our desire to live in a loft downtown before; that desire continues unabated with a look inside the Toy Factory lofts, only made more enticing being as they're around the corner from a great bar (Tony's) and across the street from a great restaurant (Church & State).

Organic flowers for Valentine's Day? Why some shoppers are buying green instead of red this year: Of the 187 million roses that are produced for Valentine's Day, only a very small percentage of them are sustainably or organically grown; fewer are locally sourced. Here are some tips on how to keep your flower giving green.

The Look for Less: Leather-strapped mirrors for the cash-strapped: We love those leather-strapped mirrors; we don't love the price ($1800). Here are some versions for less. (We'd also happily spotlight anyone who can come up with a stable DIY)

The Recyclist: Where did all this paper come from, and what is it doing in my house? If most of us were not overwhelmed by paper, one of us would not have a job. Rene Lynch confesses her fears about going paperless and the problems with managing all those passwords.

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