We don't know why, it could be the fact that our half-birthday's coming up, making us hyper-aware, but for some reason the running theme we're recognizing in this week's Los Angeles Times Home & Garden section is age. There's an article on a solution to the ever-frustrating moth issue; a look at an IPhone app that instantly ages your photographs; a profile of a craftsman who reweaves and restores old rugs; and, a musing from The Recyclist on how to handle the issue of old coffee filters. Links to these stories and more, after the jump.
Moths trashing your closet? Simple tricks to end the carnage: Last week I took out a sweater I hadn't worn in a while but, when I slipped it over my head, I noticed that it was full of holes. The moth issue is a never ending battle in my closet; we who fight in this weary army are always looking for new solutions. Here, some suggestions.
Hipstamatic iPhone app: Retro-garden photography: We love going through our parent's old photos; the faded images speak to an easier, gentler, magical time with their soft colours and vibrant shafts of light. Now you can recreate this look with an app for your IPhone's camera.
Torn? Unraveled? Sun faded? Emergencies are no problem for Ko 'Z' Craft's rug doctor: The rug in the home of a friend is a beautiful antique Heriz; it makes us nostalgic for the one in the house we grew up in, though that one, regrettably, fell to pieces. If only my parents had know about Hratch Kozibeyokian, the rug doctor, it would still be gracing the living room. A profile of Kozibeyokian, his work and his tips for extending the life of your rug.
The Recyclist: It's not that much of a grind: Oh recycling. We long for a time when everything is recyclable. In the meantime, we do what we can. In the past few years we've swapped out plastic bottle of water for aluminum Sigg bottles, plastic Tupperware for glass refrigerator containers from Ikea and paper grocery bags for portable bags from Baggu. Now it's time to rethink your coffee filter.