LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 01.31.09

LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 01.31.09

Abby Stone
Jan 31, 2009

13009-lat01.jpgWhat's your fantasy living space? If we had our druthers, we'd live in a loft in an up and coming neighborhood in some city's downtown. This week's Los Angeles Times Home and Garden section looks at some fantasy homes that have become reality for their owners, from a house in La Canada/Flintridge to a loft in LA's Chinatown to the portfolio of the Obama's interior decorator, Michael S. Smith. More, pics and links, after the jump...

A Ranch House in La Canada/Flintridge is remodeled with warmth and restraint: Attention to detail doesn't have to mean foregoing comfort and livability. Here, a home evokes a midcentury vibe and is filled with beautiful things but is still casual, comfortable and free of ostentation, the ideal mix for many of us.

LOC Architect's Chinatown Remodel: Join two apartments, create an outdoor dining room and plunk it down in the middle of LA's Chinatown and what do you get? A great loft in a great neighborhood that we'd be happy to live in.

Homemade cleaners get the job done This week you learned how to use bread to clean your wallpaper of fingerprints and how to make your own cleaning wipes. Susan Carpenter weighs in on making your own cleaning products and retraining your nose to the new smell of clean.

These aren't your mama's stools: Whether you're having a crowd over for the Superbowl or dinner, extra seating is a necessity. Here are some stylish options.

Michael S. Smith' Houses: A peek inside a new book that details the portfolio of the new White House designer, Santa Monica-based Michael S. Smith and his eclectic sensibility.

When you're cold, curl up in front of these fire screens: Chilly nights demand a fire. Here are some ways to enjoy it without getting burned by flying embers.

[images: Irfan Khan for LAT; Anne Cuscack for LAT; Don Kelsen; Roche Bobois; Rizzoli; Modern Metal Work]

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