The crafty, do-it-yourself, homemade and maverick spirit that was the focus of last week's Los Angeles Times Home & Garden section, continues this week. There are round-up of selections from the best of LA's crafters to give as gifts if you don't have the time or patience to do it yourself, a round-up of folding chairs to accommodate those extra guests at this year's holiday dinner, a driveway to welcome your guests composed of a hodge-podge of paving stones and a look at a small bungalow in Venice that gives the illusion of a space that's big enough to hold those last minute stragglers.
A virtual crafts fair: Recapping our 29 favorite handmade gifts from L.A. artisans: For the past few weeks, the LA Times has been spotlighting the best local craftsmen (and women). Today they round it all up.
10 folding chairs to seat party guests in style: Invited more people than you have seating for? Don't fret, just pull out a folding chair. Here are ten that will make you forget about the clanking uncomfortable objects of your memory.
Home Tour: Traditional cottage with fresh interior: Think Venice and what comes to mind? Doorways filled with hanging beads, incense burners on the table and a plethora of Indian cotton bedspreads? Jennifer and David Ritch's renovated 1906 Venice cottage is an example of the new Venice, a sleek, modern though still small space (after all, this is Venice!) that's inspiration for anyone living within a tiny footprint.
Playful -- and permeable -- paving patterns: Taking something ugly and turning it into something aesthetically pleasing. Repurposing old materials into something new and beautiful. These are two qualities that are sure fire means to capture our attention put into action here by Steve Gerischer who turned a plain dirt and gravel driveway into a beautiful welcoming pathway with the help of a pile of rubble and a lot of imagination.
:[image: Vase by Jocelyn Webb Pederson; Bon Chair by Philippe Starck, Unica Home; Ritch home by Ken Hively / LAT, Debra Prinzing]