During challenging economic times, escaping into a bit of fantasy is a fail safe coping mechanism. Many of us went all out last night; this morning, over at the LA Times Home & Garden section, the dreaming continues. The feature story on the Greystone Mansion Show House kicks it off. Unlike other years, where it's been a dijointed series of rooms, this year, presenter Veranda Magazine asked the designers to make it feel like a real home, albeit one that Jay Gatsby would have felt at home in, where rooms are furnished with the best in design, by the best in design. Links, pics and more, after the jump...
Greystone Show House 2008: Unlike other years, in which the rooms felt like a series of "over the top visual stunts," this year's Greystone Mansion Show House feels like a cohensive home, although one designed for a wealthy homeowner with meticulous taste by 28 of the top interior designers. Admission is $30 and the home is open through November 16th.
Solar Power Incentives Make It Easier to Switch: Dreaming about cutting costs starting with your energy bills and going green at the same time? Maybe it's time to make it a reality. For homeowners considering going solar, the Wall Street bailout includes a nice little something for them: an extension of a homeowners tax credit for homeowners that install solar power through 2016. The old $2,000 cap will be replaced with the dollar amount equal to 30% of the cost of the system. Susan Carpenter, who we last encountered when she installed a gray water system on her own, weighs the pros and cons.
On L.A.'s Clara Street, working-class dreams met an anti-minority mind-set in the 1920s: The small house on Clara Street, now Vignes, was witness to the changing history of Los Angeles, from its beginnings as a starter home to its later life as the part of the epicenter of the plague that devastated Los Angeles in 1924.
[images: Gary Friedman for LA Times; Gary Friedman for LA Times; Jesse Bornstein Architecture; all other images via LA Times]