LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 05.16.09

LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 05.16.09

Abby Stone
May 16, 2009

We here at Apartment Therapy know full well that sacrificing space doesn't mean sacrificing style. "Tiny Houses," a new book by Mimi Ziegler, is one of the featured stories in this week's Los Angeles Times Home and Garden section and, while her premise may be unfamiliar to many in a city where bigger has always meant better, it's no surprise to readers of this blog. Small homes can mean sacrifice though and it seems like the piano, whether homes are small or not, is one fixture of American homes that seems to be disappearing. See links to these stories and more on the Los Angeles Times website, after the jump...

The piano's status in U.S. living rooms is declining: Once symbol of culture and status, as well as of a love of music, pianos are being seen less and less frequently in American homes as video games and other forms of entertainment take center stage.

Modern Place in Historic Lincoln Heights: In Lincoln Heights, one of Los Angeles's oldest neighborhoods, two modern houses sit incongrously side by side, rising from neighborhood of squat bungalows. Built by brothers Hardy and Kevin Wronske, founders of the L.A.-based Heyday Partnership, they're modern in all senses of the word, especially if one of those words is affordable. "There's a lot of people who obviously have an eye and taste for good design but not the income to buy a custom home on the Westside," says Kevin.

"Tiny Houses": Mimi Ziegler's new book, "Tiny Houses," comes out at the perfect time. The movement towards green living as well as economic challenges make the trend towards downsizing -- living with less -- increasingly appealing. We love that although none of the homes in her book are over 1,000 square feet, they belie the notion readers of Apartment Therapy know so well: living small does not mean sacrificing style.

Annette Wiley: Tract house made modern: Architect Annette Wiley remodeled her 1950s tract home using environmentally friendly materials and practices and a contemporary eye. Check out the slideshow and see the warm and modern result for yourself.

[images: John Vandewege for LAT; Laurence K. Ho for LAT; Tim Bies; Christine Cotter for LAT]

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