LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 05.23.09

LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 05.23.09

Abby Stone
May 23, 2009

Memorial Day weekend's about throwing the first great party of the summer. This week's Los Angeles Times Home & Garden section offers an article that will help you do that as well as a look at some things that are bound to form the basis of some lively discussions: would you hang out at a park in front of Los Angeles Police Department headquarters?; how have our economic woes affected the pets of owners who can no longer afford them?; and, what offerings from the International Contemporary Furniture Fair would make it into your home? More, and links to the articles on the Los Angeles Times website, after the jump...

Entertaining on the fabulous cheap at Ruth Handel and Lloyd Scott's home Eclectic, colourful and whimsical are the adjectives that describe the lively gatherings and party tricks at Ruth Handel and Lloyd Scott's home. Take a page from their book and let your imagination and love of vintage design lead the way to a memorable night.

Best of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair: This week, we here at Apartment Therapy have been spotlighting some of our favorite finds at this year's ICFF. Today, David A. Keeps of the Los Angeles Times rounds up the items that caught his eye, from a wardrobe made of suitcases by Maarten de Ceulaer to felt offerings by Lene Frantzen.

Many pets are given away amid economic downturn: Our economic woes have a particularly sad face, that of the animals whose owners can no longer afford to keep them. Many are relinquished to shelters; the lucky ones find new homes but only often after a long wait. Here's one such story. This one, of a pit bull named Juliet, has a happy ending. The Los Angeles Times also has a new blog about all things animal in and around Southern California: LA: Unleashed.

An urban jewel for downtown L.A.: Hanging out in front of a police station is something that most of us avoid. However, when the new Los Angeles Police Department unveils its new park, sometime in the next few weeks, that is likely to change. Coinciding with a new Los Angeles ordinace limiting the lawn watering, the green oasis in the middle of gentrifying downtown is a model of water conservation, urban planning and successful civic thinking.

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