LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 02.13.10

LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 02.13.10

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Abby Stone
Feb 13, 2010

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day so love is in the air. Let's talk about some things we love in week's Los Angeles Times Home & Garden section. There's a tour of the Toy Factory lofts where we would love to live (especially as it's around the corner from a bar we love and across the street from a restaurant we love); even though we think there are better way to show your love to someone, green flowers are nice any time of the year; we love those leather-strapped mirrors, even more when they're at a lower price point; and, we love knowing we're not alone when it comes to our slovenly filing habits. Links to these stories, and more, after the jump.

Inside the Toy Factory: Four lofts, four looks: We've shared our desire to live in a loft downtown before; that desire continues unabated with a look inside the Toy Factory lofts, only made more enticing being as they're around the corner from a great bar (Tony's) and across the street from a great restaurant (Church & State).

Organic flowers for Valentine's Day? Why some shoppers are buying green instead of red this year: Of the 187 million roses that are produced for Valentine's Day, only a very small percentage of them are sustainably or organically grown; fewer are locally sourced. Here are some tips on how to keep your flower giving green.

The Look for Less: Leather-strapped mirrors for the cash-strapped: We love those leather-strapped mirrors; we don't love the price ($1800). Here are some versions for less. (We'd also happily spotlight anyone who can come up with a stable DIY)

The Recyclist: Where did all this paper come from, and what is it doing in my house? If most of us were not overwhelmed by paper, one of us would not have a job. Rene Lynch confesses her fears about going paperless and the problems with managing all those passwords.

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