LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 11.14.09

LA Times Home & Garden Roundup 11.14.09

Abby Stone
Nov 14, 2009

Those of us who blog for Apartment Therapy often find ourselves on the receiving end of the question "How do you come up with stuff to write about every day?" Our inspiration comes from our readers, our homes or something we've experienced. Usually it's in response to a problem that has to be solved or an obstacle that has to be overcome. The articles that caught our attention in this week's Los Angeles Times Home & Garden section look at various kinds of inspiration: a Brentwood restaurant's design, a landscape designer's home garden, a family that lives in 380 square feet and a concrete patio.

Restaurant design inspiration: Rippou-Tai wall at Sugarfish: When he tackled the design of his second branch of the sushi restaurant Sugarfish, brand designer Clement Mok knew that he wanted to something different that the decor of the Marina Del Rey branch that customers had compared to Pinkberry. The undulating wall, which resembles the scales of the fish that are the foundation of the restaurant's cuisine, is composed of thousands of 3x3 cubes of Douglas Fir.

Landscape designers' home garden is a laboratory (and that retriever is one of the guinea pigs): Anything goes in the garden of landscape designer's Annemarie and Matthew Hall -- culvert pipes, artificial turf, re-purposed horse troughs. "Good design doesn't have to be expensive," Annemarie said. "It can be budget-conscious and just as creative."

Mom, dad, baby live happily in 380 square feet: As we here at Apartment Therapy champion every day, fine living can happen as well in a small space as in a large. Kelly Breslin, Ryan Condor and their 9 month old son share their secret to doing it successfully in a home in Echo Park that's comes in at 380 square feet (practically palatial when you compare it to the space Maxwell, Sarah-Kate and Ursula used to share!)

Concrete jungle? Slice it up and make it green: Instead of breaking up a patio or concrete driveway into jagged pieces to use in landscaping a garden, why not approach the problem with a power saw and create a fountain? Landscape designer Stephanie Barton shares her step-by-step instructions for this project and other ways to attack a concrete yard.

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