LA Times Home & Garden Roundup

080809-hng01.jpgIf you’re like us, you’re always looking to score a great vintage or secondhand find. If you live in LA, you’re in luck. Today’s the Designer Tag Sale in Venice (everything under $200) and tomorrow’s the Pasadena Rosebowl Flea Market. Plus this week’s Los Angeles Times Home and Garden section is one you’re going to want to save. “Mad Men”‘s Amy Wells goes vintage shopping in Pasadena and shares her list of the best vintage and secondhand shops in LA while David A. Keeps rounds up the best on the web. Want more time shopping (or sunning or pooling) and less time watering? Low-water desert plants are for you; they bloom in a riot of colours too. Links to these stories on the Los Angeles Times website, after the jump…

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“Mad Men” set decorator Amy Wells on the best Pasadena vintage shops: Amy Wells, who creates those “Mad Men” sets we’ve been drooling over since the show first aired, tours her favorite vintage shops near her home in Pasadena. PLUS she shares her list of the best vintage and secondhand shops in Los Angeles. This is a keeper.

The best vintage shopping on the web: Maybe you’re like us, stuck in an office all day, or maybe you just think it’s just too hot to go driving around. In that case, web shopping may be your best bet. David A. Keeps rounds up the best sites on the web beyond Craigslist and Ebay.

The Dry Garden: Late bloomers are tough summer sirens: Low water restrictions aside, who wants to spend their leisure time watering the garden? Not us. We’d rather be pooling or sunning or dining al fresco or napping on the sofa. Emily Green suggests some blooms that produce a colourful show without a lot of water. These are the plants for us.

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