Courts with a new spark - The courtyard apartment, an LA specialty, is coming back into vogue. Can you say "Melrose Place"?
A record of the everyday - The Katrina disaster has put historians in dispare. The massive loss of artifacts of identity, history and culture of the region are gone forever. The website at www.heritagepreservation.org offers the public information on protecting, restoring and salvaging documents and other artifacts from damage and disasters.
Walking in her footpaths - Lovely piece on the charming, 95 year old Landscape designer Ruth Shellhorn, who helped shape Disneyland among other outdoor LA sites.
A house inspired - House Beautiful magazine's third annual Celebrity Showhouse with celeb designers like Tobey Maguire and Dakota Fanning helping out is open through Oct. 16 at 12805 N. Bristol Circle, Los Angeles. Admission, $25.(800) 525-6789.
Sold on L.A.'s decorative past - Bonhams & Butterfields first L.A. auction of 20th century furniture and decorative arts. Public previews, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Monday; auction 6 p.m. Monday. 7601 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles; (323) 850-7500; //www.butterfields.com .
His work breaks the molding - Los Angeles photographer John Elder recently launched "Between 4th and 5th," a show of architectural salvage fabrications on the exterior of the custom clothier Matrushka Construction in Silver Lake., 4281 Fountain Ave.(323) 665-4513.