LA Times Round-up

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  • It’s Showtime CA Boom II starts today through Sunday and everyone is welcome, because unlike most trade shows CA Boom was conceived for anyone with an interest in sophisticated design.

  • A market that’s very Vegas World Market Center premieres this week with 1,200 exhibitors and an overload of glitz. Now Vegas has its own Pacific Design Center- a 10-story landmark populated with permanent manufacturer showrooms catering to architects and interior designers.

  • Letting go: such sweet sorrow Playwright Horton Foote spent years collecting American folk art and antiques. Now, even talking about the impending auction of his antiques gives him pause.

  • L.A. dolce vita Milanese designer Francesco Rota’s new dolce vita furniture collection is Italian minimalism with a California kick.

  • TRENDSPOTTING Say aloha to the latest wave in teen design. That’s right, it’s surfer style everywhere.

  • Cactuses galore, but there’s so much more There are over 500 kinds of cactuses and succulents on display and for sale at the annual Los Angeles Cactus and Succulent Society exhibition this weekend.

  • A colossal but happy mistake Mistakenly planted in the 20’s as magnolias, Moreton Bay figs were never meant for a Santa Monica street, but with help, they’ve thrived.

  • The man of the house His daughter’s softball team has made it to the state finals, but taking care of the team while they are in San Diego might be too much to handle.

  • the monthly gardener August is the time to begin plotting for the best planting season of the year. Are you ready?

  • The artful use of light
    In the new book The Very Small Home: Japanese Ideas for Living Well in Limited Space ($29.95) the Japanese ideal of unassuming elegance in finding storage solutions, and calm living.