Who's ready for a clambake? True this is hardly the Hamptons, but summer sun and holiday weekends make me nostalgic for that classic East Coast tradition, regardless of the fact that I've never actually been to one.

Back in my college years, a day in nearby Pasadena was usually spent exclusively in Old Town, perusing the sales racks at Urban Outfitters and stopping off for a bite at the Cheesecake Factory before heading home. My, how times–and my taste–have changed.

Nearly 20 years ago, Mary Robinson and Tim Flato and their three young children moved into a 1904 Craftsman on a tree-lined street in Piedmont. It had a gigantic kitchen with an island perfect for serving hurried breakfasts and a grassy, fenced-in backyard where the kids could run wild.

Like many natives of the East Coast, Sharon Portnoy had fantasies about California living based on images of postwar homes by the likes of Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler and Gregory Ain.

For nearly six years, Helena and Bill Wheeler lived in architectural denial.

New York’s annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair never fails to delight, with furnishings from California designers that stood out among the world’s best. By Lydia Lee   SHAPE SHIFTING

I remember, very vividly, being completely blown away by my courses in Western Civilization. 

Chevron, zigzag, whatever you call the pattern, it's been quite the decorating trend over the past year. But while the high-contrast, high impact style is the best kind of graphic good, you've got to use it somewhat sparingly to avoid causing a seizure.

It's been over two months since an explosion occurred on oil rig Deepwater Horizon, and still gushes of crude continue to leak into the Gulf of Mexico as a result.

Innovation, technology and designers come together to create some seriously stunning results.


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