Pre-historic time meets western kitsch at California Cactus Ranch in Reseda

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BY ELLEN S. PRESSMAN It took years and a life-threatening illness before I could convince my husband, who is an architect, to redo our backyard.  When it finally took shape, I got more than I bargained for. He created a most beautiful oasis and … [Read more...]

Sherman Oaks’ Garden reinvents itself anew as Aum & Garden

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BY AMANDA TRAXLER Jerome Rogowski, owner of Aum & Garden, wants his diehard garden-aficionado clients to rest assured. The Sherman Oaks store’s name change (previously just Garden—the exterior signage will change in a few weeks), does not … [Read more...]

Interior Design: Refreshing your home in these economic times

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Look around an attic, basement or garage to find new treasures for your home.

BY CATHERINE MONROE  There is no denying that times are changing and the economical climate has forced all of us to reassess our priorities. As an Interior Designer, I have been thinking of new ways to apply old rules about decorating.  For … [Read more...]

Home & Garden:Raindrops on Roses, Whiskers on Kittens

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BY CATHERINE MONROE For this column, I decided to  do something a little different and list some of my favorite things that have to do with Home & Garden. I encourage you to do the same.  It's fun, while at the same time, thoughtful, because … [Read more...]

Interior Design: Onyx and Granite and Marble…. Oh My!

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BY CATHERINE MONROE If you are renovating your kitchen or bathroom, one of the most important choices that you have to make is picking out tile and stone. Lucky for Valley residents, there are plenty of local stone yards with some of the most … [Read more...]

Interior Design: The Gift of Giving in a tough economy

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BY CATHERINE MONROE Part of creating a beautiful home that is warm and welcoming, is giving a little bit of it away from time to time.  And, in a tough economy, there are plenty of ways to show that you care, other than breaking the bank on a … [Read more...]

Home Design: Style and Inspiration

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BY CATHERINE MONROE I have been doing residential interior design for about 15 years and I get asked the same question over and over "what is your style?"  I have come up with many different answers for this question over the years.  But, there … [Read more...]

Interior Design: Collectibles and Treasures

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BY CATHERINE MONROE For many years, I've had a collection of Eiffel Towers.  I've picked them up over time from flea markets, Ebay, American Rag on La Brea and Antik on Ventura Boulevard.  I love how they look spread out on my book shelf and … [Read more...]

Home Design: Taking the fear out of wallpaper and paint

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BY CATHERINE MONROE Sometimes it can be overwhelming to redecorate your house, simply because your choices feel so permanent. Most of us don't have the luxury of redecorating every few years, so a wallpaper choice, for example can seem so … [Read more...]

Interior design with the enemy in mind

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BY CATHERINE MONROE When it comes to Interior Design, it can often seem that there are many sticky fingered, drooling and shedding monsters that crawl and run around our homes and ruin or break all our things.  These "monsters" are the loves of our … [Read more...]