Artfully building a hillside house: Inspiration

For many, the idea of a dream home is one perched on a hillside, capturing the views of the surrounding environment. There are many different ways to make that dream take the shape of an actual home. Whether the surrounding environment is urban or country, and the views are mountains, water or even desert, designers … Continue reading Artfully building a hillside house: Inspiration

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Tips for hiring an architect

Whether your next project is a simple renovation, a major remodel or a custom designed home, hiring an architect is an important first step. There are plenty of factors to consider in hiring an architect, who each has their own style, techniques and portfolio. Regardless of whether your project is large or small, once you … Continue reading Tips for hiring an architect

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Home Staging and Sale Property Preparation

Staging your home and properly preparing your home for open houses can have a big impact on your final sale price. The goal of home staging is to present your property in the best light, while making it easy for potential buyers to envisions themselves living in the space. There are many expert home staging … Continue reading Home Staging and Sale Property Preparation

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Local architecture styles: Cape Cod Homes

Cape Cod style homes are popular in the coastal communities of Southern California, and it’s a style that appeals to arguably the largest segment of single family home buyers in the nation. Cape Cod home architecture is one of the earliest style of homes built the in United States, dating back to the 1600s when … Continue reading Local architecture styles: Cape Cod Homes

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7 Innovative and Green Architecture Ideas

Is it time for a new wall color in your house? In your favorite paint store you can find Sweet Pear, Mossy Evergreen and Clover Field paint colors all with the intention of making your house feel more “natural.” But before you go flipping through an endless sea of color palettes, consider these 7 innovative … Continue reading 7 Innovative and Green Architecture Ideas

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How to plan your restoration, remodel or addition

If you have already decided that a renovation project or addition to your home in is in your near future, know that it is a big undertaking. You already have the dream, so the next step is to put a well-thought out plan in place to turn your ideas into reality. A well-planned project will … Continue reading How to plan your restoration, remodel or addition

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The American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles

The Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving the interests of the local architecture and design community. The AIA has been around a long time – 115 years – and aims to serve as a resource to help make the Los Angeles region more delightful, healthier, … Continue reading The American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles

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The Growing Popularity of Porcelain Panels

Porcelain panels (sometimes called large-format porcelain panels or LFPP) are now finding their way into mainstream architecture. It is the answer to the world of architecture’s demands, an area in which a designer’s expression needs a wide range of environmentally friendly options. Southland Stone PORSLIM in the unique size of 10’x5′ and also in tile … Continue reading The Growing Popularity of Porcelain Panels

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Activities for Kids at The Getty Center

The Getty Center is helping to inspire a whole new generation of children to love the arts. At the Getty Center and Getty Villa, children are given the opportunity to take an interactive, hands-on role in the exhibits that they view. You need only look at the 1.3 million visitors that walk through the front … Continue reading Activities for Kids at The Getty Center

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Catalina Island: A Guide to a Family Staycation

A staycation is sometimes just what the doctor ordered when it comes to finding some time for rest and relaxation for the family. After all, you can often find all of the benefits of a true vacation, minus the travel and some of the expenses. In Southern California, one of the ultimate family staycations is … Continue reading Catalina Island: A Guide to a Family Staycation

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