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  • The rose gold rush and other hot décor trends

    By Jonathan Fong

    2 weeks ago

    A few weekends ago, I drove to the Anaheim Convention Center for the 2016 Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) Megashow, the largest trade show for the arts and crafts industry in North America. Some people live for Comic-Con; I’m all about CHA. There, I’m a kid in a candy store (or,...

  • A cat condo conversion

    By Jonathan Fong

    3 weeks ago

    Last week I showcased a creative dog bed made from an Ikea side table. This week, it’s all about the cats.

    Cat condos are ugly. There, I said it. They are typically pieces of wood screwed together and covered in beige, pile carpeting. As an interior decorator who has had to...

  • Motherhood, Brooklyn & a Birthday in Israel

    By Ilana Angel

    January 12, 2016 | 6:40 am

    My son will be 20 years old next week. It is hard to believe I have been a mother for two decades. Some days it feels like just yesterday that I was blessed to become this child’s mother, while other days it feels like I have been a mom for 100 years. There has been no greater joy...

  • From drab to fab: A bedroom makeover for the new year

    By Jonathan Fong

    January 6, 2016 | 2:10 pm

    Above: Before / Below: After. Photos by Jonathan Fong

    My favorite room to decorate for clients is the bedroom. It’s where everyone spends about a third of their life. It’s the first thing you see when you wake up and the last thing you see before falling asleep. I truly...

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  • United in Manchester

    By Ilana Angel

    December 30, 2015 | 4:57 pm

    While in England last week, I was able to go to Manchester to visit my family for a couple of days. This is family from my Dad’s side, and I really love them. They are all funny, smart, charming, and inherently kind people. I was with my 3 second cousins and their families. They...

  • The top 10 new year’s resolutions for your home

    By Jonathan Fong

    December 30, 2015 | 11:36 am

    When New Year’s Day rolls around, a few things are certain. There will be hangovers. People who are freezing back East will watch the sun-drenched Rose Parade with envy. And New Year’s resolutions will be made. 

    But this year, instead of vowing to change ourselves, let’s promise...

  • Decorating with Pantone’s 2016 colors of the year

    By Jonathan Fong

    December 16, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    Every December, the arbiters of style at the Pantone Color Institute look into their crystal ball and forecast the hot color trend for the coming year. This year, for the first time, the global color authority has named not just one, but two colors: Rose Quartz and Serenity.  

    ...
  • Hot tips for keeping your house warm this winter

    By Jonathan Fong

    December 9, 2015 | 10:32 am

    By the looks of all the people on the streets wearing scarves and down parkas, Southern California is deep in a cold spell, with temperatures sometimes plunging below 65 degrees. Brrrrr! Let’s face it, we’re just not used to the cold here in L.A. And to be fair, temperatures do...

  • DIY: How to make blue and silver faux mercury glass

    By Jonathan Fong

    December 3, 2015 | 3:26 pm

    I love mercury glass. With its characteristic metallic shine and distressed finish, it goes with any style interior. What I don’t like about it is the cost. Even in discount stores, mercury glass items can be expensive. That’s why I like making my own. Using dollar-store glassware...

  • How to make a birch branch menorah

    By Jonathan Fong

    November 24, 2015 | 2:36 pm

    While the lighting of the Chanukah candles has been a tradition for centuries, menorahs themselves are constantly being reinvented. Do an online search for “menorahs” and you’ll find literally hundreds of styles, from traditional to novelty. (One that’s getting a lot of attention...

  • How to make a floral turkey centerpiece for Thanksgiving

    By Jonathan Fong

    November 19, 2015 | 12:29 pm

    For me, decorating the table is the best part of hosting a Thanksgiving dinner celebration. I love arranging the dishes, the sparkling glasses, the starched napkins — and, of course, making the centerpieces. 

    Centerpieces are a great way to set the mood, a way to tell your guests...

  • How to set-up a guest room for out-of-town visitors

    By Jonathan Fong

    November 11, 2015 | 9:08 am

    With the holidays just around the corner, some of us are getting ready to welcome out-of-town guests coming in to join the festivities. Having guests stay at your house can be fun, but it can also be stressful for both parties. Whether your guests will sleep in a spare bedroom or...

  • How to season and care for your cast-iron skillet

    By Jonathan Fong

    October 28, 2015 | 11:09 am

    Earlier this year, in a column about what every home should have, I listed a cast-iron skillet as one of my household essentials. For those unfamiliar with cast-iron cookware, it is known for its black coating that develops over time as oils are polymerized on its surface. 

    This...

  • Home: How to make a throw pillow from an old shirt

    By Jonathan Fong

    October 8, 2015 | 11:53 am

    I have trouble donating old clothes to charitable thrift shops because I always want to up-cycle the pieces and use them in crafting and decorating projects. All those fun fabrics are just too good to give away. No wonder I have cabinets full of clothing castoffs waiting for a new...

  • Home: Tips for decorating your mantel

    By Jonathan Fong

    September 30, 2015 | 9:19 am

    One design dilemma that frequently stumps home decorators is how to arrange art and accessories on their fireplace mantels. The mantel is a focal point of a living room, often the first place someone looks when they enter the room. If you’re not sure how best to decorate your...

  • HOME: Eco-friendly disposable tableware for Sukkot

    By Jonathan Fong

    September 24, 2015 | 2:33 pm

    When you’re dining under the stars in your sukkah, the last thing you want to think about is washing dishes. Fortunately, an array of stylish, eco-friendly, disposable plates and cutlery is available to dress up your table while making cleanup a breeze. 

    Because Sukkot is a...

  • The Pleasures of Staying Home

    By Mindy Leaf

    September 7, 2015 | 7:12 am

    I was never known to be a "homebody." Home was merely the place where I fell asleep, kept my clothes and took my daily shower. Work, focused activity, real conversations and daily living were reserved for "the outside."

    I was known to employ a fierce dedication at the office,...

  • Home: 10 Common decorating mistakes and how to fix them

    By Jonathan Fong

    September 2, 2015 | 11:20 am

    Decorating your home is a very personal thing — we all have different tastes. There are some common design mistakes, however, that many of us make. The good news is that even if you’re guilty of one or more of these faux pas, they’re easy to fix.

    Pushing all the furniture against...

  • Home: How to make your own French memo board

    By Jonathan Fong

    August 27, 2015 | 9:33 am

    Maybe because it’s back-to-school season, or because people are in fall organizing mode, but I’ve been getting requests about ideas for bulletin boards. Well, when it comes to bulletin boards, nothing combines style and practicality like a French memo board. Covered in decorative...

  • Revenge of the Dishwasher

    By Mindy Leaf

    August 21, 2015 | 10:50 am

    Some say the world will end in fire,

    Some say in ice.

    From what I've tasted of desire

    I hold with those who favor fire.

    But if it had to perish twice,

    I think I know enough of hate

    To say that for destruction ice

    Is also great

    And would suffice.

    ...

  • Home: Five ways to trick out your backpack for school

    By Jonathan Fong

    August 19, 2015 | 12:10 pm

    For me, one of the perks of going back to school every fall was getting to start the year with a brand spanking new backpack. The thing about backpacks, though, is that most are not too exciting to look at. They’re usually plain or utilitarian or they have cartoon characters...

  • The Joy of Speaking Canadian

    By Ilana Angel

    August 18, 2015 | 12:19 am

    I am a Canadian. I wasn’t born there, but immigrated when I was 2 years old and have lived in Regina, Langley, Toronto, and Halifax. I have a brother and sister in Toronto, and my mother and another sister in Montreal. I have lived in Los Angeles for 24 years, which is longer than...

  • Home: Back-to-school floral arrangement with pencils

    By Jonathan Fong

    August 12, 2015 | 2:54 pm

    Throughout my high-school years, I was a straight-A student. My only B was in driver’s ed (and that was a miracle, given my car accident the first day of driver’s training). Letting your teachers know you appreciate them can help your standing, too, and starting the year off with a...

  • 8 Easy ways to conserve water right now

    By Jonathan Fong

    August 5, 2015 | 4:38 pm

    As you probably know, Gov. Jerry Brown ordered a mandatory water-use reduction of 25 percent across California back in April because of our state’s historic drought. It has been up to the individual cities and communities to implement the reduction efforts, so you may have received...

  • How I created America’s most hated kitchen

    By Jonathan Fong

    July 15, 2015 | 2:10 pm

    You have not lived until you have been called “tacky and tasteless,” or been labeled as someone who has created “the ugliest thing I have ever seen.” But those are the sort of comments I get every time my Warhol-inspired kitchen appears on a decorating website. 

    The first time it...

  • Getting the hang of it: Helpful hints for displaying artwork

    By Jonathan Fong

    July 8, 2015 | 1:44 pm

    People love having art on their walls, but they’re often not so keen on hanging it. I understand. It can be intimidating just to get started. How do you decide what goes where? How high do you hang it? What if you put a hole in the wall then want to change where the picture goes? ...

  • Professional tips on clearing clutter and getting organized

    By Jonathan Fong

    July 2, 2015 | 2:23 pm

    There’s a post that’s going around Facebook right now about how creative people have messier workspaces. That certainly fits me. I would show you a picture of the desk I’m typing at right now, but it would ruin your image of me as the consummate style guru. (OK, that may not be...

  • How to make rose ice cubes

    By Jonathan Fong

    June 25, 2015 | 10:23 am

    Could this be the coolest idea ever? Ice cubes with roses frozen inside will add a glamorous and festive touch to any summer party. They’re also ideal for bridal and baby showers or a romantic dinner for two. Place them in an ice bucket for chilling wine, champagne or sodas, and...

  • Picture this: DIY photo books

    By Jonathan Fong

    June 18, 2015 | 9:48 am

    We love taking photographs, don’t we? According to Yahoo, 880 billion photos were taken in 2014. Sadly, most of the photos we take remain on our smartphones or SD cards, never to see the light of day. My mother, who witnesses her five children busily snapping photos like paparazzi...

  • 6 things every home should have

    By Jonathan Fong

    June 3, 2015 | 2:24 pm

    Whether you’ve just moved into your first home or have been living in the same house for decades, there are certain home essentials that just make life so much better. 

    Everybody has their own “must haves.” (For example, my mom can’t live without a rice cooker.) My suggestions...

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