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  • Decorating tips for a better night’s sleep

    By Jonathan Fong

    3 weeks ago

    How well are you sleeping? According to a study by the Better Sleep Council, almost half of Americans (48 percent) say they don’t get enough sleep. And while an Ambien or a capful of NyQuil might get you on your way to dreamland, solving your sleep problems could be as simple as...

  • How to make personalized switch plates

    By Jonathan Fong

    July 27, 2016 | 2:59 pm

    You use the light switches in your home every day, but you probably don’t ever notice the switch plates. Granted, most switch plates are easy to ignore, given that they’re usually white or beige plastic. Decorative options are available made from wood, metal or stone. But you can...

  • Quick decorating fixes when you’re bored with your home

    By Jonathan Fong

    July 20, 2016 | 10:38 am

    It’s bound to happen. You were once so in love, but now the thrill is gone. Your eyes start to wander. You wonder if it’s time to move out. No, I’m not talking about your love life. I’m talking about your home. When you’ve lived in the same place for a while, it’s natural to get...

  • Home: Tips from a pro on hiring a contractor

    By Jonathan Fong

    July 13, 2016 | 11:34 am

    We’ve all heard the nightmarish stories about contractors — how they bungle jobs, delay completion by months or, worse, take off with your money without finishing or, sometimes, not even starting the work. Those are the bad apples. Obviously, there are also excellent, reputable...

  • How to stay cool in your house without air conditioning

    By Jonathan Fong

    June 29, 2016 | 10:08 am

    So much for June gloom. Summer is officially back, and so are the record temperatures. While your first instinct may be to crank up the air conditioner, the electric company has asked us to save energy and turn off appliances during the day. (And some of us don’t even have air...

  • Home: Tips for buying furniture online

    By Jonathan Fong

    June 9, 2016 | 8:56 am

    Would you buy a major piece of furniture, like a sofa, online? Apparently, a lot of people would.

    The research firm IBISWorld reports that online furniture sales have grown at an annual rate of 9.6 percent over the last five years. And according to Furniture Today, the online...

  • Easy and affordable eco-friendly decorating ideas

    By Jonathan Fong

    June 1, 2016 | 2:52 pm

    Kermit the Frog famously said, “It’s not easy being green,” and when it comes to our homes, a lot of people agree. There is a perception that for a home to be environmentally friendly, it needs to be remodeled, or built as such from the ground up, with state-of-the-art features...

  • Getting ready for unexpected guests — in 20 minutes flat

    By Jonathan Fong

    May 25, 2016 | 10:39 am

    Let’s talk about that dreaded phone call. It can come any day, at any hour. The one where someone on the other end of the line says the eight scariest words in the English language: “We’re in the neighborhood and want to visit.” (Cue the scream sound effect.)

    I don’t know about...

  • Florist secrets for a perfect Mother’s Day arrangement

    By Jonathan Fong

    May 4, 2016 | 10:22 am

    Mother’s Day is this Sunday, which means many people will be making a trip to the florist. Or, because of the lower cost and greater convenience, some of us will be picking up flowers at the supermarket instead. That’s what I do. But rather than presenting the flowers in the...

  • Shelf hack: Creating extra storage with old belts

    By Jonathan Fong

    April 13, 2016 | 10:40 am

    Who couldn’t use more storage space? I know I could. When your closets and cabinets are filled to the max, even one extra shelf can make a big difference with your home organization needs. And this stylish shelf hack made with old belts lets you suspend a shelf anywhere you have...

  • Flowers to dye for: How to make rainbow roses

    By Jonathan Fong

    April 6, 2016 | 11:24 am

    Red roses signify love. Yellow roses are a symbol of friendship. And pink roses represent gratitude. But what does it mean when you give multicolored rainbow roses? That you’re overflowing with emotions — and creativity! Roses are very easy to transform into rainbows of color, and...

  • Decorating tips for couples with different tastes

    By Jonathan Fong

    March 30, 2016 | 8:53 am

    Whether you’ve just moved in with your special someone or have been sharing a home for years, if you and your partner have different tastes in décor, there could be times when you clash. 

    Now, I’m not going to talk in terms of gender stereotypes, such as assuming women like...

  • How to make hamantaschen favors from paper plates

    By Jonathan Fong

    March 16, 2016 | 3:11 pm

    A Purim celebration wouldn’t be complete without hamantashen, and every celebration needs party favors. So, here’s a hamantashen-shaped party favor made from paper plates, which you can fill with candy, toys — and more hamantashen. The whole family can join in the fun of putting...

  • How to make a Chinese takeout floral arrangement

    By Jonathan Fong

    March 4, 2016 | 12:18 pm

    I grew up working in my family’s Chinese restaurant, so I know firsthand the love affair between Jews and Chinese food. For everyone who likes to serve Cantonese cuisine at home, here’s a festive floral arrangement in a takeout container that’s a “wok” in the park to make. I’ve...

  • DIY: How to make a bird feeder from an upcycled saucepan

    By Jonathan Fong

    February 24, 2016 | 2:39 pm

    I love having birds in my yard. They make me feel like ours is the fun house to hang out at in the neighborhood, at least among the aviary crowd. Although the birds don’t sit on my fingertips like I’m Snow White, they do sing a cheerful tune — and keep my dogs mesmerized for...

  • DIY: How to make guest towel cupcakes

    By Jonathan Fong

    February 17, 2016 | 10:52 am

    One of my favorite DIY gifts is guest towels, or washcloths, rolled up to look like cupcakes. Given as a set, they make adorable hostess, housewarming and birthday gifts. Pick up a pastry box at a party store or culinary supply store such as Surfas, and you can package your gift in...

  • The rose gold rush and other hot décor trends

    By Jonathan Fong

    January 28, 2016 | 3:03 pm

    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

    January 20, 2016 | 2:46 pm

    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...

  • 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. 


  • HOME: Tips for designing a home office

    By Jonathan Fong

    October 15, 2015 | 11:51 am

    A show of hands: Who works at home? Probably everyone reading this. The reality is, almost everyone does some kind of work from home, whether catching up on work emails, telecommuting or actually running a home-based business. 

    Because we work so much at home, it’s more important...

  • 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...

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