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Real Estate & Architecture in Los Angeles

SUPER iam8bit In Echo Park

SUPER iam8bit opened last Thursday at the recently renovated iam8bit headquarters in Echo Park. Over 100 artists have reimagined their 80’s gaming fantasies through paintings, sculpture and other interactive media.

Cookbook In Echo Park

Green grocer Cookbook in Echo Park sells local, responsibly grown vegetables, meat, cheese, bread, fruit, herbs, coffee, chocolate, and select dry and canned goods. It has everything you need to put together a perfect meal! Even though the shop is small…

Classic Homes of LA Lecture & Book Signing

Thursday, June 2nd at 5:30pm, Pasadena Magazine and Podley Properties is hosting a lecture and book signing with the authors of “Classic Homes of Los Angeles”.

Secret Stairs of Los Angeles

I’ve been meaning to post about Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles by Charles Fleming for a while. We gave the book, which contains 42 stairway walks in Los Angeles, to a client/avid hiker as a closing gift, and ever since I’ve been meaning to pick up a copy for myself and write about it too. I love the hidden stairs tucked around Silver Lake. They seem so magical and Alice in Wonderland-y. I frequently use them on my runs and on walks with our dog Ebbie…

Anaïs Nin’s Silver Lake Home

I’m always learning something new about the incredible architectural history in Silver Lake. I had no idea, for example, that Anaïs Nin lived right on Hildalgo Avenue from 1962 until 1977, when she passed away at age 73.

American Fashion Designers at Home

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)’s new book American Fashion Designers at Home peeks into over 100 homes of members of the CFDA. Readers get a personal look at Donna Karan’s tranquil Turks and Caicos villa, Betsey Johnson’s girly, flower-filled flat, Randolph Duke’s California-cool pad, and more. ShelterPop spoke with author Rima Suqi about some of the homes that stood out to her and why.

Books + Shelves

As I have mentioned on Take Sunset in the past, a key feature of my dream house are built-in bookshelves. I love books and having an attractive place to store them. Thebookshelves we have currently are handmade in Oak by my father. They’re beautiful, but I struggle with how best to arrange them. Most of the bookshelf examples I see are painted in stark white, which I like, but it seems like a shame to paint the wood…

The Huntington Botanical Gardens

At the top of my list of places I still need to go in Los Angeles: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Right now there is something extra exciting going on at the Huntington Botanical Gardens–the gigantic Amorphophallus titanum or Titan Arum (a.k.a. the Corpse Flower) is about to bloom…

Taschen’s New York

My heart always and forever belongs to Los Angeles. But if I were a tougher sort, I would love to live in New York for a year. Or maybe six months. What can I say, I need sunshine, beach access, palm trees… I just can’t quit you, LA! But still, New York is a fantastic place for a getaway. And who better to direct you to the best spots in New York than Taschen? Angelika Taschen knows New York through and through and in the new book, Taschen’s New York, she shares her secret access to the best neighborhood delis, hidden clubs, uptown and downtown hotels…

TASCHEN Case Study Houses

If you’re in the market for a new coffee table book, or if you just love TASCHEN books, one that cannot be missed is the Case Study Houses: The Complete CSH Program, 1945-1966.