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Articles by Kathy Price-Robinson

Dwell on Design Conference

If you want to stretch your design vocabulary, you might consider attending the Dwell on Design conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Put on by the San [...]

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The Story of Stuff and Other Stuff

I really want to wean myself from impulsive purchases of junky household stuff I don’t really need and that won’t last. One strategy is getting clear on the [...]

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Peel-and-stick solar panels

See a fast-motion video showing 2.25 kilowatts of Lumeta solar panels installed in 34 minutes. These will be featured at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference June 24 to 27 [...]

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Rebuilding Green in New Orleans

A few years ago, New Orleans was the setting for the National Assn. of Home Builders’ national green building conference. The conference included a tour of green homes, [...]

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Stop the Catalogs Already

The worst part about ordering a home-improvement item or sample online is that you know you’re going to be receiving catalogs in the mail that you may not want, even if [...]

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What I Learned: This Amazing Table

The table is done and I’m blown away. In the words of Bernie Van De Yacht, who said the same thing about his North Hollywood kitchen remodel, “I can’t stop [...]

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Tuning Up ‘The Tiny’

Even though Roger Beckman had dated Ann Baber for more than a decade, he didn’t discover her hidden talents until she started remodeling her 1970s Culver City, Calif., [...]

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Ask a Renovation Lender

Forget the granite or tile conundrum. The big remodeling question is this: “Where do you get the money?” Here are some of the remodel finance strategies [...]

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Free and Cheap Decorating

At the tile store some time ago, salivating over the $30-per-square-foot tile, I asked the clerk a brilliant question: “Do you have any free stuff?” I was with a [...]

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Would This Make Your Cat Purr?

Cats get out without getting eaten. I’m not a cat person so I can’t judge this home-improvement innovation. Would your own kitty like a “cat run” like [...]

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It’s Official: Barter Works

So what do you do when your prized market umbrella goes flying off in the wind and breaks two spokes? And what do you do when your avocado trees are putting out so much fruit [...]

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Tankless Water Heaters: Pros and Cons

I’ve interviewed a dozen or so people who have installed tankless water heaters (which heat your water on demand rather than storing hot water in a tank) — and [...]

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The $5 starting point

Isn’t this bedroom yummy? It’s in the Rosarito Beach vacation condo that Don and Gigi Maurizio remodeled. Gigi, an administrator with the Glendora Unified School [...]

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Creating a Flow in Mar Vista, Calif.

You may not often see the words “slate” and “flow” in the same sentence. But it was by repeating the use of slate throughout her Mar Vista remodel [...]

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