This home furnishings and decor boutique is a superlative model for how to arrange living spaces and to successfully blend different aesthetics into one glorious array.
“For a long time, green was not necessarily beautiful,” Spencer said. “Your choice was hemp, hemp and hemp. With the explosion of truly green products, you have much more variety.”
We’re playing catch-up around here, since we were working around the clock to get our winter edition of the Rose Magazine to press.
Here’s what’s been happening recently on the Pasadena real-estate scene:
Private, all-girls Westridge School is expanding with a new science building that will be LEED-certified [pictured / via Brigham Yen]
- Across the street from the future mixed-use Playhouse Plaza, a bridal shop has moved into the corner of Colorado and El Molino [via Brigham Yen]
- Brigham Yen scores a closer look at the Westgate Apartments. The first phase opened up last month, with about 29 units ready for move-in [via Brigham Yen and CurbedLA]
- The new building on Raymond Avenue that will become the future home of KPCC radio is coming along [via Brigham Yen]
Residential real-estate highlights via BlockShopper Los Angeles:
- UCLA faculty advisor sells a two-bedroom, two-bath home in Pasadena for $785,000
- Lewis Brisbois partner has listed for sale a four-bedroom, two-bath home in Pasadena for $1.4 million
- Children’s educational materials professional has listed for sale a six-bedroom, seven-bath home in Pasadena for $2.8 million
(Rendering via Brigham Yen)
- There will be a ribbon-cutting Monday for the new Jet Propulsion Laboratory Flight Projects Center at 4800 Oak Grove in Pasadena. The structure was designed by Irvine-based architecture firm LPA Inc. (via CurbedLA)
- Would you prefer two years of NFL games in Downtown Los Angeles or Pasadena? What Majestic Realty’s John Semcken wants, he almost always gets. (via CurbedLA)
- The Pasadena Convention Center has received a
Best of 2009 award from California Construction for its $150 million
expansion project. (via Star-News)
- A farmers market may be coming to Temple City. (via Star-News)
- Elected officials gave the hard-sell for Gold Line Foothill Extension funding Wednesday. (via Star-News)
Residential real-estate highlights:
- An abandoned mid-century Pasadena home with three bedrooms and one-and-three-quarter bathrooms is on the market for $550,000. (via CurbedLA)
- Legal consultant Stuart A. Forsyth and Mary J. Forsyth have listed a two-bedroom, two-bath home at 455 Cherry Dr. in Pasadena for $1.195 million. (via BlockShopper)
Tara Sandler and Jennifer Davidson are producers for HGTV who recently revamped the kitchen and master bath in their home overlooking the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.
Through their experience on shows like “Design on a Dime,” “Myles of Style,” and “Designed to Sell” they connected with designer Troy Adams.
“‘I did a lot of work in Asia, and I just loved all the textures and finishes and rock and the
sound of running water and how the gardens were so apparent in the
design,’ says Adams, who would marry the aesthetic with his affinity
for European sophistication and American functionality. ‘Those three
elements together make up fusion design, which you can see here.
“‘It’s a sleek sculptural product that’s very high-tech, modern and highly engineered.’”
(Photos by John McCoy)
THE PLACE: It may feel nothing like the place you grew up in, nor where you currently hang your hat, but somehow the welcome mat at Home is one-size-fits-all. The Silver Lake location proclaims in neon letters its breakfast, lunch, dinner and cocktails — why ever leave? — on a giant birdhouse perched overhead. So even if you’re just migrating through, you’ll always have a place to nestle down.
THE PRICE: Everything at Home, from the drinks to the dining room fare, is affordable. Drinks run about $7 to $10, with beers coming in at $5 or less. I chose two polar opposites — a cucumber-mint muddled vodka cocktail and a mudslide. Both were delicious, but the first won by a landslide — or, technically, a mudslide. It’s a perfect summer cocktail.
THE SOUNDS: It was uber-quiet on my most recent Monday night visit. I wondered if all the residents of Home had already stumbled up some invisible stairs and and were tucked into bed. But I’ve also seen the place pop on a Friday night, including a fabulous chop-and-swap party I attended in a private area of the restaurant. Friends rented out the space to celebrate the successful giving (and receiving) of a kidney. Thanks to one friend’s life-saving organ donation, both the giver and receiver were able to attend the festivities. The staff handled the well-attended party with panache.
THE FOOD: Home has a massive menu stocked with comfort foods, and all items are available no matter where you sit, inside, outside, at the bar. The menu covers all the basics, from burgers and pizza to wraps and all-day breakfast. Just like your real home, mom always has a specialty dish. Here, it’s Mom’s Famous Chicken Almond Salad, with chicken breast, mayo, tarragon, sweet relish, toasted almonds, tomato, bell peppers, cucumber and carrots ($9.95). The Mexican Taco Salad is also a standout; At $8.95, it comes with corn, black beans, red onion, tomatoes, bell peppers and Monterey Jack, tossed in ranch dressing and garnished with tortilla chips and spicy taco seasoning.
THE VIBE: It’s so laid-back you might find yourself looking for pop’s beat-up La-Z-Boy to take a nap. My favorite spot to relax at Home is the outdoor seating area, a literal oasis — with running water fountains — amid the surrounding urban sprawl.
AGE GROUP: The restaurant attracts all ages, but in general, the masses trend toward Eastside hipster youth and working-class professionals.
BEWARE: There’s so many old-school, haven’t-drank-this-since-college cocktails on the menu. (Woo Woo? Check. Peach Fuzz? Check. Sex on the Beach? Check.) Don’t sample too many, or you might get Home-sick.
GO: Home is located at 2500 Riverside Drive in Silver Lake, (323) 665-0211. Plenty of free street parking is available along Riverside. A second location is at 1760 Hillhurst Ave. in Los Feliz, (323) 665-4663. Open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to close. Closing hours are seasonal; call ahead in colder months.
MY RATING: 3 Ever notice how nothing seems to change when you go home? It’s like that here — and that’s a good thing.
RATINGS: 5: Really, really hot; 4: Hot; 3: Fun, loose, low pressure; 2: Cool; 1: Just OK.