Lisa Ling's new Santa Monica house
When television journalist Lisa Ling and radiation oncologist Paul Song settled in Santa Monica with plans to start a family, they turned to Marco DiMaccio of Punchouse Ecodesign Group for help creating a home that expresses their passion for modern architecture and serves as a prism for their Chinese and Korean roots.
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Lisa Ling's Santa Monica house( Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times )
By Emily Young
Lisa Ling and Paul Song stand in the glow of an entrance light fashioned from 2,000 translucent plastic Chinese takeout containers. The sunken conversation area has bench-like steps covered in artificial turf. "The pit is amazing," Ling says. "Kids stop crying when we put them inside, and on Sundays, Paul and I read the paper there with a cup of coffee."