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Drawing a line on the lawn amid water conservation and drought

Drawing a line on the lawn amid water conservation and drought

"This is the irony," mused homeowner Richard Turner as he looked over the newly installed and remarkably realistic-looking artificial lawn in his mid-Wilshire frontyard. "We grow grass to make the illusion that we don't live in a desert. Here I am, enhancing the illusion of a lawn that is the illusion we don't live in a desert."

And there's the rub. The iconic lush, green lawn — part and parcel of a mystique deeply embedded in the Southern California psyche and its landscape — has reached a crossroads. Deepening drought, skyrocketing water costs and burgeoning social consciousness...

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Living Homes in Santa Monica built the first house in the U.S. to be certified LEED platinum.

Sustainable housing an evolving term for architects

It's been more than 40 years since architects started embracing green design principles. Spurred by the environmental movement of the 1960s and 1970s, architects began to think about building homes that were more environmentally friendly.

Today, green has become standard even as the term itself reaches saturation. Green features such as solar panels, low-flow shower heads and tankless water heaters, once considered cutting-edge, are now commonplace in Southern California.

Nearly a quarter of all newly built homes in the U.S. last year were green, according to industry research firm McGraw Hill...

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The classic Eames chair returns in a more sustainable material: a recyclable fiberglass.

Herman Miller brings back classic Eames chair in recyclable fiberglass

The iconic Eames molded fiberglass shell chair returns to vintage form as Herman Miller unveils a sustainable version of the 1950 chair that is made from recyclable fiberglass.

Herman Miller discontinued the popular shell chair during the 1980s due to environmental concerns associated with fiberglass production. In 2000, the company reintroduced the chair in recyclable polypropylene, which is commonly used for outdoor furnishings and stackable side chairs.

Now Herman Miller has introduced a sustainable version in fiberglass that is manufactured without VOC or HAP emissions and has the colors...

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Lite   Cycle founder Kristi Head recently added a new scented candle called Urban Forest to her line of pillar candles. She works in her L.A. studio.

Lite + Cycle Urban Forest candles inspired by L.A.'s Griffith Park

What better ode to the upcoming Earth Day than to go unplugged, swapping electricity for candlelight? Keeping it eco-friendly, Lite + Cycle’s pillar candles are composed of vegetable waxes and pure aromatherapeutic essential oils; each one is hand-poured and hand-wrapped.

The line, founded by graphic designer and artist Kristi Head, launched last year with a minimalist pillar candle in three scents: bergamot, vetiver and lavender.

In September, Head left her native New York for L.A., moving to a guesthouse bordering Griffith Park. On the heels of that move comes her fourth scented...

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Neighbors and their dog walk past the Soffer-Adler home in Rustic Canyon, designed by L.A. architect Peter Kim. The exterior of the home is wrapped in reclaimed snow-fence wood from Wyoming. Petrified lichen on the siding adds a touch of green. A century-old sycamore stands at left.

Rustic Canyon home is a natural beauty

Rustic Canyon's sylvan beauty and funky charm cast its spell on Jill Soffer a dozen years ago. She liked the neighborhood's relaxed environment and abundance of sycamore trees and purchased a home there in 2002.

"There's all this green around. It's not too manicured," Soffer said appreciatively. "People are easygoing, everything is a little overgrown, and the creek in the middle of everything is a little shaggy. You can hear the frogs at night."

She planned to renovate her 1920s three-bedroom house, but hadn't yet when she met and then in 2008 married Greg Adler, who had two young sons. Now...

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The Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts opens its 50th designer house on Sunday in Pasadena.

Pasadena Showcase House 2014 features a Stiles O. Clements residence

Architect Stiles O. Clements had a knack for designing lavish buildings — the Spanish Colonial Revival El Capitan Theater, the Adamson House and the Art Deco Wiltern Theatre among them.

Beginning Sunday, architecture buffs can go inside one of Clements' more low-key residential designs as the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts stages its latest design house in Pasadena.

As always, design trends are on display. Twenty-five designers have transformed the 1915 English Arts and Crafts estate while retaining the home's warm spirit.

Drama comes from the abundant color installed throughout...

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The kitchen in this 900-square-foot house designed by Richard Neutra is little more than a hallway. One side has a range with a vent concealed by the upper cabinets. The other side houses the sink below a ribbon of windows, another Neutra signature.

Small-space living: 13 interiors to inspire

Small-space living requires creative thinking, whether you are living in an apartment, condo, bungalow or boat. Here we share several space-saving ideas and inspirations from some of our past Homes of the Times profiles. Have a small-space tip you'd like to share? Send a photo to home@latimes.com and we might add it to the gallery.
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Sunset updates its garden design advice in 'Western Garden Book of Landscaping'

Sunset updates its garden design advice in 'Western Garden Book of Landscaping'

Some garden advice can be heeded no matter where you live. But much in gardening and landscaping revolves around the specifics of location — weather, terrain, soil type and design preferences.

That's where the redesigned and updated "Sunset Western Garden Book of Landscaping," edited by Sunset magazine's Kathleen Norris Brenzel (Oxmoor House, $29.95, paper), has an edge over a more general guide.

A section on plants, for example, includes chapters on palms, ornamental grasses, tropicals, succulents, cactus and natives. It's not the kind of vegetation you're likely to find in Connecticut...

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Chris McLaughlin envisions a suburban frontyard.

'Groundbreaking Food Gardens' presents 73 themed plans

Go ahead, play with your food, Niki Jabbour seems to be saying in her new book, "Groundbreaking Food Gardens" (Storey Publishing, $19.95, paper).

The author of the bestselling "The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener" and host of the radio show "The Weekend Gardener" enlisted leading gardeners and designers to contribute themed food garden plans to "change the way you grow your garden."

They delivered handsomely. The food gardens in this illustrated book, subtitled "73 Plans That Will Change the Way You Grow Your Garden," are inventive, inspiring and instructive — and creatively named.

There's...

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Benjamin Stockham, left, plays Marcus and David Walton portrays Will in the NBC show "About a Boy."

'About a Boy's' Victorian duplex designed to highlight differences

Although the sets for "About a Boy" (Tuesdays on NBC) are built on the Universal Studios back lot, production designer Steven Jordan has created a Victorian duplex so authentic you'd think it was filmed in San Francisco's postcard-friendly Alamo Square.

"From the onset we talked about where in San Francisco can we give our characters the most personality?" Jordan said recently. "So I put them in a 'Painted Lady,'" a colorful Victorian house.

"About a Boy,"based on the Nick Hornby novel of the same name and set in the City by the Bay, details the friendship between a selfish bachelor, Will,...

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