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“We need to increase intercultural understanding and communication,” says designer Justina Blakeney. “Art and design can be a bridge. I wanted to lay out that bridge and share it in my book.”

Architect professor Alexis Navarro designed and built an accessory dwelling unit that is affordable and attractive. The result is inspiring.

We’ve started a new year and the normal we once knew is still a far dot on the horizon. But there is a way to rekindle some hope: Get your hands into the soil.

Six buildings that tell the design story of Paul R. Williams, the first Black architect in the AIA. His work is little studied, but his archive, acquired by the Getty and USC, is about to change that.

A listing for a fiddle-leaf fig on Instagram causes houseplant fans to wonder, “What’s your secret?”

The California Native Plant Society is hosting it’s first-ever state-wide wreath-making contest, with celebrity judges and prizes. The only catch is that at least 51% of the wreaths must be made from California native plants. The goal is to build awareness about native plants while stoking some badly needed holiday cheer.

For its Colors of the Year, Pantone picks a union exuding “positivity and fortitude — Ultimate Gray and Illuminating.

Graphic designer Nemuel DePaula’s flower truck, Lenita by Grita, has become his lifeline during COVID-19. His motto: ‘Stop and smell the flores.’

One more victim of this pandemic: the Pasadena Showcase Home. Typically, 35,000 visitors traipse through the home to see the latest in on-trend design. This year? The fundraiser is all online.

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Here are things plant lovers can do this month and next, from holiday shopping to classes in fall planting, in and around L.A.

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