[REAL ESTATE] September Slump to Be Expected

Southern California real estate sales in September 2016 were down nearly 10% from August and down just under a percent from the same time last year, according to Core Logic, a real estate analysis...

[HOUSE & HOLMES] Flush with Ideas

We have a toilet paper problem. The bathroom in our 1920’s era home is very pretty, but it’s also diminutive and every square inch is enveloped—the shower, bathtub, toilet, sink and storage shelves use...

[REAL ESTATE] Sales Still Strong in 90019

Southern California real estate sales in August 2016 were up 8% from July and up nearly 10% from the same time last year, according to Core Logic, a real estate analysis firm out of...

[HOUSE & HOLMES] Closet Capers

I hate that television commercial where the impossibly handsome couple gets dressed inside their spacious wood-paneled closet. In our house, everything is so tightly packed into our 1920s era closet that finding a piece...

[HOUSE AND HOLMES] Here’s to the Man in the Mirror

Bathrooms in 1920s era homes are half the size of contemporary lavatories—they have fewer electrical outlets, the lighting is either “torches” or a single overhead light (neither of which are good for make-up according...

[HOUSE & HOLMES] My Window to the World

In our new 1920s era home, our biggest issue is three sets of tall rectangular windows in our master bedroom. We recently bought some lovely draperies to hang on new curtain rods. According to...

[REAL ESTATE] Market Stable, But Not Robust

Southern California real estate sales in May 2016 were up 5.5% from the month prior and likewise up just over 3% from the same time last year, according to Core Logic, a real estate...

[HOUSE & HOLMES] Driving Me Crazy

I used to brag that we didn’t have “flying bugs” in Los Angeles. I would gleefully pronounce to my relatives in Ohio that we never get mangled by a mosquito or gnawed on by...

[HOUSE & HOLMES] The Key to Home Improvement

            I “misplaced” our front door key somewhere between the gym and my car. At first, I panicked, but then I thought, “Not a problem, I’ve got a spare key.” As I started to...