One of our favorite Los Angeles locals, Brendan Ravenhill, has designed everything from bottle openers to entire bars. Now he's taking on one of the most prosaic household items, putting his signature stamp of industrial and rustic design onto the lowly trashcan.

For a limited time this fall, actor Adrian Grenier and producer Peter Glatzer, will bring their digital multi-media platform SHFT.com to life. Opening on October 21st, the pop-up gallery and shop will feature over 30 pieces of artwork by LA-based artists and a carefully curated collection of sustainable and stylish design products.

A beautifully-detailed renovation by Shortridge Architects in Pacific Palisades, with a video of the house right after work was completed, plus pictures of how the current owners have comfortably settled in. Or see it for yourself— the house is open on Sunday October 16, 2011 from 2:00PM to 5:00PM.

Lighting and hardware store Rejuvenation is beloved by Pacific Northwesterners in Portland and Seattle. Now the retailer is opening its third store, and its first in Southern California. The company was founded in 1977 as a one-man architectural salvage shop.

The Pacific Standard Time related fun continues! This weekend, two iconic mid-century homes that are rarely (if ever) open to the public are letting in the hoi polloi as part of their annual fundraisers.

We have a bad habit of wandering into unlocked buildings in our neighborhood that have "For Rent" signs out and look remotely historic. Walking the dog through West Hollywood, it's easy to stumble upon some hidden treasures, concealed behind high hedges or imposing gates. In just a few blocks near Crescent Heights, there is a wealth of historic properties for rent, with diverse architectural influences ranging from Spanish to Moroccan to Art Deco and Streamline Moderne. Many of these are landmarked, all of these are pricey. Let's take a look.

Yesterday we looked at the upcoming preview for the auction of Elizabeth Taylor's famous jewelry and art collection. While La Liz was never known for her understated appreciation of baubles and bling, the upcoming auction of Norwood Young's belongings make Taylor's taste look positively prim.

With all the (well-deserved) hype around Pacific Standard Time, it's easy for some of the smaller design events to get overlooked this month. But October is also L.A.'s Architecture Month and the local AIA chapter is sponsoring a slew of local architecture events throughout the month. The purpose of the events is "to celebrate the built environment and bring awareness to the importance of design to the community at large" while also bringing together a diverse group or professional and public interest groups.

Santa Monica is about to get an eco-friendly hotel option for travelers who want a little sustainable design with their sun, surf and sand. Owned by the Farzam family and designed by architecture firm Gensler, the Shore Hotel is scheduled to begin accepting reservations for October.

Love a design deal? This weekend, the L.A. Mart Design Center opens to the public for their 2011 Fall Furniture Sample Sale.

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