Posts by Mary Jo Bowling

Like the couple who owns it, this Woodside garden is a cultural mash-up (he’s a native Californian; she’s from South Africa). In the gloved hands of landscape designer Chris Jacobson, the garden combines plants from both regions in an eclectic way—proving, as Maya Angelou says, that diversity has beauty and strength.

Through sheer chutzpah, the late decorator Frances Elkins won the West and went on to conquer the design world.

Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, Danny Heller thought nothing of the Eichler development he glimpsed from the windows of his parents’ station wagon on the way to Little League practice.

Thomas Hayes crosses over from a naive ebay dealer to a design powerhouse. For the past decade, modern furniture dealer Thomas Hayes has been flying high, selling restored midcentury pieces from his celebrated gallery to clients that include Hollywood glitterati.

A young architect is changing the look of Napa and Sonoma, one winery at a time.

Actress and style auteur Diane Keaton takes to the home and design sphere with a new book.

Now, you see a strip mall. But in 1927, a mansion and 30 villas stood here, nestled within three acres of tropical gardens, and they were home to some of the most famous—and notorious—stars and writers of the day.

Tackling a small space is a familiar—and welcome—challenge for Los Angeles designer Kyle Schuneman. The designer grew up in a 1,200-square-foot apartment with his sister and parents and has preferred a petite footprint ever since.

As an elevator pitch, it seems like a fail: A short public radio program celebrates the extreme esoteric in design. A lone man produces the show in a tiny shed behind his Kensington home. It sounds like audio Ambien, but make no mistake: The program "99% Invisible" is totally addictive.

Diane Keaton has conquered stage and screen and has done her time in the director's chair. Now she's added another notch in a new belt she's been wearing lately, that of design maven. Keaton is in San Francisco to promote her new book House and to get an up-close-and-personal look at the work of one of her favorite artists. In a one-on-one interview, I asked her why she chose to briefly focus her attention on something other than the silver screen.