Smoke detectors are one of those home safety features we don't spend much time thinking about or looking at. They sit unobtrusively on a wall and we forget about them until the battery weakens and starts to chirp or there's nearby smoke. But a few new products are making us re-think the humble fire alarm.

Los Angeles interior designer Peter Dunham has been on fire this year. First, he opened another Hollywood at Home store on La Cienega Boulevard to much acclaim. For his follow-up act he's created textiles inspired by his vast, vintage collection of African Textiles.

We can't say we're terribly surprised by this news, since the house was marketed as a tear down when it went on the market, but the 1954 Richard Neutra-designed Kronish House may be facing demolition. Located in Beverly Hills, a city notorious for its lack of protection for architecturally-significant structures, the owner plans to tear down the house.

Up in the Berkeley Hills, there's a (mostly) renovated house from 1962 with the perfect view towards the Golden Gate Bridge, framing the America's Cup Race route. Invest in binoculars to offer to your guests.

Destructive beauty is at the heart of Blast—a series of new stools created through exlposions by Israeli designer Guy Mishlay. Each stool begins as a geometric cube of steel that is interwoven with explosives. No material is lost during the explosion, but each stool comes out different, sporting its own unique crumples and dings.

    I’m going to preface this post with the fact that I’m not a designer, nor do I really know anything about design. I might actually have bad taste, too. However, if there’s one thing I DO know, it’s reality TV. Sad, but true. It’s my passion. Yes, I know it sounds pathetic, but hey, I’ve stepped up a notch from the Bachelorette, don’t you think?

L.A.-based design firm Spacecraft has ruled the Hollywood club scene for the last half decade. If you've drank somewhere in Hollywood in the last few years, chances are you were drinking in a space designed by Kris Keith and his cohorts, from their updated take on a 50s diner at Kitchen 24 to the art dec- inspired delux to the low-key subway tile-inflected Bowery bar.

A Modernist house, built below street level but wide open in the back,  is on the market in Los Feliz. The realtor describes it as a "hidden treasure".

This month, we asked our readers to submit photos of their most amazing pools and outdoor spaces. We received 21 incredible submissions and after two weeks and hundreds of reader votes, we have our winner!

We love our high-design finds, but sometimes we just can't resist the budget-friendly, fun offerings from Ikea (who can?). This week the Scandinavian supernova released their 2012 catalog. Along with price cuts on perennial favorites, the brand offered up a few new covetable pieces.


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