After nearly eight years in Los Angeles, I am ashamed to admit I had no idea there was a Vincent Price art museum in East L.A. (far East) until last week. The star of 1950's macabre B-movies and sinister "rapper" on Michael Jackson's Thriller, the actor was a lifelong devotee of art collecting (he studied art history at Yale). In 1951, Price and his wife donated 90 works of art to East Los Angeles College and founded the eponymously named gallery there six years later (eventually donating about 2,000 works). 

The first-ever Treasure Market Flea Market was this past Saturday and Sunday, and I made my way over for a toll-fare-free visit to San Francisco's Bay Bridge pass-through island for a perusal and a jaunt. I came home with a large abstract painting with questionable roots. Was the artwork an early abstract expressionist piece from a well-represented California artist or an attempt at drip painting from a local garage artist?  The joy of shopping at a flea market is not knowing what great finds await you. Read on for a review of funky favorites found at the flea.

    They're calling it "Modern Moroccan" and we couldn't agree more. Caftans required.

Creating outdoor living rooms have been in vogue for quite awhile now. However, summer nights in many parts of California can get pretty nippy, therefore patio heaters are often required to make a post-sunset evening outside comfortable. Unfortunately, patio heaters are designed to be functional and there design reflects this purpose. That is until now, Kindle Living has created a collection of patio heaters that look like standing lamps and should blend neatly into that outdoor living room look.

We're not the only ones asking you to vote on restaurant design. Consider it a double dose of democracy – the annual Restaurant Design Awards are back and asking the public to vote for a winner. Last week a panel of judges, including architect Dean Larkin, chef Mark Peel, and PR wiz Haily Zaki got together to review this year's candidates and select the nominees. The Jury winners will be announced June 24th at the AIA|LA Design Conference. As in previous years, the AIA|LA has opened up voting for the People's Choice award winner. The polls are open now until June 12th.

The new line of table lamps from Schoolhouse Electric Company are so retroactive that they might be radioactive. These lamps look like they want straight from the laboratory to the showroom and I love it! The only hard decision to make is choosing my favorite one.

What does it take to get me to Moraga? A pair of alabaster lamps are tempting me across the bridge this weekend.

Many postmodernists have concluded that art is for the living and therefore temporary. So, it shouldn't be too sad that Israel-based designer Idan Friedman of Reddish Studio is creating gorgeously embossed portraits on aluminum pans that are designed to be disposable, but it's still a bit sad. Perhaps, it's a environmental ploy to encourage people to reuse their aluminum pans?

This summer, high style on the patio, deck or terrace is guaranteed with the newest in outdoor furnishings. Earthy agate overtakes the seashell as this season's must-have accessory. And Californians reach across the ocean to help victims of Japan's earthquake and tsunami. 1.

Way back in July 2009 Beverly Hills hotel Maison 140, like all 90210 matrons of a certain age, decided it needed a little, um, "freshening." The renovation was supposed to be completed by December of that year, but Kor Group's interior designer, Kelly Wearstler, has been pretty busy lately. So renovations took longer than expected but are finally complete. 


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