Estate Jewelers of South Pasadena

Home & Garden


Wood & Bones: Chronicle of a Cottage, Part 13

Wood & Bones: Chronicle of a Cottage, Part 13

Editor’s note: Here’s part 13 of Bill Smith’s blog chronicle about the restoration of a run-down cottage in Pasadena’s Historic Highlands neighborhood. Bill and his wife, Sheryl Scott, are both graphic designers and do-it-yourselfers who have expectedly found themselves headed for a year of home-improvement adventures. Look for a new post in the saga soon. [...]

Theodore Payne Foundation Fall Festival

Theodore Payne Foundation Fall Festival

A shocking truth (well, probably not for you gardeners): Palm trees are NOT native to Los Angeles. Though a prominent symbol of Hollywood, these tropical trees are now doing a vanishing act. The next stars on landscape stage: true natives. And becoming an active audience member is easy—The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants [...]

Garfield Heights Home Tour

Garfield Heights Home Tour

To get yourself good and warmed up for the coming Craftsman Heritage Festival, take an hour or two this Sunday afternoon to explore several historic houses in Pasadena’s landmark Garfield Heights neighborhood. Occupying the zone between Marengo, Los Robles, Mountain and Washington, the neighborhood is rich in architectural treasures, including houses designed by Sylvanus Marston [...]

Free Composting Workshop

Free Composting Workshop

Composting is no longer just for hippies and enthusiastic gardeners. This Saturday, for those seeking to turn banana peels into healthy soil or simply rid trash bins of hovering fruit flies, check out the composting workshop held at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center. Sponsored by the Pasadena Public Works Department, this free tutorial will teach residents [...]

Wood & Bones: Chronicle of a Cottage, Part 12

Wood & Bones: Chronicle of a Cottage, Part 12

If you read the previous post, you know that the garage was in pretty bad shape. My goal was to reuse the frame and pad. After making some decisions on the exterior, I also determined to leave the original redwood siding. It’s in bad shape, but I’m going to sheet the whole garage in a board and batten style, leaving the redwood siding underneath. More on that later.

Wood & Bones: Chronicle of a Cottage, Part 11

Wood & Bones: Chronicle of a Cottage, Part 11

When our wayward cat takes a dump it’s a prolonged affair. I know most cats are fastidious, but Cozy’s burial rituals would make the builders of Giza blush. Her large plastic box shakes and echoes with banging, digging and scratching. The sounds of construction will stop for just a second only to resume with renewed ferocity. Having scraped every Trader Joe’s pine pellet into a near-perfect pyramid, she emerges, City of the Dead complete.

Homeowner Once Removed

Homeowner Once Removed

I’ve lain dormant for the last eight weeks since my Pasadena house sold. More accurately, I’ve laid my head in a number of different homes because I’ve become a housesitter. I didn’t foresee this lifestyle. Somehow it sought me.

Wood & Bones, Chronicle of a Cottage, Part 10

Wood & Bones, Chronicle of a Cottage, Part 10

Editor’s note: Here’s part 10 of Bill Smith’s blog chronicle about the restoration of a run-down cottage in Pasadena’s Historic Highlands neighborhood. Bill and his wife, Sheryl Scott, are both graphic designers and do-it-yourselfers who have expectedly found themselves headed for a year of home-improvement adventures. Look for a new post in the saga soon. [...]

A Look at La Miniatura

A Look at La Miniatura

One of Frank Lloyd Wright’s more acclaimed houses, La Miniatura (aka the Millard House) is on the market again, this time for a hair under $5 mil. (Last time, pre-recession, it was up for $7.73 million.) We’ve been neighbors to this beautiful Prospect Park sculpture in concrete textile block for many years, so we know [...]

Wood & Bones: Chronicle of a Cottage, Part 9

Wood & Bones: Chronicle of a Cottage, Part 9

We had to dispose of a few tons of concrete and drywall to get our project started. Sheryl had informed me that Pasadena only allowed certain haulers to work in the city. This came as a surprise to me, because Pasadena is usually so easygoing about those things. It’s hard to tell in text, but that was sarcasm. In actuality, if they had the inspectors to spare, I think Pasadena would tell you that your piss is the wrong shade of yellow and doesn’t match the Batchelder tile above the toilet; the really annoying thing is that they’d probably be right.

Gooden Open House Saturday, January 11

Maude Woods - Opening October 22nd in Pasadena

a

a

Camelot and Vine

Search