What’s Trending in Home Decor?

No longer are homes painted with royal blue or red walls … or texture or lots of wallpaper. The new wave of color is White and the trend is for decorating with artwork.  What do you think?  According to an article by the Daily Real Estate “HomeOwners Have Big Interior Design Plans”,   44% of homeowners surveyed, would like to redesign their whole home.

What are they looking for this time around?            0714_staging_tips_2

  • White paint is the most popular wall covering.
  • Artwork is sprucing up more wall décor. One-in-five of home owners say they use art prints and original art to decorate their home’s walls.
  • Accent walls remain popular but are most likely to be reserved for the study/home office, followed by a kids’ room or the master bedroom.
  • Solids are the most popular fabric choice, followed by classics like stripes and florals. However, home owners under the age of 45 are more than twice as likely to use Chevron patterns than home owners over the age of 45.
  • Hardwoods are the most desired flooring throughout a home, but 38 percent of home owners also said they planned to add carpet in the master bedroom.
  • Nearly two-thirds of home owners are creating living rooms in the master bedroom by adding seating, a fireplace, or even a mini-fridge, the survey found.
  • Dining rooms are getting more use and attention. Nearly three quarters of home owners surveyed say they use their dining room on a weekly basis. They most want to decorate the dining rooms with rectangle tables in dark wood or glass tables, with seating available for up to six people.

Which are your favorite colors and textures in your home?

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South Bay Performing Arts

Publicity photo of the cast of The Carol Burne...

Publicity photo of the cast of The Carol Burnett Show. 1967: Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Vicki Lawrence, Lyle Wagoner. 1977: Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman, and Carol Burnett. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I recently mentioned the Theatre Co at 1316 Cabrillo Ave. But the South Bay also has other performing arts theaters that have terrific shows.

El Camino College has The   El Camino College Center for the Arts and is in their 46th season. They have presented timeless classics like the Nutcracker. As well as Tim Conway and Harvey Korman comedy

The Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center is at the old Aviation High School complex.  They have presented many top acts and plays over the years.

The center became one of controversy a couple years back as the Civic Light Orchestra was evicted by the city for a very large unpaid debt.  This was particularly scandalous since the orchestra is really what brought the center to prominence as an arts center in the South Bay.

However, the show must go on and it does in North Redondo Beach.

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Downtown Torrance Offers Live Theatre – TTC at 1316

Having grown up in Brooklyn, NY, I fell in love with Broadway!  And here, in Downtown Torrance, we have our own Theatre Co at 1316 Cabrillo Ave - just

Torrance Theatre Co 1316 Cabrillo Ave Torrance Ca 90501

Torrance Theatre Co
1316 Cabrillo Ave
Torrance Ca 90501

opposite The Depot Restaurant.  The Torrance Theatre Co has been performing since 1999, starting at the James Armstrong Theater in Central Torrance. In 2004, they expanded their season and then had their move to 1316 Cabrillo Ave in 2010.

Here is where I get to announce the 2014-2015 Season …. drum roll, please ….ta da, ta da, ta da!

2014-2015 Brochure inside

Sept 13 – Oct 12, 2014  …. “Run for Your Wife” 

Nov 8 – Dec 14, 2014 ….  “Brighton Beach Memoirs”

Jan 17 – Feb 15, 2015 … “Mrs. Paliament’s Night Out”

Mar 14 – Apr 19, 2015 … “The Curious Savage”

May 9 – June 14, 2015 … ” Picasso at the Lapin Agile

It’s a great line-up, and all FIVE shows can be yours for the low price of $100!

  The Friends of the Torrance Theatre Co (FOTTC) is the co-sponsor and fundraising wing of the Theatre Co.  I am proud to be a Board of Director for FOTTC.  And a Season Subscriber since 2004.

To order your tickets, visit our website:  www.torrancetheatrecompany.com/Boxoffice.html or call (424) 243-6882.  

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Del Amo Mall Begins Remodel

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Get a bird’s eye perspective on what Del Amo Fashion Center will be like once this transformational, property wide renovation is complete. Within this 3D architect rendering animation, you’ll get a sneak peek of all the amazing & signature elements that will be added to the center along with subtle design details and finishes.

Del Amo Fashion Center is in the first phase of a major redevelopment which includes the construction of beautiful new Patio Cafes in the heart of the shopping center near the central Macy’s store. The garden inspired dining pavilion will replace the existing food court. Subsequent work starting in 2014 will include the creation of a new state of the art two-level mall and a new Nordstrom, opening Fall 2015.

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Hermosa Puts the Kibosh on KLOS Bikini Contest


Radio station KLOS with Hennessy Restaurant has had their bikini contest at Hermosa Beach canceled at the last minute.


The station has made this into too much fun.
DJ Frank Kramer expressed surprise,


“There’s no reason to have us kicked out of a beach town because we’re having a bikini contest,” Kramer said. “It’s not like there’s not bikinis walking around there all the time anyway…so you cannot have bikinis in Hermosa Beach.”



English: Hermosa Beach Pier Statue taken Janua...

English: Hermosa Beach Pier Statue taken January 15, 2007. Photographed and uploaded by user Estrategy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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Ben Vereen Speaks at Redondo Beach

ben vereenWe had an awesome service at the Center for Spiritual Living in Redondo Beach. Thank you to Mr Ben Vereen for sharing your spiritual self with us. You have made a difference in my life today.Vereen was the guest speaker   on Sunday August 17, 2014.

He is a person who has been sober  for 5 years, and has suffered from crisis like losing his daughter in a car crash when she was 16 years-old.

In his talk he gave a prayer out for his friend Robin Williams.

English: photo of Ben Vereen

English: photo of Ben Vereen (Photo credit: Wikipedia)









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Assisted Living Replaces The National

nationalThe National Sports Bar and Grill stood on 3210 W Sepulveda Blvd for years. For some it was a local icon and place to get great food and to watch a game.

Last year the location was vacated and torn down. And what is replacing it is the Welbrook Senior Living center.From the website:

“a new standard in senior living as we begin development of a state-of-the-art assisted living and memory care retirement community. Welbrook offers premier senior living where you can enjoy an active and healthy lifestyle. Quality, comfort and a continuance of care are at your service. With your first glance, you will be delighted at the beauty of Welbrook South Bay, from its grand, “country club” style two-story entrance to the senior friendly design and the manicured grounds; it will make you proud to call this lovely and caring retirement community your new home.”

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Shark Week Hits The South Bay and Hermosa Beach

English: Manhattan Beach in the fall

English: Manhattan Beach in the fall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last weekend saw the Finn Festival of hermosa Beach. And how appropriate the Jimmy Buffett brought his Margaritaville show to the beach, just South of the pier. Meanwhile another shark was spotted at the Manhattan Beach pier making this Summer of the Shark more real than recent memory.


Feeding Frenzy: Jimmy Buffett Live!

Feeding Frenzy: Jimmy Buffett Live! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Torrance 90505 Home Sale Statistics


English: august 2007 - del amo mall

English: august 2007 – del amo mall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Torrance median sales prices

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Torrance High Hire New Swim and Waterpolo Coach

Senior Patio of Torrance High School located a...

Senior Patio of Torrance High School located at 2200 W. Carson Street Torrance California 90501 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Torrance High School Swim and Water Polo program has been in flux for the past two years. However,  the Athletics Director, George Tachibana recently announced that, the new coach has been hired and is asking all prospective players meet at the Little Theatre at THS Friday at 6PM.

The program needs local support and is why I write this little note to get the word out.

Waterpolo ball.

Waterpolo ball. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Our new coach has finally been cleared. He would like to have a meeting on Friday, 6pm in the THS Little Theatre. I was hoping that you may be able to help me get the word out to both boys and girls teams. On another note, I do not have many Boys WP players cleared as of today. They must be cleared by this week in order to begin practice on Monday, August 18th. I will be in my office this week from 1pm or they can drop off their packetin the morning with the Principal’s secretary through Thursday morning. Mrs. Hollis will only be accepting the packets to forward to me, she will not be receipting them, so you may want to place it in a large envelope attention to me.

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