2014 Coast at Home Archive Stories

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  • No Easy Fixes for Water Shortage By: Martin A. Brower
    If Southern California has such a water shortage, why don’t we just build desalination plants and use the abundant water from the Pacific Ocean? That sounds easy, but there are environmental and economic problems to overcome, as Poseiden Resources, Stamford, Connecticut, found out in Orange County.Since 1998 the firm has propos
    Fri May 16, 2014
  • At Home With: Donald Bonasia By: Terence Loose
    It’s hard to imagine Donald Bonasia, who has to be Patioworld’s most enthusiastic manager ever, in his former life – as an award-winning designer of housewares who rarely saw the sun, much less a patio.“Most days were spent doing injection molding in factories and shrink-wrapping in warehouses. I needed to get
    Thu May 01, 2014
  • Living a Greener Life By: Elizabeth Lee
    Commemorate April 22 by starting a new eco-friendly habit and make an investment in the planet. It's important to remember that sustainability is not just a holiday festivity, but a lifestyle. Practicing sustainability is easier than it sounds. By incorporating more environment-friendly practices into daily routines, everyone can tak
    Mon Apr 21, 2014
  • What's Happening South of the Great Park? By: Martin A. Brower
    Observers of the Orange County real estate scene are waiting to see what will be proposed for development on the County of Orange’s 100-acre strip of land just south of the Great Park in Irvine. The county has awarded a 75-year lease of the land to Lowe Enterprises, the Los Angeles-headquartered real estate development firm.Low
    Wed Apr 16, 2014
  • Big Screen Chic By: Alexandria Abramian
    Design inspiration can strike at any time. For interior decorator Robin Strickler, when it came to dreaming up her own Newport Beach family home, that moment came when she first watched Something’s Gotta Give, the 2003 Nancy Meyers romantic comedy with Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson. For Strickler and countless other design junkies, howev
    Wed Apr 02, 2014
  • How-To: Candle Recycling By: Chelcy Perdue
    Supplies:Container/jar Old candlesSauce panPencilWick
    Tue Mar 25, 2014
  • Destination Irvine By: Martin A. Brower
    Seeking to lure business travelers during the week and tourists on weekends to Irvine, several hotel developers have nearly 800 hotel rooms in some stage of development, from “about-to-open” to “in-planning.” Weekend hotel occupancy has been lower than desired, and is being spurred by a relatively new organization called
    Fri Mar 21, 2014
  • St. Patrick’s Day How-To By: Nicole Freyre
    Materials Needed:Construction paperShamrock pattern Glue stickScissorsPencil
    Thu Mar 13, 2014
  • Catch Tomatomania! By: Elizabeth Lee
    Spend some time in the garden and learn about tomatoes at Tomatomania!, hosted by Roger’s Gardens. In addition to hosting “the world’s largest (and most fun) tomato seeding sale,” the Corona Del Mar home and garden center wil
    Tue Mar 04, 2014
  • Banning Ranch Development Hits Obstacle By: Martin A. Brower
    Development of the 400-acre Banning Ranch, located inland of West Pacific Coast Highway at the Santa Ana River in Newport Beach, has hit another obstacle – this time a court order to stop moving forward with processing because the city of Newport Beach, in approving the project, “failed to consult certain environmental regulators bef
    Mon Feb 24, 2014