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Decorator of area’s palatial homes opens linen boutique.

Find treasures at Brothers Collateral, a colorful neighborhood institution.

Classic movies are screened in lavish theaters in film series.

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Historic settings take the stage in classic films series The Los Angeles Conservancy’s annual classic movie series in historic theaters kicks off with “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” Sat., June 2 at 8 p.m. at the State Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles. The Million Dollar Theatre is the setting for the second film in the Conservancy Last

Remaining Seats film series. “Kiss of the Spider Woman” will screen Sat., June 9 at 8 p.m. at the Million Dollar Theatre, theatre impresario Sid Grauman’s first Los Angeles movie venue when it opened in 1918. Douglas Fairbanks, Sr., Mary Pickford and Charlie

Preservation awards luncheon is May 2

The Los Angeles Conservancy will present its annual awards at a luncheon at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, 506 S. Grand Ave., Wed., May 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This year’s awards include the Gilmore Station Starbucks at Highland and Willoughby. Visit

Chaplin were at the premiere, as was a 30-piece orchestra. The 12-story building’s style is called Churrigueresque, after an 18th-century Spanish church architect. Next up will be “In the Heat of the Night” screening Wed., June 13 at 8 p.m. at The Theatre at Ace Hotel, (originally the United Artist’s Theater). “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” screens Sat., June 16 at 2 p.m. at the Los Angeles Theatre. Hitchcock’s “The Birds” plays Sat., June 16 at 8 p.m. at the Los Angeles Theatre.

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‘High Noon:’ Making of a movie and the making of a country

Glenn Frankel’s 2017 book, “High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic,” was issued in a handsome paperbound book by Bloomsbury earlier this year; I recommend that you hightail it over to Chevalier’s to get a copy. Frankel is a Pulitzer Prizewinning former “Washington Post” journalist and film historian, journalism professor, and incisive social critic. Whatever I thought I knew about the Hollywood blacklist, the effect of Joseph McCarthy on the country, and the production, release, and impact of the 1952 film starring Gary Cooper now seems like an outline — Frankel’s book fills in the richness and detail along with the shock of the deep human damage during this frenzied post-war abuse of political power. I spent my first reading hours with my nose in this book’s index, looking up all the references to handsome and enigmatic Gary Cooper: Cooper’s history, his films, his amours, his marriages, and his politics, all of which led me to read this book inside out. Then I began again, and read it as Frankel intended. But it isn’t the elegant Cooper who stays in my mind —

it is “High Noon” screenwriter Carl Foreman. As Frankel writes Foreman’s story, the reader can feel the slow ignition of a fire that would almost destroy a man. As the politics of 1951 closed in,

serious HUAC follies in Washington in the fall of 1947 with a mixture of horror and dis-

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Foreman tweaked his screenplay into even more of a parable of its time. The attraction of the ideals of the Communist Party due to the rise of world Fascism in the 1930s and the fight against it in the Second World War is not to be denied. Later, the abuses of Stalinism and the expansion of the Soviet Union ushered most Hollywood members out the door. Nonetheless, the post-war House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) put opinion-shaping liberal Hollywood in its sightlines, Congressman Richard Nixon helping to lead the way. HUAC became accuser, judge, jury, and executioner. As Frankel writes, “Carl Foreman watched the deadly

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Future of cars is on the radar at Petersen Museum Hear about the evolution of the auto industry at “The Future of the Automobile Conference” on Thurs., May 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Petersen Automotive Museum, in partnership with the Los Angeles World Affairs Council. Autonomous vehicles (AVs), the impact of AVs on city landscapes, the future of

auto racing and competition between auto manufacturers and tech companies to design the next generation of transportation will be discussed. “As one of the nation’s preeminent automotive museums, it is our duty to share both the history and the future of the automobile,” said Petersen execu(Please turn to page 10)

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Douglas students followed conservationist’s footsteps

“Be a nuisance where it counts … Do your part to inform and stimulate the public to join your actions.   Be depressed, discouraged, and disappointed at failure and the disheartening effects of ignorance, greed, corruption, and bad politics — but never give up.” Margery Stoneman Douglas Before the tragic events in Parkland, Florida last month, I will wager that many did not know the name Margery Stoneman Douglas or what she had achieved to have a high school named after her. As events unfolded, it was no surprise that students at Douglas were following in her footsteps of activism.  Douglas, a journalist, suffragist, supporter of local libraries and early supporter of the ACLU, also became a conservationist later in life. At the age of 79, she fought to save the Everglades from development, in particular a planned jetport that would have dramatically altered the environment. Her involvement in that fight led to the quote above, and it is a fitting reminder in this National Historic Preservation Month that activism has always been needed and perseverance a necessity. Conservation As the Los Angeles Conservancy enters its 40th year and ponders its future in a diverse and changing city, as landmark schools (John Burroughs Middle School and Roosevelt High School) and other icons (Hollywood Boulevard, historic single family residences,  historic parks, and Yamashiro) are threatened, it seems prudent to pause and reflect on the successes and challenges of the past and to contemplate the renewal of commitment to preserving the built environment. “Preservation” and “conservation” are the business of the Los Angeles Conservancy. Challenging climate A recent panel discussion at the Central Library hosted by KPCC commentator Larry Mantle — and featuring Margaret Bach (founding president of the Conservancy), Christopher Hawthorne (newly appointed chief design officer of the City of Los Angeles and former architectural critic of the “Los Angeles Times”), Luis Hoyes (architect and urban designer whose work has furthered the understanding of Latino heritage in Los Angeles) and Michelle Magolony, executive director of Asian & Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation — highlighted the complexity of preservation efforts in today’s challenging climate of development, need for housing, and competing (or layering of) historical narratives.



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Local gardens: Garden Conservancy is on tour May 6

The 2018 Garden Conservancy “Los Angeles Open Day” tour returns to Hancock Park and Windsor Square and adds Fremont Place to its itinerary on Sun., May 6. The tour will cover seven gardens in the neighborhood, including Marlborough School and an Italianate villa in Windsor Square. The Arden garden, last seen on the tour

in 2009, has Pittosporum balls with the lavender and “Golden Celebration” roses. Two new gardens filled with great ideas for outdoor living on a large scale and on a very intimate scale have been added this year. One is the garden of Windsor Square resident Kathleen Losey. She will have a retrospective of her art on display — and for sale — in

the midst of the arbutus trees and climbing roses. The tour will also go behind the gates of Fremont Place for the first time to visit two properties. One garden has a unique variety of roses, succulents, palms and flowering trees. There are miniature vignettes throughout. The other Fremont Place garden has a (Please turn to page 10)


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Brothers Collateral still a family business after 38 years

By Suzan Filipek Looking west from Larchmont and Melrose you can see the canary-yellow Brothers Collateral Loans building from blocks away. “It was not my idea,” owner Rudy Gintel said of the eyepopping choice of color. “My mother and wife wanted it, and you don’t argue with your mother and wife. It’s not wise.” Rudy and his brother Ernest celebrated their 38th year last month at the pawn shop at 5901 Melrose Ave. at Cahuenga Blvd. In hindsight, Rudy says painting the building “firehydrant” yellow was “sort of poetic,” because, he’s since learned, in Asia the color is associated with profit. “And, that’s what we deal with. Half of our business is money. …” Cash to be exact. He got into the family business in a roundabout way. As a young man, he gave up music to go to law school. “My father wanted me to go,” he says. When his father and uncle sold a pawn shop near MacArthur Park and his dad offered to open one Hancock Park-adjacent, Rudy said, “Sure, why not? “You never know what life

“IT’S A BUSINESS that helps people,” says pawn shop owner Rudy Gintel.

brings, do you?” he mused in his shop last month. “It’s decorated exactly the way you think a pawn shop should look, with guitars everywhere, clocks, trophy heads, jewelry, microphones, art and that wonderful mix of all kinds of stuff you never knew you always wanted,” says his wife Myrna. In a nod to his guitar and songwriting days, he sells a bevy of instruments and amplifiers, and he stores musicians’ prized instruments in a Class 2 vault. (It’s safer than some banks, he says.) The early-1900s building has a history all its own; it had a cameo role in the latest “Grand Theft Auto” video game and

was featured on Huell Howser’s TV series, “California Gold.” Rudy’s mother Shirley, 93, the shop’s bookkeeper till a few years ago, ran into Huell at a local grocery store. “She talked him into doing a show on us,” said Rudy. While the shop has gained in notoriety, the land value has skyrocketed. Developers drop in weekly, says Rudy, who has no plans to sell, but retirement is not far from his mind. The store, once open seven days a week, is closed on Sundays, and Rudy and Myrna enjoy drives in his 300ZX. “I want to put the top down and drive to the beach,” he says.

Driving the two-seater makes Rudy, 70, feel like a teen again. “I want to feel like I’m 19 when I get out of the car, too,” he quips. But the nature of the business and the people he meets draw him back. “It’s a business that helps people. I enjoy that. Not everyone has a bank account that’s viable. Not everyone has a credit card. But they do have assets.” And many need cash. In this era of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, cash is still king. “It allows people to have private lives,” says Rudy. One lady brought in a valuable watch, and with her new cash in hand went off to the horse races. Like most of Rudy’s customers, she returned within the required four months and paid back the money, plus interest, got her watch back, and her family was none the wiser. His law degree has come in handy on several trips to Sacramento as an officer of the California Pawnbrokers Association. He was also on the land use committee for the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council and on the board of the Hancock Park Homeowners Association. (Myrna, a former Larchmont Chronicle Woman of Larchmont, is ac-

PIRATES are among the eclectic items found at the shop.

tive with the Windsor SquareHancock Park Historical Society and The Ebell.) The couple raised three children, had several dogs, and now have two rescue cats who “own the house.” All kinds of people come to the pawnshop, says Myrna. “One of the most exciting names I can remember was Jack Lemmon. He was helping out a friend, with his expertise, who was looking at a watch.” Then there was a duchess from England who bought high-end camera equipment and luggage. “It doesn’t matter how wealthy someone is, everyone likes a deal,” says Myrna. “People come in here not knowing what they want, but they usually leave with something,” said Gintel.

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Nominations accepted for drought-tolerant garden tour Gardens in Brookside, Sycamore Square, Wilshire Park and possibly Fremont Place will be on the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council Drought-Tolerant Garden Tour Sat., June 2 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. commencing at Los Angeles High Library Memorial Park, 4625 W. Olympic Blvd. (in front of Memorial

Branch Library). Attendees of the second annual event may procure maps of the gardens at the meeting point for the selfguided and free tour. The GWNC is encouraging community members to self-nominate their gardens or nominate a neighbor’s garden for the tour. Nominations must include the

address and a photograph of the garden submitted to sustainability@greaterwilshire. org by Mon., May 14. At the meeting point, Rain Barrels Intl. will conduct a class on rainwater harvesting and explain distributing rain barrels for sale, which are eligible for City of Los Angeles Rain Barrel Rebates. Other guests to be

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tive director Terry L. Karges. Speakers will include Alex Roy, founder of Human Driving Association, Jill Sciarappo, strategic marketing director for Automated Driving at Intel, and Ted Schilowitz, futurist at Paramount Pictures, as well as experts from Caltech, Microsoft and the Art Center College of Design. Pete Talk A recent public program at the Petersen featured a fascinating “Pete Talk” by Kent Kresa, Petersen board member and former president and chairman of Northrop Grumman Corporation. To a Saturday morning audience that filled the museum’s penthouse, Kresa described his 2008 summer as Chairman of General Motors, when he helped the company recover from the most tumultuous few weeks in its history. Kresa told how he was asked (“not a request you can decline”) by President Obama to help turn around GM. In his talk, he described how he helped steer the company in a new direction, recovering from bankruptcy, while leading the planning of the longterm future of GM. To learn about the May 3 conference, visit

SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE members Julie Stromberg and Cathy Roberts at last year’s tour.

Local gardens (Continued from page 8)

garden maze, purple wisteria and yellow “Lady Banks” roses. The Colonial Revival home of the Fischer garden was designed by architects Hunt and Burns in 1915. The garden includes pergolas, terraces, raised vegetable gardens and Japanese maples. Start your tour at Marlborough School from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (each garden is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Enter on Third Street between Rossmore Avenue and Arden Boulevard for maps and to purchase tickets. No reservations are required. Admission is $7 per garden or $35 for six tickets; children 12 and under free. Call 1-888-842-2442, or visit  for more information.   The Garden Conservancy is a national nonprofit dedicated to saving and sharing outstanding American gardens.



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whether they had belonged to the Communist Party ... people could accept radicals who had the courage of their convictions ... He felt a sense of relief that he was too small a fish to be of interest to the committee.” That changed when the HUAC came back to town in 1951. Foreman was successful, well-known and finishing the dialogue for the “High Noon” script. The first day of the shoot, Sept. 5, 1951, was also the first day that a Hollywood producer began “naming names” so he could avoid the blacklist and secure his professional future. “Naming names“ was supported by the Hollywood media, industry, and Screen Actors Guild, then headed by Ronald Reagan. So Foreman had a choice: be in contempt of the committee by refusing to “name names,” or betray his friends and col-

leagues. His parallel and contemporaneous experience of the filming of “High Noon” and his excoriation by the HUAC is the leitmotif of the multi-layered book. It was all much worse than can be imagined in hindsight of 63 years. Because of the blacklist, Carl Foreman was unable to receive credit for the Oscar he and Michael Wilson received for the screenplay for “The Bridge on the River Kwai.” On June 25, 1984, the board of the Writers Guild voted unanimously that Foreman and Wilson were to receive credit for the screenplay, and awarded their Oscars.




clude a tour with Wattles family member Susan Wattles; Hollywood Heritage’s “Evening @ the Barn” presentation on the history and future of movie studios (May 9); KCET’s recent Artbound episode highlighting the social justice activities of the Church of the Epiphany in historic Lincoln Heights; and the Conservancy’s 40th anniversary walking tour on May 12. One of the “Featured Properties for Preservation Month” on the National Park Service website is our own Subway Terminal Building. This month is also Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a celebration of cultures which have greatly contributed to Los Angeles’ history. Christy Johnson McAvoy, a former president of both the Los Angeles Conservancy and the California Preservation Foundation, as well as an Advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, founded Historic Resources Group in Hollywood.


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Find ‘livable luxury’ at The Linen House

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Thoroughly modern and a bit of Art Deco at these complexes By Suzan Filipek and Rachel Olivier Urban living has never been better with several choices in the offing on famed Wilshire Boulevard. Desmond at Wilshire offers an oasis in the bustling city. The new seven-story building has modern touches throughout yet evokes its

Art Deco past. It is located behind the legendary 1929 Desmond’s Tower, at 5520 Wilshire. The 175 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments feature floor-to-ceiling window walls. Select units have balconies and decks, lofts and views of downtown and (Please turn to page 14)

By Suzan Filipek Once upon a time a family would only pull out its handmade tablecloths and linens on holidays and special occasions. Interior decorator Shelly Striks wants to make the beauty of the past accessible each and every day. “Let’s talk linen,” she says, welcoming you to her light and airy new shop, The Linen House, 6017 Melrose Ave. Reminiscent of her Hungarian grandmother’s fine tablecloths, she offers styles from hand-embroidered and French lace to modern cloths, off-theshelf and custom orders to accommodate any size table or taste. There are also washable tablemats, and duvets, covers and sheets. She offers everything from drapery and dish towels to pillows and baby swaddles. Custom options

COZY PASHMINAS and playful Missoni towels are among items at the new shop. Designer Shelly Striks, above.

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THE SEVENS has four levels per residence.

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(Continued from page 13) the Hollywood Hills. Amenities include quartz countertops with glass mosaic backsplash, porcelain tile and hardwood-style plank floors, stainless steel Energy Star appliances and keyless entry. A resort-style pool has an outdoor TV lounge. A fireplace and a rooftop deck add to the five-star experience, said Lau-

ren Ellison, manager, national marketing. Most pets are welcome at the site opened in 2016. ••• A collection of seven small lot, single-family dwellings at 4701 Wilshire Blvd., dubbed The Sevens, has garnered much interest from the community. After the Chronicle’s first article last July, the real estate brokers tell us they received requests for informa-


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will enter under a theater marquee at The Mansfield when it opens in June. The Mansfield architecture also mixes the area’s Art Deco past with the new at the 138unit, mixed-use apartment building at 5100 Wilshire

Blvd. — at Mansfield Ave. In homage to the Four Star Theatre, which opened at this location in 1932, the lobby décor includes photos and murals of movie premieres held there, said developer Aaron (Please turn to page 15)

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Showcase mixes Mediterranean with modern touches

Pasadena Showcase House of Design — called “The Overlook” for its once-panoramic views — is a 12,000-square foot Mediterranean estate built in 1915. Designed by architect Reginald Davis Johnson at a cost of $14,000, more than 20 in-

terior and exterior designers have participated in creating this year’s showcase villa and garden. The home and garden tour opens Sun., April 22 and continues to Sun., May 20. The original owners were two sisters: Ruth (Scarritt)

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PARAPETS and geometric patterns add touch of history at Mansfield, at the site of the former Four Star Theatre.

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(Continued from page 14) Korda of the Korda Group. Other touches are geometric parapets on the building, a fountain with custom tiling, and balconies with stone façades. Two floors of the six-story building feature lofts with 18foot ceilings. Amenities at the complex include private balconies, a pool and Jacuzzi, fire pits, a gym, clubhouse, outdoor movie theater and spacious decks with views of downtown and the Hollywood Hills. An Automobile Club of Southern California office and a yoga studio will be on the ground floor, Korda said. The original movie theater will be memorialized in the project breezeway by three murals by artist Jeanine Hat-

tas. Based on historic photos, painted on canvas and applied to the concrete walls, the largest, 34’x13’, shows crowds at a 1939 movie premiere attended by the Keystone Cops, Mr. and Mrs. Darryl Zanuck and Joan Crawford. Three framed art pieces from the 900-seat theater will hang in the main lobby. The Four Star was one of several theaters commissioned by United Artists and Fox West Coast Theatres and was designed by the firm of Walker and Eisen, with Clifford Balch as architect, according to the Los Angeles Conservancy. The former movie house featured Art Deco details including  inscribed chevrons, stripes, and abstract figurative and floral motifs, as well as a central tower that rose in a series of staggered steps.

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marble and white décor showroom. Outside, a dramatic black-and-white color palette leads to the front door on Melrose, between Hudson and Wilcox. The bungalow was the perfect fit for her new shop; after all, what better place to buy linen than in a home? “I believe very strongly in

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the integrity of a neighborhood,” says Striks, whose grandparents lived nearby and whose children attend schools in the area. “As a designer, I believe in beautifying homes by keeping their original architectural splendor but working with the finishes to create a livable family-friendly environment,” she says. Since opening in April, she can hardly keep the U.S.,

Canadian, French and Swiss product lines on the shelves. Poetic Pillow — inspired by great works of art — and funky chic pillows are available and can also be dressed to order. “If you dream it, we can make it.” Organic cotton baby swaddles by Atelier Choux Paris feature whimsical illustrations and come in a gift box for $40 each. Children’s play mats are also

LINEN HOUSE is on Melrose between Hudson and Wilcox.

100 percent cotton and can be taken to the beach, shared with the family dog, or, at 5’x8,’ serve at a little girl’s lifesized tea party. Like everything else, no worries—just throw them in the wash. Sparkly pink makeup bags for teens and more adult but still fun totes for women, diffusers and candles are also on the shelves, starting at $20. Striks’ mission is to find the finest quality available for all price ranges. “The beauty of the store is what’s going on in this room,” she says, heading to a space filled with custom fabric options by high-end designers. While the shop is mostly about linen, it’s also about the

families who live here. “When decorating these palatial homes that were filled with families, pets and constant business parties, I took note of how hard it was to find not only bedding that would match my decor, but bedding my clients can really live with … bedding that their child holding a bottle can cuddle up to, bedding that pets can take an afternoon nap on. “I wanted bedding to meet my clients’ decor needs in color, quality and texture but, at the same time, be used as a livable luxury item.” The Linen House is open by appointment only, six days a week. Contact her at shelly@, call 310-924-2007 or visit her on instagram @thelinenhouseLA.


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Celebrated designer takes her cues from her clients’ lives I certainly salute the Larchmont Chronicle special section theme this month: “Design for Living.” Design matters. Architecture and rooms and gardens have intrigued me for as long as I can remember. I have always associated the idea of home with a welcoming place ready for family, for friends, and for me. One summer in England, in the mid-1980s, mutual friends offered to take my husband and me to visit Nancy Lancaster’s garden at Haseley Court. I was thrilled. I had seen pictures, of course, but walking through that deliciously scented garden with clipped box hedges and tumbling flowers was magic to me. After the tour around the garden, conducted by her sister, we were invited in for coffee and her witty and entertaining conversation. Mrs. Lancaster had moved to a cottage in the garden, Little Haseley, and we talked in her small sitting room, the famous one with all the seating covered in blue-and-white striped cotton, which had been picked up on holiday in Greece. The walls were almost completely covered with charming objects and personal mementos. In its lack of grandeur, it was so different from the big house she had left. And yet, it so clearly came from the same sensibility: one concerned with making a place of comfort with interesting

things—and with appropriateness. That room fully expressed the extraordinary woman who had created it.

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Suzanne Rheinstein When designing, I take my cues from my clients and the lives they actually lead and those they might lead. Usually, those lives are filled with work and philanthropy and family and gardening and sports, and the clients often can be overcommitted. They are seeking a haven from the tumult, a place of calm and cosseting, and whether I choose a style that is more colorful or less, more casual or less, more packed or less, the rooms I design end up with a sense of calm. It is a good thing to live with the graciousness of an earlier era, but not the formality and folderol. In my work I appreciate the harmony of proportion and the delight of throwing it off deliberately. I care about the relationship of colors and, especially, textures: the roughness of some sisal rugs, the imperfect smoothness of woven kilim, smooth wool satin, nubby silk noile, block-printed linen, ribbed cotton, shiny lacquered

Lifetime achievement of Suzanne Rheinstein recognized in New York

The New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) was founded in 1916, and it has been leading the study of interior design for more than a century. Last month, one of California’s own (originally via New Orleans) was honored in New York City at the NYSID’s annual awards gala with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Among local friends traveling to honor Rheinstein were Windsor Square neighbors Jennifer and Bill Fain and Hancock Park’s Carlotta Keely. A large assemblage of New York’s and the nation’s leading design professionals gathered for the event, held at the landmark University Club building on Fifth Avenue. NYSID president David Sprouls said that the awards presented that night “represent our community and the design profession’s highest honor, and are reserved for those individuals who have used their position to positively impact the world of interior design.” Award recipient Rheinstein also is a furniture, lighting and fabric designer. Her Hollyhock fabric and rug collections are produced by Lee Jofa. She is the author of the best-selling books “At Home”

finishes, old walnut with deep patina, 19th-century painting rubbed down to the wood. When you are in one of these rooms you will first notice how comfortable it is and how good you feel, and only then will you begin to notice the subtle details — the way the uphol-

stery is finished with an unusual woven tape, the small pleats in the corners of the pillows, the limestone paint on the walls, the glow of old Sheffield silver, mirror plate so old that it reflects an evocatively soft image. All are part of a harmonious whole and contribute to a

very wonderful place to live. Guest columnist Suzanne Rheinstein’s shop, Hollyhock, originated on Larchmont Boulevard. Earlier this year, Rheinstein closed the shop 30 years after it opened, allowing her to concentrate exclusively on her interior design work.

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Dog’s life saved, thanks to savvy neighbors and prosecutor

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CAMPBELL home in 1926 on Las Palmas Ave., built by George McNee, Alexandra’s great grandfather.

At Marlborough, Alexandra was captain of the equestrian team, and growing up with horses and as a self-described animal lover, she felt obligated to join the Animal Cruelty Unit in the District Attorney’s office. “It’s some of the most rewarding work I do, even though it is difficult. You can turn their whole life around.” “The best part is that Hera has a wonderful new home. Not all these cases have such happy endings, sadly,” said Judith Campbell, Alexandra’s mom. Next door neighbors Alexandra’s parents, Judith and Alex, grew up next door to each other on Las Palmas. Judith went to Marlborough; Alex attended Harvard School (now Harvard/Westlake).   “In 1926, my husband’s grandparents built the house on Las Palmas in which he and his family were living when we met,” said Judith.   “My great grandfather (George McNee) built it from scratch,” says Alexandra. Alexandra’s other great grandfather, John B.T. Campbell, was managing editor of the “Herald Examiner;” his son Alex N. was a financial editor there. “Perhaps Alexandra inherited her love of animals from [Alex N.]. He was known for walking the streets of Hancock Park with a bag of dog treats to give to all his fourlegged friends,” says Judith. Alexandra was the fourth generation of the family to live in the brick Tudor-style home built by her great-grandfather. She now lives in Glendale, closer to her “off-the-track thoroughbred” who she is retraining to jump. When not working to save other Los Angeles animals, that is.

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A labor of love: Renovating a 1920s craftsman home By Billy Taylor Designing your dream home is never easy or fast, but for one Windsor Square resident, the finish line is finally near. Christine Speer has been renovating her 1920s craftsman on Irving Boulevard since 2015, and now, with the last coat of paint dried and the windows covered, Speer tells the Chronicle that she is happy to be “pretty much done.” Neighborhood first The journey all began when Christine and her husband, Michael, who works in commercial real estate, decided to relocate to Los Angeles from Toronto. When they arrived, their first task was to find a neighborhood to call home. “We started by looking at neighborhoods with good schools,” says Speer. “We wanted to live in a walkable community.” Windsor Square checks both boxes, of course, but there wasn’t anything on the market at the time that grabbed their attention. “We looked at a lot of places,” gushed Christine. When the couple toured a five-bedroom, 4,000 squarefoot property on the 300 block of S. Irving, Christine says their first reaction was: “No way!” The house had recently endured a below-par flip,

SITTING ROOM is updated with herringbone wood floors and wall paneling painted in a Farrow & Ball accent color.

resulting in a lot of the original details being stripped, and on top of that, the property still needed a lot of work to restore its original glory. A couple of weeks later, however, the property’s seller reduced the listing price and signaled a motivation to sell, which caught the Speers’ attention. Could they buy the property and then design their dream house? They decided to go for it. Project begins After hiring a general contractor, the work began in Oct. 2015. The repair list was long, including the hardwood floor(Please turn to page 20)

KITCHEN was modernized by removing a wall to the family room and adding sliding glass doors. Decorative tiles and white cabinetry help to brighten the family’s main living space.

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their property just to get an upgrade in power. “At one point, we were ready to move in, but were still waiting to get the power sorted out. When it finally got fixed, we moved in that same day.” That was in 2016. Interiors Once the structural changes were complete, the power restored, and the family in residence, the interior decorating began. From the start, Christine says it was important for them to design a house that restored original Craftsman details while modernizing the kitchen and family room. “We tried to keep the moldings true to a Craftsman, and we even restored wood paneling in areas,” says Speers. “We lightened things up too. There’s a big skylight above the stairs — it’s very airy now!” Describing the interior as “eclectic,” Christine says that she wanted an open-concept kitchen and living room so the family could use the space together. With three schoolaged kids, a backyard pool was also a necessity of sorts. “Everything was focused on the ability for us to have movie night and hang out together,” says Christine. When it came time to pick paint colors, Christine says she turned to specialist Farrow & Ball, who sent out a consultant to suggest a cohesive color scheme for the house. “It’s really helpful,” she says

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of the service. “For like $200, they send out a designer. The paint is super-saturated and shifts in different light; it’s moody and neat,” says Speer. Other local vendors that Speer’s credits are Absolute Appliance (“incredible customer service and pricing”) and INFO Lighting (“really nice light store with great service”), both located on La Brea Avenue. So after years of suffering construction workers, city permits, designers and landscapers, one can’t help but wonder: would you do it all over again? “Looking back, I’m not big on regrets,” says Christine. “The house is designed by us, for us. But had we realized how much work it was going to be, we probably wouldn’t have done it,” she admits. That being said, the Speers plan to enjoy their home for many years to come. “We’re not moving, we’re staying right here,” she concludes with a laugh.

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Weekend events held in the Rose Garden at Descanso Get to know the Rose Garden at Descanso, 1418 Descanso Dr., La Cañada Flintridge, while enjoying music, community service and more. Dirty your hands and help care for the Rose Garden on Community Service Day, Sat., May 19 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Gardeners ages 16 and older,

den with a cello performance by Fang Fang Xu Sat., May 19 at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. A harp performance by Tina Lenert Sun., May 20 will be at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Spring bloom walks are Saturdays and Sundays at 11 a.m. For more information, visit

all levels of experience, are welcome. Instruction and supervision will be provided by Descanso horticulture staff. Be inspired by the spring blooms in the Rose Garden, while working on crafts, Sat., May 19 and Sun., May 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hear music in the Rose Gar-

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Michaels not always the best way to show a two-suited hand Here’s your hand, sitting South: ♠J ♥Q ♦ AJ98652 ♣ KQ98

sitting East. In this hand, this South passed. Millie, West, also passed so North had to play the hand in 2D, a suit in which he was void. North ♠ AKT9654 ♥ A97643 ♦ Void ♣ Void

Here’s the bidding: Auction: West North East South 1D 2D* P ? * Michaels, showing a hand containing at least 5 hearts and 5 spades Ah, this is a puzzle. Partner has cue bid your seven card suit! But it’s a conventional bid, Michaels, showing two five card majors. What to do? This was a hand I played with my former partner, Mille Garrison, in a four section, two game event in the 1996 Palms Springs Regional Tournament against some of the best players in the world. Millie was sitting West and I was

West ♠ 73 ♥K ♦ KQT74 ♣ AJ732

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South ♠J ♥Q ♦ AJ98652 ♣ KQ98 Auction: West North East South 1D 2D P P P Bidding: This is a shining

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Grand Slam example of why Michaels is not always the best way to show a huge 2-suiter. People think that if they have a two-suited hand, they should always use it. I don’t agree. North misbid. There is no way that his partner could know he had a hand that was 7-6. He should overcall Millie’s 1D with 1S and then jump to 4H with his second bid, letting partner choose which suit. And partner, given two singleton honors, should take him back to his first suit. If North bid Michaels, as here, and if East passed, as here, then South should bid 2 spades. Partner can’t possibly know the shape of that hand. Here, who wouldn’t be tempted to pass 2D with a seven card

suit headed by the AJ, even if LHO did open 1D? However, since his LHO, West, opened with South’s 7 card suit, there’s a good possibility that West has four diamonds (you know she has at least three), so how many diamonds could North have? He’s already shown an unbalanced hand, so the chances of him having more than one are slim and the chances of his being void are excellent. So if you think about it, you shouldn’t be tempted to pass and take the chance that your partner will be forced to play this in a suit in which he is obviously horribly short. If partner shows two 5-card majors (which is all Michaels promises), and your RHO passes, make a choice between the two, even if you have two singletons. Play: As East, I led the 4 of clubs, Millie taking South’s king with her ace. She smothered South’s singleton queen of hearts by leading her king. While South could get rid of

one club on the AK spades, South was doomed to play the hand out of her hand and we got 2 club tricks and 4 diamond tricks for down one. Because Millie had five clubs, she could always take South’s diamond lead and force him to ruff and lead into her again. My club ten backed up by three other clubs was a huge card for the defense, keeping South from getting any club other than the queen. Other tables were playing the hand in 4 spades, making, losing a spade and two hearts. I don’t know how they bid it. We were the only table at which North played the hand in 2D. It was the last hand of the day for us. We set it one trick and it gave us the best score in the room on this hand which was enough for us to win the 64 table event. Grand Slam is the nom de plume for an author of a bestselling book on bridge, an ACBL accredited director and a Silver Life Master.

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Two theories on the old saying to renege on a bet Do you “welsh” or “welch” on a bet, and what’s the origin? queries John Tudall. Actually, either word is correct — welch being merely an older spelling of a person from the country of Wales. As for the gambling connotation, some sources refer to the old nursery rhyme, “Taffy was a Welchman, Taffy was a thief.” Welsh sources, however, swear that the original “welshers” were English bookies who took refuge in the uninhabited wilds of Wales to avoid

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paying off. Take your pick. • • • Why has high society always been known as “The 400”? queries Robin Staley. This numerical appellation was coined in 1889 by society

nothing to do with the celebrated novelist. Here, “dickens” is a corruption of the medieval “nickens” which referred to the devil and his merciless ways. You see, in England, the Evil One’s ancient “nick” name is “Old Nick” (from the German nickel, goblin, and not to be confused with Santa Claus or “Saint Nick”) and derives from the devil’s storied practice of “nicking” or snatching unrepentant sinners into the Infernal Regions. • • •

reporter Ward McAllister, who opined that only 400 people truly qualified as New York society. He got the amount from the number of society stiffs that the ballroom at Mrs. Astor’s 5th Avenue town house was designed to accommodate, there being only that number worthy of an invitation. • • • When we give someone a scolding, we give them “the dickens.” Why? ponders Jane Stratton. Actually, this phrase has

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We’re improving the technology that does exist,” said Oh. What makes Ecube “leaps and bounds ahead of the competition” is customer service, he added. “We don’t just drop off trash bins and leave.” Similar smart bins by Big Belly have been on Larchmont Blvd. for about four years. There are 13 conjoined recycling and trash stations on Larchmont Blvd., explained Leila Dillon, a spokesperson

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