When people ask Jonah Ward what type of artist he is, he’s often met with puzzled stares after he tells them that he “burns wood with glass.” But once Ward whips out his iPod and shows a short video of himself in the studio, the confusion quickly turns into bug-eyed fascination.

You may have seen Los Angeles photographer Sharon Montrose's animal prints before, but have you seen this delightful Flying Geese print? Although Montrose writes, "It's really just two geese at a fraction of a second," I love how they appear to be flying—or, in my eyes, dancing.

If you're in the market for some home-related purchases, there are lots of ways to do your shopping and save a little money this weekend.

When it comes to interiors and architecture, San Francisco loves a good show. Off the top of my head I can think of three major annual home tours or showcase houses, and that's not counting the myriad of smaller ones that pop up each spring and fall. But take it from a women who goes to (nearly) all of them, the Elle Decor Showhouse is not-t0-be-missed (purchase tickets here). There are at least eight reasons why.

  Got a hankering to make a design statement in a small space? Dean Larkin of architecture firm, Dean Larkin Design did just that in his own office.

  It's not every day you can buy a house with a foyer modeled after the Pantheon in Rome, but just such a rarity is on the market in Los Angeles, asking $5.495M. Now's your chance.

MASHstudios spent three years perfecting their new PCHseries, and the attention to detail shows. The collection includes pieces made of solid plantation-grown teak, fitted with cast aluminum accents that resemble wood and seem more like jewelry.

I've been a fan of Jeanine Hayes–aka the voice behind design blog AphroChic–and her modern, soulful style for some time, so when she released a line of home accessories under the same name as her website last year, I was all eyes.

Jack Lenor Larsen is a legend in the textiles world. He's worked with heavy hitters like Frank Lloyd Wright and has had his own designs featured in museums like the de Young. Also an author, collector and accomplished gardener, his famed LongHouse estate's structures and landscapes, which are infused with his unique and worldly design sensibility, are lovingly chronicled in Molly Chappellet's new book, Jack Lenor Larsen's LongHouse (Chronicle Books).

We are extremely excited to introduce the newest member of the California Home +Design blogging team, former ReadyMade Editor-in-Chief, Shoshana Berger.   Shoshana got her magazine chops at Wired in the pre-Facebook era, then went on to write for The New York Times, Spin, Salon, The San Francisco Chronicle, Business 2.0, Travel and Leisure, and Sunset. In 1999, she became an editorial director for Young & Rubicam’s Brand Futures division. She cofounded ReadyMade magazine in 2001 and served as its Editor-in-Chief for nine years. She is the coauthor of ReadyMade: How to Make Almost Everything (Crown, 2005), which was featured in the 2007 Cooper-Hewitt Design Triennial. She has lectured and taught workshops at Stanford, the Dallas Museum of Art, IDEO, Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, and in Clay Felker’s magazine program at UC Berkeley. We are thrilled to have Shoshana blogging for us weekly on  Check in on Wednesdays for her chronicles of the California luxury DIY movement. Last week, she profiled Berkeley-based custom furniture-maker, Thomas Wold and this week she's taking a look at Edgar Blazona of TrueModern.   The most successful people I know are college dropouts. I even wrote an article about it once. Add Edgar Blazona to that list.


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