Why starting with ‘the big picture’ pays off in home design

“I always say to start with the shell of the house and then work your way into the fine details,” said interior designer Robin Strickler. The founder of Orange County-based interior design firm Design Works has a soft spot for finishing touches, but only after the “big picture” has been set. To begin, Strickler spoke to the owners of a Newport Coast home about changing the existing Tuscan-inspired design theme to something more modern and coastal— more Santa Barbara, less Mediterranean. “When we started, there was gold and granite and travertine and a lot of things were pillowed and rounded,” said Strickler. Now, the home feels open, airy and organic.… Read More

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Report: Justin Timberlake To Honor Prince In Super Bowl Halftime Show

Oh god, not another hologram! Justin Timberlake’s gonna trot out everyone’s favorite legend, Prince, in the form of a HOLOGRAM during today’s Super Bowl halftime show?! JT hinted at the ethereal collab at his Man of the Woods listening party that was hosted at Prince’s Paisley Park compound in Minnesota, on Thursday. Justin told fans he’s a huge Prince fan and never thought he’d be debuting his own album at Prince’s former home. After a TMA report that followed claimed Timberlake would use a hologram during his halftime gig, Prince’s brother Omarr Baker took to Twitter to deny the report. Prince’s former fiancee and longtime musical partner Sheila E. also… Read More

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Disneyland drive to die for: 18 fab roadside eats that’ll rev up any trip down Highway 5

A journey down Highway 5 en route to Disneyland used to mean grabbing fast-food burgers or sitting down to a lengthy Harris Ranch meal. That was then, this is now and the Five is no longer a culinary wasteland, thanks to roadside eateries offering everything from Salvadoran pupusas to Indian curry so good, it’s worth the drive by itself. Here’s where to nosh the entire way, from the first stop for sausage sandwiches in Gustine, an hour’s drive from Livermore, to Tex-Mex and ice cream in Kettleman City, flaky samosas on the Grapevine and a burger heaven as you descend into L.A. 1 Gustine: Wolfsen’s Meat and Sausage Deli It… Read More

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At some schools, mental health battle includes the Bible

All kinds of colleges are dealing with unprecedented student demand for mental health services, but at religious schools the trend is often handled in multiple ways. For the 6,000-plus students at Biola University, help can come from both counselors and spiritual advisors. Biola does not skimp on psychological services. Though the La Mirada school has only four full-time licensed mental health professionals, it also has 18 licensed part-timers and 66 graduate students who are pre-licensed therapists. Last school year, the counseling center saw 680 students, a ratio of about eight students per therapist. Melanie Taylor, director of the university’s counseling center, said Biola, unlike many universities, also does not cap… Read More

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Javi Marroquin Issues Actual Apology to Kailyn Lowry

Look out, celebrity gossip lovers across the world! You may want to duck and take cover. Because we’re pretty sure pigs will start flying at any moment. We have this inkling because Teen Mom 2 star Javi Marroquin went ahead and did the unthinkable on Friday night: He issued what appears to be a heartfelt apology to Kailyn Lowry. For real! “At the end of the day a good relationship with my sons mother will make Lincoln the happiest. I lost sight of that,” Javi wrote, referencing the child he shares with his ex-wife. The mea culpa was prompted by Marroquin’s actions while visiting current (or maybe ex) girlfriend, Briana… Read More

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Time to vote! What’s the best Bay Area taco?

The Bay Area’s evolving Mexican food scene has given rise to some pretty heated debates over who makes the best taco. Whether you’re devoted to old-school taco shops like San Jose’s Super Taqueria or modern gourmet taquerias like Glena’s Tacos & Margaritas in San Francisco, one thing is certain: This calls for a taco bracket. We asked readers to nominate their favorite Bay Area taco spots. Now we’re pitting 32 taquerias against one another to see which restaurant deserves the title of Top Tortilla — and asking you to be judge, jury and eater. First-round voting closes Feb. 8 at noon. Voting for the Sizzling 16 begins Friday at 6… Read More

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