David A. Keeps

Travel and Design Journalist, TV Producer and Host

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House Tour: An Arts And Crafts Cottage In Beverly Hills
More than a century old, Arts and Crafts architecture is certainly a venerated style. But it's hardly a fashionable one. "The last time the style was popular was back in the...
Grand designs
Interior designer Michael S Smith's modernist house in Los Angeles couldn't be more different from his previous home - a Georgian-style manor - but he loves its 'heroic'...
Spotlight on The Haas Brothers
With new ideas and radical techniques, Nikolai qand Simon Hass have become design's latest enfants terribles. "Ridiculous." This is how brothers Nikolai and Simon Haas describe...
Budget design, small-space solutions anchor houseboat makeover
A water-view home with a patch of grass just didn't float Misty Tosh's boat, but when the television producer came upon a 1980s three-story houseboat in Marina del Rey, she dove...
A flair for the whimsical
As children of the Great Depression, Jerome and Evelyn Ackerman had modest dreams: They wanted to own their home and decorate it with beautiful things. In 1952, the couple left...
Peter Dunham, Newport Beach
David A. Keeps: Ocean blue starts at the front door and flows all the way through the house. Was that inspired by the colors of the bay? Peter Dunham: Well, the house is on Lido...
Long Beach master John Nyquist carves a reputation for midcentury classics
SHIRLEY NYQUIST, the vivacious record-keeper of her husband's furniture-making business, pulls out a typewritten list from 1960 showing a walnut armchair with sculpted back and...
Charmed Circle: Reese Witherspoon at Home
Reese Witherspoon's Southern charm has lit up such hit comedies as Legally Blonde and Sweet Home Alabama, and her skill and intensity brought her an Oscar for her role as...
Redesigns For Living: Joe Doucet Reimagines Headphones, Whiskey And More
JOE DOUCET IS A LIVING BLUEPRINT FOR THE 21ST-century designer. He has produced brand identities for BMW, packaging for Procter & Gamble and concept appliances for Whirlpool and...
Vintage whimsy
David Weidman's silk-screen artwork helped to define the look of the late 1960s and '70s. But only now, at 89, is he reaching his prime. On a visit to the Long Beach area in the...
'Flipping Out's' Ryan Brown settles down in Los Feliz
Interior designer Ryan Brown has made a career buying ugly-duckling properties, turning them into beauties and selling them for profit. It's a process that he and his business...
Brazil's Master Builder
Sao Paulo-based architect Marcio Kogan is bringing his muscular minimalism Stateside. The Brazilian architect Marcio Kogan is not one bit like Howard Roark, the uncompromising...
Interior Designer Bunny Williams on Dogs and Elegance
"I AM ALWAYS slightly suspicious of people who don't like dogs in the house," said the New York City-based interior decorator and author Bunny Williams, who is also mother to...
Holly Hunt, the doyenne of designer showrooms, shares her wisdom
"THERE WAS A PERIOD in the late '80s, when everything was overly traditional and antiques were selling for millions," said Holly Hunt, the contemporary-design impresario who...
Designer Ilse Crawford on the Power of Dimmers and 'The Shining'
LONDON-BASED DESIGNER and educator Ilse Crawford -whose third book, "A Frame for Life" (Rizzoli), came out Oct. 21-is no fan of superficial décor. After stints working in an...
Sculptor Stan Bitters - Garden Design
Stan Bitters is a 21st-century caveman. In a windowless steel building on an industrial strip of Fresno, California, the 76-year-old sculptor shapes earth, water, and fire into...
Every Country Home Should Follow These Rules for Rustic Decor
DAVID A. KEEPS: We're deep in the woods here, but this home avoids log-cabin stereotypes. How did you bring such sophistication to a house in the middle of a pine forest? Where...
Modern Boston Apartment
This is a tale of transformations. When an empty nester living in a traditional house in a rural Boston suburb decided to move back into the city, she made a second...
Idyllic California Retreat - Veranda
Grandeur need not be measured in square feet and ornate details. "There's a certain nobility in simplicity," says Greg Stewart, principal at Orlando Diaz-Azcuy Design Associates...
David Oldroyd's Design of a Minimalist Russian Hill Aerie
A 17-floor apartment with 270-degree views places city and skyline at center stage By David A. Keeps Photography by Matthew Millman When you can see four bridges, 10 church...
Modern Los Angeles Villa
In a modern Los Angeles Villa, the tranquil interiors are as sublime as the art on display. Nestled amid ficus hedges, Italian cypress, and olive trees, designer Daniel Cuevas's...
Our 'Million Dollar Decorators' challenge: Shop Kmart, Marshalls
They shop, they drink, they dine, they kvetch. They turn otherwise ordinary rooms into polished interiors, and then ... they go shopping again. They are the stars of Million...
Designer Tom Dixon: 'I can't see brass appliances being very far away'
In contemporary design, all that glitters is no longer silver. Nor is it nickel, chrome or mirror-polished stainless steel, the similarly cool metal tones that have outsold...
Style Compass : Cliff Fong
By David Keeps. Drop in on a Los Angeles interior designer whose beloved showroom and cool, collected aesthetic have earned him such clients as Ellen DeGeneres and Portia De Rossi.
Style Compass : Oliver M. Furth
By David A. Keeps. Now just 32, this L.A. native son worked with a who's who of designers before going out on his own to create spaces for Ariana Huffington and major Hollywood...
Jonathan Reed | 1stdibs Introspective
Jonathan Reed is a Google nightmare. Enter his name and up pops 1. a poet who writes verse that can be read in reverse and 2. a UFO hunter. Add the term "interior designer," and...
Inkblot-Inspired Décor That Adds Personality
IT DOESN'T TAKE a great deal of analysis to conclude that inkblots, an evaluation tool used by psychologists since Swiss doctor Hermann Rorschach devised his classic "tell me...
Looking for a 15-foot-tall macramé owl? Have we got a trend for you
THE RESURGENCE OF two American handicrafts last popular in the era of H.R. Pufnstuf-macramé and free-form weaving-may make certain people want to fashion themselves a noose. But...
Smart ideas, designs to make more of your home
From rediscovered design classics to brand-new innovations, from the ceiling to the floor, 15 easy pieces and smart ideas for making more of your house in 2015. Spring bouquets...

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