Ready to snuggle up with someone you love on a special day in February? Or do you just love the pop of an unexpectedly fabulous pillow as part of your decorating scheme? Either way, we’ve found spectacular choices that will make the new year seem bright and cheery all over your home. Drop a whimsical pillow in the family room, glam up the
In 2010, when C.C. and Chris Knowles finally were in a financial position to raze their Corona del Mar house and build their dream home, they thought it would be easy. At least C.C. did.
“When we moved in 12 years ago, it was a single-story house that had water damage; it had lots of issues,” she recalls. But at that point, w
For Catharina and Andrew Gerken, the idea of living in a contemporary home with some envelope-pushing design details was more inspiring than intimidating. “I’m from Sweden, where design is often a bit more contemporary and ahead,” Catharina says. “And both of us were especially ready because our last house was traditional
When you throw a party, your responsibilities go beyond providing great eats and stellar cocktails, say hospitality pros Jim Burba and Bob Hayes.
As the host, it’s up to you to make sure that by the end of the gathering everybody who should know each other has met and that along the way all your guests are engaged and comfortable.
How you decorate a tabletop is a reflection of your entertaining mojo. Whatever your style, Molly Wood, owner of Molly Wood Garden Design in Costa Mesa and a new holiday pop-up in Laguna Beach, recommends using decorative elements that can, with a few changes, last from Thanksgiving to Christmas. “I recommend keeping the bones simple so yo
Advent IdeaWhen a luxury Parisian perfumer crafts an A dvent calendar, the result is an aromatic oeuvre fitted with 25 days of Diptyque’s signature fragrances. The keepsake box contains 15 mini candles, 7 Eau de Toilettes, a rich body butter and precious oils. Diptyque’s 201 Advent Calendar, $390. Diptyque, South C
The martinis, perfectly chilled, are presented on a silver tray. The hors d’oeuvres, including gravlax and crème fraîche on toast and grilled shrimp with pineapple relish, are scrumptious, tidy bites. And the conversation is lively among the dozen or so guests who have gathered in the 1927 Laguna Beach home of Jim Burba, 61, a
Decorators have come up with a bright idea: producing their own lighting collections to complement their styles and yours, referencing a world of inspirations from Moroccan lanterns to Chinese pottery, from floral to feather motifs. Some are sleek and architectural with a colorful twist; others take ceramic, glass and metal craftsmanship to dazz
Step onto the back patio of Lynn and Vaughn Eldstrom’s Mystic Hills house and behold.To the left, the houses of Arch Beach Heights dot the hills, like a post-card from Europe. To the right are sweeping views of the Pacific ocean, cool and blue and glassy as far as you can see.
Yet the couple rarely stepped off the patio for a
Inhale the harvest season, with its cozy, inviting scents laced with vanilla and golden images of changing leaves. Even in Southern California, where fall can mean scorching Santa Anas, we embrace at least the idea of a change of seasons. The beauty world follows, offering delectable products and treatments made with pumpkin, cinnamon, apple
Comfort FoodChef/owner Ryan Adams and his team at Three Seventy Common Kitchen + Drink present a three-course prix fixe dinner served family style from 2 to 9 p.m. on November 26. The main dishes include traditional favorites such as a roasted free-range turkey with thyme gravy and sage sausage stuffing to more daring Thanksgiving o
Bee JeweledE. Shaw Jewels mother-daughter designers Eva and Elizabeth Shaw create honeycomb rings with diamond pavé in rose, white or yellow gold, inspired by the powerful pollinators in their garden. Twelve percent of sales go to The Honeybee Conservancy, a nonprofit that builds bee habitats and supports research into declin
Remember when a wine cellar was actually a cellar? In baronial homes and upscale restaurants, the wine cellar was a hidden vault where dusty bottles resided in quiet, dark solitude. The atmosphere was equal parts church and catacomb.
But like so many other tradition-encrusted design concepts, the wine cellar has undergone a dramatic tran
Blame it on Don Draper. Among the many things that “Mad Men” re-popularized, the bar cart has truly flourished. “It’s become a must-have element in the home,” says Heather Neubauer, retail marketing manager at Room & Board, which currently has four models in its collection. As an alternative to built-in wet bars
Go ProThese balanced, coil-handled barspoons developed by barware maker Cocktail Kingdom and Southern California native Jeff “Beachbum” Berry boost the panache of stirring stiff drinks. Might we suggest the copper-plated skull version, which matches other essential bar accoutrements such as the Usagi cobbler shaker ($67.
With kids, you’re never entirely out of the woods. Happily, children’s furniture designers have found new ways to make napping and bedtime more of an adventure. Bunks that echo cabins from the great outdoors – and cleverly keep pace with your kids by incorporating storage and sleepover trundles – mix with animal-influence
When it came to updating their Newport Heights tract home, Helen and David Hogle wanted to give the 2,600-square-foot house a more modern vibe, effortless indoor-outdoor flow as well as a sense of breathing space. No small feat given the 1964 house’s original slatted windows, dated fixtures and low ceiling heights. But instead of going int
Mikimoto NecklaceThe delicate underwater ecosystem of the oceans is being compromised by pollution. The oyster is so fragile, even small levels of toxicity can cause havoc. Mikimoto is helping to combat these problems to ensure the production of its famous pearls. Its Sunset necklace features blue, pink and purple sapphires paired w
If floors really are the “fifth wall” of a room, suitable for displays of art and design, rug makers are taking note, producing hand-made couture carpets designed by fashion stars such as Diane Von Furstenberg and Alexander McQueen and limited editions by heavyweight artists. The contemporary artist Richard Prince, known for his coll
Check out a new cache of metallic designs for the home, ranging from small hits of ore such as Room & Board’s Pebble pillows to bigger shimmer moments like ModShop’s Sinatra sofa in metallic Lustro linen. Prefer something in between? This metal silver Z Stool hits the perfect sweet spot of just the right amount of shine.
In her airy Emerald Bay villa overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Angela Tesselaar is the very picture of sophisticated yet approachable elegance. This Laguna Beach interior designer and home decor proprietor is the kind of woman you’ll find with her hair in a neat chignon, diamond stud earrings glistening at her lobes and a Brunello Cucinelli
Beach SeenLooking to import a sense of worldly beach chic into your home? Long Beach-based Black Crow Studios custom wallpaper company is bringing a new wave of high-impact, seaside-influenced images right to the wall. Partnering with Southern California-based photographer Gray Malin, who is known for his iconic beach images, Black
Houses on Balboa Island tend to the quiet or small when it comes to touches of character. Packed close together on the narrow island lots, they don’t have a lot of room for grand statements, so most make do with grace notes and accents – a calm patio between the sidewalk and the front door, a picket fence, a softly burbling fo