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