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Modern Fall Home

I love swapping in cozy throws and pillows for Fall and Winter. We've made it through what will hopefully be Los Angeles' last heat wave for the year and I'm so ready to light candles, cook for friends and family,…

8 Modern Outdoor Fire Pits

Hollywood Hills Modern (source: lapoolbuilders.com) I'd never even seen an outdoor fire pit before I moved to California. For me, they epitomize the West Coast lifestyle. I've since spent many a fun, happy night sitting outside with friends, sipping drinks…

bringing the outside in – links

Mossy living wall (source: lushome.com) We've been bring bringing elements from outside, into our homes since caveman days. Now we do it for more for looks than practicality. Shells, plants, rocks, water, and fire create texture and interest to a…

Tara

Tara Hirshberg is a name you're going to hear a lot. She is a jewelry designer who has made the leap from the art world where she ran her own gallery and still acts as a consultant curating private collections.…

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Cards have been sent, the house decorated with beloved old ornaments, fresh flowers, and new DIY ideas. The last of the presents have been wrapped and placed under the tree. It was a beautiful day,…

6 easy DIY projects to get your place cozy for Fall

Clipboard Chic There's something about the cooler weather that makes you feel a bit more crafty than usual. Here are some links to the coolest DIY projects this Fall. A lot of them will only take a few minutes, others…

modern outdoor fire-pits – links

Built-in blue glass (source: Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture) Some of my happiest memories in L.A. (and Palm Springs!) have been made around backyard outdoor fire-pits. Laughing with friends, cuddling up after dark, welcoming passing neighbors to join us. I…

pool inspiration – links

(source: © Benjamin Benschneider) Between the early blast of Summer this week and California's seemingly endless drought, hanging out around my old swimming pool is a pretty nice place to be. Unlike the stunning overhead pool (above), mine is showing…

bushveld oasis – South Africa

I've been lucky enough to have stayed in some pretty nice places on my travels, but our suite in the middle of the South African bush took my breath away. Not only was it comfortable and luxurious, it was a…