Archive for May 2020

12 LA Restaurants With Kid-Friendly DIY Meal Kits, Visit The Broad Museum from your Living Room and more News to Know this Week

May 24th, 2020

Real Estate in the News

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LA Condo Sales Had Been Improving in Q1: Report

Judging by first-quarter numbers alone, the condo sales market was improving in Downtown Los Angeles and on the Westside. But as Compass advised, its newly-released L.A. condo market report detailing January through March transactions should only “be viewed as an indicator of activity and sentiment prior to the current crisis.” Learn more here.

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You can soak up Yayoi Kusama’s ‘Infinity Mirorred Room’ with the Broad’s new streaming series

As part of the Broad from Home, the temporarily closed Downtown L.A. museum’s new online presence, you can watch a video of Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room set to a spacey soundtrack. Dubbed Infinite Drone, the series will pair the installation with drone, electronic, ambient and pop music from both local and international musicians. The first entry, a 14-and-a-half-minute feed set to L.A. artist Geneva Skeen’s “The Oval Window,” is available now on both YouTube and Instagram (if you prefer a vertically-oriented video). Learn more here.

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12 LA Restaurants With Kid-Friendly DIY Meal Kits

You re-learned elementary school math. Then you managed to track down a f*cking white board to teach it on. So once “school” is over, you’re letting your kids have approximately 19 hours of screen time. But it turns out you also have to feed them (who knew?). So when you’re looking for a way to kill time with your kids – and maybe (sort of) teach them something about cooking – order takeout or delivery from one of these 12 spots with kid-friendly DIY meals.

Tips and Tricks

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9 Ways to Cook With Asparagus, Spring’s Vegetable of Choice

What have you cooked the most since quarantine began? Beans? Dutch oven bread? How about asparagus? Gestalten’s new book, Eat Your Greens, out today, couldn’t have come at a better time. Focusing on the food category we probably all need a little more of while on a diet mostly consisting of pantry carbs and grains, the veggie-heavy cookbook recommends more than 700 ways to cook those fresh vegetables slowly wilting in your crisper. Case in point: asparagus, springtime’s ingredient of choice. Time to put that produce delivery to good use. Here are nine ways to prep it so you’ll never get bored.

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Mastering the Art of Styling Your Coffee Table

Endlessly versatile, dependable, and aesthetically engaging, your coffee table is arguably one of the most important pieces of furniture you own. That’s why when we’re looking to give our space an updateor two, we simply start with a round of coffee table styling. Whether you’re outfitting a new favorite (like our Canyon Coffee Table) or want to revamp what’s already there, these are the basics of coffee table décor we turn time and time again.

What’s Next for the Housing Market, 15 Santa Monica Restaurants to Order from This Week, and more News to Know Now

May 18th, 2020

Real Estate in the News

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COVID-19 paused the housing market. What happens next?

The economic fallout from the spread of COVID-19 has put the housing market in the United States on pause. New home listings have dropped precipitously. Mortgage lending has gotten even more strict, making it harder to get a home loan. In March, home sales dropped 9 percent nationwide compared to the previous month, according to Redfin. The drop in April is certain to be even more dramatic. But what will the housing market recovery look like once the pandemic passes and the economy reaches its new state of normal? A number of new reports explore how it might play out. Learn more here.

Local Events

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15 Santa Monica Restaurants Still Going Strong During the Quarantine

For Santa Monica residents sheltering-in-place, the choices are solid when it comes to restaurants offering takeout and delivery in the neighborhood. From iconic sandwiches to Japanese rice balls and good ol’ pizza, here now are 15 terrific restaurants keeping everyone fed and sane during the novel coronavirus pandemic. See the list here.

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Take a virtual tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s hilltop Hollyhock House

Tips and Tricks

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The Best Desk Accessories to Keep your Work From Home Life Organized

A tidy desk may equal a tidy mind, but for many of us now working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic—whether you’re sitting at a real desk all day or your kitchen table—the organizational opportunities may be severely lacking. So if you’re among those who would welcome any attempt, no matter how small, to return to the comforting structures of a typical office setup, read on for ELLE Decor’s picks of the 10 best desk organizers to make your work-from-home life a little easier.

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How Tom Kundig Turned a Montana Campsite into a Stunning, Sustainable Home

An architect looking to create a home that forms a deep connection with its surroundings could do worse than to start with a parcel of land in northwest Montana that its owners once used as a campsite. See the home tour here.

The Renter’s Guide to the Coronavirus Pandemic, A Guide to LA Restaurants Now Selling Liquor to the Public, 11 Fun Things to Do With Your Friends On Zoom and more news to know this week

May 11th, 2020

My thoughts are with you during these challenging times and I hope that you and yours are all doing well! As we enter a new month, we look forward to the promise of new opportunities to celebrate the strength and resiliency of our nation and local communities. We are all in this together, and I am here to support you. Read on for local news and stories of positivity you don’t want to miss out on, as well as insider tips and lifestyle content curated just for you.

Real Estate In The News

The Renter’s Guide to the Coronavirus Pandemic

With LA’s safer-at-home order extended to May 15, many Angelenos are in for at least another month of wondering how to do basic things—pay rent, get something fixed, and move—amid a pandemic. Ahead are answers to some of the most urgent questions tenants are asking right now. Learn more here.

Local Events

Where to Walk in LA During the Pandemic

The coronavirus crisis has transformed LA into a city filled with walkers, an endless stream of face-masked residents navigating narrow sidewalks and spilling out into the empty streets.

But with least a month left under stay-at-home orders, options for getting outdoors are dwindling. Trails and beaches remain closed, ruling out more ambitious itineraries, and parks can be packed, overcrowding paths during peak hours. Plus, public health officials recommend staying in our own neighborhoods to prevent viral spread, making local streets the best bet for a safe stroll. Learn more here.


A Guide to LA Restaurants Now Selling Bottles of Liquor to the Public

With every day feeling like a Friday, liquor sales are unsurprisingly up during the lockdown. Fortunately, many LA restaurants have shrewdly pivoted to selling bottles of liquor to help generate revenue, in addition to hawking groceries, produce boxes, and cocktails to-go. Find the full list here.

Lifestyle Tips & Tricks

11 Fun Things to Do With Your Friends On Zoom, According to a Party Planning Expert

If you’re anything like us, your social calendar is somehow filling up while we’re social distancing. From work virtual happy hours to friend catch-ups over Zoom, we’re doing our best to stay connected and keep busy during this time. While we are never one to turn down an after-work cocktail, there’s so many ways to get more out of your weekly FaceTimes. Find out more here.

14 Gorgeous Sunroom Ideas to Welcome The Warmer Weather

We’re always looking for new ways to bring the outdoors in—whether with a verdant array of potted plants, a bouquet of spring’s first flowers, or fresh scents that remind us of our favorite beach towns. But there’s one room in the house whose explicit purpose is to feel like an ode to the outdoors: the sunroom. Get your design inspiration here.