Archive for June 2020

A Guide to DIY Home Projects During Quarantine, Brand New Eateries to Check Out in Los Angeles and more news to know this week in LA

June 22nd, 2020

Real Estate in the News

A Guide to DIY Home Projects During Quarantine

Is your home wearing out from the strain of social isolation? Try these DIY projects to spruce it up.

Local News

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Feng Shui’s Potential Health Benefits

 Is there potential in this ancient practice to enhance your life and health?  Read more about the ancient Chinese practice of harmonizing your home with nature on Forbes.

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Brand New Eateries to Check Out in Los Angeles

Eater LA creates a periodic compilation of notable restaurant openings throughout Los Angeles. Take note of these under-the-radar places from the Valley to the South Bay, from the Westside to the San Gabriel Valley. Let’s dive right in. Learn more here.

Lifestyle Tips & Tricks

An Easy 4-Ingredient Care Package DIY That’ll Brighten Anyone’s Day

Fact: The best gifts to receive are the ones you can eat. When you’re assembling your next care package or birthday present, consider this easy recipe to brighten someone’s day: It’s simple, it’s beautiful, and it’s essentially a chicer version of Terry’s Chocolate Orange. We’re talking about Loria Stern’s dark chocolate–dipped blood oranges, sprinkled with flowers.

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4 Pros Predict the Future of Homes Post-Quarantine

There is no crystal ball that will help us predict how surviving a pandemic will impact our lives a year or even six months from now. But one thing is certain—for the foreseeable future, we’re going to be spending time and living in our homes in a way that most of us never anticipated. That presents interesting challenges for the people who design, build, furnish, decorate, and help us buy and sell our houses. From bigger, ultra-functional kitchen pantries to FaceTime real-estate walk-throughs, some of our favorite experts weigh in on what comes next.

The best scenic drives in L.A., The Fascinating History of Art Deco Design and more news to know this week in LA

June 15th, 2020

Real Estate in the News

Searches for homes with pools are rising during pandemic, Robert Reffkin tells CNBC

The Compass Founder and CEO noted that searches on “Compass’ website for homes with pools were up threefold, while online inquiries for homes with outdoor spaces were up two times. Searches for single-family homes have risen 40% while those for condominiums and co-ops had decreased,” CNBC noted.

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Local Happenings

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The best scenic drives in L.A.

See the most beautiful vistas in L.A. from your car window with these scenic drives, from Mulholland to the mountains. Learn more here.

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Netflix Has Officially Purchased the Historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood

The company would operate the historic cinema in collaboration with American Cinematheque. Learn more here.

Lifestyle Tips & Tricks

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The Fascinating History of Art Deco Design

Anyone who has an appreciation for architecture and design—or even anyone who just loves period pieces like The Great Gatsby and Chicago—has probably gone through an Art Deco obsession phase. From the elaborate materials to the mesmerizing geometric shapes that define the aesthetic, it’s one of the most enduring, distinct, and exciting design movements ever.

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Patio Landscaping: Ideas to Improve Your Outdoor Space

Patio landscaping has a dual mandate. Your outdoor living area should look great, but it should also be functional. Privacy, safety, comfort, and low-maintenance are four aspects of functionality in this case. We touch upon all four here, while focusing on ideas for improving the appearance of your deck or patio area.

Nate & Al’s Reopens in Beverly Hills, 14 Pool Decorating Ideas and more things to know this week in LA

June 8th, 2020

Welcome, Summer!

We’re here to help ease your way into this new summer season with inspiring stories and ideas for the whole family. 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

Is your home wearing out from the strain of social isolation? Try these DIY projects to spruce it up.

With its expanded role as office and school, your home is probably showing signs of wear and tear sooner than you thought from the strain of family members crammed together 24/7. Or maybe your home simply needs a little help to become more functional and comfortable to meet everyone’s needs.

Local News

An Illustrated Guide to Los Angeles Trees and Flowers

Since most of us are out walking more than usual, get to know some of the flora that gives LA its distinctive local color – from palm trees to sweet jasmine. Read more here.

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Famed Nate ‘N Al’s Deli In Beverly Hills Is Reopening

The revived Nate ‘n Al’s will have a pared-down menu that includes classic favorites and new ‘family style’ dinners. Some veteran staffers will be returning as well, although not all of them, Shelli and Irving Azoff family are still among the owners. Read more here.

Tips & Tricks

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Live your Best Outdoor Life With These 14 Pool Deck Design Ideas

Tis the season to bask in the glory of the sun, which is especially glorious when you’re doing so right by a pool. And even more glorious when your pool patio and/or deck is styled well. So to get yours ready for the warm months ahead, we’re spotlighting 14 beautiful pool deck ideas from landscape designers and architects. Take notes from these stylish hangout setups to find the right decking materials, patio lighting, and more so you can live your best outdoor life.

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5 Amazing Ways To Style Your Front Porch

Whether your front porch is a large area where you relax and entertain or a tiny space that is just an entrance to your home, there are plenty of things that can be done to make it pretty and welcoming in the spring and summer months. Remember to incorporate some front porch ideas when decorating your home for summer.