Archive for July 2020

Beverly Hills Restaurant Opening, 13 Must-Dos to Keep Your Houseplants Thriving During the Summer and more to know this week

July 27th, 2020

We’re officially in the swing of summer, which means enjoying the sunshine, readying for fireworks and planning more backyard BBQ celebrations. Check out a few inspiring stories as well as insider tips and lifestyle content curated just for you. Enjoy!

Real Estate in the News

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Investors reward Lemonade with $3.8B valuation

Venture-backed insurance seller Lemonade got a sweet reception from investors on the day of its initial public offering. Listed on the technology-heavy Nasdaq index, the company (LMND) ended the day with its shares trading at $69.38, more than double its amended target price of $29. Read the article here. 


Not ready to dine out? The team behind The Nice Guy and Bootsy Bellows just launched new delivery-only restaurants.

Chic settings and too-cool clientele are hallmarks of h.wood Group’s concepts, a collection of a dozen trendy restaurants, clubs and bars such as Poppy, The Nice Guy and Bootsy Bellows. You can’t head to most of the hospitality group’s L.A. spots as of now—especially considering that indoor dining rooms need to close for the next few weeks—but h.wood just made some of its restaurants the most accessible they’ve ever been, launching delivery-only offshoots from some of its most popular spots. Learn more here.

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Gorgeous New Modern Mexican Restaurant Comes to Beverly Hills

Though dining rooms were abruptly shuttered for the next three weeks in LA County by order of Gov. Gavin Newsom, a modern Mexican restaurant called Mírame in Beverly Hills is pressing toward a July 6 opening. Joshua Gil, formerly of Tacos Punta Cabras in Santa Monica and Joe’s restaurant in Venice, is partnering with Matthew Egan to open the Matt Winter (of M Winter Design)-designed space along Canon Drive in the former Gratitude space. The rustic, seasonal menu draws from regional Mexican flavors in tostadas, tacos, and ceviches (between $15 to $20) while grilled meats like Colorado lamb belly barbacoa ($33) and a 32 ounce Wagyu cote de boeuf (for a decent price of $125) rule the entree section. Learn more here.

Tips & Tricks

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13 Must-Dos to Keep Your Houseplants Thriving During the Summer

Fact: we often focus our attention on the plants and flowers in our yards during the warmer months, yet summer can be the most challenging time of the year for indoor plants. Here’s what you can do to keep yours growing and thriving.

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20 Design Ideas That Will Instantly Elevate Your Basement Bar

As much as we miss being able to pop into our local pub and purchase an overpriced drink, the ritual of going out for cocktails has actually never been completely foolproof. From the cover charge to the lines and limited seating, the truth is, your favorite drink tastes much better in the comfort of your own home. Instead, we suggest creating the ambiance of your neighborhood watering hole (minus the spilled drinks) with your very own, fully-stocked basement bar. Learn more here.

The Best Scenic Drives in LA, Sqirl Away Opens and the Uprise of the LA Housing Market

July 20th, 2020

We’re officially in the swing of summer, which means enjoying the sunshine, readying for fireworks and planning more backyard BBQ celebrations. Check out a few inspiring stories as well as insider tips and lifestyle content curated just for you. Enjoy!

Real Estate in the News

“Massive release of demand”: LA County June home sales surge

Los Angeles County home sales surged in June as private showings returned without restrictions and the economy — briefly, it turns out — flew open its doors. There were 3,868 contracts signed to buy single-family homes last month in the county, a 40 percent climb from May, according to report from Douglas Elliman and appraiser Miller Samuel. Read the story here.


The Best Scenic Drives in L.A.

While commuting is a ceaseless source of frustration, a scenic drive can also be one of the most freeing and picturesque things to do in L.A. We’ve all stared up at the palm trees along Sunset Boulevard or the Art Deco buildings on Wilshire Boulevard and taken a second to appreciate just how lovely L.A. can be—at least we hope you have. But these scenic drives below—through mountain ranges and along beaches in L.A.—flaunt more than just run-of-the-mill flora and architecture. Fill up the tank, wait out rush hour and start planning to pilot your way through these seven scenic drives in Los Angeles. Learn more here.

Jessica Koslow’s long-awaited Sqirl Away is now open with a storefront

Sqirl Away is now open as a physical storefront, per an announcement on their official Instagram account. Stop by 720 N Virgil Ave—adjacent to Sqirl—from 8am to 8pm for to-go soups, charcuterie, pastries, loaves of bread, dips, jams, bottles of wine and beyond. The original Sqirl is also now open for takeout.

Tips & Tricks

9 Foolproof tips for organizing your closet, from Melanie Charlton Fowler 

Admit it—if you’re like me, you probably use your closet to hide some of the mess in your bedroom, so at least your house will look clean. If you’ve ever been guilty of the throw-everything-in-drawers-and-closets move before guests arrive, ask yourself, What would come tumbling out if someone opened that door? Now that we are all spending our days at home, it’s time to turn your closet into a more organized sanctuary. (Plenty of studies show that an organized life equals a happier life.) To this end, we asked closet expert Melanie Charlton Fowler, founder of the bespoke high-end organizing firm Clos-ette, to share her tips on what to do. Learn more here.

26 Youthful Boys Rooms that Serve Major Style

If the idea of designing a boys’ room conjures thoughts of neon walls, superhero bedding, or a floor full of toys, we have one suggestion: forget what you think you know about crafting a room for your kid. While it’s easy to succumb to the requests of your young one, there are endless ways to meet in the middle with ideas that are youthful—and also refined. From palettes to furniture, even the toys you decide to fill it with, a boys’ room can be made as elegant as you could dream of. Learn more here.

Day trips from Los Angeles 🚙, 5 LA Pop-Ups You Should Know About Right Now 🍱 and Curated Lifestyle Tips Just For You 🏡

July 13th, 2020

We’re officially in the swing of summer, which means enjoying the sunshine, readying for fireworks and planning more backyard BBQ celebrations. Check out a few inspiring stories as well as insider tips and lifestyle content curated just for you.


Real Estate in the News

How the Technology-Driven Real Estate Trend Will Outlast the Pandemic

When companies previously made real estate decisions, we took them on building tours winding through city streets and business districts with executives blocking off half their day. We pointed out prospective office locations, advertised the on-site amenities, and promoted the surrounding retail offerings. Tours began with handshakes and doors opened at entryways, led to enclosed elevators, and navigated available offices side-by-side with clients and landlord representatives. We painted the picture for tenants to imagine themselves and their employees working, collaborating, and growing in the space. Then the pandemic hit. Read the story here.


Day trips from Los Angeles—here’s what you can and can’t do

Summer in L.A. means day trips and road trips for many Angelenos. Well, at least, usually it does. Circumstances are pretty different this summer, but we hear you if you still have the itch to travel. Find the details here.

5 LA Pop-Ups You Should Know About Right Now

The way we eat in LA has changed dramatically over the past few months (for starters, there’s a lot more of it being done in our beds), but with all of the constant shifts, restaurants have had to get creative. And while many spots scrambled to adjust to takeout life, pop-ups around the city had been in the online/delivery game for years. And were doing it, like, really well. From traditional Burmese food to Korean… performance art? (we still don’t know what to call it) here’s 5 pop-ups you should know about.

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10 Great Day Trips When You Just Need To Get Out Of LA

You’ve cooked everything you can cook, watched everything you can possibly watch, and just last night, you got caught playing dress-up with your houseplants. Needless to say, it’s time to get out of the city for the day. Luckily, LA is surrounded by every kind of destination you could want. Whether you’re in the mood for a spiritual desert quest, extreme mountain hiking, or simply staring at the ocean and sobbing, SoCal has it all, but sometimes it’s difficult to know how to plan – particularly in a time of social distancing. So we’ve highlighted ten general destinations, each with their own specific itineraries, for you to (safely) fill out your day and return to LA feeling mentally rejuvenated. Learn more here.

Lifestyle Tips & Tricks

Black-Owned Home Decor Brands we Should All Be Supporting

When they say it begins at home, well, that applies to creating a lovely design scheme and an anti-racist environment. By shifting a portion of your purchases to Black-owned businesses, you are helping to uplift the Black community and making a statement about what you value and want to see more of going forward. And, of course, you’re adding beauty to your home. We’ve compiled a directory of Black-owned brands that focus on home decor—just a preliminary list to add to your classic rotation. And if you know of a furniture or decor brand owned by a Black person, we are listening. Learn more here.

These Women Designers are Creating Era-Defining Furniture and Objects 

All around the world, it’s now more clear than ever—the women of the global design community are at the top of their craft, constantly innovating their mediums. The female designers and artisans that follow are just a few among the many who are creating the world’s most era-defining furniture and decorative objects—click through to see them and all of their fabulous designs.