Berries Make It Better 

 Martha Stewart Living shared this recipe for Strawberry, Basil, and Honey Punch.  We can’t wait to try it this summer.



    Presto Pesto 

Tips for making the perfect pesto from Bon Appétit on line.



   Harvard Goes Cake  

   Harvard graduates have reinvented cake baking with Spray Cake.  We are not 100% on board with this one, but it seems a bit ingenious. 



   California Cool 

Conde Nast Traveler has assembled a list of great California Hotels.  .


    Hercules Has A Fanny Pack

What’s more attractive than a good-looking person with a great sense of humor about himself or herself?   Check out The Rock and his Throwback Thursday fanny pack.   



   Kate Spade Smart Business 

Kate Spade's On Purpose program supports creative women helping them build their businesses and providing a market place to sale their fabulous creations. 



   Ever Want To Have A Tantrum?


What if an adult acted like a toddler?



We loved this video showing exaggerated or made up fouls and flops.  It was done for World Cup but could just as easily be about Basketball.      




   CM Blog Catch Up

Los Angeles Without Traffic From Creative Film Maker Russell Houghten 




Russell Houghten, a creative filmmaker and skateboard enthusiast, has put together an amazing video showing life in L.A. without traffic.  

Urban Isolation from Russell Houghten on Vimeo.

Making it even more special he donates his proceeds to LA County Animal Shelters. To learn more about Russell and see his portfolio check out his website.  You can also buy prints of the these iconic L.A. scenes without traffic on his website.

We love it!

Here is how to view in full screen on Vimeo.


We love it!!




   Wine Summer Favs 

Snooth.com put together a list of wine favorites found by their writers last month.


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   Cakebread Recipe Share 

 One of our favorite wineries (both for their wines and to visit) is Cakebread.  In this video Cakebread's winemaker and chef get together to share a perfect summer pairing.



   Outdoor Style

   It is amazing what the addition of the addition of a few planters can do for your yard.  The only RULE is to pick a design that fits your home’s style.



   Things You Forget You Know

We loved these simple reminders of 10 basic truths that if remembered and put into practice, will change your life.



   Yoga Funny

   A Huff Post compilation of yoga videos that are interrupted by pets. 



   Tween Hero 

   Robby Elmers is an inspiring young man from Detroit.  He saw a need, and not only figured out how he could help, but got others to join him.



   Late Night Laughs 

Conan explores the app Tinder with Dave France.

Jimmy Kimmel's hysterical Baby Bachelor series.

Jimmy Fallon and Kevin Spacey sing Talk Dirty To Me.



   CM In Print 

The July Issue of DTLA Life (we’re on page 48)




    CM Blog Catch Up

Dinner at Faith and Flower

New England Beach Property Crush 




We have a crush on Katharine Hepburn’s stunning family home... and guess what?  It’s for sale! 


cm-in-the-city-Interior-Design-FirmMiss Hepburn’s family built this house for $2,400 in 1912 and again after it was destroyed by a hurricane in 1939 for about $300,000.  It is now listed for sale at a cool $14,000,000 (down from $28,000,000) so we guess it’s a bargain.


The kitchen is charming and we would not change much in this room. The expansive farm sink, massive island with seating are just a few reasons why. 


cm-in-the-city-Interior-Design-FirmThey did a lovely job on the entry.  We love the layout of the 3 staircases.  A few new area rugs and and our house crush continues.





cm-in-the-city-Interior-Design-FirmWe love the way the house takes full advantage of the stunning views.  Rooms such as the dining porch and the master bedroom and bath are a few great examples. 


While we would update the master bedroom, most likely we would keep the same feel, as it seems so serene.


cm-in-the-city-Interior-Design-FirmUse this link to learn more or contact the agent for a private showing.


We recently discovered a wonderful restaurant in Downtown Los Angeles named Faith and Flower and have gone back several times.  Each experience has been fantastic.  


Let's start with the decor:

Every detail has been clearly thought through by the design team at AvroKODesign.  From the cutlery to the art no detail was missed.   






 We were especially delighted by the way they present the menu and at the end of dinner, the check.  


Faith-And-Flower-Design-Delicious-17The menu is an actual book complete with a story.  The satin marker marks the page where the menu begins.

Faith-And-Flower-Design-Delicious-15The check is presented in a glass and brass shadow box.  How fun to end the meal an unexpected touch.  

Everything we have ordered on each visit has been amazing.  This night we remembered to bring the camera so we could take a few photos to share.

As everything looked so good we decided to make our own tasting menu and share several items.  

Faith-And-Flower-Design-Delicious-4The photo barely does justice to the amazing Crab Toast.  

Faith-And-Flower-Design-Delicious-12A perfectly seared Scallop with Asparagus and a white bean puree.

Faith-And-Flower-Design-Delicious-6Lovely and delicious, a salad of golden beets, garden peas, goat cheese and more.

Faith-And-Flower-Design-Delicious-11Oxtail Agnolotti, amazing!

Faith-And-Flower-Design-Delicious-18Ceviche with house made potato chips.  The Ceviche was so light you felt it balanced the calories of the potato chips.  At least that is what we told each other.

We loved our desert so much that we ate every bite before we even thought about photos, but trust us, it too was fabulous.  

One of their many secret weapons:  Faith and Flower has as their Wine Director, Jared Hooper.  


He is one of the best we have ever met.  He has the ability to suggest the absolute perfect wine:   Often, it is one we have never heard of.  

Faith-And-Flower-Design-Delicious-16This wine was a Sonoma County Chardonnay from The Wonderland Project.  It was "wonderful" and the cork was super cute.


We hope you get a chance to dine at Faith and Flower soon.  When you do, please share your thoughts in the comments below.  We would love to hear from you.




   Cocktails Anyone? 

   We can’t wait to try the Barefoot Contessa’s new drink recipe for a Limoncello Tom Collins.



    Summer Treat Throwback


Remember how much you enjoyed a popsicles on a hot summer day?  Epicurious does and put together a how to guide. 


    World Cup Yum 

   With the World Cup final on Sunday it might be the perfect time to fire up the BBQ for some Argentinian Beef and   chimichurri sauce from Chow on line or if Germany is your team how about this recipe for dark beer marinated chicken?



   Try Before You Buy

   L’Oreal Paris has developed a fun (and useful) app, Make Up Genius, that lets you try various make up looks and colors before you buy them.  It is very addictive.   



   Binge Watching Is The New Guilty Pleasure?

  We love shows like Orange Is The New Black, True Detective, Jimmy Fallon and more.  It was great to see they were recognized with an Emmy nomination.



   Cutest Example Of Courage Ever? 

  Little  Kayden Kinckle captured our hearts this week with his “can do” attitude and encouragement to his Mom.  It’s a bit hard to complain about anything after you watch this little champ.



   Designing Summer Inspiration 

If your travels bring you to the Hamptons this year consider visiting the annual Designer Show House.  The Show House benefits Southhampton hospital and begins July 20th.



   Summer Movie Loving 

LA.com put together a great list of where to watch outdoor movies in LA this summer.


   Beautiful Music 

 2 Cellos is a unique musical duo.  They are as talented as they are handsome.



   Cocktails Anyone?


  Do you have left over watermelon from yesterday’s festivities?  You might want to put it to good use with this watermelon gin fizz recipe.



    Summer Fried Chicken


If you are considering making fried chicken for a Sunday dinner or to bring to a picnic, you might want to try Alex Hitz's recipe. Here is a link to a video from Southern Living with Alex.



   Nothing To Wine About


   Total wine & More has put together a great list of summer wines under $15.00.   A friend loves Rose and we found a great dry Rose at Trader Joe’s named La Ferme Julien for only $5.99. 



   Uber Happy


We are big fans and frequent users of Uber, and are very pleased to see Uber has been cleared to operate in London.



   Modern Goes Retro


If you are a fan of vintage typewriters we have the perfect “Kickstarter” for you.  Qwerkytoys has developed an iPad/computer keyboard that looks like a vintage typewriter.



   Camping Anyone?


   While we may not be big campers ourselves, we know many of you are.  Here are some very inventive ideas to improve your next camping trip from BuzzFeed.com.  



   Alaskan Summers


   Ever consider visiting Alaska by Train?  This video from the Travel Channel makes us want to book our tickets.   



   Garden for Good


Carson Daly talks with L.A. resident Ron Finley on fighting childhood hunger.  




   CM in Print


We are so pleased to have our article featured in the June edition of DTLA Life Magazine.






   BBQ and Berries


Food Network has assembled a list of Fourth of July classic recipes.




     Red, White & Blue Booze


Fourth of July layered cocktail and infused vodkas by Mix That Drink. 



    Make a list and check it twice


Biz Bash has some very useful checklists for planning any big event.   Questions to ask your caterer, venue and more.



   Summer Wedding Back Up Plan

    If you are planning an outdoor wedding consider adding a tent.  A tent offers protection from the elements and makes any event more spectacular.  



   Surf’s Up

   The design firm Ammunition has designed beautiful surfboards in collaboration with surfboard builder Jason Tilley.



   Floating Commerce


   If your summer travels have you heading to any of these locations be sure to check out their local floating market.  



   Colorful Candy


   Add a pop of color or a  monotone display to your summer event or wedding..



   Wedding Inspirations


   From the queen of all things Weddings, Martha Stewart has put together the ultimate wedding inspiration boards on weddings.



A few of Cathi and Mary Alice's favorites from day one of this weekends Dwell On Design.





  Cool Clocks

  We loved this unique take on a wall clock by Twelve 24.  The clocks hang by a specially designed hook, but they are just as cute leaning on a bookshelf. 




   An Eye For Art 

  Lisa Swerling has put together a series of brilliant tiny worlds.  We loved them all, some favorites were The Green, Dance Me and Circus California.



   Classically California Art

  Wood Snap is a Southern California company that specializes in bringing your images to life on wood.   



   Airstream 2 Go

 One of the fun parts of the CM In The City partnership is our differences.  The Airstream 2 Go  exhibit is a perfect example:  Cathi thought it was the perfect balance of posh and outdoors and was excited to learn more.  Mary Alice's response, "Camping? Cathi... Really?" 



   Small Place Fire Place

Cocoon has some really interesting and cool (pun intended) options for installing a fireplace in a smaller floor plan.



   The Sky’s The Limit  

   Ever been on a flight and thought those beverage serving carts could have other uses?  Well, My Sky Cart did, and we love what they came up with. Take a peek.



   Under my Unbrella brella brella 

  If you follow us you know we are big fans of Sunbrella fabrics.  They had their icon collection on display.  The rich colors could make the perfect summer pop of color for your home or patio. 



   That’s A Some Pizza Pie! 

  Dwell on Design had a large area dedicated to outdoor spaces.  Kalamazoo caught our eye for their outdoor kitchens and we loved the pizza oven.



  Much More To Share 

  We had such a good first day at Dwell on Design.  So much so, that we could not share it all in one musings. Stay tuned for more next week on great lighting, new appliances, and this years hot inventions for the home.  




   World Cup Cocktails 

   Have you ever had a Caipirinha?  It’s the “national” drink of Brazil and delicious.    Here’s a video from the WSJ.com on how to make the perfect one.




   Menu de Brazil 

   A quick google search of World Cup menus will give you loads of cooking inspiration.  We loved this one Epicurious.com has put together.  The cheese bread or Pão de Queijo is wonderful. 



   Kids Today

Jerry Seinfeld on the Tonight Show sharing a few thoughts on parenting today vs. when he was a kid. 



   I Brought You Into This World

One of the many great Bill Cosby videos on Father's Day


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   World Cup Football has begun.  Two of our favorite places to visit (England and Italy) compete today.


    Gift Giving Deals 

ABC News has put together this list of deals and freebies for Father’s Day.  



   Dwell On Design

   We are super excited about next weeks Dwell On Design.  Dwell is always a great event, filled with new ideas and inspiration.  Are     you going to Dwell this year?  Let us know maybe we can connect at the show. 




   Whiskey A Go Go


   Whiskey Cocktails by Saveur.com to go with that wonderful steak dinner for Dad.




    Speaking of Steak for Dad 

Esquire.com has put together a great collection of steak recipes.  




   Perfect Dad Gifts 

   We have curated a collection of some of our favorite Father's Day gifts that are available in our CM shop. 

  They include cool vintage barware, a rare silver Playboy platter a Mid-Century Mechanic’s creeper, the best natural shave kit and much more.   Happy Shopping!!

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   Hero Dads from D Day


A daughter shares memories of her father’s heroic service from WWII.

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   Welcome Home Hero Dads

   Here's just a few of the many videos of miltary Dads coming home.  The one with the son graduating, the one with the daughter graduating, or when the little girl could not stop crying and hugging him.  We love all of them.

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   World’s Best Father Blog


Very creative  Dad shares photos and videos with his daughter Alice.  




   Signature Cocktail


Have you ever thought of having your own signature cocktail?





51 strawberry recipes put together by Southern Living.



   The Mother of Invention


For those of us always looking for good lighting when trying to find something here is a cool solution on kickstarter.



   Ballet Beautiful


The Washington Ballet company put together this wonderful video showing their most difficult moves in slow motion.   

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   Tux and a Dress


Check out this prom couple put together by Lens Culture.



   Buy or Rent?


Interesting summary from The New York Times on which is the better choice.

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   Blog Catch Up

Design Center Shout Out


The Helms Bakery has been an Los Angeles landmark since it opened in 1932.  After it closed in 1969 it was used for various purposes, but it really came back to life in it's current incarnation as a design center.


Design-Centers-Helms-Bakery-CM-In-The_City-189The Helm's center is open to public:  In addition to unique stores there are also some great restaurants.

Design-Centers-Helms-Bakery-CM-In-The_City-3Stores like H.D . Buttercup and Rejuvenation among others.

Design-Centers-Helms-Bakery-CM-In-The_City-18You will find a fabulous selection of hardware, lighting and every possible accessory to design a beautiful space.  









For Los Angeles history lovers be sure to check out the mini Helms Bakery museum inside H.D. Buttercup.

Design-Centers-Helms-Bakery-CM-In-The_City-21And for lunch......  We love Father's Office.


Have you been to the Helms Bakery design center?  We would love to know your favorite shops or places to eat.  Share a comment below if you can.   




   Summer Cocktails


14 Memorial day cocktail recipes to get the party started.




   Get Your Grill On


Bon Appétit’s top BBQ recipes.



   Picnic & A Movie


21 places to watch outdoor movies this summer curated by Curbed.com



   Words That Inspire


NPR's collection of the best commencement speeches ever. 




   Creatively Practical


   We love these beautiful and clever bookmarks by London based, Another Studio.



   Designing Delight


The 2014 Pasadena showcase house is closed but the team put together this video on the transformation.








   DVR Worthy Memorial Day TV 

The weather is too good to be indoors so fire up the DVR so you don’t miss some “Special” specials. 


Here’s our list:


  Turner Movie Channel 72 hour Memorial Day Movie Marathon. 


Gentlemen start your engines!  The Indy 500 is Sunday on ABC. 


  Another Sunday race is the Grand Prix of Monaco, one of the    most glamorous and fun races to watch.  It is being televised on NBC live at 730 AM eastern time.


  An annual tradition, PBS will air the 25th National Memorial Day concert from Washington D.C. on Monday night. 



   CM in Print


   We are so pleased to have our article featured in May edition of DTLA Life eMagazine.



   Blog Catch Up

Balboa Beach Beauty ~ The Master Suite





We had the great pleasure of working with our dear clients in bringing their dream vacation home to life on Balboa Island. 



The project began as a very cute mid-century beach bungalow .



Today we would like to share the master suite.  The goals were to create a retreat space combining a nod to the beach location with luxurious and timeless elements. 





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   Cocktails - Vegas Style 

Bon Appétit’s collection of Vegas inspired cocktails.





   The Race Is On Again 

   Today California Chrome goes for her second win toward the      triple crown at the Preakness.  Why not cheer him on with a Black Eyed Susan cocktail.



   En Papillote

  Bon Appétit shared this video on cooking En Papillote.  We love this method for fish, veggies and more. 



   Place Your Bets Again 

With only a few hours to go to pick the winning horse, What's your pick?  As we have mentioned, ours is California Chrome.  Here's some information on the other contenders.




   Graduation Congratulations 

   Do you need cards for the 2014 graduates in your life?   We love this site for unique cards and gifts designed by artists.



   Cyber Seniors

We not only loved this video we saw ourselves in a few parts.



   A Car Culture

  Fast Company Design put together a slide show of  Angelinos and their cars.   This is as much a tribute to LA as it is to cars.



   A Moving Experience

A tour of the newly opened The 911 Memorial.



   Your Culture is Your Brand

We love this blog post by Zappos founder.  It is from 2009, but Tony's thoughts are still current.  A great read if you are building a brand. 



   Blog Catch Up

A wonderful antique book discovery


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