If you are a fan of Maker's Mark you will love this recipe for a whisky smash. We think it is the perfect transitional drink from summer to fall.
Change of Season Salad
Loved this pear salad with Meyer lemon vinaigrette posted this week by damndelicious.net.
Manhandling a Mango
If you love mangos, this will change your life. Katie Quinn shares this video and lots of other great tips on her You Tube site.
You Poked My Heart
Future meteorologists discuss (let's be real), argue as to whether it is sprinkling or raining? You can see the one sister is going to be trouble.
As our regular readers know, we love talented artists. Sean Tulgetske designs great art and lettering. We especially like the way he thinks. “Enjoy The Process” “Blessings” “Remember Why You Started” and More.
The Changing View Of Women
500 years of female portraits in western art put together by Phillip Scott Johnson. We found it mesmerizing.
Pantone Fashion Color Report Spring 2015
We have learned over the years that interior design trends are closely connected to fashion trends. On the heels of NYC fashion week Pantone has put together their spring summer fashion trend report.
Texas Design Crush
Dering Hall published a blog on this Texas country home by architect Michael G Imber. Cathi loved everything about the home especially the master bedroom design and the various ceilings, including barrel ceilings used throughout the residence.
Olives to Cupcakes
Clouds No 8 is an on-line magazine by Lithuanian food bloggers who offer an eclectic mix of recipes and beautiful photos.
Cocktails LA Style
When in Downtown Los Angeles and looking for a place to eat with a view, consider WP-24: A Wolfgang Puck restaurant, we love at the Ritz Carlton hotel. They offer wonderful small bites and great cocktails.
Dorm Room DIY
Most of the college kids are all moved in by now, but if someone needs a bit more storage, this DIY project is super cute. You can make a few of them and stack for a bedside table that has lots of extra storage space.
Kirsten Dunst shared photos of her cool SoHo Loft with Architectural Digest. The really cool part is that you can rent it... dot dot dot... for $12,500 a month.
The Kitchen (TV Show)
Are you fans of Food network's weekend show The Kitchen? This weekend's show is all about fall.
We think Jimmy Fallon is amazingly talented and always love his show (although we DVR it and watch it in the morning). Only Jimmy could get Babs to play like this.
Fish Taco How To
Fish Taco’s are a staple in Southern California. There are fantastic versions in every city, but when you want to make them on your own check out Bon Appétit’s How To Guide.
Red Wine Mix-Up
Have you ever-blended your own wine? Cathi’s family had a fun wine blending party last night. Everyone had a great time. If you want to host your own wine blending party here is the kit they used.
Video Fav Of The Week
We flipped over this video of a baby jamming to Katy Perry. You will find yourself replaying it over and over.
Apple Picking Time
Trying to decide if the new Apple watch is a must have, or if it is time to upgrade? Here is what one of our favorite Apple experts has to say.
Life Hack Brilliance
We have all seen a lot of life hacks recently, but Tripp and Tyler at Make Life Better, raise life hacking to a new level. They are funny, and they share a few original hacks too.
Creative Design is always inspiring
Creative design is always inspiring. Check out this genius engagement ring box designed by Andrew Zo, designed to look like a wallet.
Fall Into Modernism
Tickets are on sale now for Modernism week in Palm Springs. This year’s Fall event, "Aloha Modernism Week", is October 10th to 13th.
For The Halibut
Delicious recipe from Christina Ferrare….Potato-crusted halibut.
We love these tequila recipes from Food & Wine magazine. Wolfgang Puck's Pepino's Revenge looks yummy.
"Make It Ahead"
Mary Alice (our resident lover of cookbooks) has already pre-ordered Ina Garten's new cookbook “Make It Ahead”, and can’t wait to read it cover to cover. Are you planning on going to one of her book tour events?
We love seeing people use space creatively in small spaces. This Paris apartment's staircase is a great example.
7 week old Lachlan gets a hearing aid and hears for the first time. Grab a tissue!
If ensuring you have a great cup of espresso no matter where your travels take you, the Handpresso by Kottle will be you favorite new travel accessory.
CM In Print
The September issue of DTLA Life is available. Our article starts on page 50.
Cathi just returned from an Alaskan vacation. One of her favorite discoveries was a Father/Son team that makes amazing homes out of logs and other natural elements.
Cathi loved the gems they make so much that we decided Alaska Log Structures was the perfect Made In America business to highlight on this Labor Day.
Greg Anderson and his son Jordan Anderson, who by the way is a championship chainsaw log carver, own Alaska Log Structures. While they are called Log “cabins”, Cathi calls them Log Gems.
The homes they design and build are amazing. Every detail is unique, yet also perfection.
Be sure to check out the Alaska Log Structures website to learn more about these talented artisans.
With peach season in full swing, we were hunting for some new recipes. Martha Stewart on-line put together a list of 31 peach recipes, and while all look good, we can’t wait to try the Grilled-Peach and Prosciutto Pizza.
Wine Enthusiast curated a great list of 11 travel destinations around the world where you can enjoy wonderful wines together with beautiful scenery.
While You’re At The Grill
Why not grill a few extra peaches and try this Infused Bourbon recipe? It looks like a great BBQ beverage.
A Layered Design Plan
Architectural Digest recently profiled the new SoHo House in Chicago. A great example of layered designed.
Cathi is a big Vespa fan, as is her family. They are fun to ride but they are also style icons. Here is a bit of the history on how Vespa became so iconic, from ItalyMagazine.com.
We recently came across Dana Surfboards, a company that builds beautiful wood surfboards for décor. These unique statement pieces could be the perfect addition to a family room, outdoor space or ….
The last days of summer has us thinking about watermelon. We loved these 2 salads that feature watermelon as a main ingredient. Tomato watermelon with feta and almonds and Watermelon with basil, goat cheese and tomato
Drinking Your Watermelon
Food and Wine magazine curated a great list of drinks with watermelon.
End Of Summer Wines
Today show shared great wines under $20 to enjoy as the summer “wine’s” down.
A Rotating House
Next Office is an famed architectural design firm in Tehran. They recently designed a very smart home that rotates. The design maximizes the natural light and provides great flexibility. They are creative geniuses.
So Cal Storm Photos
We have been amazed by the waves this last week along our coast. Here are some of the AP’s best photos of the week.
Made In America (music)
Philadelphia has been hosting Jay Z’s Made In America concert since 2012. We were just in Philly and saw the concert set-up beginning. This will be LA’s first year hosting the same event. Will you be going? Here's the line-up from Spin Magazine.
Buy American Made
If you find it hard to find products made in America you will love this site. I buy American store has loads of companies listed and is super easy to use.
Martha Stewart’s Challenge
The team at Martha Stewart reviews nominated “Made In American” companies and votes for the best of the best.
Wishing you a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!! ~ Cathi and Mary Alice
We are excited to share some results of a recently completed project in Seal Beach, CA. Here is a bit about the the dining room make over.
This home was purchased a few months ago from a couple who had it custom designed and built it in 2004. They clearly had a love of the Caribbean and the color blue.
It was an explosion of the Caribbean. There were blue on blue tones with big pops of bold color throughout.
We established a design plan that would combine a traditional Americana beach decor with global decor elements in a neutral palette. This allowed for a more restful environment that is both elegant and comfortable.
Here is a look at the finished design; a classic dining room with a Parisian flare.
We loved the idea of using different chairs for the host and hostess. For this room we chose 2 classic French chairs in a matt black finish upholstered in a stunning off-white brushed linen fabric.
We wanted the light fixture to be ceiling mounted with 2 lights that had tan linen barrel shades. Like the comfortable bistro chairs, this proved hard to source.
Cathi found this lamp at Rejuvenation in Los Angeles and worked with our lighting team to modify the lamp to fit the design plan.
Another success: This light worked perfectly in the room.
The final dining room design invites you to sit and enjoy both day and night. From a croissant and a cup of coffee to a formal dinner party or a family style pasta dinner filled with laughter and good stories the new design embraces it all.
To see more of our portfolio check out our profile on Houzz.
Simple Summer Yummy
We loved Barefoot Contessa's simple Ice cream sandwich recipe. Cathi’s sister Jennifer has been making her own version this summer with her classic chocolate chip cookies. Tip: spread a bit of peanut butter or nutella on the cookie.
All American Beverage
Great list of the top 50 craft beers made in the USA curated by AmericanCraftBeer.com. Perfect for any summer gathering, including a fantasy football draft party.
Hosting An NFL Draft Party?
Flavor574.com has put together the essential guide to hosting your perfect fantasy football draft party. A few recipes and good ideas.
Speaking Of The Draft
Here is the list of the projected top 300 NFL players for the 2014 Fantasy Football Draft.
Throw Like A Girl!
How exciting watching 13 year old Mo'Ne Davis pitch a two hit shutout at the Little League World Series. Go girl go! We are rooting for her.
Creative In Cotton
Cotton Bureau is an on-line platform where creative designers can upload a potential t-shirt design. If enough people (typically 10) buy it they will produce it. Quality is great, the prices are good and proceeds can be designated to a charity.
We loved flying Virgin America, great service, prices and schedule. Jet Blue from Long Beach is too too, but we really enjoyed Virgin American and Terminal 3 in Las Vegas.
The rooftop pool bar at Marriott's Grand Chateau, has great views, great drinks and less chaos. What's not to love?
The Cromwell is the first boutique hotel to open in Las Vegas. Beautiful and relaxing. It is also home to Giada's new (and first) restaurant.
Restaurants are too many to mention, but it is safe to say the days of the buffet jokes about Las Vegas are over.
Wonderful restoration/reclamation video from Restoration Hardware chronicling the teamwork to persevere a historic building and design a store that mirrors their company values.
Blog Catch Up
Classic dining room with a Parisian flare. The first in a series of our recently completed project in Seal Beach, CA.
Is Your Garden Overflowing
Speaking Of In Season
This is also the season for Cantaloupe and we loved this curated list by Yummly of cantaloupe drinks and cocktails.
Beach Picnic Anyone?
Point Dume, Malibu made the Dream Plan Go's list of America's best picnic beaches. We agree.
We Love Uber
If you have not already signed up for Uber, here is a little motivation. New Uber signups get their first ride for free up to $30.00 with this Promo.
Bring Plants In
Great list curated by Apartment Therapy, of the top hard to kill houseplants.
Brooklyn in 1974
Fantastic photos shot by Danny Lyon in Brooklyn from 1974. This is a wonderful look back.
The Apparently Kid
By now you might have seen this video, but he makes us smile so we thought we would share. Wonder what his Grandpa’s Powerball numbers are?
Creative Copy Cat
Very funny teenager came up with the idea to recreate celeb photos. Check out his instagram page.
Looking for something to do on a summer day? Consider a visit to the Getty Villa in Malibu. They have wonderful exhibits year round but the gardens in the summer are lovely.
Wonderful Summer Salad
Bon Appétit’s summer salad recipe is perfect if your garden is overflowing with tomatoes. It combines roasted onion, lemon and a few other simple ingredients to make this yummy salad.
Martha Stewart shared a great summer fruit Sangria recipe on line.
10 vintage surfing photos put together by Mentalfloss.com.
Surf Town USA
Once again Huntington Beach is hosting the US Surf Open. You can catch the finals this weekend.
Designing A New Board
The creative L.A. based design team at West of West Aero designed this surfboard. It is on display at the Architecture and Designs Museum of LA.
Perfect Beach Picnic
If you are heading to H.B. for the Surf Open we love Jan's Health Bar in Downtown H.B. for lunch.
Like A Dog With A Bone
You know those dogs that beg you to play fetch? Well this adorable dog takes the cake.
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.
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.
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
Russell Houghten, a creative filmmaker and skateboard enthusiast, has put together an amazing video showing life in L.A. without traffic.
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.
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.
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.
A Huff Post compilation of yoga videos that are interrupted by pets.
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
We have a crush on Katharine Hepburn’s stunning family home... and guess what? It’s for sale!
Miss 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.
While we would update the master bedroom, most likely we would keep the same feel, as it seems so serene.
Use 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.
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.
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.
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.
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