What’s Happening This Week: May 18, 2020

Los Angeles Greater Area

LA’s visionary Mid-Century houses 

In Mid-Century SoCal, top designers and architects were challenged to create affordable, innovative houses for Postwar living. The spacious, flowing indoor/outdoor Case Study Houses are still inviting spaces to explore today.

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Descanso beauty is back

Actually it never left – we did. Now the gardens have reopened, just in time for roses, camellias, irises and cherry blossoms. Hours are longer, tickets are limited and in advance only. (Members don’t need tickets, so join now.)

“Cheep” home entertainment

Backyard birdwatching is soaring. Easy, free and fascinating, it starts when you sit down, close your eyes and listen. Next, go online to learn which birds hang in your ‘hood, and start seeing. Here are some tips for delightful results.

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Another angle of my dear Black-Throated Gray Warbler moment as she investigates me close to the forest floor. . I think this is my favourite closeup of any species I’ve taken. While a dynamic, full body action shot is always cool and desirable, there’s something magical about a frame-filling image that captures lots of feather detail and personality of a bird that’s usually confined to the forest canopy. . Sometimes I go on my birding adventures with a vague idea of the shots I want to get, or the species I hope to find, but most of the time I go to beautiful places with a diversity of species and good lighting opportunities. I try to find good pockets of mixed habitat, preferably in shade or under overcast conditions. . I find if you keep checking off all the boxes, you’ll get lucky eventually – for instance the full sun came out minutes after this photo-session, and would have rendered all these pics harsh and less detailed! Glad I found her when I did! . Settings: 1/250, f5.6, ISO 1600 . . . #natgeoyourshot #birding #planetearth #naturephotography #nature #bcbirds #bcbirding #birdsofcanada #naturephotography #wildlifephotography #birding #naturelovers #feather_perfection #bird #cangeo #sharecangeo #birdsofinstagram #bestbirdsofinstagram #birds #bestbirdshots #photography #eye_spy_birds #bird_brilliance #wildlife #best_birds_of_ig #bb_of_ig #northwestnature #bird_brilliance #warblercrazy #blackthroatedgraywarbler #warblers #migration #spring

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Can haute cuisine pivot to takeout?

Some of the most upscale spots in LA are showing how it’s done – with superb results. Ready to trade pizza and burgers for Michelin-level dining chez vous? Give these culinary superstars a call without reservations.

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On today’s takeout menu ➡️

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San Francisco Bay Area

Park dos and don’ts

Table tennis: Yes. Tennis: No. Picnics on the grass: OK. Picnics on picnic tables: Not OK. Hey, don’t ask us, we didn’t make the rules. San Francisco has released its oddly specific and slightly random list of allowable outdoor activities, which includes the likes of exploring rock pools, soft martial arts, and watching sunrises and sunsets (all allowed!). 

Mai tais and rib eyes

It’s not all gloom and doom out there in the restaurant world. Oaklanders have reason to celebrate the opening of Palmetto, a tropical cocktail bar and steakhouse that takes over the hallowed former Flora space in Uptown. For now, of course, you’ll have to get that steak and rum drink to-go. 

Chef it up

Salmon and broccoli got you down? Up your pandemic kitchen game with the help of these local Wine Country chefs who are offering free online cooking classes. Participants include celebrated Healdsburg chef Charlie Palmer, Big Bottom Market owner and cookbook author Michael Volpatt, and Bouchaine winery’s B Together series. 

Fit for a queen

Bay windows are a staple of Victorian architecture, a style that predominates in San Francisco. Now that we all have a little more time on our hands, it might be time to rethink what to do with that little alcove of space in front of them. A home office perhaps? A credenza? Here are 10 ideas to help inspire your design imagination.   

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It seems the lockdown low hit hard for lots of people this week, including me. Yesterday I was looking forward to a fun Friday but School of Mum was hard work, I was shattered, I had no energy and I stayed off social media because I couldn’t bare to see another ‘Look how far I’ve run / how many burpees I’ve done today’ post! When School of Mum wrapped up for the week I’d planned to do some jobs, clear a cupboard, go for a walk etc but I let the kids entertain themselves and I sat under a blanket and watched a murder documentary – that’s how cheery I was feeling! After seeing a few insta stories and messaging friends, it seemed I wasn’t alone in feeling this way – maybe it’s the weather or just a natural low point in the lockdown cycle? Whatever it was, I want to turn it around as, on the whole, I am strangely enjoying this extra family time we’ve been given without the usual stress of our busy lives. So I’ve started today with a list (you know I love ‘em!) of jobs, tasks and fun things too, in the hope we can have a productive and fun filled weekend. I hope you all have one too 😘🌈🌤🙌🏼 . . . . #myhousethismonth #homeinspiration #interiorinspo #interiorinspiration #interiordesign #interiorstyling #interiorsideas #photoshootlocation #interiordesigner #renovationproject #antiquefurniture #vintagedecor #victorianhouse #edwardianhouse #mumblogger #livingroom #modernhome #vintagehome #velvetsofa #greenvelvetsofa #greenandpink #baywindow #myaastyle #styleitdark #darklivingroom #dunelm #sofadotcom #johnlewisandpartners #mumlife #motherhoodunplugged @sofadotcom

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