Los Angeles Greater Area
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.
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.)
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.
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.
San Francisco Bay Area
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!).
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.
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.
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.