FLORAL DESIGNER ~ JEFF LEATHAM

Be still my heart. I literally gasped when I saw the Architectural Digest article featuring floral designer, Jeff Leatham. Behold, this stunning display at the Four Seasons George V in Paris.

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The beginnings of the display unfolds beneath a stunning crystal chandelier.

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Vessels are filled with ‘Naomi’ roses and magenta phalaenopsis orchids.

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Creating a tiered arrangement. What an impact.

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A classic tapestry with modern flowers. To read more, visit Architectural Digest.

Happy Valentine’s Day

xoxo,

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SOLAR DECATHLON ~ 2015

The 2015 Solar Decathlon at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California, just recently ended this past weekend. This was the 2nd year that the event took place at the Orange County Great Park, with the grand kick-off beginning the weekend of October 8th and ending on the 18th. I was glad the weather was far more accommodating this past weekend, because I really wanted the opportunity to see what each of the participating collegiate teams had to offer in the competition. As it turns out, Irvine has decided that it won’t be hosting the event next year. The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. Of course, another very important consideration for the many teams that were participating, was the transportation component of the solar-powered houses. And, for the many teams that were coming across the continental United States, that was quite a daunting accomplishment. Here are the top 3 winners of this years competition:

Stevens Institute of Technology

FIRST PLACE WINNER

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Stevens Institute of Technology at dusk at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the Stevens Institute of Technology house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the Stevens Institute of Technology house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the Stevens Institute of Technology house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the Stevens Institute of Technology house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the Stevens Institute of Technology house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the Stevens Institute of Technology house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Exterior of the Stevens Institute of Technology house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Exterior of the Stevens Institute of Technology house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the Stevens Institute of Technology house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the Stevens Institute of Technology house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

SECOND PLACE WINNER

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PV arrays for University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at dusk at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York at dusk at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

THIRD PLACE WINNER

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PV arrays for California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

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Interior of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

Interior of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo house at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 at the Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California (Credit: Thomas Kelsey/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon)

And there you have it, the top 3 winning teams. Congratulations. Job very well done, and, in case you are wondering which was my personal favorite??? Well, of course, the team that hails from California, specifically Cal Poly, SLO ūüôā If you are interested in obtaining more information about the winning teams, be sure to visit this website. Here, you will be able to download PDF files of each teams solar-powered modular home, menus and recipes from the food competition as well as see some of the other entries.

Have a Lovely Day

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WANDERLUST ~~ PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS d’ ELEGANCE

Road Trip Adventures

I realize I have been away from the blog for several weeks now, and I have to say, I just haven’t had much time to sit down and share, until, now. August is a notoriously busy month for me and my family. There have been¬†birthdays and anniversaries…. a little design project for a dear family relative….¬†and, a bit of Wanderlust.¬†August is also the month for the annual Pebble Beach Concourse d’ Elegance. While hubby and I don’t attend this event every year that it is held, we have enjoyed the show on several occasions. This annual event is always held on the 3rd week of August, which just so happens to somewhat coincide with hubby’s birthday and our wedding anniversary. Each year, reservations are always a challenge, but we got lucky this time. Through hubby’s BMW owner’s club, we were able to snag a reservation, albeit in Pacific Grove, which was just fine. ¬†And so here it is, a few pictures from our recent¬†Road Trip Adventure……. a drive up the Coast.

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We started out our drive up the coast, to San Simeon, where we spent the night. The next morning, our journey up the coast continued with a quick stop to check out the Elephant Seals basking in the sun. My goodness, they are BIG and, well, just a little STINKY. Needless to say, we didn’t linger too long. Back in the car, we headed to Big Sur with a stop to visit the Julia Phiffer Burns State Park (the bottom two photos). Amazing scenery, for sure, it just never gets old.

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From Big Sur, we continued on into Carmel. Historically, the first day of this annual event, begins with the Concourse d’ Elegance entrants driving their vintage cars from Carmel out to Big Sur and back again to Carmel, where they then line up along Ocean Drive in Carmel . These pictures are just a few of the many, many cars that I captured with my iPhone. So much eye candy, the beautiful Lalique hood ornament, a gorgeous blue Duessenberg, a Porsche from Switzerland with the orange wing placed in a rather unusual place (sun protection?), to Alfa Romeo’s and the beautiful teal, red and silver classic vintage automobile. Iconic designs, preserved for generations and appreciated by many.

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We began the following day with a drive along 17-Mile Drive. This is a drive we never miss and an absolute MUST when visiting Pebble Beach. The pristine scenery of coastline, Monterey Cypress and stunning architecture, is absolutely breath taking. Everywhere we stopped along the way, such as the Lone Cypress, seen above, was mesmerizing and there was always lots of whale activity, bringing lots of OOOOHS and AWES! Our drive brought us to the iconic Lodge at Pebble Beach. Side note: Hubby’s grandfather was a champion golfer and won the tournament twice, once in 1911 and again in 1915. Of course, back then, it wasn’t known as the Lodge at Pebble Beach, but, nevertheless, a trophy placard is prominently on display in one of the Lodge’s restaurants, where all sorts of golf memorabilia is displayed. Hubby is very, very proud….. to say the least. Not too many have won the tournament twice. Since, we were part of the BMW Club, we visited the Villa that they had rented for the event….. again, very, very special. Need I say that there is a never ending display of opulence….. Anywhooooo, what a fun day, especially for hubby. BMW had all sorts of cars available for test driving and hubby jumped at the chance to drive the BMW i-8. No room for me to go along though, it’s pretty much a 2-seater and BMW required one of their representatives ride along. ūüôĀ Oh well, I had fun, nevertheless, wandering around the Villa taking in the interiors and snapping a little picture through the ornamental wrought iron. After our fun day, we headed back to our hotel, enjoyed a glass of wine and a few hors d’ oeurves. Dinner that evening, was divine, enjoyed at Roy’s at the Inn at Spanish Bay. Delicious…….

The weekend was divine, but at last, it was time to make our way back home….. Road Trip 2015, our journey has come to a close….. this Wanderlust Journey is always one filled with many fond memories. Thanks for letting me share and coming along for the ride.

All The Best, Happy Wednesday,

 

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WELLNESS 2.0 ~ THE GOLDEN DOOR SPA

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While checking out Lonny¬†magazine’s top destinations, the article titled “Golden Ticket”, written by Melissa Goldstein and photographed by Jessica Sample, was of particular interest. The article caught my eye because it features the iconic Golden Door Spa, a destination that isn’t too far from my Southern California roots. The author of the article, which you can read here, checks into Southern California’s newly relaunched Golden Door Spa to see what wellness revamped looks like. Let’s take a look at the spa that has welcomed royalty, dignitaries and celebrities…….

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Interior Designer, Victoria Hagen freshened up the lobby with a palette of earth and mustard tones.

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Hand-painted Japanese screens.

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The Wisteria Lounge serves as a daytime gathering spot — its walls are lined with Hollywood archival photos of notable guests.

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The property’s five lush bio-dynamic culinary gardens yield a seasonal bumper crop that includes tomatoes, melons, berries, lettuces and tea herbs.

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Throughout the beautiful 600-acre grounds are 20 miles of tree-lined trails.

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BEAUTIFUL ZEN-INSPIRED VISION.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR ~~ RANDOM THOUGHTS FOR 2015

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On New Year’s day. after beginning our morning with the traditional viewing of The Rose Parade, we decided to take a little road trip. Out here in sunny, Southern California, an unusual Arctic storm has brought frigid temperatures and blanketed our mountains with beautiful snow. But what was even more amazing was the snowfall that fell in places that ordinarily don’t typically ever have snow and one of those places was Ortega Highway. Ortega Highway is a 2-lane, curvy stretch of road nestled between Orange County and Riverside County, starting in San Juan Capistrano and ending in Lake Elsinore. Just days before the New Year, motorists were left stranded for up to 10 hours on this highway with snow falling everywhere and wreaking havoc with motorists trying to navigate under extremely unusual conditions.

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Hubby, myself, my youngest daughter and our Vizsla, Duke (our beautiful, high-energy companion that loves an outing), all jumped into the car to take advantage of the beauty that Mother Nature had dropped at our “doorstep”. As we got underway, continuing our drive out of San Juan Capistrano and climbing in elevation, the scenery slowly began to change. What unfolded in front of us, was a vision of fresh, brilliant, white snow. It was amazing and a little surreal to see children with their parents building snowmen, having snowball fights and seeing snow plows drive by (apparently, we actually have them). As we took some time to enjoy the beauty of the snow, I began to think about the beauty of white and all that is associated with the color. It is an inherently positive color, associated with¬†purity, innocence, light¬† and¬†goodness,¬†to name just a few, but, it can also represent a successful beginning, which seems rather symbolic as we welcome the¬†New Year 2015!

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From Fashion to Interiors, I find white to be just right, pure, fresh, new and inspiring. These are just a few images of white that I think are particularly lovely. I hope you enjoy!

Fashion ~~

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HAPPY 2015

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GREAT ESCAPES ~~ Puglia, Italy

ITALY’S SOUTHEAST COAST, with its fishing towns, rustic charm and limited development, may be the country’s most untouched destination — at least for now. More and more, foreigners are discovering the coast of Puglia, and Italians are showing an increased interest in the region, buying homes to serve as retreats from their primary residences in Milan and Rome. Puglia’s bucolic estates offer striking architecture and stylish interiors that offer a mix of antiques and contemporary art, while its beaches, unlike those of the rocky Amalfi Coast, are sandy and calm. Whether located a short drive from the Adriatic shore or tucked away amid olive groves, the regions vacation properties —- with their rooftop terraces, amply sized pools, and expansive outdoor areas —- all best enjoyed by large groups looking to discover Puglia for themselves.

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The beautifully intricate facade of Lecce's cathedral.

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The impressive interior of Lecce's cathedral.

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For more desirable villas in Puglia visit www.thinkpuglia.com.

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DESTINATIONS ~~ ESCAPE ~~ TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS

It’s Hotter Than H. E. Double Toothpicks ~¬†

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Well, I don’t know what is going on with our weather out here in Southern California, but it has been¬†ridiculously, insanely,¬†H O T!!!!!!¬†We have had 90 degree-plus temperatures just about every other week and there hasn’t even been a reprieve at the beach. In fact, we hit 90 degrees back in January. The rest of the nation was enduring some of the most brutal winters on record. In fact, on Mother’s Day weekend, I got a call from my step-mother-in-law who lives in Wyoming and she shared with me that they had a snow storm…..OMG, this is just crazy!

I’m thinking of destinations and places that I would rather be right now and having never been to Turks and Caicos, I am thinking that this could be the place to escape to.

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Simply breathtaking. The water is jaw-dropping gorgeous and I can’t think of a more stress-relieving destination. Please oh please take me away!!!

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Grace Bay Club

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Grace Bay Resort¬†has worked with Thom Filicia who has provided a comprehensive redesign for the Grace Bay Club with the completion of the 20-year old resort’s lobby. The refreshed space presents shades of coral and sand that complement the Caribbean views, while lush potted palms, capiz-shell chandeliers and wood furniture harmonize similarly with their island surroundings. The renovations are expected to continue into 2015. www.gracebayresorts.com.

INSPIRED DESTINATIONS….

READY TO RENDEZVOUS??

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MOTHER’S DAY MUSINGS

FIG & OLIVE ~~

 

fo_gallery_1_mpoutside (1)On my “Mother’s Day Inspiration”¬†post, I shared that I would be enjoying this very special day at the eponymous FIG & OLIVE restaurant in Newport Beach. It was a fabulous day and I couldn’t have been happier to be with family. It was another picture perfect day in So. Cal. Warm and breezy……well it was more like gusting. I think it’s our infamous Santa Ana winds kicking in as we are headed into the high 90s this upcoming week. Uggggggh!!! We’ve had our fair share of ¬†HOT days lately. I, personally, prefer to ease into summer weather.

Anyhow, things were bustling at FIG & OLIVE, which was to be expected. Across the way, at Rick Bayless’ new restaurant, Red O, an equal amount of activity was taking place. We were pleasantly greeted and after a very brief wait, we were taken to our table. Our waiter, Kevin, was courteous and attentive. My son and I decided on the special Prix Fix Mother’s Day Brunch Menu and my daughters ordered a la carte, from the main menu. The food was so delicious……everything. Although it took¬† F O R E V E R!!¬† Literally! That being said, I will have to give ¬†them the benefit of the doubt, because, well, it is, after all,¬†MOTHER’S DAY! ¬†Thank goodness for the bread basket, which we had to order because, did I mention, everything is A La Carte!! Not that I needed to have a bread basket…..it was more for my little 13 month old grandson, who by the way, was a real trooper for hanging in there for as long as we had to. Not an easy thing for the little people.

The Chef

Executive Chef, Pascal Lorange, creates his menu around care ~~ fully selected farmers and ingredients for their genuine taste and seasonality.

The Design

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The setting at FIG & OLIVE, Newport Beach is not exactly as depicted by the images shown here, but it does still ¬†have the same feeling. Light woods are used throughout. The walls are chalky white and dressed with crisp white, gauzy sheers all hung from black wrought iron hardware. This being Southern California, where dining al fresco is de rigeur, an outdoor dining area was situated off to side of the entrance to the restaurant. A large, central, open bar area could be seen from the area of the restaurant where we were seated and featured a low planter wall filled with potted rosemary which was then layered with tall Pussy Willow branches….very pretty. Interior walls included glassed in niches for bottles of Veuve Clicquot as well as a variety of olive oils. Of course, the larger dining area was very open and included their iconic potted olive trees…..it was all very lovely!!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL

 

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WARM HOSPITALITY ~~ ICONIC BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL

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Amanda Milan wrote……

“After two years of ongoing renovations at Hollywood’s iconic Beverly Hills Hotel, New York-based designer Adam Tihany, who is known for his work on Michelin-starred restaurants such as chef Thomas Keller’s French Laundry and Per Se, has begun the final phases of the hotel’s remodel. All 208 guest rooms are expected to be finished by the end of 2014 and will feature Bang & Olufsen televisions, antique bronze lighting fixtures, custom wallcoverings, and walnut and ebonized oak furniture. Upgrades will include leather, mohair, and silk coverings in a neutral palette of creams and taupes with blue, green and yellow accents……all befitting of a Southern California relaxed atmosphere.”

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“One suite, however, will feature a unique design as part of the Suite 100 program — a celebration of Beverly Hills’ centennial this year, in which five luxury hotels will redesign a suite to capture a Beverly Hills moment from the past 100 years. Tihany’s contribution at the Beverly Hills Hotel will pay tribute to the lifestyle of Marilyn Monroe — a frequent guest — and to Paul Williams, the architect who designed the Polo Lounge. This suite will carry out the theme with black lacquer finishes, tropical prints and shag carpets.”

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“The changes to the guest rooms follow Tihany’s 2012 redesign of the hotel’s often-celebrity-filled lobby as well as the famous green and white Polo Lounge¬†and poolside cabanas in 2013. However, the hotel’s red-carpeted entrance and flamingo-pink exteriors, which have been seen in countless films, will remain the same.”

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In Conjunction with his work at The Beverly Hills Hotel

Tihany has a new coffee-table book launching in March, to be published by Rizzoli, New York.

 

Visions to Inspire, Dreams to Empower

 

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DESTINATIONS ~~ CASA ACANTO, SAN MIGUEL DE ALLENDE

item1.rendition.slideshowWideVertical.fisher-weisman-02-exteriorDesigners Andrew Fisher and Jeffrey Weisman, of the San Francisco-based interior design firm Fisher Weisman established their own getaway in the city of San Miguel de Allende after falling for the beauty and laid back lifestyle. The 18th -century industrial space was recast into a luxurious compound for indoor-outdoor living.

The couple wanted to warm it up and give it an authentic 18th-century feel. In went hand-hewn pine beams as well as terra-cotta floor tiles that had been given a patina with gasoline and tar. Through the renovation process, the designers added a bedroom and bath in the main house and built a guest casita in the rear garden. To read more about Casa Acanto, see story here.

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Destinations to Definitely Dream About

and most definitely visions to

INSPIRE

I would love to “unwind” here. Dare to dream……

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