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Mariel Hemingway Finds Refuge at Home

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At 51, Mariel Hemingway says she is finally learning how to play A setting for the pursuit for play is found in her cozy 1.7 acre ranch that features an expanding outdoor gym and organic farm set deep in Malibu Canyon. Mariel shares this idyllic setting Mariel with her partner, Bobby Williams. Bobby is delivering the workout ethos of Venice Beach to the couple’s ranch. He’s continually adding to the converted corral lined with sand, where he's installed a pair of custom-built balance bars … [Read more...]

Mariel Hemingway finds Refuge at Home

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At 51, Mariel Hemingway says she is finally learning how to play. A setting for the pursuit for play is found in her cozy 1.7 acre ranch that features an expanding outdoor gym and organic farm set deep in Malibu Canyon. Mariel shares this idyllic setting Mariel with her partner, Bobby Williams. Bobby is delivering the workout ethos of Venice Beach to the couple’s ranch. He’s continually adding to the converted corral lined with sand, where he's installed a pair of custom-built balance bars … [Read more...]

Home Feature – David Hertz Home Design

Contemplative Home Design David Hertz incorporates elements of water in his Venice home Acclaimed architect David Hertz is an expert in environmentally conscious design. Not only is water the creative inspiration behind many of the home’s features, this element also plays an important role in the construction’s sustainable blueprint. To show us this relationship, Hertz takes us on a tour of his Venice Beach property. By Marina Chetner We’re on the balcony of the second floor of the … [Read more...]

Their Perfect Home

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Achieving Harmony in the City From Natural Heights The vision: a home with a phenomenal view, peaceful yet close to the city, spacious enough to house three kids and four dogs, and host gatherings for extended family and friends. Enter: Encino. Here, homeowners Elaine and Dan were drawn to a serene setting -- a beautiful open location with views of snowcapped mountains juxtaposed by a panoramic scene of the San Fernando Valley that mesmerizes at night with twinkling city lights. This was the … [Read more...]

Catching up with Chef Jason Bowlin

Just a stones throw away from catching your own meal, Chef Bowlin offers a unique menu at Catch Restaurant and Wine

By Sannam Nourouzian From its location literally steps away from the ocean, with views of the pier out its floor-to-ceiling windows, to its dishes featuring seasonal ingredients that are locally grown by our fellow California residents, Catch Restaurant and Wine Bar catches the vibe of the California Coast, embodying the spirit of Los Angeles as it is known and imagined around the world.  Located in the blissfully beachy Hotel Casa Del Mar, Catch Restaurant in Santa Monica is home to the … [Read more...]

3 Ways to Build your Cash Reserves

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If getting in good financial standing is on your to-do list in 2010, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans are looking to save more in the wake of the financial crisis. See how you can get started. 1) Get Real Often the hardest thing about delving into your finances is actually getting started. It’s daunting to take a long hard look at what you have and what you don’t. But, if you’re going to start saving, you need to get real. And that entails pulling your head out of the sand. Consider … [Read more...]

Color of 2010: Turquoise

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The Pantone Color Institute, the authority on color and design trends, has declared turquoise the color of 2010. Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director for Pantone says, “In many cultures, Turquoise occupies a very special position in the world of color. It is believed to be a protective talisman, a color of deep compassion and healing, and a color of faith and truth, inspired by water and sky.” Turquoise replaces Mimosa Yellow, the official color of 2009. The sunny color represented hope … [Read more...]

5 Steps to a Blissful Home

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Sometimes it can be difficult to find bliss, so why not let bliss find you? Making your home environment more blissful is easy with these five simple tips! 1) De-Clutter It’s difficult to be truly happy in a cluttered home. Little things that should be easy (like finding your car keys or wallet) become a hassle. A place with stuff everywhere can make a person feel overwhelmed, overloaded and a bit helpless. Who needs that kind of stress in their own home? Start decluttering by taking a good … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Organize your Kitchen for Efficient Cooking

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Cooking is a pleasure and prerequisite to maintaining good health. It can be a task of ease, grace and greater joy when we have the kitchen organized and structured for proper flow and functionality. Eating healthy is vital, but how we cook directly impacts our health as well. Cooking in a hurried pace and being stressed out may still put a beautiful plate of food on the table, but it’s quality is diminished by the frustration we experience while cooking. 1. Bring in Beauty Even if your kitchen … [Read more...]

4 Houseplants that Clean the Air

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A lot of people may not realize it, but often the air inside the home is dirtier than the air outside. With winter upon us, fewer windows are being opened more heaters are cranking out recycled air. Fortunately, you can rely on a tried and true remedy for getting access to clean air: the houseplant. We know from science class that plants give off oxygen, but you may have forgotten that they also have the capability to purify the air we breathe. In studies conducted by NASA and the Associated … [Read more...]

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