Thursday, August 21, 2014

California Architectural Gem: Ennis House

Located in Los Feliz, the Ennis House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built in 1924. Drawing inspiration from Mayan temple architecture, it is constructed of pre-cast concrete blocks. One of a number of houses Wright designed in L.A. during this period using the cement block technique, the structure is reinforced with metal bars. Because of the larger budget of the owners it's also on of the largest built with this method. Typical of Wright's style, it is designed to embrace the land it's constructed on. The building is foreign and unusual looking for the time, but also features familiar elements of art nouveau style with metal scrollwork and stained glass.

Such a gorgeous pool, and view.

The library's built in bookcases, what an amazing space to read.

This interior hallway is pure magic.

The paved courtyard separating the main house and garage is designed to highlight the view.

The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is available to tour 12 days out of the year. It's definitely on our list of places to visit.
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Foodie Favorite: George's at the Cove in La Jolla

 George's at the Cove came highly recommended to us by several people ahead of a recent visit to the La Jolla area in San Diego.  The restaurant's location is spectacular, with a terrace featuring incredible views of La Jolla Cove Beach, its resident sea lions, and the Pacific Ocean itself - although we did have to contend with some fog on the night we were there.  The drinks and food were excellent, with the seafood dishes being standouts.  We settled on a special sea bass dish, served on a bed of greens and mushrooms, and topped with leeks and an Asian-influenced black sesame dressing - we were far from disappointed.  You can read more about George's on their site.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Art Everywhere US

While walking down the street in San Francisco the other day, we noticed a different kind of bus stop advertisement. When we saw the website listed on the bottom ( we were curious to know more. 
Art Everywhere US is a campaign 'to create the largest outdoor art show', running for the month of August across America. Carefully chosen pieces of American art are displayed in public on buses, billboards, and at bus stops, among other locations. 58 works of art were selected from 5 leading museums in the US (The Dallas Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The National Gallery of Art and The Whitney Museum of American Art) with the help of a public vote. We think this is a fabulous idea, and love the fact that these famous works will be so accessible to everyone this month. Hopefully this becomes an annual 'exhibit'. Here are some of our favorite pieces from the selection.

John Singer Sargent - The Fountain, Villa Torlonia, Frascati, Italy, 1907

Grant Wood - American Gothic, 1930

Margaret Bourke-White - World's Highest Standard of Living, 1937

Edward Hopper - Nighthawks, 1942

Mark Rothko - White Center, 1957

Jasper Johns - Three Flags, 1958

Roy Lichtenstein - Cold Shoulder, 1963

Andy Warhol - Campbell's Soup Can, 1964

Edward Ruscha - Hollywood, 1968

Chuck Close - Phil, 1969

Cindy Sherman - Untitled, 2008

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