Monday, March 2, 2015

February on Instagam

These are some of our favorite California pictures from Instagram this month.


Friday, February 27, 2015

Scent of the Month

This month's scent is Nest's Indigo. Composed of fragrance notes including Moroccan tea, Kashmir wood, and black cardamom, it's enhanced with hints of wild fig and bergamot. 

'Inspired by the works of 18th Century British artist Mrs. Mary Delany, Laura Slatkin collaborated with master perfumers to translate these works of art into luxurious fragrances that capture the essence of each of the botanicals that adorn the products' striking packaging.'

Clockwise from top left: midi rings, umbrella, hat, necklace, purse, dress, boots, trench, scent

Thursday, February 26, 2015

We Recommend: The Gin Cocktails at Coqueta

Right on San Francisco's Embarcadero, exists a little bit of Spain in the restaurant and detached bar of Coqueta.  Featuring a variety of amazing tapas to choose from, they also have some of the most inventive - and beautiful - gin cocktails we have been lucky enough to sample.  Gin & Tonics are a way of life in Spain, and the mixologists at Coqueta have elevated them to new heights with house infused flavors.  We sampled two varieties:  The Barça and the Galleon, as well as a Not So Dirty gin martini.  While The Barça was a more classic take on the G&T, using dry gin and Fever Tree Tonic, with the addition of hints of grapefruit and pine, the Galleon was more inventive, with its gin mixed with an acorn and apricot tonic, along with berry shrub and lime.  Finally, the martini used the traditional gin and vermouth, with an olive brine dusted rim - giving it the perfect hint of 'dirtiness'.  While we would be hard pressed to choose a favorite, the G&T's were perfect alongside all of the delicious bites, and we would definitely recommend you try them for yourself.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

California Architectural Gem: Walter Bailey House

Built for Walter Bailey in 1959, the Bailey House is number 21 in the Case Study House Program, which invited notable architects to share their low cost, modern housing designs with the magazine 'Arts & Architecture'. 

The Bailey House was designed by Pierre Koenig for the site, located in the Hollywood Hills. It's constructed using prefabricated materials, such as steel beams and glass panels, and features ponds with water that circulates up through the house to help keep it cool, while also filtering the water and providing nice audio.

Subsequent owners remodeled the house, but one owner in the nineties hired Koenig to help restore it to its original design, with the addition of updated appliances. It was then declared a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument to preserve the building intact through future owners, and later set a record for the second highest price of a modern home at auction, when it sold for over three million dollars. 

The floor plan is configured in an L-shape with bathrooms and utilities in the center of the home, and glass walled living areas around the perimeter. It was configured with a north/south axis to capitalize on the views, as well as take advantage of the southern exposure in winter and help keep the house cooler in summer. It is considered one of the finest of Koenig's works and a high point in the Case Study Program.

content via wikipedia and Arts & Architecture. images from pinterest and curbed.