Out and About in West Hollywood

Out and About in West Hollywood

Last week was Spring Break for my middle-schooler so we decided to take a last minute road trip down to Hollywood. We happen to love West Hollywood and always stay at the fabulous Andaz hotel on Sunset Blvd. I just love the modern LA vibe of this hotel. We love the views, the breakfast, and the location of this spot. 
They also have an amazing roof-top pool.
I feel so fortunate to live in California. I can drive to all these gorgeous places within 5 hours and never step foot in an airport. 
One of my favorite things to do in a new city is to walk around the neighborhoods. We've never enjoyed the touristy sites in LA so I like to visit a new area each time and check out all the locals favorite spots. Being on foot provides such an great perspective into a neighborhood that you just can't get from a car. 
Love the architecture in West Hollywood. 
I have to say the highlight of this trip was my introduction to the LA Farmer's Market. If you have never been this is a spot you won't want to miss. 
The Original Los Angeles farmers market was established in 1934 when a dozen farmers parked their trucks in an open field to sell produce. Now its home to more than 100 merchants that sell the best food, drinks, and everything tasty. Not to mention its right next door to all the fabulous shops at The Grove
You won't want to miss the Los Angeles County Museum of Art featuring artwork covering the expanse of art history and the globe. I got to see a favorite of mine by Franz Kline.
I loved the Japanese Art building.
The Japanese graphic art display was so colorful and fun to look at.
And of course I ended my afternoon with a glass of Rose' back at the Farmer's Market.
It may have only been to LA but I cherish any moment of travel with my boy making new memories. I'd love to hear your favorite LA spots! 
April 12, 2017 by Erin Bichara

Mid-Century Decor | Leo's Oyster Bar San Francisco | Vintage Furniture

There has been quite a bit of buzz lately about a chic new restaurant called Leo's Oyster Bar, a luxury oyster bar. The photos are all over Instagram and I have been swooning over the decor and food photos. I had some business in Sausalito so I grabbed my girlfriend Gina and we headed over. I knew she would appreciate the food, fun, and decor.

Leo's Oyster Bar

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Owned by husband-and-wife team James Nicholas and Anna Weinberg the restaurant has a 50's tropical feel. The restaurant is glammed up with its gold doors, splashy colors, & glowing bar. Mid-century is all the rage these days and its full of all my favorites like rattan, cane, and banana leaves. I love how the designer tied in the banana and palm leaf into the logo, wallpaper, and upholstery. The bar stools are cane and there are Hollywood Regency, beach, and tiki nods throughout while maintaining that old San Francisco feel.

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The food and drinks are equally inspiring from the fried and raw oysters to the champagne cocktails and stiff martinis. This is a perfect spot for bringing a girlfriend or spouse. There is a lot to take in. The restaurant has several rooms with different themes. The front bar area has the open, airy feel with its conservatory and the back rooms are more intimate and convey a tiki feel. We had two glasses of blanc de noir champagne, the pickled vegetables, hard-boiled eggs topped with fried oysters, & deviled egg salad with salmon roe. It was divine. img_1944 img_1941img_1942

The finishing touch was our bill in a gold cigarette case. No detail was overlooked.

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Cheers, Erin

September 20, 2016 by 2

California Day Tripping | Antiquing | Dining | Sonoma, CA

One of our favorite places to visit is Sonoma, CA. Not only are they home to world renowned makers of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, & Chardonnay they have some of the best restaurants, wineries, antique stores, and hiking trails. When I think of Sonoma I think of a magical place. Carlos and I started visiting Sonoma about 14 years ago. We would go hiking at Jack London State Park in Glen Ellen, wine taste at Chateau St. Jean, and peruse the shops at the Sonoma Square. Many businesses have changed over the years in Sonoma but the magic has stayed the same.

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Our first stop in Sonoma was at Cornerstone Sonoma. This place was created for people who love gardens, art , and good food. Its an ever-changing series of walk through gardens, art installations and is home to two of my favorite antique shops Artefact Design & Salvage and Chateau Sonoma. If you go to Artefact make sure you say hello to Axel the bulldog, he's super friendly.  This is a perfect place to bring the kids and stay for hours.

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This installation at Cornerstone Sonoma was created by the owner of Artefact with a nod to California's desperate need of rain. If you need inspiration this is the place to come.

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Our favorite place to dine in Sonoma is Cafe Citti in Kenwood. Hands down the best calamari sandwich & chicken caesar salad on the planet. They smoke the chicken for the salad. Its cozy, delicious, affordable, and they have great Sonoma wines.

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If your thirsty for some grape juice one of our favorite wineries is Chateau St. Jean & Bartholomew Park.

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After all that eating, drinking, and shopping heading to Jack London State Park is a perfect way to burn off some calories and drink in the beauty. Its really hard to leave this place. Rico the Frenchie had a blast too. I love this park because you can tour some of the homes of Jack London as well as visit the ruins of his hard work. I love hearing about his exotic travels, accomplishments, and dramatic exploits. You can walk, hike, bike, horseback ride, take photos, paint, relax, and enjoy the magic.

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There is no way you can visit everything Sonoma has to offer in one day. This is a 3 part series. Check back for Day 2 in Sonoma. Cheers!

California Day Tripping | Carmel

My husband says if he could never travel out of California he would be happy. I moved to this state in 1994 and haven't seen half of it. Join me as I embark on a new series to see more of what this state has to offer. In search of some much needed inspiration I decided to head south to Carmel for some European coastal charm. I love the architecture, cobblestone streets, and charm of Carmel. Pebble Beach isn't so bad either. DSC_0854 DSC_0874

Carmel is about a 2 hour drive from the San Francisco Bay Area. Its great for adults & children with its beautiful coast lines, Monterey Bay Aquarium, and farms along the way.

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Carmel is stunning any time of year but it was really showing off for us that day with all the fall colors, blue skies, and a perfect 70 degrees.

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In its attempt to remain un-citified there are no chain restaurants or addresses in this town.

Another fun fact about Carmel: No high heels more than 2" unless you have a permit.

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Don't you just love the architecture? Not only is Carmel known for its natural scenery & artistic history, it's dog friendly thanks to Doris Day. The mayor was once Clint Eastwood. How cool is that?

My favorite restaurant in Carmel is Casanova. If you like Rose' and a salmon omelette, homemade spinach gnocchi, or a croque monsieur this is the place for you. I love everything about Casanova because of its authenticity. The antique icons, the aged farm tables, and the european linens make this girl giddy.

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Just a few blocks away from this idyllic town is the Pacific Ocean with its perfect white sand. Bring your dog, your camera, and stick your toes in the sand.

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If you have the time don't forget to take the 17 mile drive through Pebble Beach and stop off at Roy's at The Inn at Spanish Bay for a glass of bubbly and an ahi tuna tartare tower. Cheers!

Want to get that Carmel look in your home? Here are a few of my favorite Carmel charm pieces from our shoppe:

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