Michelle, co-creator of fashion and lifestyle blog 52 Thursdays, is accustomed to adventure. As a kid, she lived everywhere from Germany to Hawaii, later settling with her family outside of Washington, D.C. Now a resident of Los Angeles, the social media influencer is approaching her biggest adventure yet – motherhood. “My husband and I moved to LA just a little over two years ago. A work promotion and warmer weather brought us to the West Coast, plus I get antsy staying put in one area for too long!” Michelle says.
Interior Designer Gwendolyn Gibbish hit the LA real estate jackpot when she discovered her quaint, yet character-filled home nestled in the hills of Glendale. “We were desperately searching for a home to purchase before our first son was born, which in the LA market is a tough thing to do on a time crunch! We’ve always loved this low-key, quiet family neighborhood and found this perfect Cape Cod-style house that wasn’t a flip,” says Gwendolyn. So with an offer letter and a handwritten note to the previous owners, Gwendolyn and her husband sealed the deal, welcoming both a
There was a time when interior design was the sole province of the rich and famous. It was for penthouse apartments, sprawling family estates and mansions in the Hamptons. But for the average person, it was a budget-busting luxury service. Must be nice, we’d think, after a series of failed attempts at picking a paint color. Then, the internet came to the rescue, first serving up inspiration on demand with design blogs, Pinterest and Instagram. After that? Online interior design. For about the cost of what the average American spends per month on coffee, you
Image via Decoist Once upon a time, owning a multi-bed and bath house with extra square footage for lots of stuff meant you had it all. Literally. But a big house doesn’t always mean big style. Minimizing has become a hot trend, led by the tiny house movement. From boxes on wheels to former boiler rooms, these tiny homes are redefining what it means to live big. Bright Light, Big Style With only 312 square feet of living space, this sunny Texas spot is home to a creative couple and their
Photo via One Kings Lane New Orleans is a place of many wonders. When you walk down its French-founded streets, you’re met with a euphoric blend of scents and sounds. Olive trees mingle with azaleas while sidewalk cafes tantalize tourists with the sweet smell of fresh-baked beignets. Somewhere near Bourbon Street, a jazz band’s deep, throbbing notes can be heard. It’s a mystifying city, one that leaves visitors charmed by its native magic. And as a cultural melting pot, NOLA keeps a creative crowd of residents. Some who happen to have excellent, if not
The year is 1962 and architectural duo Krisel & Palmer are completing the design for a brand new condominium in the desert paradise of Palm Springs. With its butterfly roofline, horizontal orientation, and patterned cinderblock cladding, Canyon View Estates was quintessentially midcentury in design. But, for the time, this was no ordinary condominium. Made to feel more like single-family homes than stacked vacation units, the properties at Canyon View reinvented condo living and helped put Palm Springs on the map as the midcentury modern capital of the world. Fast forward
Remember the good old days when “bed time” was a four letter word that you’d do almost anything in your power to get out of? Oh, how things have changed! Now, hitting the hay is a daily event we look forward to almost as much as happy hour or dessert. So what do you do when you have to put a wide-eyed child to bed when you’re semi-asleep yourself? Well, you follow these rules for making your kids’ bedroom a haven for sleepy time. To put our tips to the test, we teamed up with the sleep experts
As she glides around her light-filled Los Angeles living room, it’s abundantly clear that E! News host Catt Sadler has chosen the right profession. “Telling people’s stories has always been my passion. Believe it or not, being in front of the camera is my safe space,” she says. But no matter how comfortable you are in front of the camera, every celeb needs a safe space to come home to. For some A-listers that may mean sweatpants, takeout and a big comfy couch. For Sadler that means a glam look
Tech enthusiast, Annie Kadavy knows a thing or two about bringing tired, age-old businesses into modern times. Just look at her impressive resume working with industry innovators like Warby Parker and ClassPass. So when it came to her own home, Annie was on a mission to bring her historic 1900s walkup into the future in a truly innovative way. “The house was built right before the big earthquake that hit San Francisco, so it’s been remodeled several times over the last hundred-plus years. It’s like a lot of San Francisco homes, with all of the original moldings, but our style’s a bit more modern.
To many, business trips mean room service, hotel bars and company-paid dinners. Not a bad deal every once in a while. But when you’re jetting off to a different city for work nearly every week, the hotel life can get old fast. Such was the case for Arena Ventures, a seed stage venture capital firm based in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Though Arena’s four-person team of investors live in L.A., their work frequently takes them to the country’s tech capital, where they meet with startup founders and visit various