A few week’s ago we took a road trip from Los Angeles up north for an extended weekend getaway to the Central Coast of California. We stayed in San Simeon, nearby to the quaint town of Cambria. While I had been to the central coastal communities of Carmel and Monterey last summer, it had been about a decade since I’d been to both Cambria and San Simeon. It was great to escape the city for a few days, especially after the last several month’s of non-existent travel. It seems as if road trips to destinations nearby are going to make for the best travel during our current times. Fortunately, living in California we have beautiful coastal, mountainous, and even desert regions to explore!
Our trip began with a drive up the 101 freeway, past Santa Barbara, with a lunch stop at Firestone Walker Brewing Co in Buellton. A great choice for beers and burgers. (I’ve since learned we have a location in Los Angeles too - good thing, because the food and drinks were really good and I’d love to go back.)
Driving further up the 101, through some of the more inland areas, are several vineyards with wine tasting rooms. We stopped briefly in Santa Maria for a wine tasting at Costa De Oro Winery.
Arriving in San Simeon, we stayed at a family friend’s condo located on the beachfront. This is the view we woke up to the next morning.
Later that afternoon, we took a nature hike at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve. The preserve offers cliff side coastal views and trails to walk, sighting some small animals like birds, lizards, and squirrels.
After our nature hike we stopped in the town of Cambria for a brief stroll and for drinks at a pub in the charming town.
Next we headed over to Moonstone Beach, right in time for the most spectacular sunset.
Along Moonstone Beach Promenade is The Sea Chest restaurant. It had been recommended to us by more than a few people and apparently it is well known for their seafood and oysters. The restaurant is in an old house reminiscent of a quaint New England seaside cottage. The oysters and seafood dishes were really great!
The next day, we decided to take a drive just a little further up the coast, past Hearst Castle to view the elephant seals at the Elephant Seal Rookery. Along the beach were several groupings of elephant seals. It was fascinating to watch them and learn more about their behaviors (mating, playing, molting, etc).
California coastal scenic views along the central coast.
After a few days in San Simeon and Cambria we decided to visit downtown San Luis Obispo on the drive home. The “Downtown SLO” area is a vibrant walking town full of bars, restaurants, and shops. It also offers historic architecture like Art Deco courthouse building above, Mission style, Craftsman, and Victorian homes too.
Above is the Mission San Luis Obispo De Tolosa located right in the downtown area.
We had a great time hanging out in Downtown San Luis Obispo for the day, checking out the scene and people watching, all the while sampling beers at a local spot.
Highly recommend a Central Coast road trip! Makes for a great getaway even for just a few day’s escape!
Happy to be included as a contributor to the recent post from Fixr.com on the subject of designing a home office.
You can read the full article here: Designing A Home Office in 2020 and Beyond: Expert Tips to Create the Best Workspace
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I was recently introduced to the company Smart Films International SFI. They develop and manufacture Smart Film and Smart Glass products for Privacy and Solar Control (Energy Efficiency) solutions. Smart Films International SFI supplies to both the architecture and automotive industries. I found it interesting for use in interiors to provide flexibility in glass treatments and being able to switch from transparent to opaque.
Privacy Smart Glass is an innovative solution for “privacy on demand”. It switches between opaque (milky-white) and transparent by applying electrical voltage. The advantages for privacy glass are:
· Significant noise isolation. (37dB Acoustic rating)
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· Wellbeing as it promotes use of natural light
· Can be controlled by Smart Home / Smart Offices systems
For Installers, Architects, Interior Designers, Property Owners they offer a full package of Self-Adhesive Switchable Smart Film ready to apply on existing glasses.
Privacy Glass offers endless design opportunities for space customization with Privacy Switchable Glass. You control your privacy with the touch of a button. The glass will change instantly from milky white to transparent at your demand.
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Los Angeles is a city that represents many various styles of architecture. I have a great appreciation for its historical architecture, especially buildings from the 1920’s. Currently, I am working with a property investor on a 1922 built Mediterranean revival apartment building. It’s had several past owners and granted, not always the best maintenance nor improvements. However, I’m happy to be working with a real estate investment company that intends to preserve the building, with the goal of renovating the exterior to an updated version of it’s original and for the interiors, maintaining much of the original aesthetics with a contemporary remodeled kitchen and bathroom (as neither exist to what was original). I met with the clients for a property walk through just prior to our current quarantine. Since our initial meeting, I’ve been able to start working on the design planning process in anticipation of the future renovation. Wanted to share the process from concept ideas to design drawings and finish selections.
I always begin projects by putting together concept boards with images to help define the ideas and direction with notes to convey to the client. These are the ideas for the exterior paint colors and wrought iron details.
Some ideas for the exterior landscape, including the client’s request for drought resistant vegetation.
Ideas for the interiors incorporating much of the existing aesthetics.
The kitchen will be completely gutted and brought up to date. These ideas reflect a whole new look.
Like the kitchen, the bathroom will be completely renovated with the exception of preserving a dressing area that includes built-in cabinets.
The concept board with fixture and finish selections.
Elevation drawings for the kitchen.
Plan drawing and electrical for the new kitchen layout.
A concept board for the bathroom materials and selections.
The elevation drawings for the bathroom.
A plan and electrical plan for the bathroom remodel.
A concept board featuring the exterior and interior paint colors and all the finish materials together.
Looking forward to the next steps and seeing this project come to life!
As an interior designer, sourcing for projects online has always been a part of my business. I find that it is an efficient model to do research, a time saving means for clients, and as I become more familiar with finds, I increase my to go to resources. Considering today’s market and the current need for shopping online, it’s advantageous to build a relationship with a source for artwork since I include art selections in every project that I do. Art Habit is an online boutique gallery showcasing original paintings for sale from all over the world. Having a go to online shop curating art finds that I can incorporate into my projects is a really beneficial source.
Art Habit is a contemporary online art gallery featuring original paintings for sale. They represent twenty-five artists, both nationally recognized and emerging, with a wide variety of styles and price points.
After launching in March 2020, Art Habit has marketed themselves to a broad audience consisting of art collectors, home decor enthusiasts, and interior design firms. With over 500 pieces in their inventory, their online platform makes it easy to search for artwork by artist, price, size, or style. You can also browse the "top picks".
As more and more art is being sold each year via online platforms, Art Habit is poised to serve an ever-growing demand. With a commitment to featuring only the most unique, highly-sought after pieces, you can rest assured that when you shop with Art Habit you are purchasing a painting that is a great investment- both emotionally and financially.
The founder of Art Habit has an entrepreneurial background and has been involved previously in companies serving niche markets such as luxury ground transportation and private aviation. Their management understands the nuances of bringing a luxury product to market and filling an essential need for an appropriate client base.
I truly believe Art Habit will have longevity in this industry as their showcase is second-to-none and they truly have revolutionized a very traditional method of buying / sourcing art in a way that even the most novice collector can access.
Looking for a unique gift idea to give someone digitally? Currently offering online interior design consulting in both half hour or hourly increments. A great gift for the person who might need ideas and feedback for any of their design dilemmas. Works by emailing photos and questions of a room and in return they’ll be provided design ideas, solutions, links, photos, etc. E-Cards are available in increments starting at a half hour for $50. Please email for more info: JSInteriorDes@aol.com
Our current situation is leading us to take our business online more than ever before. The power of social media marketing is an important tool in all of this, too. I have long been providing online design; since the early days of 2006. However, it’s always been a balance of local in person clients along with online services. Recently, as with many of us, the in person relationship has had to transition to a completely virtual world. Many businesses, such as showrooms and stores have had to adapt to a completely digital world.
Embello Inc has published a great article regarding our current economic situation and the adaptability business’s have taken to maintain an online presence. Happy to be mentioned in this feature about the ways I’m including online design services to my clients.
Check out the entire post here on the Embello site.
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