Allora by Laura owners and dynamic mother/daughter buying team, Laura Dinning and Tj Dinning, share a fabulous photo diary that captures a full day of buying in Paris for the spring/summer season. Buying for a designer store isn’t all glamor and ease - it’s a lot of hard work, which requires planning, focus, adhering to a budget, and maintaining a cohesive vision for your store and customers.
The excitement level at Andersen’s Danish Bakery & Restaurant in Santa Barbara is through the roof right now. Lots of new kitchen staff has this State Street favorite humming with great takes on both new and familiar recipes, a firm commitment to Mama's Andersen's “from scratch” cooking and some of the best dining values in Santa Barbara for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
No matter how good the company at the table might be, it’s easy to get distracted by the sweeping Pacific Ocean views and watercolor sunsets when dining at Angel Oak, the world-renowned Bacara Resort and Spa’s latest culinary jewel. However, once the first plate from classically trained Parisian Chef Vincent Lesage is placed, the focus becomes the food.
It is local artist Garrett Speirs’ longtime love of the Italian countryside, along with his devotion to the study of plein air painting that compels him to share it with fellow artists, both aspiring and accomplished. Speirs first visited Cortona, Italy in 1985 as an undergraduate student at the University of Georgia and has returned many times
Hugh Hayward, fifth generation owner of Santa Barbara outdoor patio furniture institution Hayward's, shares his favorite outdoor design ideas and a few industry tips for bringing the indoors outside and creating the ultimate al fresco living space.
J Woeste in Los Olivos, provides a peek at his vision for creating a fanciful summer garden setting. Indulge in succulents for a low-maintenance green and colorful ceramics for a touch of whimsy. Bright begonias bring the garden indoors and luxurious lotions pamper hard-working hands in this green dreamscape.
At Joes Café, “modern tradition” is no contradiction.The high ceilings, wood booths, vintage photographs, classic bar, great cocktails, and consistent conviviality reflect Joe’s nearly 90-year history. Bartender Francisco (“Frankie”) Calvillo started in 1970. Several servers have been here for decades. The “modern” arrived in 2003, when the cafe became part of the Montesano Restaurant Group
Searching for a true neighborhood restaurant? Look no further than the casual, welcoming six-year-old restaurant Le Café Stella. Located just off upper State and Las Positas, the café is home to a friendly bar staffed by bartenders who infuse their own liquors for cocktails, big booths that easily accommodate six, an outdoor patio with a view to the Santa Ynez Mountains,
From the West Coast to the Eastern Seaboard and a few places in between, Montecito-based interior designer Marc Normand Gelinas breathes beautiful life into his clients’ dream homes. Of course, it does not hurt that he holds a BFA in Interior Design from the renowned Pratt Institute in New York City and a wealth of experience and knowledge in both the design and art worlds.
Maureen Hemming, Lead Designer/Owner of Montecito-based interior design firm MH Home Design shares some of her favorite pieces, design ideas, and inspirations. She and her team have built a loyal following based on collaborating with clients to create custom designs that are unique and personal.
The McConnell’s Ice Cream & Yogurt scoop shop on Mission and De La Vina in Santa Barbara has changed its name to Mission Street Ice Cream & Yogurt. But everything else is the same. The shop continues to be independently owned and operated by Bob and Jean Moss, as it has for the past eleven years, and it has the
Ayda Robana of Om Sweet Mama delights the senses with her fresh take on a tropical, Mexican Cuisine-inspired menu. The recipes are simple, colorful, and as tasty as some glassy waves on a fine summer day.
Earth Day, inspired by a massive oil spill off of the coast of Santa Barbara in 1969, is now celebrated around the globe every April 22nd, but for Amy Cooper, owner of the sustainable lifestyle store Plum Goods, Earth Day is every day.
Wedding traditions have remained relatively constant throughout my lifetime with the same tried and true elements. The white dress, the cake, the bouquet toss, and the wedding march will always be staples of the American wedding, but gone are the days of adhering to traditions simply for tradition’s sake.
The expansive new Reed Interiors showroom in downtown Santa Barbara is an oasis of home design inspiration. Stop in to see the vast selection of beautiful products, including flooring options sourced from all over the world, appealing to a wide range of tastes and budgets.
At the heart of Coast Village Road’s retail and restaurant epicenter is designer reverie and luxury consignment store Sepi. With roots in the Santa Barbara/Montecito area and well-established connections in Los Angeles, owner Sepi Chapple is on the radar of high-end consignors looking to sell the world’s finest designer goods.
Life is good at the San Ysidro Ranch, and the dining at the Montecito property’s signature Stonehouse restaurant is fine, indeed. A recipient of Wine Spectator’s Grand Award every year since 2014, The Stonehouse oozes refined old-world style defined by careful attention to every detail. It begins in the exquisite,
The Gallery Montecito is proud to host Malcolm T. Liepke, who is considered to be one of the country’s leaders in the resurgence of figurative painting. Not one for superficial or trendy techniques, after a year and a half of art school in California, the Minnesota native dropped out, moved to New York and studied the work of the
Ernest Hemingway once said, “Always do sober what you said you would do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”Whether or not Tom Dolan had a glass in hand when he decided to make an annual wine-centric sojourn to Italy, he has for years continued doing what he said he would.
Check out the latest restaurants, style boutiques and home decor stores that have opened in the area from Santa Barbara to Carpinteria.