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Mediterranean Revival Architecture - Juliette Hohnen

Mediterranean Revival Architecture Brings Spanish Charm

Many who have traveled to the Mediterranean have lamented that they don’t want to go home when the vacation is over.  The charm of the Spanish countryside or Italian seaside are hard to depart from.  The appeal of the Mediterranean led many to bring the style they encountered abroad home with them to the United States.  This is especially evident in Mediterranean revival architecture.  The design style peaked in the 1920s and 1930s, but it is still extremely popular today.  The style draws heavily on the architecture of palaces and seaside villas, and was easily incorporated into the rapidly expanding coastal resorts of California and Florida.

Mediterranean Revival Architecture

There are several key elements of Mediterranean revival architecture.  One immediately noticeable style marker is the red tiled roof.  Modeled after Spanish and Mexican missions, these fireproof tiles shed water easily and offer protection against the summer heat.  Our listing at Whitley Avenue provides a superb example of this gorgeous roof style.  Stucco walls, common in Mediterranean climates, offer excellent protection from the elements and are also commonly found in this style.  They are also an attractive alternative to brick and provide a great canvas for adding color to a home.

Mediterranean Revival Architecture

Arches are commonly seen in this style of design.  This self supporting element, which dates back to Roman times, creates sturdy walls.  Stones next to the keystone in the arch atop the side columns distributes weight and provide an attractive focal point.

Mediterranean Revival Architecture

Ornamental details provide elegance and a “wow” factor to these homes.  Heavy wooden doors, wrought iron balconies, and inviting courtyards all help bring the feel of the Mediterranean home.  This lovely balcony at Hidden Valley shows how inviting a balcony in a charming Mediterranean revival home can be.

Mediterranean Revival Architecture

Maybe you can’t vacation in the Mediterranean every year, but you can live like a Mediterranean everyday in one of these beautiful homes!  What is your favorite part of Mediterranean revival architecture?

Eco Friendly Furniture - Juliette Hohnen

Eco Friendly Furniture for Your Home

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

- Native American Proverb

In an effort to leave the best world possible for future generations, many home owners are opting for eco friendly furniture and home decor.  Thanks to a growing market for sustainable goods, the savvy homeowner has a variety of modern, stylish offerings to choose from when going green.

Oko Batyline Lounger

Eco Friendly Furniture - Juliette Hohnen

Accentuate your backyard oasis with furnishings that celebrate the importance of our environment.  Recycled teak wood and chemical free textiles make this piece as eco friendly as it is  gorgeous to look at.  This modern lounger with an adjustable back rest is perfect for creating a space with casual elegance.

Modern Nightstand

Eco Friendly Furniture - Juliette Hohnen

The sleek styling of this mid century modern inspired night stand is perfect.  Offered by Inmod, this modern nightstand is made of environmentally friendly, high quality materials.  Using wood from trees that have been specifically planted for use in the creation of wood based products, Inmod offers a full range of eco-friendly furniture that will please even the most design conscious and environmentally friendly connoisseur.

Eco Sofa

Eco Friendly Furniture - Juliette Hohnen

Perennial decorating favorite Pottery Barn has added several eco friendly products to their vast line of home decor and furnishings.  Their Eco Sofa is made in their North Carolina furniture studio using FSC-certified wood, 100% recycled steel, organic cotton and natural latex.  Choose from a wide range of colors and sizes to suit your home.

Cork Mosaic Design Console

Eco Friendly Furniture - Juliette Hohnen

Iannone Design is a  New Jersey-based furniture studio with a commitment to creating distinctive, eco-friendly modern furniture. Their mid century-inspired tables and storage units are distinguished by their striking facades. Comprised of sustainable Kirei Board and FSC certified maple and laminates, the Iannone Design furniture brand is defined by its range of clean, refined forms and highly original nature-inspired facades.  A collection of imaginative modern furniture designs which make organic visual statements in more ways than one.

Artisan Root Wood Vases

Eco Friendly Furniture - Juliette Hohnen

These fabulous vases are perfect for those who love one of a kind, hand crafted items.  Nature’s beauty is revealed by expert carvers who have hand selected gnarled roots left behind by sustainable logging operations.  Each piece is a work of art, and no two vases are alike.

Verona Armchair

Eco Friendly Furniture - Juliette Hohnen

The Verona collection offers a variety of products including  loveseats and sofas.  Certified organic fabrics are made from a variety of hemp blends.  The simple, modern styling of this armchair makes it a great addition to any room.  You can even customize the seat cushion to make it as firm or soft as you like.

More and more brands are embracing going green and using eco friendly products in their designs.  This is great for our planet, as well as our home decor!

Architectual Masterpiece: Frank Lloyd Wright Jr's Samuel-Novarro House

Architectual Masterpiece: Frank Lloyd Wright Jr’s Samuel-Novarro House

Lloyd Wright Jr.’s 1928 Samuel Novarro House is both a stunning display of architectural excellence and a notable piece of Hollywood history. The Mayan-inspired Art Deco home has been meticulously restored, keeping the architect’s vision intact.  Lloyd Wright signatures are evident throughout, including oxidized copper accents on the front exterior. With a perfect indoor-outdoor flow, this home exemplifies the Southern California lifestyle.

Architectual Masterpiece: Frank Lloyd Wright Jr's Samuel-Novarro House

The Samuel-Novarro House is a  time capsule of Hollywood charm, mystery and elegance. A plaque in front of the Samuel Novarro House commemorates this 1928 bijou’s place in history.  The plaque reads: “An art deco masterpiece reflecting a great era of Hollywood cinema. Declared historical cultural monument, Municipal Arts Department – City of Los Angeles.”

Architectual Masterpiece: Frank Lloyd Wright Jr's Samuel-Novarro House

The home was originally designed and built for Louis Samuel, the personal secretary of silent film star Ramon Novarro.  Shortly after completion, the property exchanged hands from Samuel to the Ben-Hur star Novarro in a set of murky circumstances (it is alleged that Samuel was caught embezzling funds from Novarro).  When Ramon Novarro assumed ownership of the estate he again called on Lloyd Wright for a set of expansions, including a piano room where the charismatic actor would entertain guests.

Architectual Masterpiece: Frank Lloyd Wright Jr's Samuel-Novarro House

The home offers many well designed amenities.  Take a dip in the heated swimming pool, set into a high-walled courtyard that ensures complete privacy.  After an invigorating swim, dine Alfresco on the covered terrace with overhanging vines. Soak in the lush views from the balcony.

living room

The art deco features of this immaculate villa are simply breathtaking.  The central living room with polished concrete floor and fireplace steps down at one end to a dining room with casement style windows and doors that open to a trellis-shaded dining terrace.  The kitchen  is completely updated and modernized with white, hardware-free Shaker style cabinetry, fantastically thick slab marble counter tops, and high-end designer appliances.

Architectual Masterpiece: Frank Lloyd Wright Jr's Samuel-Novarro House

The master bedroom has a minimalist all-concrete bathroom that features a decorative screen made of three-dimensional, arrowhead-shaped concrete blocks. One of the oversized guest bedrooms is privately located on the lower floor where it opens to a sizable terrace.  A superbly designed office is efficiently lined with custom built-ins that incorporate desk space, a dresser, open shelves, enclosed storage and a bed.

Architectual Masterpiece: Frank Lloyd Wright Jr's Samuel-Novarro House

End your day at home in the Samuel-Novarro house by relaxing in one of the many luxurious indoor or outdoor spaces.  Blaze up the fireplace on cooler nights as you snuggle up with a good book or a loved one.

Over the decades the Samuel-Novarro house has been occupied by a number of entertainment industry heavy hitters including Leonard Berstein, Jerome Robbins, Diane Keaton and Christina Ricci.  Located in the exclusive neighborhood “The Oaks” of Los Feliz and featured in numerous books and publications, including Architectural Digest and Lloyd Wright, this is is your limited chance to own a true masterpiece of art and architecture.  You can view the complete listing by clicking here.

The Most Romantic Restaurants in Los Angeles

The Most Romantic Restaurants in Los Angeles

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner.  If you’ve been putting off making dining reservations for yourself and your special someone, then we’ve got some great suggestions for you.

1 Pico

A fabulous view of the ocean gives One Pico a beachy and romantic setting perfect for Valentine’s Day.  1 Pico is hosting a special romantic feast priced at $95 per person.  Diners will enjoy a prix-fixe menu with starters that include Santa Barbara Spot Prawns and prosciutto-wrapped Asparagus; entrees like Hokkaido Scallop and Prime Beef & Maine Lobster; and sweet treats including Dark Chocolate Caramel Tart and House-made Brioche Tiramisu.

Herringbone Santa Monica

This scenic eatery boasts a market-fresh seafood menu in a chic patio garden setting. The prix-fixe Valentine menu at Herringbone Santa Monica will offer options from local markets, including a daily selection of oysters, shrimp, Maine lobster and king crab, as well as a black truffle risotto with shaved parmesan cheese, and entree’s like a whole grilled branzino, a Chilean seabass, a dry aged bone rib-eye steak, and lamb chops.

71Above

71Above screams romance in almost every way. The dining room is designed so that no matter where you are sitting you’re in range of the floor-to-ceiling windows, which offer a magnificent view of Los Angeles.  On Valentine’s Day they’ll be serving a five-course menu for $125 per person.

Craft

Craft’s emphasis is on seasonal and local food, and it knows how to put on a special occasion. Meant to mimic dining in someone’s home, dishes are served family style in the center of the table.  This year, Craft is serving a Valentine’s Day prix fixe dinner menu for $125 per person.

Sotto

Sotto offers a cozy Italian basement vibe and the stellar cooking. This year, Sotto is offering a five-course, $75-per-person Valentine’s Day menu. The menu will feature options for each course, with favorites from the regular menu, as well as seasonal offerings for the evening. There’s an optional $45 wine pairing.

Catch Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Dine with a view at Hotel Casa Del Mar’s Catch Restaurant this Valentine’s Day with its three-course menu, including dishes such as Fowl Terrine with pomegranate, Winter Salad with spicy hazelnuts, Seared Scallops with romesco sauce, Vegetable Paella with season mushrooms, and Passion Fruit Dessert with egg white quenelle and heart shaped chocolates, to name a few. The cost is $95 Per Person.

For more last minute dining options, be sure to check out Open Table to see which restaurants still have reservations open.  You can click here to see what’s available in the LA area on Valentine’s Day.

Where to watch the big game in L.A.

Where to Watch the Big Game in L.A.

We don’t know who will be playing just yet, but it’s not too early to make plans for the big game next month!  This year the much anticipated event will take place on Sunday, February 5th, 2017, in Houston, Texas.  You can enjoy the game right here in Los Angeles with your family and friends.  Here’s a list of some of the local places where you can catch the big game.

Basement Tavern: This speakeasy style lounge, located in the basement of a 19th century Victorian style home, offers a more laid back vibe for game watching.

Super Bowl Showdown! This event at The Avalon benefits the Hollywood Police Activities League.  Bring your friends to watch the game in a private VIP booth, or enjoy the Super Bowl from the club’s top deck while participating in a foosball tournament. Games, prizes, and goodwill available at this fundraiser.

Super Bowl 51 Tailgate Party:  Red Bar and Lounge in Irvine is offering patrons an all you can eat tailgate party.  Game day favorites like chicken wings, bratwurst, and chips & guac will be available, along with $2 beers.

Girls Guide Super Bowl Party:  Combine activism with your love for sports at this fundraiser for Planned Parenthood.  Hosted by Jordan Zucker, this event features an open bar, food, auction prizes, and lots of televisions to watch the game on.

Dog Haus:  Old Pasadena Biergarten:  An extensive tap and televisions throughout the place make this a fun place to hang out while watching the game.

The Big Game Party and Car Show: If you love sports and cars, then head to the NOS Center.  Over 900 people turned out to the event last year, and this year the organizers are looking to double that number. This party will be huge!

Super Bowl Entertainment Industry Mixer Party:  This adults only event is hosted by The Ladies of Body/Heat VIP.  A buffet and bar is available, along with performances by various VIP guests.

Bludso’s Bar and Que:  This restaurant is always a fun place to watch sports and made our list of top barbeques in the Los Angeles area.

Super Bowl Cruise 2017: The ultimate Super Bowl party might be this three day fiesta at sea! Depart from Long Beach with other super fans on a Carnival Cruise.  Enjoy cocktails at sea while you cheer for your favorite team.

What’s your favorite spot to watch the big game in Los Angeles?

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