Spring has finally sprung, and there's no better way to step into the season than with a fresh crop of colorful blooms and lush greenery. No matter where you are in the world, you can create the garden of your dreams.
Don't miss Victoria + Albert's 2017 New Product Roadshow in San Francisco before it closes! Known for their exquisite free standing bathtubs and basins, the San Francisco Pop-Up features their latest collections that will inspire you to get soaked.
One look at Kara Smith's portfolio, and it's clear the interior designer has an eye for style. As president and partner of Smith Firestone Associates (SFA), the fashion industry vet infuses her projects with the creative passion she's honed since childhood, helping luxury residential and hospitality clients achieve their aesthetic dreams. Learn where the globetrotting trendspotter (and setter) gains inspiration to outfit spaces from luxury resorts and boutique hotels to spas and vacation homes.
1. How did you first get your start in the design world?
Growing up, I was fortunate to travel the world with my family, and it left an impression on me. The diverse, yet extraordinary places that I visited, each with their own unique art, textiles, aesthetics, and culture, inspired me to pursue a career in a creative field. I ran my own LA-based event planning company and created a contemporary women's fashion line, before eventually finding my niche with interior design.
Long before it was chic to go green, Allen Construction became known as Southern California's leader in developing energy-efficient, healthy living spaces. Today, the award-winning custom home building company has amassed over three decades of experience in sustainable construction, and continues to create progressive, forward-thinking solutions for residential and commercial clients. With a background in construction and an extensive education in environmental science and management, president Bryan Henson is inspiring a team of over 110 craftspeople to become more and more innovative every day.
1. Why is sustainability such a core component of the company’s philosophies and how have your sustainable practices evolved over time?
When Dennis Allen started building in the 1970s, it was shortly after the first oil shortage. During that time, building energy efficient homes using passive solar strategies to heat and cool them, was his passion.
Dining Somerset With this new restaurant opening, midcentury modern design guru Steve Hermann really hoped to put Santa Barbara on the map for its food and design. And let’s just say that Somerset is truly turning heads.
From modern apartments on the Upper East Side to traditional colonial interiors in Westchester County, Nancy Mayerfield does it all. The designer frequently jet sets around the country catering to an impressive array of residential and high-end commercial clients. Learn about her inspiration, her jam-packed schedule, and how she spends the perfect Sunday.