Posts by Michelle Konstantinovsky

Remember the thrill of staying out past curfew? Culinary superstar Traci Des Jardins wants you to reclaim that rush.

The annual tradition is back: On May 18, Community Service League (CSL) will present its 38th Kitchen Tour, showcasing some of the Bay Area’s most inspiring design talents.

1. How has being a Bay Area native influenced your signature style?I'm not sure that I have a signature style. I very much appreciate the crazy natural beauty of the Bay Area and am inspired by the colors and atmosphere found here on the coast, but everything I make is an experiment.

For first-time visitors, Hong Kong can seem a bit overwhelming.

If you live in or around the Bay Area, you know the PlumpJack Group. It's the company responsible for keeping business booming at the Marina District's iconic Balboa Cafe and the vino flowing at wineries throughout the Napa Valley.

1. How did you both get started in the industry?BRIAN: As a teenager, I was trained as a cabinetmaker- and I studied Art and Architectural History as an undergraduate, so by the time I went to graduate school, I had ten years of building experience.

1. You’re a self-taught artist - when did you first become interested in art and what were the steps on your journey toward becoming a professional designer?I founded Notre Monde in 1996 after living abroad for several years.

In a bar scene that often feels like, well, like a scene, it's nice to have a go-to spot that's cool but comfortable and anything but pretentious. Welcome to Howells.

1. What’s the origin story of Home Front Build? I come from an architectural history and art background so when I moved to California to go to CalArts I fell in love with the variety of architectural styles found in Los Angeles.

Let's get one thing straight right off the bat: It's hard to go wrong when you're in Bali (just ask designer Jonathan Rachman). The Indonesian island is famous for its lush landscapes, inviting ocean, and breathtaking sunsets, not to mention rich cultural experiences and killer food scene.

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