Chef Masaharu Morimoto, the star of Iron Chef, steps onto a new stage with Morimoto Napa, his first West Coast restaurant. His dishes, such as sea urchin carbonara with udon noodles, English peas, bacon and quail egg, will not disappoint fans. Meanwhile, the design by Thomas Schoos plays up the innovative menu with traditional furnishings in bright, bold fabrics and organic installations of burled wood.

Since taking over Hanna Winery 15 years ago, Christine Hanna has made an art of throwing dinner parties. Here she shares her favorite autumn menu.

The house is still long and low, but it has a new skin of Ceraclad, a cement-based panel siding from Japan. The dramatic pop-up entryway hints at the modern interior renovations behind the door.

  Director Lisa Cholodenko’s latest film, The Kids Are All Right from Focus Features, follows longtime couple Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore) as they enjoy family life with their two children in Southern California. When the sperm donor, Paul (Mark Ruffalo), enters the picture, things get a bit hairy, but ultimately Nic and Jule’s love and their commitment to their family pulls them through.

Ever wonder why everything looks so much better in magazine-form than in real life? Do the owners of those stylish homes in your favorite glossy have interior designers on speed dial, or a live-in maid and overly-anal organizational expert to keep things neat and tidy at all times? Probably not.

In the late 1990s, a prestigious California homeowner commissioned Tony Duquette and Hutton Wilkinson to create a fantastical Moroccan-inspired tented room (above). The entire contents, including the rich, draped fabrics, custom furnishings and eclectic imported accessories, will be auctioned off to the highest bidder at Bonhams & Butterfields’ fall auction of 20th-century decorative arts on  Oct. 5 in Los Angeles.

Interior designer Brian Dittmar has a client with a double life. During the week the man is a buttoned-up banker, but on the weekend he lets his design flag fly high.

The word 'genius' gets thrown around far too often these days, from judges scoring a "So You Think You Can Dance" routine to the design prowess of so many budding celebutantes and their fashion lines.

Is there nothing that can't be made better with a bit of felt? You know we love the material, so CraftedSystems' rugs, bowls, and mats made of 100 percent wool felt immediately caught our attention. But there's so much more to love about these products than just their material.

This is a story about making history—from scratch. Not the stuff of headlines but rather the kind of sophisticated, tangible tale that results when one resourceful San Francisco designer and his two eclectic clients skillfully assemble a selection of vintage and salvaged pieces for a 1937 cottage in Sonoma.


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