Courage and Fear

“Il coraggio è fatto di paura” (Courage is made of fear.)  As somebody who interviewed top world leaders during the 60‘s, 70‘s and 80‘s, including Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979 & North Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap during the Vietnam War, Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci, might know a thing or two about courage and fear. The idea […]

A concert on the beach: Amadou and Mariam

Every summer, Santa Monica Pier hosts the Twilight Concert Series, where performers from all around the world come to play while the public enjoys the sounds either stage-front on the pier, or by setting up blankets and chairs on the beach below. Mom and I pack big blankets, and a picnic complete with wine. It’s […]

Santa Barbara Day Trip – Part I

My mom recently came for a visit and she and Alex and I drove up the coast to Santa Barbara for the day, one of our favorite places to go for shopping, sightseeing and just a change of pace.   On a sunny day, it’s a beautiful drive along the ocean and since it’s on […]

Architectural Digest – Richard Shapiro in Malibu

I absolutely love this room and many elements of this property both inside and out. It’s the home of Richard Shapiro featured in the April 2011 issue of Architectural Digest To view a slideshow and additional details: Go [here] Enjoy! linen & lavender visit our new site:  a Cypriot fireplace from the 1600’s “Renaissance Man” […]

Be happy for this moment…

                     …This moment is your life.   ~Omar Khayyam Happy New Year!  photograph by LeAnn, Venice Beach, California You might also like: Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam see our new site:

Scenic Route

25 Great Drives Scotland, France, Italy, California, New England (Best Loved Driving Tours) Order in the emporium image:  Côté Maisons Est linen & lavender see our new site:

What date is it?

I’ve been so busy renovating our house and designing for friends, I’ve lost track of the days.  Where did September go?  It doesn’t help that California is having a record heat wave.  In some places as high as 113 degrees –(that’s 45 degrees celsius to many of you.)  Here near the beach it feels much more like […]

Design Daily – Wine Country

California Wine Country: Interior Design, Architecture, and Style also featured in l&l’s  {w i n e  essentials & gifts} You might like these categories in the emporium: Cooking & Wine Wine Essentials & Gifts Entertaining you can also Go to the ARCHIVE  scroll to  EXTERIOR DESIGN Alfresco Dining/Outdoor Living for similar posts/images.   linen & […]

Hotel Feature – Kenwood Inn and Spa

The Kenwood Inn and Spa is located in the heart of Sonoma County’s wine country, about an hour’s drive north of the Golden Gate Bridge.  Located in the Valley of the Moon amidst vineyards, oak groves, walnut orchards and fruit trees;  it is a 15-minute drive from the historic town of Sonoma and just minutes […]

Source Sharing: Trove

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Astier de Villate at Trove

Astier de Villate ceramics and glassware along with many beautiful and unique antiques, textiles  and objets d’ art at Trove… Heather and Bobby Lee have settled in at their new location.  370 Ocean Avenue Laguna Beach, California Trove  Trove on 1stdibs I have yet to meet Heather and Bobby, but from our correspondence, it is clear […]

adorazione del fiore

It’s that time of year.  A warm sun greets us each morning and new leaves are flourishing on the roses we pruned back a few months ago.  I know it won’t be long until my garden is in full bloom.  I never tire of photographing these miraculous beauties nature so generously bestows upon me.  It seems that for […]

Design Daily – Nature’s Art

Photograph by LeAnn for l&l, Palos Verdes, CA September 2009 Trees glorious trees!   Meetings with Remarkable Trees The Meaning of Trees The Wisdom of Trees Speak for the Trees About the Book The artists in this powerful new book, Speak For The Trees, include both young and emerging artists, and such world-renowned figures as David […]