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Friday, February 28, 2014


DESIGN NOTES—A foursome of items today on local design.

Chef Richard Blais, Juniper & Ivy
1.--Juniper & Ivy, a brand new modernist restaurant concept by local investor Mike Rosen and chef Richard Blais will open Monday.  Blais, who also operates The Spence restaurant in Atlanta tapped Atlanta-based The Johnson Studio to transform an old commercial warehouse in Little Italy into another industrial chic eatery.

Award winning bath by Damian Tuggey, ASID, San Diego.
Photography by Martin Mann, courtesy of 
San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles magazine, March 2014
2.--Four amazing bath designs are featured in the March edition of San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles.  Headlining the 15th annual contest were design winners:
     Damian Tuggey, ASID, Tuggey Interior Design, 858-270-2249;
     Michelle Strausbaugh, Reveal Studio, 619-405-4738; Mark C. Morris, AIA, Oasis Architecture & Design 858-273-5632 with Lisa Franco, Lisa Franco Interiors 858-354-6496;
     Susan Bachand Morone,Albert Morone, 3M Studio, 760-294-7122.

3. Modernism book signing at Boomerang for Modern for "California Designing Women 1896-1986" written by Bill Stern with designers Marilyn Austin, Arline Fisch, Judith Hendler and Cher Pendarvis. Saturday, March 1 from 2 pm to 5 pm at Boomerang for Modern, 2475 Kettner Blvd., Little Italy.

4.—ASID, AIA and ASLA Designers to Offer Complimentary Design Consultations at the Spring Home/Garden Show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

ASID San Diego chapter members, who specialize in residential design will be at the Spring Home/Garden Show to offer complimentary personal consultations to homeowners looking to improve, re-design, or create new interiors for their home.  The show takes place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds from Feb. 28 through March 2.

To make an appointment in advance, please visit the show web site at and click on “Private Design Consultations.”   Bring in your questions, ideas, plans, photos and sketches for your meeting with a professional interior designer.  Look for the “Ask the Experts" booth in the northwest corner of O’Brien Hall.

The ASID designers will be there with their colleagues from the American Institute of Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects, who are also available for consultation.

The San Diego Chapter of ASID is proud to be one of the most active ASID chapters in the country with nearly 700 interior design professionals.  ASID serves as a resource for designers, service providers, and other design industry professionals.

For more information, visit

Thursday, February 27, 2014


WEATHER OR NOT--Spring is the only time the weather is mysterious in San Diego. Predicting zero rain any other time of year is a safe bet.

But for a group of Ray Street Artists, who have spent time and energy to organize a public invited outdoor exhibition of their work, they’ve prepared for the worse by readying tents in case the rainstorm arrives as expected this Saturday.

Rain or shine, “Art in the Garden” will be held as expected SATURDAY, MARCH 1 between 1 pm and 5pm.  The 12 artist exhibition featuring the work of North Park’s Ray Street Artists will be held at the beautiful La Jolla home of Lisa and Rick Tear, 6112 Waverly Avenue, La Jolla, 92037.

The afternoon of art, music, food and fun will feature the art of Lorraine Iverson, Ari Kate Ashton, Ann Gallagher, Lisa Tear, Ann Golumbuk, Wilna Wolf, Jan Lord, Patric Stillman, Shirin Nikoukari, Vanessa Hofmann, Patricia Harris and Shiela Daube.

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Left to right: Vanessa VanBeusekom HofmannAri AshtonJa DaubeAnn Gallagher,  Patric StillmanWilna WolfLorraine IversonJan LordLisa TearDawn Kureshy and Patricia Harris

Wednesday, February 26, 2014


1940s Hollywood, CA
CONTINUING SERIES ON COOL JOINTS--“...Musso’s became a literary hangout in the 1930s, when studio executives began to recruit great American authors to Hollywood, hoping their names would help sell tickets. With the Screen Writers Guild just across the street, the writers — tired of working under the execs’ watchful eyes — began to spend time at the restaurant.

If they weren't in Musso’s Back Room, they could be found at the Stanley Rose Bookshop, which at the time was Musso’s neighbor to the east.

Working late into the night under the comforting amber glow of the great chandeliers in the famous Back Room, writers like literary greats F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner and Raymond Chandler could have considered Musso’s a second home.

Fitzgerald was known to proofread his novels while sitting in a booth at Musso’s. Faulkner met his mistress of 20 years here, and was so chummy with the bartenders in the Back Room, that he used to go behind the bar to mix his own mint juleps. Raymond Chandler wrote several chapters of “The Big Sleep” while sipping drinks in the Back Room.

T.S. Elliot, William Sorayan, Aldous Huxley, Max Brand, John Steinbeck, John O’Hara and Dorothy Parker also made their home at the Musso’s bar.

Main dining room of Musso & Frank's, Hollywood, CA
After the Back Room closed and the bar moved to its current location in the New Room in 1955, the tradition lived on, and new generations of writers found themselves at Musso's. Following in the footsteps of the masters who had inspired them, writers like Joseph Heller, Kurt Vonnegut and Charles Bukowski became regulars, who, along with their martinis and highballs, drank up the creative juices left behind by their heroes.

The Los Angeles Times once wrote that if you stood in Musso’s Back Room long enough you, “…would have seen every living writer you had ever heard of, and some you would not know until later.”

NOTE: The following history is well written and found on the legendary establishment’s website. 

Musso & Frank Grill
6667 Hollywood Boulevard

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


"NAKED"–is the title of a resplendent modern presentation of the nude in American art, photography, and popular culture, from the 18th century to the present. With more than 400 hundred color illustrations, this is the most thorough and wide-reaching survey of the representation of the male and female nude in American visual culture yet published.
San Diego-area resident, Bram Dijkstra explores the history of the subject from its earliest manifestations in the paintings of John Singleton Copley and Benjamin West to the taboo-shredding imagery of late-20-century artists such as Alice Neel, Robert Mapplethorpe, Eric Fischl, and John Currin. Dijkstra is a cultural historian who refuses to separate "high" and "low" art, charting instead such momentous historical events as the discovery of pubic hair, the invasion of the pin-up queens, "the inexorable rise of the breast," and the puzzling fluctuations of American prudery.
“Naked” also examines the effects of the early 20 century’s infatuation with Freudian psychoanalysis and the more recent fascination of comic book art with the legacy of Bettie Page and her seemingly ever more muscular daughters. In chronological and thematic order, the book demonstrates the links between the work of some of the most famous names in the history of American painting (Chase, Cassatt, Hopper), sculpture (French, Powers), and photography (Cunningham, Weston), and that of the outlaw hordes of cartoonists, book-cover illustrators, and visual extremists who, particularly during the last half-century, were able to turn the United States into the world’s principal purveyor of erotic fantasies.

Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications.
Publish date: 2010

Price ranges: $40-$50 new; $25 used via Amazon Books as of Feb-2014.