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Villa Kuro
Joshua Tree
This mid-century, ranch-style home was built in 1962. A recent restoration by Los Angeles-based design studio Mini Inno transformed this desert sanctuary into a Japanese-inspired retreat. The saltwater soaking tub, outdoor firepit (pure magic at night), tea room, and cactus garden are imperfectly perfect, in line with the wabi-sabi aesthetic that anchors the property. But, before thinking you’ll spend all your time soaking and stargazing outside, the pared-back white walls and warm wood interiors are so soothing and functional you’ll want to cook in the kitchen and read from every comfy corner before (reluctantly) heading home with a bevy of interior upgrade ideas...we did.
WOW Bakes
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The best businesses are born of personal frustration, and WOW Bakes is one such. Founder and mama Sharon Overfield struggled to find quality gluten-free bread for her daughter with celiac disease and turned to her own kitchen instead. After years of careful study and adventures in fermentation, she came up with the tastiest free-of-unnecessary-additives natural bread, crackers, and sweet treats. To order, contact Sharon via Instagram or email. Delivery is free throughout the Westside of LA, but be sure to get your requests in early—WOW Bakes is a one-woman show.
Offerings
Citywide
Schentell Nunn has a knack for crafting wildly textural statement bouquets and floral installations with a distinctly modern edge. When it comes to weddings and events, Nunn is seriously in demand, which is no surprise after scrolling through her IG feed and website. Her arrangements contrast full petals from plump flowers like peonies and roses with long grasses, wispy leaves, and other jaw-dropping blooms we can’t name or look away from. Look through the floral offerings section of her site for arrangements available to order. Oh, and as if the flowers weren’t enough, Nunn also designs perfect-for-everyday chunky rings, stackable bracelets, and other gorgeous pieces for her jewelry line, NÜN. Images courtesy of Ashley Randall and Casa de Perrin.
Bia Blooms
Citywide
Tabia Yapp’s floral arrangements are like fragrant art installations for the home. Each month Yapp creates a limited number of vibrant vases (get your order in early) filled with florals styled to play with color and scale. A happy ten minutes scrolling through the Bia Blooms Instagram feels like art therapy; it’s impossible not to feel soothed by the beauty of these arrangements. Sign up for Yapp’s newsletter (the appropriately named Bloomsletter) for details on her monthly limited floral collections. When she’s not crafting bouquets, Yapp runs Beotis, a boutique talent agency for creatives of color. Images courtesy of Tabia Yapp and Dean Castano.
Kismet Goods
4648 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood
Kismet is one of the most refreshing restaurants in Los Angeles, not because the Mediterranean food naturally leans healthy but because it’s not trying to be healthy. Sommelier Kae Whalen curates the wine list. And while you don’t know what you’re getting in advance (embrace the unknown!), breathe easy in the knowledge that, like Kismet’s light, bright Mediterranean-leaning food, the wines are best-in-class and reasonably priced. Order via Caviar for at-home delivery.
Go Get Em Tiger
4630 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz
Go Get Em Tiger has locations all over LA that usually serve top-notch coffee, incredible pastries, and some very delicious savory breakfast plates, but it’s switched up its operations toward supporting employees while directly serving the needs of the community. GGET has adapted with a pantry assortment for pickup or delivery: regular and nondairy milk, rice, dried beans, whole loaves of banana bread, concentrates of the chai tea and turmeric ginger brew (so you can mix them at home), and more.
Homestate
4624 Hollywood Blvd., Los Feliz
The Tex-Mex spot has had a few iterations of service over the past few weeks, finally landing on a program that the owners feel keeps their staff the safest while providing food (and margaritas) to the public. They’ve significantly abbreviated the regular menu to just the hits, plus pantry items (eggs, milk, TP). Definitely try the Homestate at Home experience: family-size ready-made versions of house specialties like fresh flour tortillas, guacamole, salsa, shredded brisket, beans, pickled jalapeños, and most importantly, cookie dough.
Pizzana
11712 San Vicente Blvd., Brentwood
Los Angeles has, in recent years, upped its pizza game considerably, and Pizzana is right up there with the best. Both the Brentwood and West Hollywood locations are open for delivery. If you live close by, take advantage and order the ready-to-eat option. For those a little further afield, the chefs are offering a heat-and-slice option that ensures every bite is as crispy and cheesy as it would be at the restaurant. The funghi pie with fontina cheese and caramelized onions is out of this world (and makes an excellent leftovers breakfast the next morning). You can’t go wrong with a classic margherita, given the San Marzano tomatoes used for the sauce are grown exclusively for Pizzana in the Neapolitan countryside.