Calabasas Style Magazine: May/June 2016 Issue

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The Boyd Bunch of Old Topanga

Welcome Home

Creating the Home of Your Dreams

Great Gift Ideas for Mom and Dad Summer Camps and Activities

th nniversary 5 2 Happy A to the City of Calabasas!

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25th Birthday

AT CALABASAS COUNTRY CLUB Photography by Marvin Steindler

On April 5th, The City of Calabasas hosted their 25th Birthday Party Celebration at the most scenic and historically significant location in town at the majestic Calabasas Country Club. Calabasas Mayor James R. Bozajian and all of the city’s past dignitaries presided at this historic event to commemorate when Calabasas officially became California’s 466th city on April 5th, 1991. During the past 25 years, the City of Calabasas has grown to comprise 13.636 acres and more than 25,000 residents. Calabasas had one municipal property back in 1999. Today, the city owns and/or operates a diverse array of 12, including several parks and recreational facilities. Today, 43% of the land within Calabasas is protected open space. The beautiful grounds at Calabasas Country Club still feature the Warner Ranch Stables, the last remaining structures of the only movie ranch located within the present-day boundaries of Calabasas.

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can’t believe that summer is right around the corner! It feels like just yesterday that we were vacationing at the Disney Aulani over winter break. The thought of having kids home for almost three months is lovely but overwhelming. Thankfully, there are a variety of summer camp options available for kids in our area. In this issue, we present you with a guide to those camps. Book now before they fill up! Annually, we dedicate our May/June issue to the home. The exquisite charm of the homes and neighborhoods in the greater Calabasas area stand out as an unparalleled experience. In this issue, we are thrilled to give you an opportunity to see inside the homes of your neighbors and look into their favorite interior spaces. My Favorite Space is a section we thoroughly enjoyed creating, from photographing incredible rooms, to hearing their backstory, from style inspiration to the interior designers involved. To inspire you to make some home improvements, we feature many experts in their respective fields and hope that you’ll find the expert-authored pieces interesting and insightful. While we always want our homes to look amazing, we also want to make those we love feel their best, which is why we bring you our Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Gift Guide. Inside the guide, we reveal the best gifts to get mom and dad — from locally sourced places so you don’t need to leave the area.

Irene Marshall, Editor


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Table of CONTENTS Auto 38 150

Country Club Life The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V World-Famous Supercar Sunday

Beauty 50 Safe for Summer Beauty Procedures

Calendar of Events 120 May 124 June



Great Gifts for Mother’s and Father’s Day

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Calabasas Country Club

Dining 142 166

The Gallery Restaurant Wine & Dine

Fashion 42 48

Summer Staples 2016 Sharon Segal Nina Segal the closet

Financial 64 164

Solving the Succession Puzzle

Does Your Retirement Path Really Matter?

Bold Silk Floral Arrangements

An Artful Balance Between Indoor-Outdoor Spaces

102 Combining Form and Function 104 Everything Old Turns New Again 106 Cheryl Collins Signature Style 110 Décor

Summer Camp 128 136

Golden Summer Summer Fun Ideas for Kids

Technology 100

Home is Where the Apps Go

Casa Pacifica Teens and Drugs Hop Skip Drive

Calabasas Chamber of Commerce

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Health and Fitness 146 Ask the Pharmacist

Home Furnishings 70 72 86 88 90

California Furniture Galleries My Favorite Space Powder Rooms that Pack a Punch Textures, Patterns, & Color in Tiles Home Flooring Trends

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Welcome Home

Creating the Home of Your Dreams

Great Gift Ideas for Mom and Dad Summer Camps and Activities

Happy 25 Anniversary to the City of Calabasas! th

ON THE COVER: The Boyd Bunch Photography by Marvin Steindler

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Déjaun Jewelers GRAND SEIKO EVENT Déjaun Jewelers and Grand Seiko hosted an event where guests were able to come and immerse themselves in a wonderful evening of Japanese culture and fine watchmaking. Japanese-inspired hors d’oeuvres and cocktails were served while guests experienced a rare demonstration of the intricate watchmaking process by a Grand Seiko Master Craftsman from Japan. The event was hosted by Déjaun Jewelers’ owners Mike and Jack Maralian, third generation master watchmakers, and son Michael Maralian. The Grand Seiko event took place at the newest showroom at The Village at Westfield Topanga. Déjaun’s commitment to superior quality and personalized customer service is unparalleled, with master goldsmiths and GIA-graduate gemologists on the premises to serve all of your needs. Déjaun Jewelers offers one of the largest selections of sports, fashion, classic, and high-complication timepieces at all three locations at The Village at Westfield Topanga, at The Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks, and at The Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks.


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The Boyd

Bunch: The Boyd/ Laughray Family By Pax Ansley Photography by Marvin Steindler


ucked away on an acre and a half of land, in the beautifully charming “Old Topanga” area of Calabasas, lives the seamlessly blended Boyd/Laughray family. Joined together in 1993, this wonderfully eclectic party of eight can be found in their gorgeous French country dream home, built and designed from the ground up starting in 2004. Charles and Barbara Boyd reside in this treasure of a home, surrounded by 83 oak trees, a waterfall, wildlife, and every beauty of nature to be imagined. They enjoy breathtaking views of Calabasas, but also revel in the feeling of being away from it all. Patriarch Charles “Chuck” Boyd recently celebrated his 80th birthday with 60 of his closest friends and family at the Westlake


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Village Inn. Chuck is a retired actor, well-known for his work as the Salem Man of the 1970s, along with many other TV commercials, stage productions, TV series, soap operas, and features. He has not strayed far from showbiz and is a business owner and executive in the motion picture industry. He continues to run the business he founded 40 years ago, now with the help of his son Darren. The proud matriarch of this family is Barbara Boyd, or as she is known around town, the Reverend Barbara Laughray Boyd. Once a shy, fearful girl, Barbara found her courage through spirituality at the age of 16. In 1967, at the age of 19, this formerly timid young lady flourished further, becoming the Rose Queen of the Tournament of Roses Parade, chosen from a pool of over

1,000 candidates. After this life-changing experience, Barbara tried her hand at modeling. When her focus shifted from outer beauty to the beauty that lies within, she opened a modeling school called “Beauty and the Best” to teach young models the importance of balance in their lives. Barbara found her true calling in ministry after the tragic loss of her two young brothers. Over the course of her theological studies, Barbara became Reverend Barbara Laughray Boyd, an ordained minister with her own church. After ministering in a church for years, Barbara realized that her true calling was in nurturing relationships. Through performing wedding ceremonies and marriage counseling, Reverend Barbara is enthusiastically bringing her gift of healing relationships to everyone she can. “Boyd Haven,” lovingly nicknamed by this busy family, is the home base for many celebrations of the ever-growing Boyds. With six children and six grandchildren, the walls of this haven are busting at the seams with love, pride, joy, laughter, and fun. The Boyd/Laughray children are all adults now, with four of them having attended Calabasas schools. Daughter Suzanne Boyd Collins is a registered nurse at West Hills Surgery Center and mother of two. Genevieve, 17, is an Agoura Hills High School student and aspiring singer. Logan is an inspiring 13-year-old, special-needs student at AC Steele Middle School. Sage Laughray McConnell is a massage therapist who lives with her husband, Steve, and two daughters, Megan, 15, and Charlee, 11, in Pollock Pines, near Sacramento. Steve is a skilled journeyman in the construction industry. Megan and Charlee are busy students involved in school and many extracurricular activities, including gymnastics and dance. Son Darren Boyd and his wife, Erin, have been blessed with a wonderful 3-year-old named Cash. Darren is the vice president and general manager of family-owned Cinerep International, Inc. Erin is a successful set dresser in the entertainment industry. Son Brandon Boyd is well-known as the lead singer and songwriter of the band Incubus, as well as Sons of the Sea. He is also working as an artist, author, and producer. Jason Boyd, like his older brother, is a musician and is the lead singer and songwriter for the bands Audiovent and Picturas. Like his father, Jason has also done work as an actor.

“Boyd Haven,” lovingly nicknamed by this busy family, is the home base for many celebrations of the ever-growing Boyds. With six children and six grandchildren, the walls of this haven are busting at the seams with love, pride, joy, laughter, and fun.

Brittney Laughray Smith and her husband Jamie are both in the hospitality industry. The pair were married right here in Calabasas at “Boyd Haven” and are expecting a baby on May 17, their second wedding anniversary. After they both graduated from UCSB, they decided to stay in Santa Barbara for a little while. 15 years later, they still call Santa Barbara their home. To round out the Boyd/Laughray bunch is a 2-year-old golden retriever named Topanga, who is definitely a “huge part of the family.” With the retired Salem Man for a father and a former Rose-Queen-turned-reverend for a mother, there is no doubt that this family has seen its fair share of excitement. No matter how busy the schedules of all members of this lively gang, there is always time to be made for family fun. n

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CHARLES V. BUSH LIBRARY Photography by Melissa Westervelt

Grand Opening

Carden Conejo School celebrated the grand opening and dedication of the Charles V. Bush Library on February 24th. Carden Conejo School established the Charles V. Bush Library on its Westlake Village campus during Black History Month. Students can now enjoy a colorful mural depicting children around the world and a hot air balloon story time corner. Actress Anne-Marie Johnson hosted the event which featured actor Obba Babatundé reading to the children and a touching speech by Mr. Bush’s daughter, Bettina Bush. Also on hand was football legend Keyshawn Johnson and singer TJ Jackson. Charles V. Bush became the first African-American to serve as a U.S. Supreme Court page in 1954 — the same year the court desegregated public schools — by Chief Justice Earl Warren. In 1963, he became the first black graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy and served as an intelligence officer decorated with the Bronze Star Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, and two awards of the Air Force Commendation Medal.


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Spring and Summer time in Calabasas and Hidden Hills brings lots of community events and with the end of

the drought, lots of beauty on the nearby hills and in the parks. We are so lucky to live in an area with so much natural beauty and so many community events, from the recently completed Pro Tennis tournament (won by Australian Mitchell Barton, number 241 in the world) to the ongoing sports leagues for kids and adults. Upcoming events include the Fine Arts Festival (April 30th to May 1st), Concerts at the Lake (6/26-Boogie Knights), to the plethora of Fourth of July events: Summer Splash Party, Pet show, Lakeside Fun Run (4 miles and 2 miles), to the sold out Fireworks party at Calabasas High School. And that is just the beginning‌ get out and enjoy your neighborhoods and friends.

Real Estate Market Update - Hidden Hills:

Hidden Hills continues to be the place for remodeling and rebuilding the older homes into the understated Custom home that is fast becoming the Hidden Hills signature. With the mature trees and white split rail fencing, the neighborhood offers privacy and a quaint, throwback life style that seems to belie the stresses of the modern world outside the gates. The Hidden Hills real estate market in the first quarter of 2016 has continued the busy activity that we saw at the end of 2015 - with 30 homes for sale as this goes to press, ranging in price from a low of $2,349,000 for a 5 bedroom, 5 bath home of 4,081square feet on a 1 acre lot that has been for sale for 500 days; to a high of $14,395,000 for a 10,876 brand new home on 2.3 acres that has been on the market for 60 days. In breaking down the 30 homes for sale in Hidden Hills, we see that there are 3 homes priced between $2M and $3M, 6 homes for sale priced between $3M and $4M, 2 homes offered for sale between $4M and $5M, 14 homes priced between $5M and $10M and 5 homes for sale that are priced over $10M. There are currently 3 pending sales in the community, ranging in price from $2,495,000 to $3,690,000. Sold prices round out the picture, with 6 closed sales in Hidden Hills in 2016, ranging in price from $1,650,000 for a 3 bedroom 3 bath home with 2,000 square feet on 1 acre of land that was on the market for 56 days to a high of $9,000,000 for a 13,000 square foot home with 8 bedrooms, 10 baths on 2.3 acres that was on the market for 500 days.

Real Estate Market Update - Calabasas:

Calabasas continues to be a highly sought after neighborhood for both current residents and those moving here from other areas. The city offers residents and visitors safe neighborhoods, a great blend of shopping, restaurants, outdoor life and highly ranked schools while maintaining its rural, small town feel with all the amenities of modern life. As this goes to press, Calabasas has 82 single family homes for sale, ranging in price from $629,000 for a 3 bedroom, 3 bath, 1,675 square foot home on that has been on the market for 4 days to a high of $8,495,000 for a 6 bedroom, 8 bath, 12,000 square foot home on over an acre that has been on the market for 105 days. Of the 82 homes for sale, 16 have asking prices of less than $1,000,000, 21 are priced between $1M and $2M, 30 are priced between $2M and $3M and 15 are over $3M. There are 21 pending sales in Calabasas, ranging in price from $725,000 to $3,395,000. There are 61 closed sales in Calabasas in 2016, from a low of $660,000 for a 4 bedroom, 2 bath, 1,850 square foot home that sold in 99 days to a high of $7,800,000 for a 12,953 square foot home on 2.8 acres of grounds that was for sale for 2 years.

The hope for 2016 is that prices and activity for both Hidden Hills and Calabasas will continue to be strong. We welcome you to come enjoy the lifestyle these communities offer.

Marc & Rory Shevin (818) 251-2456 • (818) 251-2476 Marc: CalBRE #00559629

Rory: CalBRE #00671618

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Custom built, beautifully updated view home in guard gated Vista Pointe. Fabulous, remodeled, oversized chef ’s kitchen with two center islands, granite counters, dual sinks, stainless steel appliances, and walk-in pantry. The light & bright, open floor plan includes a huge skylight, spiral staircase, honed travertine flooring, distressed birch hardwood flooring, two story floor to ceiling windows, new Marvin windows, two solar systems (one for the house & one for the pool), smart watering system (based on the weather forecast), LED lighting, new epoxy garage floor, ‘Nest’ system, crown moldings, skylights, and plantation shutters. Large fabulous updated master includes sitting room, two large walk-in closets with island & shoe closet (and a third closet), bidet, dual vanities, heated marble floors, marble counters, skylight, steam shower with multiple sprays, spa tub, and walkout balcony showcasing the panoramic city views. The very private grounds include a stunning beach entry pool, spa, Viking BBQ center with a green egg smoker, refrigerator & water cooler, fireplace, fire pit, roses, citrus trees and lawns, all overlooking the 6th hole and the hills of Calabasas.

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2737 Beacontree Lane, Calabasas

Stunning panoramic views, privately gated estate. 7 Bedrooms, 8 baths, guest house. Chef ’s gourmet kitchen, dual offices, game room, glass conservatory, master with sitting room, fireplace, stunning bath with spa tub. Sweeping lawns, gardens, citrus grove, BBQ center.

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25264 Eldorado Meadow, Hidden Hills

Beautiful Private Estate. 6 Bedroom, 10 bath, cooks kitchen, study, wine cellar, theater, office, stunning master suite. 6 Fireplaces, elevator, skylights, limestone & wood floors, beam ceilings. Pool, spa, outdoor kitchen, fireplace, fire pit, grassy lawns, sports court.

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Rory: CalBRE #00671618

23925 Park Sorrento, Calabasas, CA 91302

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25200 Jim Bridger, Hidden Hills

6 En-suite bedrooms, 10 baths, including master with dual baths & walk-in closets. Chef ’s kitchen-open to family room, custom theater, game room, office, pub room, piano room, bonus room/gym, living & dining rooms. Pool, spa, covered patios. Prime, cul-de-sac location.

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5800 Jed Smith, Hidden Hills

Brand new custom estate. 8 Bedrooms, 10 baths, chef ’s kitchen open to great room, formal dining with wine cellar, theater, study, lounge. Master with fireplace, dual closets, stone bath & steam shower. Pool, spa, fire pit, 7 covered patios, outdoor fireplace, 4-car garages.

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Brand new Cape Cod, city & pastoral views. 8 BD, 11 BA, gourmet kitchen open to great room, theater, game room, office, living & dining rooms, gym, guest house. Pool, spa, patios, outdoor kitchen, firepit, 5 car garages.

Custom masterpiece, designed for entertaining, 6 BD, 8 BA. Gourmet kitchen, theater, office, bonus room, sumptuous master suite. Expansive grounds, pool & spa, waterfalls, cabana, BBQ, endless travertine patios.

Guard gated Bell Canyon. 5 BD, 6½ BA, plus 1 BD, 1 BA guest house, chef ’s kitchen, family, living & dining rooms, theater, game room. Master with fireplace, stone bath, balcony. Pool, spa, outdoor kitchen, tennis court.

Hampton’s Style Estate. 6 BD, 8 BA, gourmet kitchen, great room, dining room with fireplace, music room, master suite with dual baths. Tennis court, rec room with gym, kitchen & bath. Outdoor kitchen, pool, spa, firepit.

Open floor plan. 6 BD, 9 BA, chef ’s kitchen, formal living & dining, family room, library, master with retreat, walk-in closets, deck & fireplace. Picture windows, beam ceilings, wine cellar. Pool, spa, garage for 12 cars.

The Oaks. Upgraded Santa Barbara style, 5 BD, 5½ BA, chef ’s kitchen open to family room. Bonus room, office, master with fireplace, sitting area. Pool & spa, fireplace, BBQ center, gated motor court, 4-car garages.

Marc & Rory Shevin (818) 251-2456 • (818) 251-2476 Marc: CalBRE #00559629

Rory: CalBRE #00671618

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The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V

By Dustin Troyan Photograph: Cadillac

By Dustin Troyan Photography by Greg Grudt

The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is back with a vengeance. What many consider a luxury Corvette Z06 is truly a wolf in...wolf’s clothing. With more aggressive lines and greater emphasis on performance styling, the new CTS-V is a force to be reckoned with. So, what makes this Caddy so special? It starts with a supercharged 640 hp, 6.2-liter V-8, which propels this four-door sedan to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds and 100 mph in just 3.9 seconds. Good grief! And with 630 lb-ft of torque, you better hold on as the V turns the earth beneath you as it rockets to the 200 mph mark. That’s right, Cadillac states that the new and improved CTS-V will hit 200 mph. And yes, it’s a four-door. The CTS-V shares the engine with the Corvette Z06 and the same gear ratios, although the CTS-V is only available in an 8-speed automatic transmission. To avoid the gas-guzzler tax, the CTS-V offers cylinder deactivation to keep miles up and consumption down. The goal of the CTS-V was to surpass the European luxury sport sedans in every mark. Not to match, but to annihilate the competition. They indeed succeed with the performance they were looking for, which is truly astounding for a daily driver, four-door sedan that weighs 4,145 pounds. Naturally, being a Cadillac, there has to be comfort. The interior is beautiful. Technology inspired, the full-color headsup display and the 12.3-inch, high-definition, LCD digital gauge cluster remind you that you are in a luxury sedan, not a race car. With the 20-way heated and cooled seats, Bose sound system, and 4G LTE data connectivity, nothing was missed. If you are looking for a 200 mph car to take clients out in or the family to the park, here you go! The Cadillac CTS-V might just be the best option for the car enthusiast who needs a luxury daily driver, a grocery getter, and a world-class sports car on the race track. Would I buy the CTS-V? Absolutely. n


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Celebrity Stylist Ilaria Urbinati With a client list that boasts the most dashing leading men, like Bradley Cooper, Ben Affleck, and Ryan Reynolds and leading ladies like Shailene Woodley, Lizzy Caplan, and Nina Dobrev, the Hollywood Reporter has included Ilaria in their coveted Top 25 Power Stylists list.

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Blush Boutique has your favorite casual clothes, including the area’s best selection of Veronica M dresses, skirts, pants, and tops. You’ll also find a great collection of Flying Monkey jeans in different styles and a fabulous assortment of tops perfect for any occasion. The Courtyard at The Commons 23671 Calabasas Rd. Calabasas 818.222.5874 1610 E. Thousand Oaks Bl. Thousand Oaks 805.497.6100

MIXT. FINE THINGS Visit MIXT. for delightful treasures for all occasions. The store offers an eclectic mixture of new, vintage and antique estate jewelry, clothes, architectural elements, furniture, art, chandeliers, and home décor from around the world. Whizin Market Square 28859 W. Agoura Rd. Agoura Hills 818.879.8698

TK & CQ NAILS Everyone will appreciate the gift of receiving a beautiful manicure and pedicure for Mother’s Day. It’s the perfect way to pamper the special person in your life so that they can be tingling from tips to toes. Just mention Calabasas Style to get a 12% discount! Gift cards available for purchase at both salon locations! Walk-in’s welcome. Open seven days a week! TK Nails 26527 Agoura Rd. Calabasas (next to Albertsons) 818.880.5148


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CQ Nails 26500 Agoura Rd. Calabasas (next to Jack In The Box) 818.880.0499


BY KELLY AND MARIE GRAY GRAYSE by Kelly and Marie Gray is a modern collection of specialty separates designed to dress women who love quality, luxury, and style. You will love this Turquoise Pave Asymmetrical Top and Dress and this Watercolor Butterfly Drape Chiffon Top and Sateen Denim Pant (all sold separately). Westfield Topanga



Lower Level – Luxury Court next to Neiman Marcus

6600 Topanga Canyon Bl. Canoga Park 818.710.9940

MANYA JEWELERS Visit Manya Jewelers for the most elegantly designed pieces this Mother’s Day. Their goal is to provide customers with an exclusive line of luxury jewelry at an affordable price. The company prides themselves on their creativity, originality, and authenticity of each piece of custom jewelry. The Village at Westfield Topanga 6320 Topanga Canyon Bl. #1633 Woodland Hills 818.703.6200

SHARON SEGAL NINA SEGAL THE CLOSET For a cool and laid back style, get the soft suede Moto Backpack by Rebecca Minkoff in Almond to go with your “Almost Skinny” jeans by The Great! Don’t forget to throw on a soft and lightweight scarf by Remi&Reid to add that pop of color! The Promenade at Westlake 160 Promenade Way Westlake Village 805.777.7019

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THE FLYING OWL The Flying Owl isn’t your typical greeting card store. Offering edgy and witty handcrafted cards and devilishly fun paper goods, The Flying Owl is also home to artisan gifts sourced from folks with a deep-rooted passion for well-mastered goods.


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(Second Floor - above Hugo’s Restaurant)

Agoura Hills 818.855.8143

SHAGGY CHIC PET BOUTIQUE AND SPA Get your pooch outdoor ready to enjoy Father’s Day with their favorite Dog Dad! Keep them safe and looking good with EZY DOG life vests. EZY DOG backpacks allow for your pooch to carry their own goods. Treats, travel, safety and unique gifts!

Grooming 642 Lindero Canyon Rd. Oak Park 818.879.WOOF (9663)

PINOT’S PALETTE Treat your mom to a couple hours of painting and drinking this Mother’s Day! Pinot’s Palette will lead you in easy steps to transform your canvas into a masterpiece! It’s the perfect bonding activity that will leave you with great memories. Gift certificates also available. 2879 Agoura Rd. Westlake Village 805.379.9963 westlakevillage


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Shaggy Chic Pet Boutique Whizin Market Square 28877 Agoura Rd. Agoura HIlls 818.889.WOOF (9663)




Visit their tasting room where you’ll find over 40 globallysourced olive oils and balsamic vinegars. You will benefit from the extensive health properties and unique flavors. Shop Local with Olive Alchemy’s California-made gourmet foods, culinary accessories, and natural olive oil cosmetics. 4774 Park Granada, #5 Calabasas 747.226.3767

THE BEAD LOUNGE Celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day. Adorn her in affordable luxury. The Bead Lounge has everything you need from black diamonds to semi-precious and precious stones to create a unique gift that she will treasure for a lifetime. 4873 Topanga Canyon Bl. Woodland Hills 818.704.5656

NOTHING BUNDT CAKES Everyone’s favorite holiday cakes! The perfect bundt begins with handcrafted recipes made with the finest premium ingredients, including fresh eggs, real butter and cream cheese. They’re the perfect dessert to show your mom, dad or grad how much you care. 10” cakes (serves 18); 8” cakes (serves 8). 6524 Platt Ave. West Hills 818.340.2253

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Sharon Segal Nina Segal the closet: Segal Sisters Now in The Promenade at Westlake By Pax Ansley Photography by Marvin Steindler


magine the men and women who stand out from the crowd with a unique style all their own, effortless and individualistic. They don’t always follow trends, but they often start them. They absolutely rock all the distinctive pieces of clothing they own, and they love how they feel while wearing them. Now, imagine walking into the carefully curated closets of these fashion gurus. At Sharon and Nina Segal’s the closet, you can do exactly that. As of June 2015, the Segal sisters have come to town. With their newest location at The Promenade at Westlake, Sharon and Nina, along with their cousin and partner Shanel, have brought the heart of Santa Monica fashion to our doorstep, without the nasty traffic. Fashion runs deep through the veins of this fantastic sister duo. Daughters of famous fashion master Fred Segal, the sisters have grown up surrounded by the cutting edge of fashion. As Sharon so beautifully puts it, “We are proud of


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our father’s legacy. We learned so much from what he has taught us. It has made us who we are.” Sharon started working at her father’s landmark stores, Fred Segal Melrose and Fred Segal Santa Monica, when she was only 13. When both Sharon and Nina moved away for college, they took a break from retail. Soon thereafter, the call to come back to Los Angeles was too strong to refuse. Their retail heritage could not be ignored, and the sisters came back to open their own stores inside Fred Segal, including Nina’s store, Nina at Fred Segal. Some of Sharon’s many stores inside Fred Segal include Fred Segal Axis and Sharon Segal at Fred Segal. Her most recent, a joint venture with her cousin Shanel, became the closet at Fred Segal. The sisters soon developed a following in the fashion world all their own. After Shanel and Sharon opened The

“We are proud of our father’s legacy. We learned so much from what he has taught us. It has made us who we are.” of jewelry and accessories, the team knew they needed a second location. Since Nina’s children go to school in Calabasas and Sharon’s daughter goes to school in Westlake and plays soccer in Thousand Oaks, the pair found themselves spending much of their time in the area. In The Promenade at Westlake, they knew they had found a perfect fit.

Closet on Montana in Santa Monica, they started to define a style all their own. They encourage people to “love what you wear” and “find your own sense of style.” They don’t try to dictate trends or styles; they introduce clients to new items or designers to help them find their own individual style. Walking into the store is like walking into someone’s closet. Every item is carefully selected with the customer in mind. With certain favorites and up and coming trends, there is certainly something for everyone. When Nina Segal came on board and brought with her a beautifully designed line

Shopping at the closet is, in itself, an experience. Sharon, Shanel, and Nina want nothing more than to make their clients feel special and taken care of. Their hand-picked staff is trained for excellence. Their clothing, jewelry, handbags, and accessories are conscientiously chosen with customers in mind, and as they say, “We love when a customer finds something that they love.” Sharon, Nina, and Shanel are extremely happy to be in Westlake Village and look forward to showing you around their closet. n

Sharon Segal Nina Segal: the closet The Promenade at Westlake 160 Promenade Way Westlake Village 805.777.7019

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By Anna D. Guanche, MD Bella Skin Institute


e dermatologists always want you to stay out of the sun, particularly if you are planning a laser procedure. In fact, most dermatologists refuse to do laser procedures during the sunny season. For those of you who seek self-improvement regardless of the light cycles, I have good news. You don’t have to only prevent — you can do some maintenance and improvements. Many cosmetic procedures can be performed right now, without you having to be locked indoors afterward. Of course, you will still be advised to wear sunscreen, but here are some summer rejuvenation options for you: Botox®. Everybody loves Botox®! This procedure can be done year-round, rain or shine. We use it to decrease lines on the forehead, crow’s feet, and frown lines. We can also use it to achieve a browlift and to reduce dimpling of the chin. In addition, the neck can be rejuvenated if the small muscles, known as platysmal bands (neck strings), are prominent. Subtle areas can be corrected as well, such as uplifting the downturned corners of the mouth or reducing a gummy smile. Other medicines we use to relax lines are Dysport® and Xeomin®. Fillers. We can literally sculpt and restore the face with fillers, with no need for sun avoidance! Juvederm® is a versatile filler that we can use to reduce the circles under the eyes, plump the lips, and soften nasolabial and marionette lines. We can even reshape the nose! Some people who have had nose jobs that resulted in a pinched look or enlarged nostrils or even a deviated tip can benefit from strategically placed filler. And for those who wish for a nose job, artfully placed filler can provide corrective results without surgery. For men, we often enhance masculine features by strengthening the angle of the jawline or enhancing the lateral cheekbones for a more angular look. Voluma® is a longlasting version of Juvederm® that lifts and volumizes the cheeks for both women and men. We also love using Sculptra® to rejuvenate the entire face and build collagen for a youthful glow. Belotero® is wonderful for specific fine lines on the upper lip and mid-cheek. Fillers are being used increasingly to fill dimples in the arms and buttocks. For smoothing dimples, we also recommend a body-sculpting procedure, such as Coolsculpting®.

extremely popular option for the summer. It consistently provides a ½-inch reduction in treated areas and tends to reduce the appearance of dimpling in cellulite. We can treat the inner and outer thighs, belly, love handles, and even arms. Many people benefit from treating their inner knees and bra fat as well. In short, this is a very-wellloved procedure by our patients and the entire team at the office, including myself. Besides reducing fat on different areas of the body, we now have a new technique for reducing the fat under the chin. Kybella®. Who loves their double chin? Even the smallest of fat pockets under the chin can mar the profile and show up in photos and video. Kybella® is a wonderful, non-surgical option for patients bothered by excess fat under the chin, or doublechin. It is a protein that is naturally produced by the body, designed to digest dietary fat. In this procedure, we use a synthetic (non-animal derived) version of it to remove fat cells. A series of treatments with Kybella provides long-term results, reducing the likelihood of further expansion of the chin over the following years. So, I have listed for you some rejuvenation options for the summer. The body and beauty require maintenance! Maintenance and remodeling is something we do for things of value, such as cars and homes. The same is necessary for our bodies. We are dynamic individuals, incurring the changes of time. Every so often, we need to press the “reset button” to prevent ongoing decline. The good news is that improvements can continue during the summer. No need to pardon your progress! n The statements in this article are for general informational purposes only and do not substitute for individual medical advice.

Coolsculpting® is a non-invasive fat-reduction procedure with no downtime. This is an

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alabasas is quickly becoming the go-to destination for lifestyle, culture, and real estate. In today’s market, buyers are looking for a range of values paired with privacy, luxury, style, and sophistication.

The Agency opened its doors approximately 4 years ago and to date we have served $6.2 Billion in volume and growing daily. Ordinary is not in our wheelhouse. We are a creative, collaborative group of professionals undisputed as leaders in real estate marketing. We also enjoy a Global Alliance with Savills which extends our reach to an incredible international portfolio of connections, buyers and opportunities. As we are building our new Calabasas office space, we are actively servicing many luxurious properties in the city and among our portfolio is this beautiful vacant finished lot at 25355 Prado de la Felicidad in The Estates at The Oaks at Calabasas. We decided that representing such an amazing piece of land deserves our creativity and with that, we produced a narrative video about ‘Building Your Dream.’ We follow a successful professional who is acquiring this lot to build a dream estate

and to begin a new chapter in his life. We join his visits around the vibrant Calabasas amenities, watch him pick out a new engagement ring at the luxury Polacheck’s Jewelers at The Calabasas Commons and return to the lot to enjoy a tranquil picnic on the grounds of his future home with his girlfriend. Then we witness his surprise marriage proposal right there in the middle of his lot. We wanted to strike a personal perspective, a unique approach to visualizing and personifying the experience of building a new dream and starting that lifestyle. Our approach is dedicated to the creative identity that each unique property should observe. No two families could be exactly the same, and therefore why should their lifestyles and homes be held to any different standard? Each property has its own unique character and presence as a result of the owner’s lifestyle, it’s our job to build that unique story that personifies that home’s unique personality and to connect a buyer looking to join that lifestyle and build. To see the concept video online, please visit: http://www.theagencyre. com/for-sale/25355-prado-de-la-felicidad-calabasas. n

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From a seed planted in the mid-80s, when concerned Ventura County citizens banded together to create a 24-hour center for abused and neglected children, grew a garden of hope as Casa Pacifica opened its 25-acre campus in 1994. It presently incorporates seven residential units with 82 beds for 6 to 21-year-olds from across the state, nine classrooms, a library, music room, gymnasium, swimming pool, playing fields, counseling rooms, training/conference space, and a medical clinic. Community-based staff also run three administrative offices in Camarillo, Santa Barbara, and Santa Maria, where they help over 4,000 of the region’s most vulnerable children. Casa Pacifica’s extensive list of services includes healthcare, short-term emergency shelter, and mobile crisis-response units that respond to over 100 calls per week. Their comprehensive educational programs further serve children in grades 1 through 12 with emotional and learning disabilities. They even provide mental health assistance for students within the Las Virgenes Unified School District, which includes the communities of Agoura, Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, and Westlake Village. A former teacher and child advocate at heart, Casa Pacifica’s Chief Advancement Officer and Director of Transitional Youth Services Vicki Murphy oversees development. “We’re on the leading edge of working with at-risk children. The center brings in the brightest minds to study the effects of trauma on the young brain so we can help them heal.” Even those formerly in Casa Pacifica’s care need ongoing support.

Casa Pacifica: Providing Hope to the Underserved Children in Our Community By Lori Berezin


very June, families come together to celebrate the rite of passage known as graduation. As cherished children toss their tassels from one side of their grad caps to the other, they look ahead to futures as brilliant as the sparkle in their proud parents’ eyes. But what about the countless underserved youths whose futures are not so bright? Foster kids, for instance, who have aged out of a system initially meant to protect them. Their choices are far less promis


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ing. They often lack the experience and knowledge to live on their own and remain at high risk for homelessness, unemployment, early parenthood, and crime. One organization, Casa Pacifica, recognized how challenging these crucial years could be for children in need. Located in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains in Camarillo, the center serves abused and neglected children, adolescents, and their families, as well as those with severe emotional, social, behavioral, and mental-health challenges.

When asked what the future holds, Murphy noted, “A recent capital campaign raised $13 million to construct cottages and programs to help youths suffering from substance abuse. It’s the greatest need currently in our county.” Casa Pacifica admits a child every couple of hours, and the numbers continue to grow. The public can help through donations, fostering, volunteering, and more. They also invite people to tour the campus in Camarillo. Murphy stressed, “These children belong to all of us. They are the community’s children.” For further information on how you can help atrisk youth graduate into more successful lives, visit Casa Pacifica 805.366.4040 Vicki Murphy Chief Advancement Officer & Director of Transitional Youth Services 805.366.4010 |

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Exclusive Shopping


Calabasas resident Allison Kanter hosted an exclusive shopping event at her home in the Oaks to honor a dear friend who lost her life to breast cancer and raise funds that were all donated to The Pink Fund. The Pink Fund provides financial support to help meet basic needs, decrease stress levels, and allow breast cancer patients to focus on healing while improving survivorship outcomes. This special charity event was sponsored by Madison and, a luxury store specializing in women’s high-end fashion and shoes and, a company that purchases high-end designer handbags for cash at guaranteed pricing and prepaid shipping anywhere within the U.S. The day was full of fun and significance as women shopped for great designer shoes and bags to raise donations for this charity event. In addition to shopping for this worthy cause, many of the guests also shared their personal breast cancer survival stories.


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The world inside O’Gara Coach boasts the most prestigious brands of luxury vehicles, including Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Maserati, Aston Martin, Bugatti, and Lamborghini. On April 13, O’Gara Coach Westlake officially unveiled the all-new Maserati Levante SUV, reflecting the burgeoning trend of SUVs on the exotic car scene. In true O’Gara fashion, the evening attracted car enthusiasts, local athletes and celebrities, and city dignitaries who enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and swag bags from Maserati. The Levante SUV’s elegance, strength, and boldness symbolize the soul of Maserati’s best in Italian design, combining spaciousness with coupé lines, while maintaining a proud link to the Maserati tradition. From its sleek headlights to the characteristic Maserati rear pillar, the Levante’s side profile is assertive and stylish with its unique coupé-style look. With its frameless doors, distinctive side-vents, and rear wings emphasizing its shape and strength, the Levante features the elegance of a true Italian masterpiece sharpened by an adventurous edge.

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The Wig and Stache Party hosted by the Westlake Village Junior Women’s Club was a night full of laughs and crazy fun. Guests wore a wig or mustache of their choice and came to enjoy cocktails, food, a professional photo booth, dancing, and a silent auction at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village. Net proceeds from the event directly benefited Many Mansions Homework Tutoring Program, the Conejo Free Clinic Mammogram Fund, the Cancer Support Center Kids Circle Program, and the Triunfo YMCA. Over the years, the Westlake Village Junior Women’s Club has disbursed over half a million dollars to deserving local charities. In addition to providing financial support to local charities, the club also provides volunteer services by hosting events, including the annual Santa Comes to Westlake/Agoura and Beyond Food Drive (which serves over 200 local needy families), Meals on Wheels, and Feed the Hungry, to name a few.


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Solving the

succession puzzle:

How to ensure a successful transition for your business

By Min Yoo, Director, Senior Wealth Strategist,The Private Bank at Union Bank Photography by Marvin Steindler


erhaps the most significant risk to the future of any business is one that is often overlooked: What will happen when the ownership or leadership changes? Many business owners put off succession planning—to the detriment of family, employees, and the business itself. Much can happen without an effective, up-to-date succession plan. One recent example is a company that had an outdated buy-sell agreement when a majority shareholder unexpectedly died. The agreement provided for the deceased shareholder’s


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estate to receive an amount that far exceeded the actual market value of the business, which had declined due to economic conditions. The company did not have sufficient liquidity to pay off the deceased shareholder’s estate and it was required to obtain a business loan just to meet the obligation to the deceased brother’s estate which negatively impacted the ongoing operations of the business. Unfortunately, this scenario is not rare and there are many more cases with similar outcomes for the surviving members of

the family. With such negative potential consequences, why would business owners delay succession planning? Several barriers and misconceptions are commonly to blame. • Many entrepreneurs fear succession planning will require relinquishing control of the company they’ve spent their lives building. The opposite is true: a well-designed, properly implemented plan can ensure that the business owner maintains control, both now and in the future. • Owners don’t understand their options or think their original operating plan will suffice. For example, the husband-andwife founders of one company assumed they could not increase their 15-year-old life insurance policy since they were approaching 80. They were facing significant estate tax liability for their estate and realized that they lacked the liquidity to meet the obligation. They were also unsure how management of the business would be handled among their four children. By working with a wealth planner, they developed a strategy that allowed them to replace their life insurance policies, reducing the premiums, and created a succession plan that gave eventual voting control to the two children involved in the business while fairly compensating the two children who were not in the business. • Many business owners are so intensely focused on running their business today, especially in challenging economic times, that future planning takes a backseat. However, as we discussed above, we cannot predict when someone is no longer able to manage the business and all the work they have done may be wasted if effective succession planning is not done.

Planning a successful succession

appropriate wealth-transfer strategies. Each business structure poses unique tax, operational, and legal issues. Once a plan is approved, the final step is for the wealth planner to work with the business owner’s CPA, attorney and other advisers to implement the plan. The business owner can now enjoy the peace of mind of knowing their business objectives will be addressed, both now and in the future. n Disclosure: The foregoing article is intended to provide general information about business succession planning and is not considered financial or tax advice from Union Bank. Wills, trusts, foundations and wealth planning strategies have legal, tax, accounting and other implications. Clients should consult a competent legal or tax adviser.

If you would like to discuss your unique wealth situation, contact Holly Arellano, Private Banker, at 818.706.4823 or holly., or visit

“Once objectives have been articulated, the wealth planning team can analyze the business’ current situation and devise appropriate wealth-transfer strategies. Each business structure poses unique tax, operational, and legal issues.”

The most important step in the process is clarifying objectives and determining whether they are attainable. An experienced wealth planner can help business owners envision what they feel is the ideal situation for the future. Complexity may increase if the goal is to transfer the business to family members, as issues of control, compensation, ownership percentages, and personal relationships come into play. Often, the offspring have conflicting interests. Some want to sell the business to monetize their share; others want to keep the business going. Because the business is often the primary source of income for the immediate family, a detailed cash flow projection and an up-to-date estate plan is also essential, especially given emerging legislative proposals that may affect estate taxes. If the owner plans to sell the business, to employees or others, tax consequences should be analyzed and steps should be taken to position the business for the sale. In some cases, the owner may want to transfer ownership to the next generation or to a charitable foundation prior to the sale. If structured properly, transactions like this can help business owners manage the tax consequences of the sale. Once objectives have been articulated, the wealth planning team can analyze the business’ current situation and devise

Min Yoo Director, Senior Wealth Strategist The Private Bank at Union Bank

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club life Singing the Blues at Calabasas Country Club International Blues Artist Guitar Shorty took center stage at Calabasas Country Club and played to a packed house of members and their guests. Known as a giant in the blues world and credited with influencing Jimi Hendrix and Buddy Guy, Guitar Shorty has been electrifying audiences for five decades with his supercharged live blues shows. The club’s own Valerie Lukens also performed at this special show.

Get Your Game Ready for the Season Golfers of all ages are enjoying the game at Calabasas Country Club! The Calabasas Golf Academy provides instruction to all levels of golfers, with Hank Haney Certified Instructors and the Junior Golf Academy. Calabasas Country Club is the only area club that offers a Social/Athletic Membership with a dependent golf designee for parents who want their children to enjoy learning and playing the game.

For information on membership, contact Steve Gincig: 818.444.5548 or

At Calabasas Country Club Spring Training at the New Athletic Center The Athletic Membership at Calabasas Country Club allows access to the new world-class 6,000-square-foot Health and Fitness Center with its state-of-the-art equipment. The Health and Fitness Center is staffed by a team of expert MOTIVATORS™ and offers more than 30 complimentary classes each week including yoga, spinning, mat Pilates, kickboxing, and classes for children and teens as well.

Calabasas Country Club Loves Kids! Calabasas Country Club was in full bloom on Easter Sunday — with a magnificent Easter Brunch Buffet and annual Easter Egg Hunt. The overwhelmingly popular event was filled for both the early and late seatings!

General Information: 818.222.8111 | |

Let’s Bake a Difference FUNDRAISER Photography by Marvin Steindler

Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara held its 5th Annual Let’s Bake a Difference fundraiser at the Westlake Village Inn. There was no “sweeter” way to help a good cause than by participating in one of the biggest cupcake and dessert tastings of the year. The icing on the cake was that all proceeds from the event went to benefiting the programs of Cancer Support Community, which help local adults and children affected by cancer. Guests enjoyed dessert samples and refreshments, live entertainment, face painting, and a cake auction. “Together, we can make a difference one sweet treat at a time, because we all know someone affected by cancer,” said event chair Trichia Asadurian. Celebrating more than two decades of providing support, education, and hope to people fighting cancer, Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara is an independently governed and funded chapter of Cancer Support Community, the 50-member nationwide organization.

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t’s easy to see why our local residents love living in the greater Calabasas area. The unique charm and beauty of our homes, neighborhoods, and communities provide an idyllic lifestyle that would be hard to duplicate anywhere else. We are thrilled to provide you with editorial features on the current decorating trends and expert advice from the area’s top interior designers on how to style the home of your dreams. We are also pleased to share an inside peek into the lovely the homes of your neighbors as you read about their favorite spaces in their homes. My Favorite Space is a section we thoroughly enjoyed creating, from photographing incredible rooms to hearing the backstories, from the style inspiration to the interior designers involved. Calabasas Style 69

Feel Right at Home with

California Furniture Galleries

By Lori Berezin Photography by Marvin Steindler


n today’s ever-changing marketplace, furniture stores come and go, as do their products. California Furniture Galleries in Canoga Park, California, believes furniture should ideally last a lifetime. The family-owned and operated store, established in 1958, California Furniture Galleries has survived decades of fluctuating tastes and styles by consistently providing premium merchandise at incredible values and employing experienced interior designers offering complimentary in-home consultations. In the comments section of their website, one customer queried, “We bought a couch from your store about 20 years ago, love the couch, want to reupholster it in leather and wondered if you can recommend anyone.” This is truly a testament to California


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Furniture Galleries’ focus on value and durability. From other positive comments across social media, it was noted, “If you’ve ever made the mistake of buying a cheap piece of furniture from a mass retailer, you will be grateful to pay a bit more for a quality item that you designed exactly to your liking.” Another lifelong customer remarked that her family represents “three generations of California Furniture Galleries enthusiasts.” Their employees work hard to inspire such loyalty. Beginning with co-founders Abraham and Regina Katz, their store now spans three generations. The family continues to weave their success story by offering high-quality furniture and accessories with complimentary interior design, plus free local delivery within a 30-

mile radius and guaranteed low prices. They seal the deal with a 25,000-square-foot showroom displaying an assortment of styles from casual to formal and transitional to traditional, with their own eclectic touch all in realistic room settings. Their inventory is regularly refreshed with new lines that reflect updated styles without being trendy.

In case the myriad options prove too great, feel free to call upon the store’s seasoned interior design staff. The company even offers an online iStore for several of their brands. Whether sprucing up your bedroom or remodeling an entire house, you’ll always find a home at California Furniture Galleries. n

California Furniture Galleries’ renowned, quality name brands include Artistica, Bernhardt, Bradburn Gallery, Bradington-Young, Canadel, Century, Cresent, FFDM, Henredon, Hooker, Hickory White, Kincaid, Lorts, Maitland-Smith, Theodore Alexander, and dozens more. Whether choosing that one perfect piece or an entire room, they have the selection to satisfy a wide variety of tastes and budgets.

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MY FAVORITE SPACE JENNEY KIM: KITCHEN The newly remodeled kitchen is Jenney’s favorite space in her home. The contractor, Arturo Mora, from Mora Woodcraft helped reconfigure the downstairs to allow for an open concept. Designed to be a central hub and easily accessible from every room, it was designer Julia Wong who helped her achieve the perfect balance of modern yet functional. The centerpiece of the kitchen is the 14-foot island, covered with a Pental statuario countertop. “It has become the place where guests gather while I cook and where the kids like to do their homework. It helps on those busy weeknights when I can prepare dinner and supervise homework all at the same time!” Photography by Tony Estrada

RAY PARKER JR. AND ELAINE PARKER: THE BAR Elaine and Ray Parker Jr. treasure the bar in their home. Ray likes sitting at the bar to sip on a bit of scotch or whiskey to get the creative juices flowing. The couple often hosts at-home movie parties with a lot of people. Guests enjoy sitting on the couch or at the bar during the movie. It’s also a great gathering area before their dinner parties, with plenty of room for appetizers and all types of libations! They love the display area for showcasing interesting bottles of liquor and glassware. Their designer, Julia Wong, designed the bar area. “Who ya gonna call? Julia Wong!” says Ray Parker Jr.

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MY FAVORITE SPACE PAM MALEK: MASTER BEDROOM “Our master bedroom is our private oasis,” says Pam Malek. All the décor in this room was picked with special attention to detail to create a desirable space where Pam and her husband, Amir, spend most of their time. The room is an open space yet it is cozy. When designing this room, Pam wanted the Old Hollywood glamour feel to come through without it losing its warmth. She chose Swarovski Crystals, furs, and velvets to bring it all together. And the fireplace adds a romantic touch to their private gateway. The couple spends a lot of time talking about their day and relaxing on the chaise lounges, watching their favorite TV shows. Their kids join them early in the mornings in bed cuddling before they all have to start their busy days.

Photography by Gia Garganese

PAYEL TANDON: KITCHEN No matter where Payel has lived throughout her life, the kitchen has always been the central spot for gathering. When Emil Hartoonian, from The Agency showed her and her husband this home, Payel loved everything BUT the kitchen, which was dark and slightly outdated. “After living in it for a year we decided to update the kitchen and I went on a mad hunt for the perfect countertops,” said Payel. After finding the perfect slabs of Bardiglio Marble, everything else was designed around it; they repainted the cabinets white and gray, changed out the hardware to brushed gold, and replaced the sink and faucet. Now the room flows seamlessly with the rest of their home and they couldn’t be happier. Photography by Gia Garganese


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MY FAVORITE SPACE AZZIE AND ARYA FIOUZI: KITCHEN Azzie and Arya’s favorite space is their kitchen. Azzie personally designed and furnished the entire kitchen by herself. The custom hood started as the focal point of the kitchen, almost like the “jewel” in the space — and with the help of their cabinet makers, Imperial 4 Cabinet, Azzie’s vision for a clean, beautiful look came alive. “I had elements of brass in other parts of the house, and I wanted to bring a little bit of that into the kitchen, incorporating it into my island pendants and barstools. The hardware brought the whole look together.” Azzie’s love of cooking led her to culinary school 10 years ago. With three kids in the family, her dream kitchen has made cooking and entertaining a joy. Photography by Gia Garganese


Photography by Gia Garganese


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Part Dracula’s castle and part European fairytale, Dr. Erica Miller’s dining room is straight from the pages of Transylvanian folklore. “Originally from Romania, my design inspiration comes mainly from my European roots. With intricate textures on walls and ceilings, I utilized boulders and rocks for their whimsical, yet elegant feel.” With a style that can only be described as “eclectic,” the attention to detail is in everything from the furniture to the shutters. Although her taste varies from piece to piece, the design has a flow to it; everything fits together like the pages of a storybook. As Dr. Miller has come from truly humble roots, her decadent dining room reminds her daily to be grateful for the beauty and privilege she is now able to surround herself with.

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Laura’s favorite space is their wine cellar. They keep about 2,500 bottles of wine on hand so that no one ever goes thirsty. The collection is pretty deep in Bordeaux, Burgundy, and Barolo, some going all the way back to the 1940s. The windowless space is painted a deep crimson to enhance the “cave-like” feel, while dimmable overhead lights and LEDs strung throughout the racks provide some visual drama. Although the temperature is kept at a chilly 52 degrees, their dinner guests usually end up spending time in the cellar. “Sometimes we can’t get them out — especially during those hot Calabasas summers when no place else in our house ever feels quite cool enough.”

MARTY KLAPPER: HIS FAVORITE: THE MUSIC ROOM Marty’s favorite space is the music room. “It’s definitely a personal space for me to spend some quality alone-time with my music. If I’ve had an extra glass of wine (or more likely two), I might be persuaded to invite some guests in for an impromptu recital. Also, any musicians who wander into the house are always welcome to play.” It’s home to a high-quality stereo system, about 5,000 recordings, about 35 electric guitars, a dozen or so acoustic guitars, an archtop guitar, three amplifiers, assorted recording and performance equipment, and a few images of Fleetwood Mac. What more could anyone ask for? Photography by Gia Garganese


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MY FAVORITE SPACE GALIA PISTOTNIK: GRAFITTI BATHROOM Galia has always gravitated towards a minimalist look. As her remodel approached completion, it became clear that she needed a “pop” somewhere. She walked on this crazy graffiti floor tile while looking for Carrara bathroom tile, and she knew she had to put it on her powder room walls. She loved how the glossiness of the tiles offset the grungy look of the graffiti. She found a modern chandelier to keep the look fun but clean. “I get a lot of ‘this is so cool but I’d never be brave enough to do this in my house’ reactions from guests,” says Galia. “I’ve had a lot of fun with it, and I’m glad I was brave enough!”

Photography by Gia Garganese


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Craig and Tracy Steinhauer love to entertain, whether it’s their annual holiday party or a casual game night with a dozen of their closest friends. The living room is a welcoming place with warm colors and tons of natural light. Their favorite gathering spot is around the oversized coffee table, which has multiple uses. From a place to serve appetizers, play games, or do arts and crafts, it all starts there and creates a hub for everyone to come together. The Steinhauers also enjoy gathering around the fireplace with their kids and the latest addition to the family, their dog Jackson. Simply put, the living room is their favorite space because it is the place where they gather with family and friends to create lasting memories.

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MY FAVORITE SPACE GREG AND ETTY GOETZMAN: WINE CELLAR About 20 years ago, Greg and Etty Goetzman started collecting wine and, as most collectors know, storage became a major issue. After several years of offsite storage fees and long-distance travel to pick out bottles for dinners and special occasions, they decided to take the next step and build their own cellar. The cellar ceiling was designed from an ancient map of Italy and hand painted by a local artist. The space stores 5000 bottles of wine and features a dining area. “It’s the one room in the house where we can get away from the stresses of our daily routine and simply enjoy the view,” says Greg.

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ELISSA BLATT: KITCHEN/FAMILY ROOM Elissa Blatt’s favorite space in her home is her open-concept kitchen/family room. This is the space where her family congregates the most. It is warm, comfortable, and inviting. “I love making dinner for my kids in the kitchen and still being able to watch them play and interact with each other in the family room.” Her favorite part about the kitchen is the large granite island. When she entertains for friends, she tends to use the center island as a buffet. It’s functional and very practical. “I love to entertain, and it is always funny to me that everyone always hangs out standing around my kitchen island.”

Photography by Gia Garganese


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MY FAVORITE SPACE GEOFF AND BETH GREULICH : THE GREAT ROOM Longtime Westlake Village residents, Beth and Geoff Greulich, love the California lifestyle… so much so that their second home is only 35 miles away, in Santa Monica. Their favorite room is the first floor Great Room. It shares views and conversation with the kitchen, dining area, and patio. It was recently renovated and updated with the help of Design In Real Life, a Calabasas interior design studio. Geoff likes the arts and crafts flavor of the condo — hand worked woodwork and Mission style furniture. For Beth, it was important to integrate old pieces and new ones in a way that emphasizes the artisan nature of the space in a comfortable way. Photography by Marvin Steindler

GLENDA GRANT: LIVING ROOM Glenda Grant has lived in Mountain View for 22 years, and her favorite room in her house is the family room. “When we bought the house, it was a bare room. My late husband designed the built-in cabinets, recessed bar area, and bookcases based on how we planned to use the room.” Glenda loves English antiques, and the room contains furniture, art, and mementos that she has collected over the years, many from her travels to Europe. Two of the cabinets were designed to hold her collection of dog figurines. “It’s functional for daily living but fulfills my sentimental nature to be surrounded by memories everywhere I look.”

Photography by Gia Garganese


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Powder Rooms that Pack a Punch! By Tammy Randall Wood, ASID


he powder room: It might be small, but it can pack a powerful design punch. It welcomes guests to your home and tells them something about you. Here, your audience is captive, and you have a unique opportunity to offer them gracious hospitality along with the best and most concentrated design appeal you can muster. I recently found myself in a powder room that I thought was so smart and beautiful I couldn’t resist pulling out my phone and documenting the perfect alchemy of the space. It left me with an impression I wanted to be sure not to forget. I’ve often heard both designers and clients say that a powder room should be a jewel box. It’s a small, communal yet private space where you, as the designer, can showcase your home’s aesthetic posture as well as your own personal style in an up-close and candid way. To design a great powder room, I like to ask myself what’s most important to my guests when they use the powder room at my

house. Invariably the response will be that it should be practical and private! If I’m starting from the ground up and designing the floor plan, I will try to tuck the powder room entrance around a corner or down a corridor away from public view. If this is not possible, then at a minimum, I will try to recess the entrance into an alcove. This creates a buffer zone between the powder room and more public spaces and makes access just a bit more anonymous. On the topic of privacy within the room itself, I find that it is best reinforced when it is possible to drop a wall with a cased opening or even a simple drywall opening separating the vanity from the toilet. No one likes the feeling of exposure in a powder room where the toilet is placed too far from the door to prevent a catastrophic accidental intrusion! I find this simple trick helps alleviate this worry. Next, I like to think about the layout of the space itself. An aesthetically pleasing side benefit to adding a wall in a powder room for privacy is the opportunity to contain the vanity or sink within a wall-to-wall foot-

print, giving the sink its own area to beautifully occupy. Even if a powder room is quite small, this trick can work to lend a feeling of importance to the vanity by giving it a specific place to exist, and oddly enough, it can even make the space feel larger. Ideally, I like to locate the sink vanity so that it can be seen first as you enter the space. Once the layout is out of the way, I turn my attention to the aesthetic details. The sink vanity treatment is definitely one of the stars of this show, so I like to weigh the possibilities carefully. A graceful pedestal sink is a straightforward choice, and there are some wonderfully unique options on the market today. My one criterion is always that there is adequate surface space to set out soaps, hand towels, a lit candle, and a bud vase of fresh blossoms. Another option, and one of my favorite tricks, is using a vintage chest or server as the vanity cabinet. My style tends to be very transitional, so when I do this, I make sure to incorporate a more modern sink application for a smartly juxtaposed balance of style. Beware of falling into the trap of using a piece of furniture just because you have it or simply because you’ve found something that will fit. If you use a piece of furniture for the vanity, make sure the style of the piece tells the aesthetic story you are aiming to tell. One of my other favorite ways to make an impression in a powder room is to float the sink in the wallto-wall space I’ve created and use a paneled cabinetry apron across the front. This works wonderfully for small powder rooms and can be adapted to work in everything from traditional to very modern spaces. I like to think of the lighting, mirrors, and plumbing hardware as the earrings and shoes I’m choosing to pair with my little black dress. I want them to work together, but I don’t want them to necessarily be perfectly “matched.” For example, iron sconces paired with a polished nickel faucet can be way more interesting than if all were in the same finish. When it comes to today’s warmer tones of brass and copper, don’t be afraid to mix them with other finishes. Combinations of tones and textures, such as linen, marble, brass, bronze, iron, and nickel, can be richly compelling. When it comes to mirrors, if I’m cladding the room in tile then I will often select a tile molding

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that can be used as a frame for the mirror or use strips of my countertop material as the frame, mitered at the corners. This unites the elements and offers a unique and custom touch. If I elect to use a standalone fancy mirror, then I make sure it finds harmony with the vanity below it so the sum of the two combined have the most effect. I love to capitalize on the impact of using unexpected combinations. Modern lighting can look amazing with traditional vanities, and conversely, a small vintage chandelier can be the perfect foil to a modern floating sink.

whole room in tile for a “wow” moment that feels unabridged and holds your attention. The powder room is where a minimum investment of this type will always yield a maximum impact.

Because most powder rooms are small and require a moderate amount of material, the idea of cladding them completely is alluring. If there were ever a place to go for it, the powder room is it! I will often use a largescaled, patterned wallpaper or a richly textured solid wallcovering or even wrap the

Tammy Randall Wood, ASID, is the founder and principal of Interior Archaeology. She has designed an extensive array of projects coast to coast -- from seaside cottages on Martha’s Vineyard, metropolitan penthouses and formal Beltway manors to cultivated West Coast compounds. Her firm brings a fresh approach to tailored interiors.

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Once you’ve addressed the practical, be creative and let your imagination take flight. With a focused audience, your unique style and your hospitality are guaranteed to be fully appreciated. Until next time, here’s to creating your own Noble Spaces. n

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TEXTURES, PATTERNS, & COLOR IN TILES The bathroom and kitchen are the focal points of most homes, so it is crucial to implement the latest trends and select tiles and stones that give you the awe factor. Tile has always been progressively dependent on the current and future styles of colors and fabrics. The current trend of implementing brass and gold fixtures in homes has steadily found itself in the design industry, with many tile patterns featuring gold accents. The new Altimetry Collection from New Ravenna features their stunning new Coliseum stone mosaic, containing dimensional Calacatta gold marble from Italy. White marble has become a staple in the industry for its timeless appearance, rendering itself the perfect material to be used in both bathroom and kitchen remodels. This pattern accentuates the trends in mosaics with their usage of white marble and features dimensional stone to create a stunning visual effect. White marble, such as Calacatta gold and white Carrara, have been used for centuries in bathrooms. They create a wonderful allure of beauty and resonate with the concept of luxury. The addition of brass and gold accents in hardware in bathrooms and kitchens has slowly emerged in homes in recent years. As this trend has continued to evolve, so has its inclusion in the newest tile designs and patterns. The Joie and Automne patterns from New Ravenna feature 24K-glass inserts throughout to exemplify the beautiful color of gold. Gold has been a heavily used color and texture in history, while the brass fixtures have slowly come into play in luxury hotels and homes, creating increased demand for brass and gold accents in tile designs. Westside Tile & Stone, Inc., has become a leader in the tile and stone industry by bringing the newest styles and patterns to its clients. With two convenient showrooms, located in Beverly Hills and Canoga Park, Westside Tile offers the latest tiles, featuring dimensional curves, gold accents, and stunning textures. n Westside Tile & Stone 7631 Canoga Ave. Canoga Park 818.704.9222


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There are so many factors and options to consider before redoing your floor, including tile, hardwood, paint, and carpet. Many of IDN’s customers think floor installation should be done after painting, but this is a huge misconception. Why? Because it would be a pity if the dust that accumulates during floor installation ends up on your newly painted walls. Plus, while the installation process takes place, it’s extremely easy for a ding to happen to the walls. This would require another touch-up paint job, which compromises the quality of the original paint job. If you do the flooring first and then the painting, you’re insured a beautifully installed floor and perfectly painted walls, which is the best result you can hope for. When choosing flooring, you first need to determine what style you prefer. Interior-wise, you have the following styles: colonial, vintage, traditional, transitional, formal, modern, contemporary, and evergreen. At IDN, an interior designer is available on site at no cost to help you find the most appropriate style based on the current design of your home. Currently, there are a few amazing trends happening in flooring in California and on the East Coast. In California, European oak with a wirebrush texture in several colors is very popular. The most desirable color combinations are gray/beige, gray/blue, gray/green, gray with a heavy white wash, and gray with brown. The widths of planks are from 7 inches up to 12 inches and extra-long in length. On the East Coast, a European flooring trend that’s gaining popularity in New York City, specifically, uses narrow, 3 ½-inch planks with micro bevel that are softly wire brushed in gray/brown or a barn type of color. Another trend these days is exotic-species flooring, like cherry or walnut flooring. Exotic-species flooring doesn’t just include green-style flooring, it also includes flooring that has self-healing power! Self-healing power means it has a tendency to get oxidized by light or air so the wood color gets brighter or darker over time. Therefore, IDN usually ask customers not to cover the newly installed flooring with rugs for the first few months so the planks can breathe. The trends mentioned won’t officially go public for another five to seven years, so get on the ground floor early and become a trendsetter. n IDN Flooring 7947 Canoga Ave. Canoga Park 818.888.8051


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House of Design

The 52nd Annual Pasadena Showcase House of Design, one of the oldest, largest, and most successful house and garden tours in the country, is currently open to the public through May 15th. Built in 1918, this year’s Mission Revival estate exudes stately elegance and pervades a sense of early California style. The main residence is about 16,000-square-feet, has 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms, and is complemented by a 2,032-square-foot guest house. This year’s guest suite was designed by JULIA WONG DESIGNS, an international designer with studios in Calabasas. Her design perfected the art of integrating old-world craftsmanship with new technology to reflect her chic sensibility and refined, aesthetic style. Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA), a non-profit organization bringing music enrichment programs to Southern California, will be visited by an estimated 30,000 guests. Tickets ($35-$45) can be ordered by mail, online at, or by calling 714.442.3872.

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ALDIK HOME When it comes to giving your space a boost of natural beauty, a silk flower arrangement can make all the difference. Aldik Home — Los Angeles’ premier supplier of silk flowers, plants, and beautiful décor — knows a thing or two about how a silk flower arrangement can make your space shine. The curving lines and naturally eye-pleasing shapes of flowers can add a presence to a room that may feel cluttered by furniture. Unlike real flowers, realistic silk flowers offer lasting natural beauty as well as incredible versatility. With silk flowers and plants, it’s possible to create a work of art for any style. Add a taste of California style to any space with a simple white Phalaenopsis orchid arrangement accented with detailed artificial succulents. The light, airiness of the orchids gives off a sophisticated vibe when mixed with the architectural shapes of the succulents. Any decorative item can be used to showcase silk flowers or plants as there doesn’t need to be any consideration for roots or growing space. Whether it’s a slendernecked vase, decorative urns, or family heirloom, Aldik Home’s talented designers can make any container into a beautiful, silk floral arrangement unique to your home. For 2016, the silk floral-design trend emphasizes bold colors and shapes. With so many styles and colors of silk flowers and plants to choose from at Aldik Home, there are bound to be flowers that harmonize with your style. Even amongst showy furniture, the use of bright, vibrantly colored silk flowers makes a strong statement. You owe it to yourself to check out all the new styles of realistic silk flowers and plants from Aldik Home’s 2016 spring collection. With so much beauty in one place, there’s no place like Aldik Home. n Aldik Home 7651 Sepulveda Bl. Van Nuys 818.988.5970


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GPM GENERAL PAVEMENT MANAGEMENT Your streets are the welcome mat to your community. Your community is being judged by potential buyers, who may find streets in poor condition a reflection of your community’s management and financial stability. GPM, General Pavement Management, is a well-known name in the HOA industry and associations quickly refer out to Gordon and his team to please members of their communities. Appealing to a broad spectrum, GPM takes pride in providing special services for higher end developments, such as Lake Sherwood, Bridgehaven, and Country Club Estates. A concierge service of note is offered via high-end transportation of homeowners to and from their home with the use of golf carts to alleviate any disruption during the paving and sealcoating processes. Gordon Miller, President of GPM, is modest when asked about his reputation as ‘Sealcoater to the stars’. Instead he mentions “Our company was founded on the principles of honesty, dependability, and client support.” With that, GPM has been a proven leader in pavement construction and maintenance for a quarter century. Proper maintenance throughout the lifecycle of your asphalt and concrete can save you from greater, and more costly, repairs. A pavement assessment is an excellent way to develop a better understanding of potential problem areas and maintenance options. Additionally, late spring and summer are the best times of year to apply asphalt sealcoat and slurry seal. A professionally applied sealcoat is a cost-effective solution that will improve the appearance and extend the life of your asphalt. GPM is a proven leader in asphalt and concrete pavement management, from project planning to completion. You can trust GPM to treat your residents with the care they expect and deserve. n

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Most of us would say that living in Southern California has spoiled us. This becomes obvious when looking at today’s California home trends. Over the last several years, most homes being built or remodeled have had their indoor living spaces expanded to the outdoors. Some call it “indoor-outdoor” family rooms or “alfresco” living. This trend is still very hot in Southern California, and with so many new products in the marketplace for doors and windows, many homeowners have recently completed a remodel or plan to in the next year. Many years ago, most people would refer to their family and patio areas separately. Now, this space of inside-outside living is “blended.” With an abundance of new products in the window and door marketplace since 2014, there is a vast selection to choose from that can enhance this space and create an extended indoor-outdoor living room. By using bi-folding, multi-sliding, or pocketing door systems, a room can be immediately enlarged with the outdoor patio room as an extension to the family or living room. Just recently, several more high-quality manufacturers began offering a wide variety of multi-folding and multi-slide/pocketing doors that span across an entire room (>30’) and 12-feet tall. In addition to the exciting trend in living spaces, whether your home is traditional, contemporary, or Mediterranean, you can choose from all types of designs and materials for the doors. The current trend is “transitional,” meaning homeowners can choose from aluminum, wood-clad, or fiberglass with many colors and designs that coordinate well with the current style of the home. Many manufacturers now offer narrow stiles and clean lines to optimize the glass expanse and give the room a contemporary feel. With indoor-outdoor living becoming one of the most popular residential trends today, there are endless options and choices available. Tap into the trend this season and visit Agoura Sash & Door. n Agoura Sash & Door 2301 Townsgate Rd. Westlake Village 805.449.2840


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HOME IS WHERE THE APPS GO Home decorating made easy By Marc Cohen


an technology make your home more beautiful or help you decide how to decorate? Of course, it can! From products that lighten your home by playing music to programs that open and close your shades on command, tech makes it all possible. If you are not an expert on picking the right components to use or perhaps your color sense is not what it should be, take a look at the following home improvement programs. Like That Décor and Furniture is a free app that allows you to take a picture of furniture you like. Then, the app finds it and directs you to the stores that sell it. If you are painting your home, Benjamin Moore’s app also allows you to take a picture of any color you see and match it to the paint available in their catalog of colors. They have 3,300 options. If you are not sure whether or not a piece of furniture will look good in a particular room of your home, try Mark on Call. (This is not me by the way. I don’t “do” design.) This is the work of interior designer Mark Lewison. You can start with a preloaded, sample floor plan, and much like the other apps, it allows you to take pictures of flooring or fabrics, superimposing them onto virtual surfaces. For another design app option, check out SnapShop. Upload an image of a room and overlay furniture that you might want to place in that room.

Looking for the latest craze for your home? Buy LED lighting that includes Bluetooth speakers. You can now plug in your overhead lights and stream music from anywhere in the house. They run anywhere from $30 to $200. Programmable lighting is also available but not inexpensive. Philips Friends of Hue 120-lumen is a light that offers you the ability to choose from 16 million colors and create custom schedules. It allows you to dim or brighten the lights using your smartphone. You can link up to 50 lights and lamps. You’d better have a bank full of money if you are buying 50 lights as they run about $180 each. I’m sure most of you spend $9,000 to light your house. Although, you will have access to 80 million colors. Okay, okay, I might be exaggerating…a little! Since we are getting close to summer, just as you are adding the finishing touches to your decor, I have a suggestion: Sign the kids up for summer camp and remove the worry of little hands destroying your newly decorated home! Stay cool this summer. When you finish your house, invite me over. I will bring the wine and cheese. n

See you on the radio! Marc

Looking for a bargain and tired of paying for furniture that costs a fortune? Check out Chairish Home Décor and Vintage Furniture to buy and sell online. This gives you a venue to sell and buy high-quality, pre-owned home décor, including vintage furniture, art, and more.

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ongtime Conejo Valley resident Timothy J. Ferrie has taken his love of art and design and combined it with his extensive understanding of form and function and created “Lightsculptures.”

“It is one thing to illuminate a room, but it’s another to meld with the décor of the room by way of illumination,” says Ferrie. And Lightsculptures do just that. “Good design is inspiring to me and that is what I hope my work conveys.” Each one-of-a-kind piece is handmade of copper tubing. The copper is either chemically treated or painted and then manipulated into abstract forms that may seem random but are actually perfectly balanced and symmetrical. “To me, each piece should evoke an emotion,” says Ferrie. “The copper is alive. It’s a temperamental metal that is sometimes difficult and other times just flows.” Ferrie’s designs range from stormy and chaotic to graceful and flowing. “Each piece has a personality of its own. Simple things, like the finish, the number of bulbs, and even the type of bulbs, will create different moods,” says Ferrie. “The enjoyment for me is in figuring things out. What will happen if I mix this chemical with that one? The process is energizing and always different.” After almost 30 years as a public works contractor, in 2009, Ferrie and his crew took to residential remodels when the economy took a downturn. The idea for Lightsculptures was born from a friend’s need for a light fixture for her new kitchen. The room was big and open with a slanted ceiling. After an exhaustive search for something different, Ferrie decided to create a light for her. Knowing the malleability of copper, he decided to use it to create something that would light the room while reflecting the personality of the house and be interesting to look at. The response to the light was overwhelming, and shortly after that, “Lightsculptures” was born. Ferrie has been commissioned to create pieces for private homes, businesses, retail stores, hotels, and restaurants from coast to coast and in the U.K. and Mexico. The line includes chandeliers, pendants, floor lights, table lights, and sconces and continues to evolve with each new idea Ferrie has. Ferrie believes that form will always follow function, “But Lightsculptures make that function a little brighter.” For more information, go to n

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By Lori Berezin Photography by Gia Garganese


t’s spring, a time of rebirth and second chances. As winter fades to memory, it is replaced by hope as life rebounds.

From a seed of inspiration planted nearly five springs ago, two women, Faye Slotnick and her daughter, Jeanne Bulmer, bonded after their great winter of discontent to create a new business transforming old furniture into new. And Rebound Furniture was born. Jeanne, a formerly thriving California real estate broker, had traded in her broker’s license for a stint in London. She returned to Southern California to lend support to her mother who was in the midst of her third round of breast cancer. A few months later, Jeanne faced her own breast cancer diagnosis. Employed full time, Jeanne continued to work at her high-pressure job through two surgeries and chemotherapy. Jeanne realized that she was not performing at her best. She finally hit her breaking point and decided it was time to change her life.​ “I vowed that I would never be that vulnerable again. I was going to rebound from this and create my own business,” Jeanne recalled. She spent her newfound freedom healing with her mother. They indulged in their mutual passion for interior design, spending long afternoons watching HGTV. Her mother immersed herself in home furnishings and décor magazines as Jeanne perused business journals in search of inspiration. The two continued to gain strength envisioning their future. “Suddenly it all came together,” Jeanne realized. “I was reading about the resale business and Mom was sitting right next to me paging through pictures of couches and coffee tables. We were looking for something that didn’t require a big investment, and in resale, the only inventory you need is what you take in on consignment from other people.” This was their “Eureka” moment. The duo decided to restore and resell furniture. Jeanne’s husband, Tony, helped them locate a suitable 6,000-square-foot space in Canoga Park. She and her

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Everything Old Turns New Again mother scoured thrift shops and estate sales for the perfect, or not-quite-perfectyet, pieces. They filled their store with couches, chairs, dining tables, art, and more. Shortly thereafter, Rebound Furniture and Décor Consignment opened its doors. The store subsequently relocated to a prime spot on Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills, where it also furnishes expert interior design and upholstery services. The reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, noting the outstanding quality and range of consignments from unique-vintage to high-end contemporary while praising the helpful, knowledgeable staff. The prices are affordable as well. Rebound also supplies à la carte design services with a free initial consultation, providing optional color palettes, design schemes, and mood boards, along with delivery and installation. Their professional designers can perform a mini-makeover on your home, with or without the purchase of additional pieces, reimagining your furniture in a more functional and pleasing manner. They will even employ Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art of placement. The split on consignment is 50/50. Jeanne’s mom, Faye, passed away from cancer in 2014. Her spirit remains at the heart of this business, based upon “up-cycling,” or turning old, well-loved items into new materials and products of higher quality. Jeanne now runs the store with an angel looking over her shoulder. n

Rebound Furniture and Décor Consignment 22045 Ventura Bl. Woodland Hills 818.456.4437 Twitter: ConsignRebound Instagram: rebound_furniture Pinterest: Rebound Stores

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Cheryl Collins Signature Style Award-winning interior designer with more than 25 years’ experience “Cheryl has an incredible imagination and eye for design. I want to live in surroundings that are designed by Cheryl for the rest of my life. In the past, I’ve tried other designers, but I never felt like we were on the same page. Cheryl has continually exceeded my expectations.” ~ Mary S. | 805.479.7777 Visit Cheryl Collins Signature Style on and Photography by Chad Jones | 106 Calabasas Style

Designer Cheryl Collins specializes in individual style through one-on-one consultation to capture the homeowner’s personal taste. Servicing her clientele for over 25 years, Cheryl has a flair for transforming the smallest of rooms into beautiful works of art. Cheryl’s team believes in attention to detail. “It’s all in the details,” they like to say. Cheryl has a passion for working closely with each client and tailoring to their one-on-one needs. What sets her apart from other designers is her ability to mix antiquities with modern elements to create a magical dream come true. Whether you have a small or large space, Cheryl’s signature method is to “go big with flair or go home.” There is no project too big or too small. Servicing the area for over two decades, Cheryl’s accolades include: National interior design award winner, Interior Design Society member, and People’s Choice Interior Designer of the Year Award (2011) in Ventura County. n

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Décor CALABASAS ST YLE ’ S FAVO R ITE ELEM ENTS BRONT MATTRESS At Bront Mattress, their goal is to provide you with the perfect bed so that you sleep well tonight to bring on tomorrow. With a wide range of beds to choose from, you can shop with confidence to find your perfect bed, like the Kingsdown Sleep Haven, featuring the most luxurious and technologically advanced materials. 22110 Ventura Bl. Woodland Hills 818.914.4061

PATIOWORLD Patioworld has a large selection of outdoor furniture and accessories. This exclusive day bed is skillfully upholstered using the highest-quality, marine-grade synthetic leather on a hand-woven, lightweight, and powder-coated aluminum frame. The fiber is UV resistant and cool to the touch even in hot weather, and the resin wicker is textured in appearance and requires minimal maintenance. 419 E. Thousand Oaks Bl. Thousand Oaks

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ELEGANT FIREPLACE MANTELS Elegant Fireplace Mantels carries the largest collection of fireplace mantels in North America, with the ability to create and recreate all styles and designs. Their work draws inspiration from ancient times to the latest modern trends. They can create mantels using their trademark Renaissance Stone™ and from materials like French limestone, Turkish travertine, Italian carra cast stone, and natural stone. 7450 Greenbush Ave. North Hollywood 818.759.4800


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Calabasas Style has perused the local area to locate some of our favorite home décor elements, and we are excited to share them with our readers!

ALDERMAN BUSHÉ INTERIORS “Bar cabinets are the must have.” Alderman Bushé Interiors invites you to visit their showroom to see this spectacular piece that comes in many dazzling finishes. This stunning piece can complete a room or can work as a stand alone jewelry piece. Their design showroom will help you with any of your interior design needs. 1881 E. Thousand Oaks Bl. Thousand Oaks 805.498.5588

ALDIK HOME Aldik Home is LA’s go-to place for all things beautiful, from gorgeous silk flowers and plants to stunning home décor pieces like this breathtaking Octopus Vase. Handcrafted by talented artist Shayne Greco, this ceramic vase features a dazzling amount of detail. When it comes to eclectic home décor and realistic silk flowers, there’s no place like Aldik Home. 7651 Sepulveda Bl. Van Nuys 818.988.5970

CALIFORNIA FURNITURE GALLERIES You will love the inward curve of this magnificent Pacific walnut console table designed by Theodore Alexander. The rectangular top measures an impressive 82” in width above three offset and alternately inverse ebonized ‘C’ supports, all on a Pacific walnut plinth base. Discover the classic furnishings with timeless style at California Furniture Galleries 25,000-square-ft. showroom. 7939 Canoga Ave. Canoga Park 818.883.0890

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Raffia owners Judi and Mia will provide you with a warm and personalized shopping experience. Specializing in apparel and unique jewelry—you’ll find the perfect gift for special occasions like birthdays, baby showers, and housewarming parties. Stop in for their designer trunk shows and rotating seasonal gifts.

Nick James Designs is a full service interior design firm and design showroom dedicated to decorating excellence serving the greater Los Angeles area and Ventura and Santa Barbara counties! Whether you need space planning, staging, furniture, accessories, windows, walls, or floors... Nick James Designs will make it happen!

31133 Via Colinas, #103 | Westlake Village 818.706.1191 |

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AE Rugs are direct importers of custom hand-knotted rugs, as well as a one-of-a-kind designer hand-tufted carpet from their weaving plants to you. They specialize in the recreation of ancient or modern rugs and tapestries from any century, in any design and all dream sizes and qualities.

Aiming to inspire your creativity, relax you, and get you excited about your own garden space – step into the relaxing world of Meadow Gardens, featuring fountains, garden art, birdbaths, concrete or ceramic pottery, and stunning modern or traditional non-breakable tableware.

31143 Via Colinas, #507| Westlake Village 818.889.7847 |

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Teens and Drugs: ADVICE FROM LOCAL EXPERTS By Beth Cone Kramer


arents in Calabasas and just about every suburb, town, and city across the U.S. are worried about the rise of prescription drug abuse and heroin. We sat down with experts for some answers and advice about drugs, signs to look for, and what we can do as parents to help our kids navigate this troubling trend. L.A. County Deputy Sheriff Jake Merrifield is in charge of the Las Virgenes STAR Program and has been visiting schools, including A.C. Stelle, for a decade. “From my perspective, whether kids start with pills or marijuana or alcohol, all drugs have a severe impact on development,” he says. What troubles Deputy Merrifield is a small percentage of parents who sanction teen drinking or marijuana use. He says furnishing alcohol to minors or even attempting to provide a “safe place” are sending the wrong message. The attitude and actions of parents go a long way. Karen Astrachan, LMFT, a therapist with offices in Agoura Hills and Sherman Oaks, suggests, “Be clear about drugs and alcohol and also set a good example. Parents aren’t always careful about locking up prescription drugs or aren’t mindful of their own use. If you feel you need to take a pain pill, call a doctor. Model responsible use.” How can a parent tell if a child might be using drugs or alcohol? Calabasas pediatrician Tanya Altmann, M.D., advises being on the lookout for behavioral or mood changes. A child might present physical changes such as slurred or rapid fire speech, a lack of focus, darting eyes, or larger or dilated pupils. Other changes might involve personal habits, such as chewing gum or mints to cover bad breath from smoke or drugs or using over-the-counter eye drops to hide red eyes. Kids may also become reckless with curfew or start making excuses to cover their tracks.

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Candace Presser, LCSW, is a therapist with offices in Calabasas, Brentwood, and Encino who specializes in addiction and has worked with several treatment centers. “Addiction is in the brain, and in my opinion, I do think it’s hereditary. Addiction should not be treated as though it’s a choice,” she shares. Presser says drug use and addiction are often about self-medicating, and the majority of time, there’s an underlying issue, like anxiety, depression, or trauma. Substance abuse serves a purpose in that people don’t have to deal with uncomfortable feelings. “The number-one piece of advice is to make sure your child has a therapist he or she feels comfortable talking with,” Presser shares. “A skilled professional can help educate kids to make better choices, to provide a safe outlet for underlying feelings, and to help kids develop coping skills so they don’t have to turn to alcohol or drugs.”

How to Safely Dispose of Prescription Drugs: For information about National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, visit To locate a DEA-authorized collector, call the DEA’s Office of Diversion Control’s registration call center at 800.882.9539. To safely dispose of most medicines in the household trash: 1. Mix medicines (do not crush tablets or capsules) with an unpalatable substance, such as dirt, kitty litter, or used coffee grounds; 2. Place the mixture in a container, such as a sealed plastic bag; 3. Throw the container in your household trash; 4. Scratch out all personal information on the prescription label of your empty pill bottle or empty medicine packaging to make it unreadable, then dispose of the container. n

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calendar of events may TUESDAYS, MARCH 1 – JUNE 28, 10:30 A.M. – 11:45 A.M. BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP Breastfeeding support group every Tuesday, free to all moms in the community. This group offers a non-judgmental approach to breastfeeding, guided support in a warm and friendly setting, help learning to understand baby cues. Expert guest speakers monthly. Private consultations available upon request. Located at 23480 Park Sorrento #109A, Calabasas. For more information or to RSVP, call 661.299.4059. MAY 6, 5:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. 2ND ANNUAL GIRL’S NIGHT OUT IN AGOURA HILLS The City of Agoura Hills, in collaboration with 91301, presents the Second Annual Girl’s Night Out (GNO2), an event where moms, daughters, best friends, and all women can enjoy spending time getting primped and pampered and shopping. Sign up at 91301. org/events/gno2. MAY 6, 6:00 P.M. – MIDNIGHT “LEAVE IT TO LAUGHTER” CELEBRATION OF LIFE GALA The Cancer Support Community Valley/Ventura/Santa Barbara invites you to join special guest emcee, Jerry Mathers, of “Leave it to Beaver,” and comedian Joan Fagan, of “Three Blonde Moms,” for a night of laughs and a celebration of life at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village. The gala includes a cocktail hour with silent auction, entertainment, and dinner with live auction. For more information, visit MAY 11 – 15 CONEJO VALLEY DAYS Over five days, Conejo Valley Days entertains about 26,000 visitors each year. With carnival rides, live entertainment, local vendors, arts and crafts, games, food, and wonderful community involvement, it is truly a long-standing celebration perfect for the entire family. Admission for adults is $10, kids 6 to 12 $5, and kids under 6 are free. Located at Conejo Creek Park South, 1300 E. Janss Rd. For more information, visit MAY 14, 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. 3RD ANNUAL LOVE IS BREWING CHAMPAGNE LUNCHEON & TEA Interface Children & Family Services’ 3rd Annual Love Is Brewing event will be held in the luxurious garden of the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village. Event will include a Paris-themed champagne reception with live music, silent and live auctions, and an inspiring luncheon program. Tickets: $125 per person; Sponsorships are available. For more information, visit MAY 14, 9:00 A.M. RELAY FOR LIFE OF CALABASAS The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement is the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Located at AE Wright Middle School in Calabasas. For more information, visit MAY 21 & MAY 22, 10:00 A.M. – 6:30 P.M. 2016 CALIFORNIA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL The California Strawberry Festival is the perfect summer kickoff, with proceeds benefiting the community in a BIG way. General admission is $12, seniors 62+ are $8, and children ages 5 to 12 are $5. Kids 4 and under are free. Active military and dependents with ID are $8. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit MAY 21, 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. HANDS ON HISTORY DAY AT THE LEONIS ADOBE MUSEUM To commemorate its 50-year anniversary, the Leonis Adobe


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CALABASAS PHARMACY CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY Calabasas Pharmacy celebrated its 20th anniversary with a free health fair. The pharmacy offered free diabetes, cholesterol, and blood pressure screenings and provided cancer screening guides, as well as free medication reviews with trained personnel. Located inside Gelson’s Market at 22277 Mulholland Hwy., Calabasas Pharmacy is an independent, woman-owned pharmacy operated by Brenda Johnson, R.Ph., a recipient of the 2015 Spirit of Calabasas Award from the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce for her outstanding contributions to the community. When asked why the pharmacy has been successful for so long, Johnson said that its local, community feel and friendly, knowledgeable staff have greatly contributed to its success. Johnson has watched many children grow up and has gotten to know many families over the years. Additionally, Calabasas Pharmacy offers competitive pricing, great value, and a convenient location where customers can shop while they wait for their prescription, without waiting in long lines.


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Museum will celebrate with a Hands on History Day. Participants can take part in activities, like making tortillas, grinding corn, churning butter, and making adobe bricks and corn husk dolls. There will be an authentic blacksmith as well as demonstrations of wool spinning, historic clothing, and an Adobe oven (horno). For more information, call 818.222.6511. MAY 21, 5:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M. THE EVENT The Calabasas Civic Center will be transformed into a sophisticated block-party under the stars, featuring chic dining and lounge areas throughout the gorgeous courtyard and tree-lined streets. Guests will enjoy tastings from premier local restaurants and wineries while perusing must-have auction items during the silent auction. For more information, visit

june JUNE 2 AN EVENING TO INSPIRE GARDEN PARTY The Village Family Services will host their annual reception and silent auction at an elegant private residence in Beverly Hills. Guests will enjoy appetizers, wine, spirits, and music among a generous display of silent auction items nestled in an exquisite and beautiful setting. For additional information and to purchase tickets, go to JUNE 5, 1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. 23RD ANNUAL CASA PACIFICA ANGELS WINE, FOOD & BREW FESTIVAL Admission to the event includes samplings from restaurants, wineries, breweries, caterers, bakeries, specialty shops, coffee and tea vendors, among others from Northern California to the Conejo Valley, as well as continuous entertainment throughout the day and a large silent auction. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit JUNE 5, 4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. RAISE THE ROOF JAZZ FEST Loving Home Hospice For Children will be hosting their annual jazz event at Viewpoint School located in Calabasas. Tickets are now on sale for $50, including a limited number of VIP tickets for $60. There will be a beer and wine cash bar as well as hors d’oeuvres. VIP tickets include special seating and a voucher for a beer/ glass of wine. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit JUNE 17, 5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M. ANNUAL CALABASAS WINE AND FOOD TASTING AND SILENT AUCTION Come experience California’s finest wines and wines from around the world. Located at Calabasas Civic Center Plaza, Founder’s Hall, 100 Civic Center Way in Calabasas. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 818.222.5680 or visit JUNE 18, 8:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. AHCCC ANTIQUE COLLECTIBLES AND RUMMAGE SALE The AHCCC will host an antique collectibles and rummage sale! Beat the heat and go inside their air-conditioned venue and shop from over 20 vendors. This event will feature vintage collectables, junkable antiques, and much more! Remember, Father’s Day is June 19, so go and pick out a fine item for that special guy. Located at 27040 Malibu Hills Rd. in Calabasas. Free admission. For more information, email Vendor spaces available! JUNE 26, 6:00 P.M. CITY OF CALABASAS’ 25TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT WITH BOOGIE KNIGHTS For the city’s 25th anniversary bash, they’re featuring the greatest disco revival show in the world. Boogie Knights will have you dancing the night away! Free to the public. Field seating on grass, so bring lawn chairs and blankets. Located on the Calabasas Lake Greenbelt adjacent to the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center. For more information, visit Send in any calendar submissions three months in advance to:

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The Calabasas High School Music Program presented its Spring Concert at the beautiful Performing Arts Education Center on the campus of Calabasas High School. It was an evening filled with all kinds of music. The award winning Agoura High School music department presented the Spring Classical music program, which was a perfect demonstration of the high level of musical talent that is present at the school.

WELCOMING BRIDGET KARL AS CSCVVSB’S NEW PRESIDENT AND CEO The Cancer Support Community Valley / Ventura / Santa Barbara is pleased to welcome Bridget Karl as the new president and CEO. Her experience with the Calabasas Chamber in our local community brings a world of opportunities to Cancer Support Community. “I am extremely excited to be part of Cancer Support Community, I am passionate about the work they do, and I’ve seen firsthand how it helps survivors and their families. It’s an honor to have this opportunity working for such a wonderful organization.” Bridget brings to Cancer Support Community several years of experience in business development, fundraising, marketing, public relations, and event planning. Motivating people is her strength and she draws others in with the excitement she has for each endeavor she undertakes.


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Golden Summer: By Pax Ansley

Making Memories at Summer Camp


or a kid growing up in years gone by, summer was a beautiful word. It was a golden time filled with bike rides, baseball, surfing, and playing with friends until dusk. It was a time to be outdoors, soaking up the golden rays of the sun. Even the sound of the word was enough to have kids dreaming of hot days and warm nights spent playing, imagining, and growing. Before touchscreen phones, there was touch football. Before the internet, there was “nothin’ but net.” In time, hide and seek was replaced by Hulu and Netflix. Somewhere along the line, children started to forget how to play. For many kids, summer has become a time to play with electronics. They would rather play football on an iPad than get outside and play a real game of football. Not only is this virtual reality taking away from a child’s ability to use their imagination, it is also depriving them of something incredibly important to their development: exercise. Childhood obesity is at an all-time high. Instead of begging children to come inside for dinner time, the battle has changed to begging them to go play outside. Especially for parents who have to work while their children are on summer vacation, technology has become an incredibly easy and reliable babysitter. Fortunately, there are phenomenal alternatives to keep children safe and occupied in a variety of different avenues.

SPORTS CAMPS: There are a plethora of options for the more athletically inclined child. Being on a team is a life-changing experience for many children. Even those who do not feel “sporty” can benefit from these types of programs. From football to dance, gymnastics to parkour, cheerleading to lacrosse, there is a team out there for every interest under the sun. Most of all, it will get their body moving and their blood pumping!

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are endless. Whatever you choose, imaginations will be stimulated, interests will be piqued, memories will be made, new friendships will grow, and your child will be forever changed from the experience.

OUTDOOR CAMPS: In a broader sense, there are tons of outdoor camps that offer a variety of activities. Children benefit so much from being outdoors and gain an appreciation of nature that tends to be missing in this day and age. We live in such an incredibly beautiful place that it would be a shame to spend the entire summer indoors, staring at a screen.

SLEEPAWAY CAMPS: To foster your child’s more independent nature, sleepaway camp offers an opportunity to temporarily leave the nest. These kinds of camps offer more than just a week or two in the woods; they encourage a sense of camaraderie, creativity, and teamwork, and they also teach responsibility. Plus, this environment is perfect for creating lifelong friendships for your camper.

SUMMER SCHOOL: If your child needs a little extra help in his or her studies, summer is the perfect time to work on those difficult subjects. Without the added pressure of peers and the timeframe of a school year, summer school is sometimes the best motivation. Summer education does not have to be boring as there are plenty of options these days to make learning fun. With bonus field trips and a more hands-on learning approach, a little research will no doubt yield the perfect program for your child’s needs. n

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Brings a Family-Friendly Ride Service to Calabasas By Beth Cone Kramer


ith summer around the bend, juggling kids’ schedules can become even more hectic than during the school year. Isabella has to be at a friend’s pool party at the same time that Ethan needs to be picked up from his tennis lesson and you can’t get away from the office. Typical ride-share apps are an option but you aren’t sure about putting your kids in the car with a stranger.

CareDrivers go through a 15-point certification process to drive with HopSkipDrive and must have a minimum of five years of childcare experience. The process includes extensive background checks, vehicle inspection, fingerprinting, participation in ongoing DMV checks, and in-person meetings. “Unlike other seemingly similar transportation services in the industry, HopSkipDrive is in the business of caregiving,” McFarland says.

HopSkipDrive CEO and co-founder Joanna McFarland says she and co-founders Carolyn Yashari Becher and Janelle McGlothlin

HopSkipDrive’s entire executive team is comprised of parents who are also customers. McFarland adds, “HopSkipDrive is the first rideservice company to fingerprint all of its drivers, and we have safety measures in place throughout, every step of the way, from how we vet CareDrivers before the ride begins to the software and live support team that monitors every ride to the special insurance we have for transporting minors. Trust and safety are ingrained in HopSkipDrive’s DNA.” Calabasas parent Dana Kurzawa has been using the service since HopSkipDrive came to the Calabasas market. “My experience with HopSkipDrive has been positive, and I feel the service has really saved me so much time and energy. I have had only the nicest drivers who are happy to interact with my son in a very positive way and who seem so comfortable with children of every type. I have peace of mind not having to worry about his safety and whereabouts at all.”

launched L.A.’s most popular kids’ ride service because “we were frustrated and couldn’t figure out how to get our kids where they needed to go safely and reliably.” Since August 2015, the ride service has been available in the Calabasas market. “Between us, we have eight children that go to six different schools, and each participates in several extracurricular activities,” McFarland shares. “It was a constant battle trying to figure out how to get our kids to soccer, karate, tennis, and dance in the middle of the work day or when two children needed to be in different places at the same time. We knew there had to be a better way. That’s when we decided to create a service for families to fix this problem.” How does HopSkipDrive differ from the ride-share app you might use to get to LAX or home from happy hour? McFarland shares, “We have created a trusted ride service that we know alleviates a major pain point for parents by ensuring their kids are riding with seasoned caregivers in a safe environment. We do this by matching families with CareDrivers who are caregivers first and drivers second.”

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HopSkipDrive provides rides for kids age 6 and up, as well as for seniors and other adults who require additional caregiving. McFarland shares, “We find parents booking rides for kids of all ages on a regular basis and have a broad customer base across elementary, middle, and high school. Parents use us to help them get kids to and from school; to extracurricular activities, like tutoring, dance, and soccer; and even to and from parties and bar/bat mitzvahs on weekends.” Parents can access HopSkipDrive through the website ( or the app, available at both the App Store or Google Play. Rides must be booked at least eight hours in advance, which allows HopSkipDrive to send information about the CareDriver ahead of time. Parents can also include specific ride instructions, such as school sign-out procedures, pick-up lines, and parking challenges. Once a ride is set up, the child will be matched with a CareDriver and parents given access to the CareDriver’s profile, picture, and car information. Parents may choose a personalized password to share with their children for added security. During the ride, the mobile app provides parents with real-time updates and notifications so they can follow the ride in progress and see exactly when children have arrived safely at their destination. n

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ST. PATRICK’S DAY AT THE AHCCC Guests at the 10th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center (AHCCC) were not green with envy, but rather covered in green clovers and face paint to help celebrate the holiday with many of their follow community comrades. The AHCCC hosts the annual event in appreciation of the community. Attendees enjoyed live entertainment, including live Irish music, tribal belly dancers, and performances from the Claddagh School of Irish Dancers. This charming event included activities for guests of all ages, including face painting, a balloon artist, rock climbing, a variety of inflatables provided by Extra Fun Jumpers, photo shoot sessions by Rock N’ Roll High, and free usage of the center’s gymnasium for the day, with giveaways and wonderful community raffle prizes. The AHCCC extends a gracious thank you to AAA Rents & Events, Tavern 101, and McCann Florist for helping make the celebration possible.


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There was tons of “egg-citement” this spring at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks special Easter Eggstravaganza. Activities included treats from the delicious Sprinkles Cupcakes, a musical DJ and dance floor, children’s arts & crafts, field games, a live petting zoo, photos with the Easter Bunny, and of course, the wonderful Easter egg hunt!

LOUISVILLE MOTHER/DAUGHTER LUNCHEON AND FASHION SHOW Louisville High School held its annual Mother/Daughter Luncheon and Fashion Show, “Who Runs the World? Girls!” at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village. It was another wonder ful Louisville tradition with over 360 attendees enjoying shopping, a delicious lunch and, of course, the fashion show featuring the senior class of 2016!


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Runners had the chance to enjoy one of the most scenic road races in California last month. The Great Race’s celebration of running featured six races, including two half marathons; the incredibly scenic Cheesebro Half Marathon, mostly a trail race; and the gorgeous Pacific Half Marathon road race. There was a race for everyone at the Great Race with the Deena Kastor 5K, Old Agoura 10K, Kids 1 Mile run, and Camp Kinneret Family Fun Run.

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SUMMER By Elizabeth Hunter

Ideas for Kids

At Calabasas Style Magazine, we don’t believe summer should be a boring time for kids to waste in front of the television – rather, we believe that the time off can serve as a reset button on a young person’s mind and inspire kids to get out of the house, run around, and engage with likeminded peers in a fun, meaningful way.

Lucky for us, there are a plethora of amazing options right in our own backyard. Refer to our directory below to find a summer camp or summer school right for you. This summer is a great opportunity for your child to explore new things or dive deeper into areas that your child already loves.

Quality summer experiences not only help kids develop the healthy emotional and social skills necessary to grow into wellrounded adults, they offer a time for kids to meet new friends, hit new milestones, and leave with lasting memories that will encourage them to do it all over again next year.

The cities of Calabasas and Agoura even offer the Beach Bus, a local summer tradition that has been popular with locals for decades! n

Great local suggestions: Agoura Beach Bus departments/community-services-parksrecreation/beach-bus/ Calabasas Beach Bus Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center

Galileo Learning Kadima Day School Monarch’s National Gymnastics Center Muse School

Calabasas Klubhouse

Oaks Christian School

Dance Dimensions

Team G Tennis

Fusion Academy

The Boulevard School

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Calabasas Chamber of Commerce The Calabasas Chamber of Commerce welcomed in the new CEO, Rana Ghadban, in early April. Ghadban joins Calabasas after serving as the CEO of the Chatsworth/Porter Ranch Chamber of Commerce for over six years. During Ghadban’s time at Chatsworth, she was able to double the chamber membership in size. She implemented an improved management, financial, and analytical system to best serve the chamber membership. Additionally, Ghadban strengthened preexisting chamber events and adopted new programs to enhance the chamber experience. In doing so, she increased chamber revenues by 60 percent. Ghadban received her Master of Business Administration from California State University at Northridge. “I am ecstatic to be joining the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce and the overall Calabasas community,” says Ghadban. “I truly value the role that the chamber of commerce holds to foster, enhance, and influence local businesses. The relationship between the chamber, the local businesses, and the community at large is vital. The chamber creates that bridge of connections and communication between residents, businesses, schools, and government officials. Prior to my involvement with local chambers, my experience encompasses strategic planning, event planning, and financial analysis. Since 2001, I was actively involved in the operations of five businesses in the San Fernando Valley. From that experience, I understand firsthand the challenges and barriers local businesses must overcome. I approach chamber operations with that same mindset and develop programs in ways that the chamber can aid members in their business goals. I am looking forward to meeting all the chamber and community members at our upcoming events and committee meetings. I hope to see you all that Annual Wine and Food Tasting on June 17th!”

Rana Ghadban President & CEO 23564 Calabasas Rd., #101 Calabasas 818.222.5680


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BANC OF CALIFORNIA’S CALABASAS GRAND OPENING EVENT On Wednesday, March 16th, Banc of California held an official grand opening event to celebrate the addition of their new Private Banking office in Calabasas. Guests enjoyed cocktails, hors-d-oeuvres and live jazz music and were welcomed by CEO, Steven Sugarman, Private Banking President, Richard Smith, Managing Director, Monica Navarro, and Branch Manager, Andre Sarkissian. The event featured a ribbon cutting ceremony conducted by the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce at the new location at 4774 Park Granada. “Our primary focus is building relationships with clients and providing them with tailored banking solutions and exceptional service. We are thrilled to be in Calabasas and proud to offer these services to our local clients” stated Richard Smith. With over $8 billion in assets and over 100 banking and lending locations, Banc of California is recognized as one of the fastest growing and largest independent banks headquartered in California. The Private Bank at Banc of California provides elite private business and personal banking services to the unique banking requirements of individuals, family offices, fiduciaries, and businesses.

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The Gallery Restaurant

Perfects the Fine Art of Dining By Lori Berezin Photography by Marvin Steindler

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t The Gallery Restaurant in the recently opened Shoppes at Westlake Village, food is art. Executive Chef Moez Megji features flavorful New American cuisine at his seafood-focused eatery. His current passion is eclectic American cuisine, sourcing the freshest seafood, chops, and oysters from around the country. He also masterfully calls upon his Indian heritage to create such traditional delicacies as mussels tikka masala, curry-roasted cauliflower, and chickpea coconut curry, all served in a casual yet elegant atmosphere, from his family to yours. Food has always been a family affair for the Megji clan. Growing up in Nairobi, the bustling capital of Kenya, and being of Indian descent, Chef Megji learned about the ins and outs of dining and hospitality early on at his family’s hotels. He continued to feed his culinary curiosity at other family-run restaurants in British Columbia, Canada. When his family moved to Santa Monica in 1977, they opened Fish Kitchen in West Los Angeles, which he and his brothers expanded to four locations. The chef’s reputation continued to grow as he opened several prime Southern California eating establishments, including Fins Seafood Grill, Fins Bambu, and Moz Buddha Lounge. The Gallery has already garnered the 2015 Diner’s Choice Award by Open Table, offering such palate-pleasing favorites as bacon-wrapped jumbo scallops over goat-cheese mashed potatoes; colorful yellowtail and watermelon sashimi; macadamia crusted halibut; deconstructed short-rib Wellington; forbidden black-rice risotto with lobster and mushroom, topped with saffron cream; and spicy Spanish shrimp sautéed with fiery jalapeño, Chili de árbol, and fresh garlic. Upon entering, guests are warmly greeted by the next generation of the Megji restaurant clan, owner Karim Megji, along with his attentive staff. A full bar, housing shelves of colorful liquor bottles, catches your eye beside the partially open kitchen. Heading into the main dining room, waves of wood cascading across the ceiling bring both water and earth elements into play, further highlighting the surf-and-turf-themed menu. There is minimal art on the walls. The artistic plating and colorful cuisine are the focus. The lobster cobb salad, for instance, comes stacked high with sweet, tender, pink morsels of lobster flown directly from Maine. Chopped cucumber, sweet red tomatoes, creamy bleu cheese, and lettuce, flavored with briny notes of Greek olives, all provide a refreshing pedestal for the star ingredient. The soft cheese combines perfectly with the crisp vegetables, creating an ideal dish for a warm Southern California day. Although happy hour lasts only from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, The Gallery’s creative cocktails encourage you to toast any occasion at all hours. Karim and his bar staff create such cunning concoctions as the Rye n Gosling, combining Templeton rye whiskey, muddled basil and blackberries, lemon juice, and Gosling’s rum reduction float; Mezcal Me Maybe, brimming with Fidencio Mezcal, muddled ginger, lemongrass and lemon juice, spicy cayenne, and sweet honey; and a New Fashion, with the restaurant’s own brandy-marinated cherries and cinnamon in buffalo-trace bourbon with tangy orange bitters. A variety of craft and local beers appeal to your more casual side, while a fine assortment of red, rose, and white wines from France, Spain, the West Coast, and Italy should satisfy even the most seasoned connoisseur. The Gallery celebrates its one-year anniversary this spring. Parties of 10 or more can commemorate their own special occasions with prix fixe lunch and dinner menus, incorporating fresh, high-quality ingredients and locally sourced herbs. Decadent desserts, including chocolate and banana eggrolls with gelato, Death By Chocolate served à la mode, and fresh strawberries in Gran Marnier with vanilla bean gelato top off the meal. Reserve the back room to savor special moments or dine al fresco on the outdoor patio. From festive winemaker menus and casual 99-cent Thursday happy hour oyster specials to smooth jazz Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., The Gallery serves up fun dining in Westlake Village every night of the week. n

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VERONICA M FASHION EVENT AT BLUSH BOUTIQUE Blush Boutique owner Sherry Thomas hosted a Fashion Event at her Calabasas store, giving guests the opportunity to meet designer Veronica M and shop exclusive VM 2016 fashions - exclusively for Blush customers. When Blush Boutique opened for business in 2006, owner Sherry Thomas was determined to create a relaxed and stylish atmosphere for women who love to wear fantastic clothes at affordable prices. Her fashion philosophy that “beauty is ageless� is reflected with her fashion-forward clothes and accessories that are contemporary and sophisticated, with comfortably chic elegance perfect for Southern California. Guests enjoyed great gifts with every Veronica M purchase, raffles throughout the day, and a chance to shop the new Stella & Dot Trunk Show Exclusives! Blush Boutique has three locations in Calabasas, Encino, and in the heart of Thousand Oaks, all specializing in contemporary clothing for every type of woman.


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My friend told me I could get birth control pills from the pharmacy without a prescription, is this true?

Yes and no. Yes, you can get them from a pharmacy without a prescription. But not from every pharmacy, and they are not out on the shelves for you to “grab and go.” Let me explain. SB 493 went into effect January 1, 2014. This legislation formally recognized pharmacists as healthcare providers. One of the provisions of this legislation is to allow pharmacists to furnish self-administered hormonal contraceptives (including the ring, patch, and pills) in accordance with a protocol approved by the California State Board of Pharmacy and the Medical Board of California. This regulation was approved by the Office of Administrative Law on April 8, 2016. The purpose of this legislation is to provide timely access to self-administered hormonal contraception medication and to ensure the patient receives adequate information to successfully comply with therapy. Easier and less-expensive access to more birth control options should reduce unplanned pregnancies. The protocol has the following requirements of the pharmacy: 1. The pharmacist must have attended an approval educational course. 2. The patient needs to complete a self-screening questionnaire and have it reviewed by the pharmacist 3. The patients’ blood pressure must be measured and recorded. 4. The patient is educated on proper usage, with a fact sheet provided. 5. Appropriate follow-up care provided 6. The patient’s primary care provider must be notified. California joins Oregon in being among the first states in the nation to allow women to get birth control pills and other hormonal contraceptives directly from their pharmacists without a doctor’s prescription. According to Board President Amy Gutierrez, “The ability to obtain hormonal contraception directly from a local pharmacist will lead to increased access to contraception therapy for women throughout California. Combining this access with the pharmacist’s role in patient education and counseling increases the benefit to each woman who elects to take advantage of this new access.” Brenda Johnson, R.Ph. Calabasas Pharmacy Owner Inside Gelson’s Market 22277 Mulholland Hwy. Calabasas M – F: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. P: 818.223.8656 F: 818.223.8750


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Silverado Memory Care hosted a Tacos & Tequila Fiesta Event, giving guests the opportunity to see the newly-updated community dÊcor, meet the new leadership team, and learn about their innovative Nexus social program. The leadership team is headed up by Silverado’s new Administrator and Dementia Care Specialist, Miki Lamm, MSW.

SAVVY SENIORS SPRING LUNCHEON The Calabasas Savvy Seniors Spring Luncheon took place on March 17th at the Agoura Hills-Calabasas Community Center in Calabasas. Guests enjoyed lunch and entertainment by accomplished singer and actor Bill A. Jones, who sang the great standards in the tradition of Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, and others.

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Ferrari F12 (above). One of the fastest Ferraris ever built. Boasting 730 hp and 0 to 100 mph in a short 6.5 seconds, for many this is the holy grail of exotic cars. This particular car is the “Cannonball Run” Ferrari, which has gone viral all over the Internet and social media. When it drove into Supercar Sunday, people went crazy. The Mustang. As Ford launched the Pony car in 1964, little did they know that they would light the automotive world on fire. A fast, light, and nimble car, it was perfect for racing. Carroll Shelby was able to get his hands on them, and well, the rest is history. The Mustang, the Shelby Mustangs, and other iterations over the years have proven to be favorites amongst collectors and enthusiasts. The Muntz Jet (below). Made by Earl “Madman Muntz,” this low-production vehicle started its production in Glendale, California, and then production moved to Illinois. Only about 400 cars were ever produced, but they have caught the eye of many collectors. As there are only 49 known Muntz Jets surviving today, this car has become one of those rarified vehicles you are lucky to see on the road. In the late 1950s, the “Big Fin” trend in automotive was at its height. Inspired by America’s fascination with the “jet age,” it was an all-out competition to see who could have the longest and sharpest fins. To many, the winner of the “longest fin” competition was the 1959 Cadillac. Many hot rodders like to lower these late-50s cars and customize them. Long, low, shiny, and sharp, it is a boulevard cruiser that everyone can appreciate. The variety of spectacular vehicles at Supercar Sunday never ceases to amaze the attendees and enthusiasts the world over. See you Sunday! For more information please visit n


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BATTLE FOR THE CAL CUP BOWLING TOURNAMENT The Calabasas Chamber of Commerce hosted their 10th Annual Battle for the Cal Cup Bowling Tournament on February 26th. Every year, the local business community and city officials get together for an evening of bowling fun to raise money for deserving students entering college in the fall. Local Calabasas students who have benefited from the Calabasas Chamber’s Scholarship Fund also joined the fun. The event was hosted at the Corbin Bowling Center in Tarzana. The Calabasas Chamber of Commerce is delighted to help make the academic dreams of many young scholars come true with the support of the scholarship funds. This year’s winner of the 2016 Battle for the Cal Cup Bowling Tournament was the “Little Drops” from the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District. The team consisted of Duane Bodelman, Brett Vollmer, Daniel Ruiz and Joe Uceda! (Pictured on top right photo).

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RARE, MOSTLY ONE-STORY, ARCHITECTURAL ESTATE 7BR + 7.5BA with close to 8,000 SF of eleganance including art studio/bonus room, office, and movie theater.Gourmet kitchen with center island,wine fridge, and top-ofthe-line appliances including a massive in-wall refrigerator & freezer. Grand living room with wood beamed cathedral ceiling & marble fireplace. Master suite features fireplace,walk-in closets,and spa quality bathroom.Home features hand hewn walnut floors, library, and guest suite.Yard has grassy play areas, outdoor kitchen, pool/ spa, & multiple seating areasto take in the views.





6BR + 7.5BA remodeled w/quality. Foyer w/soaring ceilings & wall of glass. New hardwood & pavers. Living rm w/wine cellar, office w/built-ins & downstairs guest retreat. Gourmet kitchen w/new Viking appliances, 6-burner stove, warming drawers & walk-in pantry. Master retreat w/fireplace, balcony & spa style bath w/heated floors & steam shower. Resort style backyard w/pool & spa, BBQ pavillion & entertaining areas. Horse property w/feed & tack room & more. A must see!

5BR + 4.5BA renovated farm style ranch. Nestled up its own private drive on over one acre of manicured grounds. Light & bright 1-story boasts open floor plan perfect for daily living and entertaining. The generous great room features vaulted ceilings , wide planked wood floors & easy access to outdoor gardens. Newer kitchen opens to both the breakfast nook & family room & is tastefully updated with SS appliances & marble counters.



OFFERED AT $2,495,000



3BR + 2BA magnificent property on over an acre. 6-Stall barn with large office & BA, hay & tack room, professional dressage arena, wash racks & washer/dryer hookups. Charming traditional home has true 1950’s character, warm living room features hardwood floors & fireplace, lovely dining & family rooms, cute country kitchen with large eating area & office. Beautifully manicured grounds. Truly nothing like this in this area... don’t miss this rare opportunity!

5BR + 4.5BA With 2-story entry! Enormous living rm w/wood floors, vaulted ceilings, built-in shelves & fireplace! Remodeled kitchen w/custom cabinets, granite,stainless appliances & SubZero refrigerator! Family rm w/floor-to-ceiling fireplace! Formal dining w/wine storage! Butler’s pantry w/sink! Master suite w/fireplace, walk-in closet & remodeled BA w/soaking tub, steam shower,dual vanities w/granite & Spanish tiles! Pebble tec pool,spa,built-in BBQ & fire pit! Existing newer barn/garage.



KELLER WILLIAMS CALABASAS Director of Luxury Estates CalBRE#00966153

Thank you for entrusting me with your real estate needs for the last 29 years.

OFFERED AT $2,349,000

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Sq. ft.

List Price

Sales Price

22457 De Kalb 4108 Towhee 4133 Schuylkill 22446 Galilee 3803 Eddingham 24000 Laurel 22965 Park Ora 4305 Park Arroyo 4321 Park Corona 3700 Calle Jazmin 3616 Paseo Primario 24513 Palermo 5633 Manley 5430 Collingwood 26939 Alsace

Mulwood Mulwood Mulwood Mulwood Heights Mulwood Heights Mountain Park Creekside Creekside Classic Calabasas Calabasas Park Estates Calabasas Park Estates Vista Pointe Mountain View Mountain View Mont Calabasas

2,304 2,739 2,717 2,067 2,831 4,029 2,425 2,416 3,100 1,581 3,348 2,791 5,050 6,610 4,043

$799,900 $974,900 $1,069,999 $899,000 $1,129,000 $2,395,000 $799,000 $899,000 $1,388,000 $839,000 $1,450,000 $1,450,000 $1,949,000 $2,195,000 $1,895,000

$800,000 $960,000 $1,025,000 $985,000 $1,125,000 $2,300,000 $760,000 $892,500 $1,390,000 $826,000 $1,200,000 $1,350,000 $1,899,000 $2,170,000 $1,850,000

3890 Prado De La Mariposa 3935 Prado De Las Frutas 4154 Prado De La Puma 25551 Prado De Las Flores 25216 Prado De Rosado 25455 Prado De Las Peras 25281 Prado Del Grandioso 5303 Round Meadow 5330 Jed Smith 25199 Jim Bridger

The Oaks The Oaks The Oaks The Oaks The Oaks The Oaks The Estates of The Oaks Hidden Hills Hidden Hills Hidden Hills

5,271 4,256 4,366 5,734 6,797 6,745 5,323 4,421 6,049 13,000

$2,495,000 $2,365,000 $2,499,000 $3,150,000 $3,499,000 $3,575,000 $3,495,000 $2,499,000 $5,195,000 $9,995,000

$2,157,000 $2,285,000 $2,340,000 $2,950,000 $3,432,500 $3,450,000 $3,400,000 $2,525,000 $4,750,000 $9,000,000

*Sales represent closed transactions between 2/1/2016-3/30/2016 (Standard Sales only)

Information basen on information from the CRIS-Net Regional FT MLS as of 12/1/15. Display of MLS data is deemed reliable but is not guaranteed accurate by the MLS. The Broker/Agent providing the information contained herein may or may not have been Listing and/or Selling Agent. CALBRE#01491245 Š2015 BHH Affiliates, LLC. An independently operated subsidiary of HoneServices of America, Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, and a franchisee of BHH Affiliates, LLC Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices and the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices symbol are registered service marks of HomeServeces of America, Inc.Ž Equal Housing Opportunity.

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Retirement Path Really Matter? By Mark Wendell

What Are Your Portfolio Performance Expectations? In the story of Alice in Wonderland, Alice arrives at a fork in the road and wonders aloud which road to take. A smiling Cheshire cat appears and asks her what her destination is, to which she replies, “I don’t know.” The toothy cat then proffers the only possible response, “Well, then it doesn’t matter.” While it’s not the type of exchange that might actually occur in our lives, it should be, especially as we consider our financial future. For many people who have yet to clearly define their financial destination, it probably doesn’t matter which path they choose, if they choose a path at all. That may be one way to explain why many Americans are not on track to meeting their retirement goals or, worse, why most couldn’t tell you where they stand today in relation to their goals.

When You Don’t Know Where You Are Headed… It would also explain why many investors focus on the latest mutual fund returns or finding the next hot fund instead of focusing on their financial goals. It might also be the reason why investors follow the herd and flee the market after it crashes or buy into it only after it has recovered. These are investment traps too many investors fall into, even though it has been academically verified that such behavior


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invariably leads to losses or poor portfolio performance. They have no destination, so any path will get them there. If your investment expectations reside in the current performance of the markets, it probably means you have yet to clearly define your long-term financial objectives, because what happens today, tomorrow, or next year in the markets will have little if any bearing on your long-term objectives.

The Only Performance Measurement that Matters If, however, your investment or portfolio expectations are based purely on their ability to get you to your specific destination, you either have or are ready for a solid investment strategy. The only way to measure the outcomes of your investment decisions is to compare them to your specific objectives, not by comparing them to market indices or to some incompatible indices. And only through a deliberate planning process will you be able to choose the path that will get you to your destination on time. So, as a matter of course, it would be advisable to proceed through a comprehensive process that includes: • Thoroughly assessing your financial situation and goals • Clearly defining your long-term investment objectives • Developing an Asset Allocation Plan customized to your investment profile • Fully implementing your selected investment strategy • Monitoring and rebalancing your portfolio

From there, you can expect your portfolio performance to keep you on the path to your desired destination without assuming any more risk than is necessary. And with the right kind of investment coaching, you can learn to choose patience and discipline over hot stock tips and the top mutual fund du jour because you know what actually leads to long-term investment success. So, then it does really matter after all! You will never arrive at your destination unless you know where you are going and when you want to get there! n Copyright © Mark Wendell 2016. All Rights Reserved. MD Wendell Wealth Partners: A preeminent personal wealth enhancement boutique for select clients Email: Website: 805.402.8642. MD Wendell Wealth Partners is a Registered Investment Advisor in Westlake Village California and provides a broad range of investment and estate planning services. The information contained in this article is not a solicitation to purchase or sell investments. The firm does not dispense legal or tax advice. Investing involves risks, and there is always the potential of losing money when you invest. Specific investments may not be suitable for all investors as the appropriateness of a particular investment or strategy will depend on an individual investor’s circumstances and objectives. Past investment results may not equate to future investment performance.

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BRENT’S DELI 2799 Townsgate Rd., Westlake Village 805.557.1882 | for additional location

RIVIERA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE 23683 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas 818.224.2163 |

Enjoy Brent’s Deli take-out, catering and delivery for your upcoming picnics and events. We didn’t invent delivery, we just made it better!

Discover world class dining in the heart of Calabasas, serving Italian, American and International cuisine. This cozy restaurant and lively bar is perfect for hosting celebrations!



MORTON’S THE STEAKHOUSE 6250 Canoga Ave., Woodland Hills 818.703.7272 |

MEDITERRANEO 32037 Agoura Rd., Westlake Village 818.889.9105 |

Morton’s The Steakhouse Woodland Hills is the perfect destination for dinner with an extensive wine collection, USDA prime-aged beef, succulent seafood, and decadent desserts.

Mediterraneo is a top Zagat-rated restaurant and bar serving fresh, European-style cuisine with unparalleled quality and value. Located on the grounds of the beautiful Westlake Village Inn.



P.F. CHANGS 2250 E. Thousand Oaks Bl., Thousand Oaks | 805.277.5915 21821 Oxnard St.,Woodland Hills | 818.340.0491 |

THE STONEHAUS 32039 Agoura Rd., Westlake Village 818.483.1152 |

P.F. Chang’s features a blend of high-quality, Asian-inspired cuisine and American hospitality in a sophisticated, contemporary bistro setting.

This venue is the area’s most popular “meeting place”where guests can relax over coffee or wine– New menu with healthy breakfast, lunch and dinner items. On the grounds of the Westlake Village Inn.


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ZIN AMERICAN BISTRO 32131 Lindero Cyn. Rd., Westlake Village 818.865.0095 |

THE GALLERY 30768 Russell Ranch Rd., Westlake Village 818.889.1338 |

Nostalgic cuisine with a synergy of cultural flavors. Beautiful lakeside setting. Sunday brunch is popular with locals. Thursday through Sunday evening for live jazz and dinner on the lake!

This sleek, upscale eatery is a favorite for its fresh seafood, chops, raw bar, and innovative cocktails. Casual yet elegant, their attention to detail is flawless.



MASTRO’S & MASTRO’S MALIBU 2087 E. Thousand Oaks Bl., Thousand Oaks | 805.418.1811 18412 PCH, Malibu | 310.454.4357 |

Q SUSHI & KIEU HOANG WINE LOUNGE 30770 Russell Ranch Rd., #A., Westlake Village 818.540.3231 |

Mastro’s Steakhouse offers a menu of the best prime steaks and premium fresh seafood, served in a sophisticated, classic atmosphere. The result is a truly unparalleled dining experience.

The best Japanese ingredients come together, creating unique combinations like the spicy tuna on crispy forbidden rice. Experience farm-to-bar cocktails and beer with an easy Asian flair.



VEGGIE GRILL 3825 Thousand Oaks Bl., Westlake Village | 805.379.9304 6316 Topanga Cyn. Bl., #1180, Woodland Hills 818.340.6360 |

FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE & WINE BAR 6373 Topanga Cyn. Bl., Woodland Hills 818.346.1005 |

At Veggie Grill, vegetables are the rock star; shining brightly at the center of every plate they make for you.

Pairing a passion for service and seasonal ingredients with the finest USDA Prime beef and a perfectly curated wine list. At Fleming’s, every visit is filled with indulgent possibilities. Calabasas Style 167



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