Malibu Times Magazine • Summer 2023 • June Edition

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in this issue in every issue Bob Janis and Greg Bonann 32 People: Inspiring story of lifelong friends and lifegaurds Sandcastles: Resilience Amidst Fire 34 Culture: Podcast highlighting the Malibu Bombers Eating with the Season 44 Savoring the Malibu sun with refreshing recipe Malibu’s Best Scenic Drives 36 Revel in nature’s grandeur Malibu Market and Design 74 Hidden gem of the PCH in Malibu The Space Matters 80 A collaborative space with Studio CT summer 2023 contents Dane Skophammer 36 A life practice on purpose Elevate Your Summer Patio 82 Perfect blend of grilling and water features Rediscovering Rome’s Glamour 62 Experience luxury in the ‘Eternal City’ Surfrider Beach 35 History: Malibu’s iconic surfing legacy Malibu’s Dining Guide 69 Experiences for those who prefer both eating in or out In The Know 87 Ultimate Products and Services For The Home editor’s letter 16 crossword 92 calendar 90 ad directory 96 local goods 26 loving malibu 28 last look 96 malibu scene 20 eyes on malibu 93 36 14 Malibu Times Magazine

As the summer solstice nears, we’re gearing up for the longest day of the year on June 21. This astronomical phenomenon gifts us with extended daylight, setting the perfect stage to celebrate life and cherish the beauty of Malibu.

The solstice in Malibu is truly a marvel to behold. Imagine greeting the early morning light from Zuma Beach and waving goodbye to the day under the breathtaking sunset at El Matador State Beach. And what about the hours in between? A serene picnic at Bluffs Park could evolve into a beloved tradition that your family looks forward to each year.

This year, the summer solstice aligns beautifully with Father’s Day and then follows in with our Independence Day celebrations. To all the amazing dads, know you are celebrated and deeply appreciated, not just on this special day, but always. This Father’s Day, let’s dedicate ourselves to creating meaningful moments, sharing anecdotes, and crafting memories with our dear ones, as each day is precious. After all, true celebration lies in being present and making the most of the time we have with those we hold dear. And as we approach Independence Day, let’s carry forward this spirit of love and togetherness, rejoicing in our shared freedoms and collective joy.

Summer in Malibu translates to an endless parade of days spent along the shore. Engage in the simple joys of sandcastle building, riding the surf, or basking in the sun’s warm embrace. Let the harmonious laughter of your loved ones weave a melodious soundtrack, synchronizing perfectly with the soothing rhythm of the ocean waves.

For those with a love for scenic drives, the Pacific Coast Highway provides a stunning journey along the Malibu coastline. Let the panoramic ocean views and iconic landmarks inspire you, reminding you of the world’s endless beauty.

When it comes to impactful icons, Malibu Barbie unquestionably makes a mark. Since her introduction in 1971, she has emerged as a vibrant emblem of Malibu’s beach ethos. Her unique style, elegant presence, and deep reverence for nature have influenced generations worldwide. Her legacy gently reassures that peace can be found, mirroring Barbie’s serene sanctuary in the scenic Malibu landscape.

Indeed, in the face of life’s obstacles, we often stumble upon tranquility in the calmness — those invaluable moments where we’re deeply engaged in the present, toasting to love, and standing in awe of the beautiful scenery around us. So, cheers to a wonderful summer, Malibu. May you relish every bit of the journey, cherishing each moment as deeply as the eventual destination.

Summer is a symphony of sunshine and serenity, where each day sings a melody of adventure and each night whispers a lullaby of tranquility

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Judy Abel an award-winning journalist for The Malibu Times Newspaper, has called Malibu home for 25 years. A former LA radio broadcaster, she enjoys spending summer days at the pier, either observing surfers or paddling on a stand-up paddleboard.


Hayley Mattson


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Mary Abbott

Benjamin Marcus In Malibu, Ben joins the legacy of eccentric, semi-talented writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald. He’s working on a Malibu history book and has an exciting TV show concept called “Malibu Fire.”

Emily Scher With a degree from the School of Visual Arts, Emily’s background lies in FX computer animation for feature films. Additionally, she possesses a passion for capturing people’s stories through photography.

Francisco & Jessica Mondet

As a dynamic husband and wife duo, they co-author “The Space Matters” for Malibu Times Magazine, delving into the stories of local creators whose work serves as inspiration to all.

Elyse Glickman a versatile journalist and editor, covers diverse subjects worldwide such as gastronomy, wine, wellness, business profiles, interior design, and fashion. She was a Senior Editor for C-Suite Quarterly magazine, focusing on food and travel.

Lori Berezin continues to be charmed by Malibu. She brings her decades of writing experience working with such stellar media companies as Condé Nast, Hearst Magazines, theLos Angeles Times and Calabasas Style Magazine.

Steve Geldman writer and photographer with over 40 years of experience, specializes in automotive photography but also explores other genres like food, architecture, and landscape. His work appears in publications like Calabasas Style Magazine, Driven World, and Malibu Times.

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Anthony McDemas

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Malibu Mayor Bruce Silverstein, along with other dignitaries, celebrated city achievements and outlined future challenges during the State of the City address at Santa Monica College Malibu campus. Among the speakers, LASD Sheriff’s Capt. Jennifer Seetoo discussed new initiatives to combat crime. LA County 3rd District Supervisor Lindsey Horvath addressed concerns about housing juvenile offenders at Campus Kilpatrick, emphasizing ongoing improvements to juvenile justice and assuring residents of safety measures in place.

Horvath also highlighted the issue of homelessness and her motion to speed up hiring mental health workers. Silverstein, in his remarks, emphasized the city’s intent to preserve the area’s natural beauty and rural tranquility rather than monetizing tourism. He acknowledged Malibu residents as “custodians” of the city’s natural resources and reassured that every resident displaced by the Woolsey Fire would be assisted in returning home.

City Manager Steve McClary recognized the city staff’s efforts in achieving a balanced budget, enhancing public safety, improving planning functions, and other initiatives. The address reflected a commitment to community engagement, public safety, and environmental preservation.

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Roma Downey, renowned for her role as an angel in the TV series "Touched by an Angel," has authored a new devotional book to inspire people to extend kindness in their daily lives. Her 15th book, "Be an Angel: Devotions to Inspire and Encourage Love and Light along the Way," a New York Times bestseller, launched recently. It's a collection of uplifting quotes and thoughts aimed to ignite the power of kindness.

An elaborate book signing event at the Bleusalt store in Malibu Country Mart was held to celebrate the book's release, attracting a bevy of celebrities and fans. The book takes readers on a 52-week devotional journey, offering 'be an angel' suggestions at the end of each chapter. Downey encourages readers to spread hope and kindness in a world grappling with loneliness and heartache. The book has garnered positive reviews from authors and spiritual leaders alike. Downey, originally from Northern Ireland, is married to television producer Mark Burnett and they share three children.

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The 23rd annual Chumash Day Powwow and Intertribal Gathering hosted by the City of Malibu welcomed a diverse crowd to Malibu Bluffs Park for a celebration of Native American culture and traditions. The event, organized by the city of Malibu, drew representatives from over 60 to 70 tribal nations, reflecting a spirit of unity among tribes. The gathering offered a blend of traditional song, dance, storytelling, and prayer, along with an array of vendors selling handcrafted items. Food trucks and a transformed picnic area catered to the attendees.

Educational booths including the Chumash Indian Museum facilitated cultural exchange and learning. The powwow, deemed a 'homecoming' by Chumash and Fernandeño Tataviam Elder Beverley Folkes, was hailed as a significant recognition of the Chumash people and an opportunity to preserve and share their culture. The support of the City of Malibu was praised for its continued effort in hosting this enriching event. The weekend culminated under beautiful weather, further uplifting the spirit of the celebration.

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Loving Malibu

We asked the locals Brooke Bohm Cain, Dorothy Lucey, and Melanie Mancil

How do you celebrate Independence Day in Malibu?

The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays in Malibu. We’ve celebrated the 4th at LaCosta Beach Club since our kids were so little they needed help getting into their wetsuits. It’s a potluck. I bring my cranberry and feta salad which is red, white, and green. Of course, my flag cake.

And sometimes someone brings flag Jell-O shots.

The families gather on the sand, and we watch the different fireworks shows all along the coastline from Santa Monica to the Colony with often a firework barge right in front of La Costa. So many memories. I even had my first phone call with my husband on the beach on the 4th of July. Talk about fireworks.

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On Independence Day and most days, nature is my medicine!

Being outside barefoot, connecting to the earth and the elements, singing songs in nature, brings me into balance. On Independence Day I feel gratitude for our ancestors who came before us, paving the way for our freedom, and I dedicate my life to help uplift others and connect them to their own inherent inner power, wisdom and strength. My life as a teacher, healer, and sacred songstress is in service to liberation and supporting others find their way back home to the heart, to peace and freedom within. May we all find true freedom within!

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Stephanie Lekkos

I do sound therapy for rehab facilities in Malibu and spas including the Four Seasons in Westlake Village, as well as treating people before and after medical procedures to help calm and promote healing. It’s a fascinating journey. My journey started simply for me. I noticed that certain sounds were soothing and others less so. I learned as much as I could about frequencies and the body/mind complex. I kept massaging the process and curating instruments from around the world.

On the fourth, I’ll be celebrating with loved ones at home including extra hugs for our four legged fur babies needing to stay calm during the fireworks.

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Seda Saar

I celebrate Independence Day honoring my soul’s need for art and for expression, and for creativity from a pure and loving place within! Inspired by nature and the light and space, inspiring compositions. My new work is dedicated to freedom. I believe that the world’s first women-led revolution in Iran , born from the slogan “Woman, Life, Freedom” is an evolutionary opportunity for all of us to free ourselves … and to remember what’s possible when we stand together for freedom, love, and our shared vision for a better world.

Aryan Morgan

I love spending the Fourth of July walking my dogs on the beach in Malibu West and visiting with friends in the area. I give them extra TLC on this day to put them at ease during all of the festivities. I make sure all the dogs have their hugs and cuddles in their little dog beds and their warm blankets so they’re cozy and well loved. As I’m walking the dogs I enjoy thinking about the origins of how Independence Day celebrations began and feel great appreciation for the liberty our country gets to have, due to those who have come before me.

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55 Years of Friendship, Rivalry, and Swimming

Bob Janis and Greg Bonann, lifelong friends and lifeguards, inspire, and mentor their fellow swimmers in Malibu Masters Program

Philosopher Thomas Aquinas once said, “There is nothing on earth more prized than true friendship.” Two Malibu men agree their 55-year friendship is a gift they cherish. Their friendship plus a friendly rivalry are also inspiring others in Malibu who swim in the Malibu Masters program.

Longtime Malibu residents Bob Janis and Greg Bonann are mentors to fellow swimmers who meet three mornings a week at Malibu High School. Before the crack of dawn at 5:30 and 6:30, you’ll find them, along with a couple dozen others swimming laps. They come from all walks of life. “It’s an eclectic group of wonderful people,” Bonann commented. “All of us have one thing in common; we love to swim.” The 70-year-old swims to keep in shape for his seasonal job as a Malibu lifeguard. This is his 54th year as a county guard.

Coach Erik Ran (left, in blue) joins Bob Janis (front, middle) and Greg Bonann (back middle wearing necklace) with fellow swimmers in Malibu Masters program.
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Bonann first met Janis in 1968 at Palisades High School; Bonann a sophomore, Janis was a senior. Bonann recalled of Janis, “He was a magnificent swimmer on a magnificent swimming team. I was just a tenth grader. I didn’t really have any right being on this team. They were all so good. I was overweight, slow, and couldn’t do a flip-turn. It just so happened they had an open spot.” Coach Pete Nelson, whom Bonann called a big part of his life, paired him to swim with Janis. “You swim with this guy, and you’ll be ok,” the 40-year Malibu resident remembered. “He put me in Bob’s lane, and reluctantly, Bob adopted me. Bob was just one of many good swimmers on that team. He was an All-American that year. It was like Mutt and Jeff, but I improved enormously because of Bob and my coach. I didn’t realize just how good Bob was because he beat me all year long, but by the end of the year, we were in the city finals together. Then I realized he was one of the best swimmers in the whole city. No wonder I never beat him.”

Janis graduated, went off to college, then became a pharmacist, but changed careers to become a full-time LACOFD/Ocean Lifeguard Specialist. He retired in 2009 after a 34-year career. Bonann said of his friend, “He’s always wanted to serve others. Making a difference in lifeguarding, pulling people out of the water. It’s more tangible than any other way of service. Having a parent come up to you thanking you for ‘saving my child’s life,’ that’s hard to beat.” Their years of lifeguarding no doubt inspired the TV series “Baywatch,” co-created, produced, and directed by Bonann.

The pair, who affectionately call each other “Bone” and “BJ,” met up again a few years after high school serving as lifeguards, and started swimming together again, too, deepening their bond. The swimmers “dipped in and out of each other’s lives for 54 years.” Over the years, there were weddings, divorces, and deaths of loved ones.

“Life moved on, but we ended up back in the pool three days a week, going through life together. It’s been wonderful having him swim next to me all these years. Every decade or so, one of us is better than the other for ten years, and then the other guy gets good, and then the other takes over. It’s wonderful. We push each other and encourage each other. We’ve been through a lot of pools together,” Bonann said. The two swam in the Palisades for nearly 25 years and then

at Pepperdine for another 25 in the Master’s program with the late legendary coach Nick Rodionoff, finally ending up at Malibu High School. “Nick was a wonderful coach,” the two agreed.

Janis and Bonann said they “push each other. One of us is constantly trying to be better than the other, and that’s what makes us both good.” And the pair inspires their pool mates. Today they agree they’re about evenly matched. “I’ll win a few. He’ll win a few.” The men swim distance races, typically the 400 (16 lengths), their favorite since high school.

“No matter what’s happening in our lives, and there have been a lot of ups and down, we always find solace swimming with each other. If we need a pick-me-up, a swim together makes us both feel great. We set all of our problems aside, and we go kill each other for an hour-and-a-half, and then we always feel better,” according to Bonann and Janis.

“Whenever there’s a 400 in our workout, we look at each other and go, ‘Ah sh**. Here we go again. We’re going to have to kill each other.’ I swim the hardest against Bob, and I’m sure he swims the hardest against me. Whoever wins earned it,” said Bonann. Janis added, “We’ve been through lots of life challenges, but we’re still hammering each other on swim repeats.” The two swim the 400 in 4:12.

Janis, who has won national Master’ championships, serves as assistant coach for the group. “Our Masters’ swimmers show up, get an incredible work out, and receive brain-healthy friendship.” The 72-year-old calls his fellow swimmers a “tribe.”

As many in the “tribe” are lifeguards, the questions of how many saves was posed which Bonann modestly responded, “The better question is how many you’ve lost. It’s zero. We don’t count saves.” But Bonann did say anyone lifeguarding for decades has probably made thousands of rescues.

Coach Janis concluded with his #1 rule: “Just show up,” adding, “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to serve as an Ocean Lifeguard Specialist and am grateful for all others in rescue services.”

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Sandcastles: Showcasing Resilience Amidst Fire

Podcast highlights unseen heroes of Woolsey Fire and community driven change in disaster management

"Sandcastles," a podcast by Adriana Cargill, tells the inspiring story of the 'Point Dume Bombers,' a group of local heroes who worked to protect their community during the Woolsey Fire in Malibu in 2018. The first season, launched on May 9, features a week-byweek narration of the challenging days of the fire and the resilience of the community in its wake.

Cargill, a radio journalist, and surfer, was captivated by the images of surfers carrying supplies on their longboards amidst the disaster. These community members, without any government aid, mobilized to defend their homes, provide support, and manage the crisis. Among the heroes spotlighted are Keegan Gibbs, whose family home burned down, and Robert Spangle, a former reconnaissance Marine. Spangle ingeniously turned a toy walkie-talkie and a trash can lid into an antenna, enabling the group to communicate and tackle emerging fires.

The podcast also recounts how the community leveraged social media to call for help, leading to a flotilla of vessels bringing supplies to Malibu, which was cut off by land. Furthermore, it highlights the commendable work of locals like Dru Jacobson, who contributed by setting up The Point Dume Relief Center for cooking meals.

The series wraps up with an optimistic note on the potential for a massive shift in the management of fire risk, wherein the community partners with the LA County Fire Department. This prospective partnership might result in a Community Brigade Pilot Program, which would signify a significant change in disaster management strategies. Visit to listen to the podcast.

The Point Dume Bombers, known for their efforts to defend and support Malibu during the Woolsey Fire, are the subject of a new podcast series, "Sandcastles."
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Since its discovery by the surfing community, Surfrider Beach in Malibu, California, has held an iconic status. Its rich history, starting in the early 20th century, tells the tale of surfing’s evolution on its sun-kissed shores. In the 1920s and 1930s, surfers began to take notice of Surfrider’s impressive point break, offering consistent and long, rideable waves. The beach attracted passionate enthusiasts who reveled in the thrill of riding on boards that were often cumbersome wooden planks.

Surfrider Beach’s significance was further cemented in the 1950s and 1960s during the “Gidget era,” named after the popular novel, film, and TV series. These narratives, inspired by the experiences of real-life surfer girl Kathy Kohner-Zuckerman, ignited a global fascination with surfing and spotlighted Malibu as its epicenter. The sport boomed in popularity, drawing crowds of eager new surfers, transforming Surfrider into a bustling hub.

Throughout the 1970s and 80s, Surfrider evolved with surfing’s development. The emergence of shortboard revolution saw Surfrider’s waves being ridden with newfound dynamism and agility. Meanwhile, influential figures, such as Miki Dora, continued to shape the local surfing culture.

Fast-forward to today, and Surfrider Beach remains a cherished location for both seasoned professionals and novices, while preserving its roots. Declared a World Surfing Reserve in 2010, Surfrider is recognized for its cultural significance and wave quality.

Despite the challenges of overcrowding and environmental concerns, Surfrider Beach’s historical importance and the pure joy it offers to wave riders continue to make it a premier surfing destination.

Surfrider Beach History:

Malibu's Iconic Surfing Legacy

1966: Surfrider Beach teems with wave-riders in surfing’s golden years. Photo courtesy of the Historical Archives
From wooden planks to world surfing reserve, a century of waves at Malibu’s iconic beach
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A Life Practice on Purpose

When we carefully consider the sanctity of our lives and our planet Earth, we instantly realize that living a life on purpose could be considered a principal virtue. Of course, how we discover, define, and manifest such an existence is both varied and in need of constant revival. When we were introduced to the life and craft of Dane Skophammer, a Malibu native, we could not help but wonder where such a romantic artisan could have been inspired to lead such a purpose driven life? With only a few peering questions into his childhood mentors and upbringing, we discovered the inspirations and family which led to his artisanal capacities and successes.

Grandma Vel, the bronze foundry, and Julia Child merely begin to scratch the surface of where this young man drew his inspiration. Shooting, knot tying, and welding hardly sound like contemporary attributes we

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acquire unless pursued, on purpose. Yet when you are raised amongst brave pioneers still forging their daily lives through the arts and hard work as a way of life, you too may find yourself launching Malibu Sand and Iron, a bespoke knife business, after having been the executive chef at the world famous Malibu Farm restaurant. Mr. Skophammer reminds us with tremendous vigor, “if someone else can do it, so can I…” and his bloodlines have handed down to him an old way of thinking where “there are answers which I can find”; he shares with simple resolve.

When discussing the topic of life and the culinary arts, Dane eloquently shares how he was ushered into the craft by a lovely quote he learned from both his mother and Julia Child, “to be a good cook, you have to have a love of the good, a love of hard work and a love of creating.”

What strikes you about Dane is how bravely he lives out his passions and how deeply drawn in you feel by the substance of his pursuits, which certainly feel absent in our modern/digital world. While sharing time with Dane, we were reminded that when we activate our hands and spirits in a productive manner, what we are giving shape to is our character, our soul, and our Culture. Dane takes tremendous pride in being part of a tribe he calls “Malibu Makers.”

Currently, he is forging with relentless passion his bespoke knife brand, Malibu Sand and Iron. His commitment to utilizing one of the most complex steels on the planet so that his works of art and craft may perform without equality is just another reminder that this man lives a life on purpose. Dane Skophammer’s knives can be privately commissioned directly by contacting him via his website,

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Malibu's Best Scenic Drives to Revel in Nature's Grandeur MALIBU MARVELS

As the sun dances across the sky, its golden rays find their way to the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean, the winding roads weaving through the picturesque landscape of Malibu. This sun-drenched corner of the Golden State offers some of the most breathtaking scenic drives, where every curve reveals a new visual delight. From beaches that stretch endlessly to towering cliffs that defy gravity, these roads are more than just paths — they are journeys into the stunning beauty and diverse landscapes of Malibu.

So go ahead, roll down your windows, turn on your favorite playlist, and let the road guide you through the mesmerizing scenes of Malibu. Remember, the journey matters as much as the destination.

Pacific Coast Highway (CA-1)

No list of scenic drives in Malibu would be complete without the Pacific Coast Highway, also known as Highway 1. This iconic roadway hugs the California coast, presenting drivers with endless views of the Pacific Ocean. Along the Malibu stretch, you'll find everything from golden sand beaches to the grandeur of multi-million-dollar homes. Stop by the Malibu Pier for a quick bite, or take a detour to visit the Getty Villa for a touch of ancient Greek and Roman culture.Free parking is available, but there are no restrooms at the trailhead. Be sure to pack everything you need before setting off on this unforgettable adventure.

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Mulholland Highway

Renowned for its curves, Mulholland Highway takes you away from the coastal views and into the heart of Malibu's wine country. The drive, filled with sweeping mountain vistas and rolling vineyards, offers tranquility away from the buzz of the city. Savor the views from the iconic Cornell Winery and Tasting Room, or step back in time at The Old Place, a rustic eatery that's been serving up comfort food since the 1970s.

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Latigo Canyon Road

Latigo Canyon Road is a lesser-known but equally captivating route. This serpentine road, surrounded by lush vegetation, offers panoramic views of the mountains and the sparkling ocean. The tranquility and natural beauty that you find along this road are unmatched. It's a perfect drive for those seeking solitude and a slower pace to truly appreciate the beauty of the surroundings.

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Encinal Canyon Road

Encinal Canyon Road is a hidden gem that offers a serene escape. As you wind your way up the steep inclines, you're rewarded with panoramic views of the Santa Monica Mountains and, in the right spots, the shimmering ocean in the distance. The road is quieter than others, which means you can take your time and truly enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

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Malibu Canyon Road

Malibu Canyon Road, also known as State Route 23, is a must-visit for its breathtaking views of the rugged mountains and the vast ocean beyond. The road cuts through the Santa Monica Mountains, revealing a world of untouched wilderness and glistening reservoirs. Midway, the Malibu Creek State Park, a popular spot for hiking, rock climbing, and horseback riding, is a perfect pit stop to stretch your legs and connect with nature. The drive concludes at Malibu Lagoon State Beach, where the Malibu Creek meets the Pacific Ocean, creating a beautiful estuary that is a haven for bird watchers and nature enthusiasts.

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Refreshing Recipes to Celebrate Summer SAVORING THE MALIBU SUN

In Malibu, summer is a season of vibrant colors and flavors. The local farmers' markets brim with a cornucopia of fresh produce, offering an invitation to create delicious, healthful meals. Let's dive into five of the best summer recipes that celebrate Malibu's rich harvest.

Malibu Avocado & Citrus Salad

A refreshing choice for those hot summer days, this salad combines the creaminess of locally grown avocados with the tang of fresh citrus.


3 ripe avocados, peeled and cubed 2 grapefruits, segmented 3 oranges, segmented A handful of microgreens

Salt and pepper to taste Olive oil for drizzling


Simply toss the avocado and citrus segments together, top with microgreens, season with salt and pepper, and finish with a drizzle of olive oil.

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Strawberry Basil Lemonade

This refreshing beverage makes the most of Malibu's sweet strawberries and aromatic basil.


1 cup of fresh lemon juice

1 cup of sugar

4 cups of water

1 cup of fresh strawberries

A handful of fresh basil leaves


Blend the strawberries and strain to remove seeds. Combine the strawberry juice with lemon juice, sugar, and water. Stir until sugar is dissolved, then add the basil leaves and let it sit for an hour to infuse. Serve chilled.

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Grilled Pacific Halibut with Zucchini Salsa

What would a Malibu summer be without a nod to the Pacific? This dish pairs grilled halibut with a zesty zucchini salsa.


4 halibut fillets

2 medium zucchinis, diced

1 red onion, finely chopped


1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped

Juice of 1 lime

Salt and pepper to taste

Grill the halibut to your preference. For the salsa, combine the zucchini, red onion, jalapeno, and lime juice, then season with salt and pepper. Serve the salsa atop the grilled halibut.

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Malibu Peach & Blueberry Crumble

End your meal with a celebration of summer fruits. Malibu's peaches and blueberries make for a delightful dessert.


4 ripe peaches, sliced

2 cups of fresh blueberries

1 cup of all-purpose flour

Malibu Farmers Market Pasta

This flexible pasta dish lets you take full advantage of whatever produce is in season at the local farmers market.


2 cups of fresh pasta

2 cups of mixed seasonal vegetables

(e.g., bell peppers,


tomatoes, zucchini)

2 cloves of garlic, minced

Olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

Sauté your chosen vegetables and garlic in olive oil until tender. In the meantime, cook the pasta according to package instructions. Toss the pasta with the sautéed vegetables, season with salt and pepper, and serve.

1 cup of brown sugar

1/2 cup of butter, cold and diced

1 teaspoon of cinnamon


Preheat the oven to 375°F. Arrange the peaches and blueberries in a baking dish. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over the fruit. Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the top is golden and the fruit is bubbling.

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a malibu world

From a German call girl to a California surfer girl, Barbie’s extraordinary journey began in New York in 1959, made a significant mark in California in 1971, and is now set to hit the big screen. Margot Robbie, known for her Malibu-centric roles evoking Clara Bow (“Babylon”) and Sharon Tate (“Once Upon A Time... in Hollywood” and “Don’t Make Waves”) continues this trend by portraying the iconic doll in Greta Gerwig’s highly anticipated $100 million “Barbie” film. Prepare to witness this neon doll’s enchanting descent to earth, as the movie arrives in theaters near you this July.

Among the numerous brands and products that have capitalized on the name “Malibu,” Malibu Barbie stands out as one of the most impactful and financially successful. Perhaps even surpassing the cultural influence of the Chevy Malibu, and certainly overshadowing Malibu Rum, Malibu Boats, Malibu C, Malibu Kayaks, and Malibu Grand Prix, among others.

The original Barbie was the brain-doll of Ruth Handler, the entrepreneurial wife of

Elliot Handler, the “El” in “Mattel,” along with the toy company’s co-founder Harold “Matt” Matson. Those three started Mattel in El Segundo in 1945, selling miniature pianos, picture frames, and then dollhouses, but went on to become a multinational marketing juggernaut behind Chatty Cathy, the Magic 8 Ball, Creepy Crawlies, and Hot Wheels, among many other American standards.

Born Ruth Marianne Mosko in Denver, Colorado, in 1916, by the 1950s, Ruth Handler was a California mother of two — Barbara and Kenneth (!) — who thought her daughter had limited choice in dolls. Girl’s dolls were domestic moms or caregivers, while boy’s toys lived dangerously and got to do all the cool stuff: firefighters, doctors, pilots, astronauts, cowboys.

Touring Germany in 1956, Handler saw an adult-figured German toy doll called Bild Lilli. Far from a conservative, buttoned-down 1950s housewife, Lilli was a blonde bombshell who wasn’t afraid to manipulate men to pay the bills.

Messy Nessy’s Cabinet of Curiosities filled in the provocative details:

The Original Malibu Barbie, Ken, Skipper and Stacey take a drive down to Paradise Cove on Memorial Day weekend for some much-needed sunshine after a rainy winter in California. Photos by Nicholas and Hayley Mattson
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So it turns out Barbie’s original design was based on a German adult gag-gift escort doll named Lilli. That’s right, she wasn’t a dentist or a surgeon, an Olympian gymnast, a pet stylist or an ambassador for world peace. And she certainly wasn’t a toy for little girls…

Unbeknownst to most, Barbie actually started out life in the late 1940s as a German cartoon character created by artist Reinhard Beuthien for the Hamburg-based tabloid, Bild-Zeitung. The comic strip character was known as “Bild Lilli,” a post-war gold-digging buxom broad who got by in life seducing wealthy male suitors.

She was famously quick-witted and known to talk back when it came to male authority. In one cartoon, Lilli is warned by a policeman for illegally wearing a bikini out on the sidewalk. Lilli responds, “Oh, and in your opinion, what part should I take off?”

She became so popular that in 1953, the newspaper decided to market a three-dimensional version which was sold as an adult novelty toy, available to buy from bars, tobacco kiosks and adult toy stores. They were often given out as bachelor party gag gifts and dangled from a car’s rearview mirror.

Parents considered the doll inappropriate for children and a German brochure from the 1950s described Lilli as “always discreet,” and with her impressive wardrobe, she was “the star of every bar.” She did indeed have such a wide range of outfits and accessories you could buy for her, that eventually little girls began wanting her as a playdoll too. While toy factories tried to cash in on her popularity with children, Lilli still remained a successful adult novelty, especially outside of Germany. A journalist for The New Yorker magazine, Ariel Levy, later referred to Lilli as a “sex doll.”

Handler riffed on the Bild Lilli, reduced her bosom somewhat but not entirely, cleaned up her act, named the adult doll after her daughter and introduced Barbie at the New York Toy Show in 1959.

The first Barbie doll looked kind of like Lucy Ricardo with a topknot ponytail available in blonde or brunette. Although Brigitte Bardot began to popularize the bikini in “And God Created Woman” in 1956, two-piece bikinis that showed a woman’s belly button and “revealed everything about a girl except her mother’s maiden name” were still considered risque in the late 1950s. So Original Barbie wore a black and white-striped one-piece swimsuit.

Mattel marketed the Barbie doll as a “Teen-age Fashion Model” with clothes and accoutrement styled by Mattel fashion designer Charlotte Johnson. The dolls were Made in Japan — the clothing hand-stitched by Japanese homeworkers.

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"In 1962 [Barbie] defied convention by owning her own dream house. It was mid-century modern, and so was Barbie. An independent woman. "

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The Barbie doll was an instant hit, and Mattel sold 350,000 dolls the first year at a cost of $3 — the equivalent of $30.95 in modern dollars.

A million bucks in 1959 was righteous bucks indeed, calculated to be $10,315,424.67 in 2022.

From that original doll, Barbie got a life, a backstory, and a future. The success of the Barbie Model inspired a series of books from Random House which filled out the slim figure of the doll and revealed the story behind the demure smile and sideways glance. Barbie’s full name was Barbara Millicent Roberts. She was the daughter of George and Margaret Roberts from Willows, Wisconsin. No idea what age she was meant to be in 1959, but by 1961, she had a boyfriend named Ken Carson — named for Handler’s son Kenneth.

Ken’s last name — and Barbie’s — came from Carson/Roberts, the name of Mattel’s “Mad Men”-era ad agency that was behind the Dodgers’ move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, created the ubiquitous “Have a Happy Day” smiley face and turned Snowbird Ice into Baskin Robbins 31 Flavors.

Straight outta the ’50s, Carson/Roberts and Mattel did land office business selling the doll, and Barbie began a long arcing ascent into the cultural stratosphere that is still going, 60 years and billions upon billions of dollars later.

Barbie’s blazing success inspired controversy and lawsuits. At a 6/1 scale, Barbie penciled out at 5’ 9”, with an almost impossible figure of 36” chest x 18” waist x 33” inch hips. One version of Barbie came with a bathroom scale stuck on 110 pounds (We know what you’re thinking. Paris Hilton is 5’ 8” x (34” x 25” x 35”) x ± 115-121 pounds). Even then, critics pointed at Barbie as presenting an almost impossible and even unhealthy ideal of the ideal female body.

Researchers at a hospital in Helsinki, Finland, argued that a human-scale Barbie would lack the 17-22 percent body fat required for a woman to menstruate.

In 1963, the Barbie Baby-Sits doll came with a book titled “How to Lose Weight,” which advised: “Don’t eat!” Critics claimed young girls trying to emulate that figure developed eating disorders that are all too familiar these days.

The German company behind Bild Lilli sued Mattel in 1961 for infringing on a patent on the German doll’s hip joint and claimed Mattel “falsely and misleadingly represented itself as having originated the design.” Mattel filed a countersuit and it was all settled out of court in 1963. In 1964, Mattel bought the copyright and patent rights for the Bild Lilli doll for $21,600 — the equivalent of $209,500.31 in modern dollars.

Mattel got a bargain. According to “In 2022, Mattel’s Barbie brand generated gross sales amounting to about 1.49 billion U.S. dollars, a drop compared to the 1.68 billion U.S. dollars of the previous year.”

Believe it or not, it wasn’t until the 1960s that women were allowed to open their own bank accounts in America. Barbie flew in the face of that, and in 1962 defied convention by owning her own dream house. It was mid-century modern, and so was Barbie. An independent woman.

Malibu Barbie has been a source of inspiration for many young girls, encouraging them to embrace an active and adventurous lifestyle. Her portrayal of beach activities like surfing and volleyball has promoted outdoor play and exploration.

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Barbie’s blazing success inspired controversy and lawsuits. At a 6/1 scale, Barbie penciled out at 5’ 9”, with an almost impossible figure of 36” chest x 18” waist x 33” inch hips.

Change is a constant and Barbie constantly changed hair, clothes, style, and attitude. Barbie is a cultural milestone marker from 1959 to now. That is why Barbie is still going.

Quentin Tarantino is in love with a ghost. “Once Upon A Time... in Hollywood” is essentially a love song to the spirit of Sharon Tate, a lovely, talented actress who hitchhiked out of Texas to California, and saw her Hollywood dreams turn to nightmares.

Robbie captures the lovely sweetness and Hollywoodelight of Sharon Tate in “OUATIH,” and if you liked the movie, you will love Tarantino’s novelization of “OUATIH,” which gives the backstories to all the characters, from Brandy the Dog to Sharon Tate.

Neil Young once said “Charles Manson couldn’t make it in the music business. That’s what all that was about.” And that is true, although the Beach Boys actually recorded one of Manson’s songs.

Read all about it in “OUATIH” and then some: Why is Brandy such an effective attack dog? Read the book. Did Cliff Booth really execute his wife with a spear gun? Read the book.

Read the book. In the novelization, Tarantino details the path of Sharon Tate from Texas to California. Her first major movie role was alongside Tony Curtis and Claudia Cardinale in what Quentin Tarantino dubbed a “silly comedy” called “Don’t Make Waves,” a movie all Malibu citizens should see. Tate played a bodacious blonde surfer/lifeguard/gymnast/heartbreaker named Malibu. She rescues Tony Curtis from drowning with mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, which jumpstarts his heart maybe a little too much, and that inspires love triangles and quadrangles among characters played by Dave Draper, Robert Webber, Joanne Barnes, and Claudia Cardinale.

The movie is indeed a silly comedy — citizens kvetch about paying

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$100,000 for a beach house! — but some cultural historians believe that the 5’ 6” x (35 x 22 x 35) x 121-pound Sharon Tate was the model for Malibu Barbie.

According to Madeleine Hiltz in for July 28, 2021:

“In 1971, Mattel debuted their new ‘Malibu Barbie.’ In an attempt to make this new doll more inclusive, Mattel designed Malibu Barbie to have thicker hair than her predecessor and tanned skin.

The unveiling of Malibu Barbie came out in 1971, two years after Sharon Tate’s murder. Since then, Mattel has never publicly come out citing Sharon Tate as the doll’s inspiration. Perhaps Malibu Barbie’s resemblance to Sharon Tate in ‘Don’t Make Waves’ is purely coincidental, but the doll continues to maintain unrealistic beauty standards 50 years later.”

Did Sharon Tate’s Malibu character inspire Malibu Barbie? I guess we’ll never know. Tate’s Hollywood dreams became a nightmare in the second week of August 1969, when she was murdered by members of the Manson Family — an infamous incident re-dramatized by Quentin Tarantino in “OUATIH.”

Writing for, Wisconsin-to-San Diego transplant Lynne Pelzek detailed the rise of Malibu Barbie:

“A plastic tan never fades! In 1971, Barbie kissed her mod years goodbye and welcomed Malibu Barbie #1067. She rocked the quintessential California surfer girl vibe with her blissfully tanned skin, blue eyes and platinum blonde hair — even though her roots peg her to be a native of Willows, Wisconsin! With California’s white beaches and Pacific blue waves, Malibu was the perfect setting for a new Barbie lifestyle. Golden couple, Malibu Barbie and Malibu Ken, could paddle out into the ocean to surf, roller skate on the boardwalk, make sandcastles and picnic at the beach or lay out and soak up the rays.Mattel gave Malibu Barbie a fresh look. For the first time, she featured an open smile and her coy, sideways glance was updated to forward-looking eyes. Her TNT face was replaced with the Stacey face mold. She has long, straight, blonde hair with a slight off-center part and a smile much like Marcia Brady’s! Her lashes are painted on and she has soft coral lips. Malibu Barbie was ready for the surf in her powder blue swimsuit, lavender goggle glasses on top of her head and yellow beach towel.”

It’s true blondes have more fun. Malibu Barbie went stratospheric like the original Barbie as she sold the Southern California ideal of healthy, prosperous, fun living.

To quote Kevin Nealon’s Potter character in “Happy Gilmore”: “Feel the flow Happy. Feel it. It’s circular. It’s like a carousel. You pay the quarter, you get on the horse, it goes up and down, and AROUND. It’s circular. Circle, with the music, the flow. All good things.”

So there it is and it’s circular: Margot Robbie’s Nellie LaRoy character in “Babylon” was inspired by original Malibu Colony

resident Clara Bow — the It Girl who Roared with the Twenties. Margot Robbie portrayed Sharon Tate in “Once Upon A Time... in Hollywood,” the same Sharon Tate whose bodacious blonde beach babe Malibu character in the 1967 silly comedy “Don’t Make Waves” may have inspired Malibu Barbie in 1971.

It’s circular: Sixty-four years after Barbie debuted at the New York Toy Show, and 52 years after Malibu Barbie hit the shelves, Margot Robbie will portray Barbie as the doll who falls to earth in Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie.”

Malibu residents know that Hollywood is more secretive than the NSA but as of mid-May, some images and information about this “Barbie” movie were leaking out from behind the neon curtain — and there is a LOT of neon in this movie.

According to, the elevator pitch for “Barbie” goes like this:

“A Barbie doll living in Barbieland is expelled from the world for not being perfect enough, too eccentric and not fitting the usual mold. She goes on an adventure in the real world and by the time she returns to Barbieland to save it, she has gained the realization that perfection comes on the inside, not the outside, and that the key to happiness is belief in oneself.”

Condensing IMDB trivia about Barbie to the juiciest nuggets, Ryan Gosling accepted the role of Ken after seeing his daughter’s Ken doll lying face down in the mud next to a squished lemon. He took a shot of the doll to director Greta Gerwig and proclaimed: “I shall be your Ken, his story must be told.”

Gosling’s Ken is inspired by the appearance of Sun Lovin’ Malibu Ken from 1979, who also wore turquoise swimwear and had blonde hair with tan skin.

The budget for “Barbie” is $100 million — because neon ain’t cheap — and it’s scheduled to be released in theaters on July 21. It’s circular. Go with the flow. All good things. Well, almost all.

"A plastic tan never fades!"

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Reinventing Safety and Security Standards in Malibu and Beyond

From high-profile celebrities to everyday citizens, IPS offers affordable, rigorous, and reliable security services, ensuring peace of mind for all.


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In today’s world, safety and security are two of the biggest topics on everyone’s minds. From home security to safety at school, having peace of mind is a priceless gift that should be accessible to all. Thankfully, the International Protective Service in Malibu is here to help. Aaron Jones, CEO and President of IPS, first created the security company in 2006 to help protect everyday citizens along with high-profile celebrities. After establishing itself as one of the leading security and investigative services in the nation, IPS landed in Malibu in 2018. “While we are home-based out of Malibu, we service all the way from the Ventura County line on PCH to Hollywood,” says Jones.

Since safety is the number one priority and purpose of the International Protective Service, folks can rest easy knowing that all guards and members of IPS go through a rigorous training and selection process. “We have a six-part hiring process, so we make it pretty difficult to get on our team,” explains Jones. “Once people look at our application, if they’re not of the caliber that we’re looking for, the process in and of itself scares them off. We pretty much weed out all of the bad apples right from the start.” IPS primarily recruits from the law enforcement community, the military community, and other individuals who are already in the security business, ensuring that the guards are tried, true, and trusted.

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In addition to a thorough background check conducted by IPS, all prospective employees undergo an additional government-grade background check. All guards must also have a verified and valid firearms permit. “Even if they just got out of law enforcement, they have to go through all of the rigorous training,” says Jones. “They also have to have a psychological exam to prove that they are someone who is worthy of carrying that firearm.”

Some of the main services by IPS include standard home protection, patrol operations, and event security, but IPS also offers armed transportation and private investigation. IPS can even respond to emergency calls at a quicker pace than standard police officers, adding an extra layer of confidence in the case of an emergency. “Basically, we provide everything that law enforcement provides but at the concierge level,” explains Jones. “We have a 24-hour dispatch center where officers can be dispatched at the drop of a hat.” IPS can respond to alarms, conduct vacation checks, and even deploy standing guards on homes and businesses. Between the K-9 division, aviation division, and investigative division, IPS does it all. Having access to helicopters and corporate jets also IPS to get clients where they need to go and fast in the case of an emergency or delicate matter. “We can use these resources to essentially get anywhere in the world in a matter of hours,” says Jones.

When it comes to community impact, there’s no denying that IPS has provided the citizens of Malibu and beyond with a sense of peace and safety that is not easily replicated. “When we first rolled into town, I think we were somewhat misunderstood as some sort of government entity. We didn’t get a super warm reception to start with,” explains Jones.

“However, after the Woolsey Fire, everyone saw that we were simply here to serve the community.” Since IPS had very few clients in Malibu during the time of the Woolsey Fire, the company ended up donating hundreds of thousands of dollars in service to help locals find refuge and safety during one of the city’s most traumatic times. “It was after that that people started to understand we’re really just here to help, and we genuinely care about people,” Jones explained. “Since then, we’ve been fully embraced by the community, and it’s just been so fantastic.”

Given the devastating number of mass shootings in the country, IPS has also begun working with several big-name stores, theaters, and schools to provide an extra layer of security. “We’ve been putting our standing guards at these kinds of places all over the country,” says Jones. “It’s getting to the point where people are afraid to go shopping and put food on the table, and it’s humbling to be able to protect people so that they can go about their business and live their lives with a little less fear.”

While you might think that security services are only available to those within a higher tax bracket, IPS is available to anyone and everyone. “We make it affordable for anybody,” states Jones. “Depending on what you’re looking for, we have plans that start as low as $3 to $10 a day.” That said, IPS also works with some of the biggest CEOs and celebrities in the world. “Everybody deserves the best level of protection, no matter who you are,” explains Jones. “The police can’t always be there for you, but you can always call us, and we will respond.”

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Glam Rediscovering Rome’s


Through the lens of Hollywood and Italian filmmakers in the 1950s and ‘60s, Rome epitomized luxury European travel that was on a par with Paris and London. With endless options, for glamorous shopping streets to ancient ruins, chic restaurants, and ornate large-scale hotels, a Roman holiday was one of the most aspirational journeys one could plan and take.

In more recent years, other major cities and regions in Italy were getting their moment as “it” lifestyle destinations, thanks to the endless pursuit of places that were a little off the beaten track or just waiting to be discovered by the well-traveled. But now the pendulum is swinging back, and two recently revitalized luxury hotels (Sofitel Roma Villa Borghese; Sina Bristol Palace) and a hidden boutique hotel gem (Singer Palace Hotel) – all in historically significant buildings – prove that Rome’s best days as a worldclass destination are ahead. Prime locations, astute and service-oriented personnel, and an element of surprise through small details and big statements in their respective design schemes guarantee even the most frequent visitors to Rome will have a renewed appreciation of its history and charms.


Three stunningly designed hotels shift the way travelers experience luxury in the 'Eternal City'

Tailored for a Perfect Stay

Although the idea of staying in the thick of Rome’s busiest crossroads can be daunting, the Singer Palace Hotel, opened in 2018, is custom-tailored for guests wanting that covetable mix of great location, plush comfort, imaginative design, and absolute privacy that adds up to a truly original way to experience Rome. While its many features are conversation starting, it also has a storied past as the former European headquarters for the Singer Sewing Machine company, rumored to be a secret gathering place for top designers and fashion personalities in earlier times.

All 30 rooms and suites have the trappings of an artist’s private residence (albeit a very successful one), thanks to each office space being retrofitted into a self-contained sanctuary that Elisa Ferrari (the hotel’s interior designer) clearly enjoyed bringing to life. Each one has its own mix of art books, lamps, paintings, sculptures, plush sofas, throw pillows, and hand-selected desks, coffee tables, and nightstands. Full-sized containers of “ambra nera” (black amber) scented soaps, shampoos, and lotions by Ortigia Sicilia aromatically compliment the surroundings. This flair also fills up the public spaces: The lobby is adorned with a silver sculpture built into the front desk, vintage Singer sewing machines, and fresh flowers. With talk in Los Angeles and other cities about transforming old office buildings into housing, this hotel shows it not only can be done but it can be executed with elegance and wit.

Sturdy 1930s Art Deco architecture by architect Mario Loreti (with more recent upgrades from Roman architect Potito Michele Giorgio) insulates the building from external noise from crowds pouring through the neighborhood. With thoughtfully handselected art books, decorative items, and juicy citrus hues, each room feels like it’s part of somebody’s private city estate. The slightly cluttered aesthetic radiates pure joy and makes one imagine she is living in a version of Palm Springs as it would exist in Southern Italy. Tucked-away courtyards, the original “floating” stairway built into the walls (in a marble that no longer exists according to hotel partner Rosa Visocchi (a member of one of Italy’s most renowned hotelier families), and a multi-level rooftop with Jim’s Bar and The Terraces Restaurant add a carefree charm to a city once known for its formal old world hotels.

While dinner on the rooftop at The Terraces is unquestionably romantic, breakfast and lunch menus are simple and classic— assuring pretty much anything you order will be made to perfection. Jim’s Bar, however, is arguably the hotel’s marquee attraction, thanks to bar manager and award-winning bartender Federica Geirola. Whose original cocktails (the “From Jim’s with Love” menu) are as beautiful as they are balanced in their composition. Playful aperitivo snacks that accompany them include fried vegetables (including sage and stuffed zucchini flowers) and curried meatballs.

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Singer Palace Hotel offers guests a covetable mix of great location, plush comfort, imaginative design, and absolute privacy, providing a unique and unforgettable stay in the heart of the city.

The staff are helpful, friendly and will share insider tips to the neighborhood’s best stores and shops and arrange car service to the airport. Most must-do monuments (including the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Venezia, Spanish Steps, Jewish Quarter, and Colosseum) are within walking distance from the front door. While booking a walking tour of the Colosseum and other art institutions is a must, the hotel offers its own bespoke packages for couples, families, golf enthusiasts, architecture and history buffs, and shopping with added hotel perks. And when you are ready for a break and a fantastic bowl of cacio i pepe or fusilli with basil pesto or another seasonal sauce, you can return to the hotel, head to the roof via the glass elevator, and take in the sites of Rome away from the crowds.

Singer Palace Hotel, Via Alessandro Specchi, 10, 00186 Roma RM, Italy. Rooms begin around $600 U.S./night. For more information, visit

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seamlessly. In addition to the sleek but cozy setting, the rooms feature a nicely appointed and good-sized bathroom, sitting area, views of the square, and a balcony along with the creature comforts of the mini-bar and coffee area.

As a larger hotel, the property is very family friendly, offers a full gym and spa area, and features a prolific concierge service with tours encompassing the city as well as other properties in the Sina family portfolio throughout Italy. For those opting to wander Rome’s streets on their own, the location is a short 20-35 minute walk to the most noteworthy landmarks, museums, shopping areas, and several of the city’s top restaurants.

Il Vizio Restaurant and Bar, which has taken over the rooftop and surrounding terrace, is poised to be a formidable challenger to other fine dining institutions through its inventive dishes that hit all the right notes in the way the kitchen combines eastern and western influences. Under the direction of chef Andrea Marella, updated Italian standbys work harmoniously with sushi and small bites influenced by other parts of the Mediterranean. Case in point: The standout white chocolate and cardamom tiramisu. Fantastic views, sleek bar area, exceptional original cocktails, and a lovely, welcoming staff add to the experience.

The Sina Bernini Bristol is the newest iteration of a legendary grand hotel opened in 1874 and named in part for architect and sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Acquired by the Bocca family (another hotelier family of note) and reopened in 2022, it has a fresh boutique hotel character yet remains the only five-star property on Piazza Barberini Square (where the sculptor’s Triton Fountain sits). And while it is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, it is still very much a family affair in terms of its management and the way the hotel was reinventing and expanded for savvy, modern travelers, according to Francesco Salvo, Sina’s brand strategy manager.

“We spent over €10 million over the last two years between buying the building next door — a former bank — and renovating the design,” says Salvo over espresso inside the lobby bar, an oasis of plush seating in blue and green velvets and dark wood tables. “We worked with the architect who also did our hotel on the Grand Canal in Venice and our Milan property. While he can be a challenge to work with, my mother says that’s a part of his genius...she knows what she’s talking about as she oversees many aspects of our hotels’ interior design and style. You can see stairs that show how the two buildings are connected between our breakfast room and our rooftop Il Vizio Restaurant and Bar. We also opened up this area (the lobby), allowing sunlight to come in during the day.”

Attention to small details and an emphasis on color and light, even in the hallways, runs throughout the hotel and its 134 rooms. Individual rooms not only offer panoramic views of the square and neighborhood, but also a creative fusion of baroque, Mid-Century modern, and present day aesthetics with a rich color scheme and gorgeously textured fabrics that allows these elements to blend

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Sina Bernini Bristol, Piazza Barberini, 23 - 00187: Rooms begin at around $500/Night. For more information, visit

The French connection…

Travelers who want it both ways – a central location that’s just a little bit outside the tourist hub – will appreciate the Sofitel Roma Villa Borghese, which sits in a tidy and elegant residential neighborhood skirting the Villa Borghese Museum (also requiring a reservation…and worth it) and Villa Medici park, and other key cultural sites, walking paths, and beautiful places to sit and enjoy a picnic lunch. If you find that the neighborhood and the building have a bit of a French sensibility, this is no accident. Enter the lobby, and you’ll find a beautiful convergence of Parisian and Roman chic, from the fashion-inspired artwork to the jewel-toned color palette to displays of Aqua di Parma and Diptyque fragrance goods.

78 rooms and suites continue the theme, with renaissance-inspired ceiling frescoes and a backdrop of blonde woods, white and gray walls, and pops of orange and bright blue framing high-fashion art photography and statement furnishings. According to general manager Manuela Rampado, the hotel’s current design is the apt vision of architect and designer Jean-Philippe Nuel, who is originally from Paris but spent several of his university years studying art in Italy and took a lot of what he absorbed back to Paris and into his career.

“The late 19th-century palazzo was remodeled to bring a Sofitel experience to Rome beginning for its planned opening in 2019, with a few updates pandemic to refine the interior and exterior’s visual ‘wow’ factor when we reopened in July 2021,” says Rampado. “You’re in the middle of everything, even though you are in a hidden location in an exclusive residential area. You are not just visiting Rome and

Europe... you’re living it!”

While Settimo, its 7th floor restaurant, dresses up for dinner, it is an ideal spot for a first breakfast in Rome thanks to almost-360 degree views of the city center that includes Vatican City. One can plan a full day of sightseeing by just walking out onto the patio and viewing Rome’s most noteworthy historic buildings and neighborhoods laid out like an illustrated map. The patio feel flows inside with its fresh, garden-inspired hues and lighting fixtures. The breakfast spread is a harmonious blend of Parisian and Roman, with French butter and bruschetta at the bread station, perfectly cooked omelets to order, and a carefully curated selection of cheese and charcuterie. Dinner is an adventure in itself, with executive chef Giuseppe D’Alessio bringing modern touches to Roman cuisine.

“We wanted to keep the restaurants very much local, so our focus is Roman cuisine,” continues Rampado. “Chef Giuseppe did a lot of research on traditional Roman dishes and those from the south of Italy, and while some of the dishes are elevated from their origins, the flavors and recipes retain their integrity.”

Like all Sofitels in major cities worldwide, Sofitel Borghese Rome is noted for going beyond lodging and acting as a glamorous base camp for a variety of urban adventures and activities. The run the gamut from a day cruising in luxury supercars, to yoga in the gardens of the Villa Borghese and Giardino degli Aranci, to a bracing running tour through Roman ruins, a fashion experience with wardrobe styling and stops at historical boutiques, to highly customized food tours. The former is noteworthy as they are offered in collaboration with Daverro Rome ( Lauren Caramico, its Americanborn founder and former NYC ad executive, builds her custom food tours for Sofitel Guests based on her firm grasp on the city’s most worthwhile restaurant, food shops, and bars.

Sofitel Borghese Rome, Via Lombardi, 47: Room rates start around $490 U.S./night. For more information and reservations, visit

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n the face of the destructive Woolsey Fire and a global pandemic, The Vitamin Barn in Malibu still prospers, thanks to the unwavering resolve of its resolute founder, Gene Arnold, along with the unparalleled dedication of his staff and the unwaning support of his customers.

Gene opened Malibu’s one-stop-shop for holistic health three decades ago. It has since grown to be an essential part of the community. It was difficult maintaining momentum after the Woolsey Fire of 2018, when many locals were forced to relocate. Then the pandemic hit, greatly decreasing traffic to brick and mortar stores, and Gene realized he had to shutter. Fortunately faithful customers, fellow workers and fate had other plans.

“The response to my going out of business

Iwas like God doing for me what I couldn’t do for myself,” recalls Gene. “So many good people left town following the Woolsey Fire. This continued throughout when my lease was up. It seemed like closing was our only option.” Although Gene resigned himself to moving on, clearly the community hadn’t. “People kept coming into the store crying, not wanting us to leave. I didn’t know what to do. It truly changed me. I didn’t have money to rebuild somewhere else, so I decided to challenge the landlord on social media to renegotiate the store’s lease so we could stay. And he did!”

Instead of closing, Gene remodeled the shop. “It hasn’t been easy. Fortunately, my commitment to our staff, many of whom I’ve worked with for decades, plus our dedication to sourcing the best holistic health products available, has made all the difference. Things are slowly turning around.”

Gene looks forward to working directly with health educators to increase his product

The Vitamin Barn is open seven days a week. From beneficial supplements and healing tonics to freshly made juices, smoothies, wraps, and more, Gene and his dedicated staff look forward to serving the local community and beyond for decades to come.

The Vitamin Barn 23823 Malibu Road #600, Malibu• 310.317.4833
Raw Juice Vegan Food Beauty Supplies More! Included a huge selection of nutrition products and health products. 23823 West Malibu Rd. (Next to Ralphs) Malibu, CA 90265
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dining guide the MALIBU

Blue Bottle Coffee

23401 Civic Center Way, Malibu 510.653.3394

Broad Street Oyster Co.

23359 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu 424.644.0131

Bui Sushi

23733 Malibu Road, Malibu 310.456.1500

Cafe Habana

3939 Cross Creek Road, Malibu 310.317.0300

Caffe Luxxe

22333 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu 310.394.2222

Calamigos Beach Club

327 S Latigo Canyon Road, Malibu 818.575.4400

Cholada Thai Beach Cuisine

18763 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu 310.317.0026

The Cliffdiver

21337 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu 424.235.2595

Country Kitchen

21239 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu 310.456.8708

D’Amores Pizza

Carbon Beach 22601 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu 310.317.4500

Duke’s Malibu

21150 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu 310.317.0777

Fish Grill Malibu

22935 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu 310.456.8585


27400 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu 310.457.1519

Gladstones Restaurant 17300 Pacific Coast Hwy. Pacific Palisades 310.454.3474

Gravina Malibu

28925 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu 310.457.0711

Howdy’s Sonrisa Cafe

23401 Civic Center Way, Malibu 310.579.7549

John’s Garden

3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu 310.456.8377

Kristy’s Village Cafe

30745 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu 310.457.1018

Le Cafe de la Plage

29169 Heathercliff Road, Malibu 310.457.3380

Lily’s Malibu

29211 Heathercliff Road, Malibu 310.457.3745

Lucky’s Malibu

3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu 310.317.0099

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Malibu Brewing Co.

Trancas Country Market

30745 E. Pacific Coast Highway R4 310.684.2408

Malibu Farm Cafe & Restaurant

23000 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu Cafe 310.456.1112 Restaurant: 310.456.8850

Malibu Mutts Grill

3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu 310.456.1211

Malibu Seafood 25653 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu 310.456.3430

Malibu Yogurt & Ice Cream 23755 Malibu Road, Malibu 310.456.3522

Marmalade Cafe

3894 Cross Creek Road, Malibu 310.317.4242

Mastro’s Ocean Club

18412 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu 310.454.4357


20356 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu 310.456.3010

Neptune’s Net 42505 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu 310.457.3095

Nicolas Eatery 22333 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu 424.644.0614

Nobu Malibu 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu 310.317.9140

Old Place 29983 Mulholland Hwy., Agoura Hills 818.706.9001

Ollo 23750 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu 310.317.1444

Paradise Cove Beach Cafe 28128 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu 310.457.2503

Reel Inn Malibu

18661 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu 310.456.8221

Rock Store

30354 Mulholland Hwy., Cornell 818.889.1311

Saddle Peak Lodge

419 Cold Canyon Road, Calabasas 818.222.3888

Sparrow Cafe 23847 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu 310.456.3313

Spruzzo’s Restaurant & Bar

29575 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu 310.457.8282

The Sunset Restaurant 6800 Westward Beach Road, Malibu 310.589.1007

Taverna Tony 23410 Civic Center Way, Malibu 310.317.9667

Tramonto Bistro Malibu

22235 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu 310.317.6769

V’s restaurant + bar

22821 Pacific Coast Hwy., Malibu 310.456.3828

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Malibu's premier home design curation

ome is where the heart is. In this great big world, which continues to shrink as we get on in years, we find home in the being, the doing, and the dreaming. Sometimes we are right at home. Sometimes we are building our home. Sometimes we are dreaming and designing our home. There are elements of our childhood and experiences we bring with us into our professional craft or furnishing our home resonate with us in a way that connects us with a memory or a relationship that defines our entire lives.

Together, as the professionals in varied stages of our lives, we co-create the world. Our collaboration of these skills and developed talents, and our ability to communicate and connect the ideas, materials, and concepts across disciplines, manifests as the story of our lives through policy, process and engineering to craftsmanship, determination, and creativity.

Our MalibuHome section is born of this spirit to bring the genius behind the craft to those looking for that spark of inspiration or cornerstone of design to begin a new plan or finalize a project. We try to convey more than just the materials and finished product, but the story of the grind that challenges each of us to overcome our previous limitations and set a new personal best for ourselves on our journey.

For us, this journey of MalibuHome is only the beginning. The rich history, the diverse nature, and the ecclectic designs that line the beachfronts, pepper the hills, and hide in the canyons are all part of this story of Home. The grandeur built over the past century — what has stood the test of fire and flood, and what has been lost to natures furies — is a testament that calls for its tale to be told and kept to inspire the next generation of designers, builders, and dreamers.

To that end, we embark on the incredible journey to find, collect, and curate the story of MalibuHome for a first edition to publish in 2024 of a standalone magazine of supreme quality and character deserving of the quality and character that is the story of our Malibu homes. We are excited to present what will be a bookshelf staple in the finest Malibu homes and a collector’s item for design and decor afficianados. For now, enjoy this special section of MalibuHome.

contents Malibu Market Design 74 Indoor-outdoor design and decor The Space Matters 80 Collaborative space Elevate Your Summer Patio 82 Grilling and outdoor water features In The Know 87 Ultimate products and services
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From its South African roots to a thriving hub for world-class design and decor, Malibu Market Design is the hidden gem of the Pacific Coast Highway, fostering a unique blend of style and craftsmanship to enhance the Malibu lifestyle

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Eytan Levin

With 35 years in California and South African roots, his brand blends global crafts and furniture. His distinctive approach to coastal contemporary design and organic material fusion stands out.

Looking up at the world from South Africa, the earth above is wide open for the adventurous soul seeking life in its purest form, and the journey Eytan Levin took to manifest the property on the north hillside of PCH known as Malibu Market Design is reflective of a life of adventure and sense of home and peace.

Malibu Market and Design celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. With an eye for design and a unique background, which originated in South Africa, Eytan has assembled a talented international team of designers, sales, and marketing consultants to develop a home decor center.

“We try to bring them one way of life, and one lifestyle that we believe fits the mold for a lot of different style homes in Malibu.”
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The 1.5-acre terraced home decor and design spread is a slice of Malibu paradise. From the ground floor, MMD is a menagerie of local goods like kitchenware and candles to tables, chairs, and outdoor furniture sourced from everywhere in the world displayed indoors and outdoors on four elevated terraces. Eytan sources MMD products from anywhere he finds the quality that fits the Malibu lifestyle as well as that which provides his interior design team with the material to make MMD clients’ dreams come true.

From hardworking roots, Eytan found his way from South Africa to Malibu via of Santa Monica, leveraging a career in real estate and a share of a family business. Family was pivotal for Eytan, who praised his parents for a strong work ethic and noted the discipline received in Catholic School. South Africa schooling and society were demanding, and kids were “forced to have manners ... and you had to act that way; otherwise, there were big consequences.”

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Malibu Market and Design curates a unique blend of minimalist Italian upholstery and rare finds from around the world, infusing living spaces with distinct aesthetics that tell your personal story.

When he was a child, his family immigrated to America from South Africa, and Eytan explained in a contemplative South African accent that he learned “a whole new way of life.”

“The support of my parents and my family throughout my life and business career has been instrumental in where I am today,” Eytan shared. “The second-most pivotal experience was my move from Los Angeles to Malibu and being immersed in nature.”

Eytan purchased a fire rebuild home after the Malibu-Calabasas fire of 1996, which burned more than 13,000 acres.

“Everything was just coming back,” Eytan said about the time he purchased his property in Malibu.

Eytan’s roots in Malibu grew just as the chaparral and other vegetation grew back on the Santa Monica

Mountains after the devestating fires. It was at this time that the vision of a unique international market for Malibu came into being.

Eytan described the early visions of MMD as if it were yesterday.

“Malibu Market was more a dream discussion I had with [Steve],” Eytan explained. “We had this vision together to find unique product from around the world that wasn’t available in the United States and make it available to people here in Malibu.”

The grounds of the 1.5 acre terraced design center are filled with a variety of interesting pieces.

“It’s a lifestyle,” Eytan said of the experience at MMD. “It’s the relaxed shopping experience where one can immerse oneself in furniture, art, and accessories from around the world.”

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We had this vision together to find unique product from around the world that wasn't available in the United States and make it available to people here in Malibu. It's a lifestyle.

Products are regularly restocked and reorganized to provide a new experience every visit. This is “Malibu” — being immersed in a very indoor-outdoor lifestyle.

“Most people that come in, who have never been here, have the same exclamation, ‘I’ve been in Malibu for 30 years, and I never knew this existed,’” Eytan expressed, “and suddenly those people become repeat customers or they tell friends. A lot of people we’ve been doing business with for many years, keep coming back, keep looking for something different. And we keep trying to change it so that it continually has a small change. But doesn’t morph into anything different. It’s organic, but there’s newness.”

The team at Malibu Market and Design works together from concept to completion to bring the homeowner’s ideas to life.

“The perfect client is the person starting a new project from scratch ... we work together from the beginning,” Eytan said in describing the MMD process. “We plan the whole experience together.”

Eytan’s time as a real estate agent developed his taste for design and quality, and he applies his experience to leave a legacy for upcoming and young designers who work for him.

“In the end, you are only as good as the people around you,” Eytan said. “I could never achieve success without the contribution of each and every one of the team who work here.”

The team at Malibu Market and Design brings flavors from around the world to create a recipe for success in the design and furnishing of homes in and around Malibu, with a personal touch that is a unique experience every time.

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“Every one on our team is from another part of the world,” Eytan said, “which is fantastic because they all come from different ways of life, in different architecture, and they’ve got something different to bring to the table. It makes us unique. The difficulty in it is having to take that and somehow blend that together with where we live.

“Our team takes on challenges from our many clients who have homes from the beachfront to the canyons of Malibu and surrounding areas. They come to us with diverse projects ranging from a piece of land — which entails planning, city permits, furnishings, etc. to a remodel or simply a refresh of furnishing a single room. We plan and implement each and every project with the same intensity and enthusiasm for every client’s overall satisfaction.”

Malibu Market and Design sits one block from Pepperdine University, and the location on PCH makes for a 15- to 20-minute drive from east or west Malibu, or from the 101 down the canyons if traffic provides.

“We try to bring a lifestyle for the many different style homes in Malibu,” Eytan said.

Fitting the mold in Malibu is a challenge of its own, but it is one that Malibu Market Design has been solving for 15 years.

Eytan and his team of designers at Malibu Market and Design are up for the challenge of transforming homes in southern California with a passion.

“We really enjoy the experience we’ve had with our clients,” Eytan said, “and that just makes it all worthwhile. And it makes it fun.”

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“In the end, you are only as good as the people around you. I could never do what I do without everybody that works here.”


When contemplating beauty and pleasure, how often do we consider the labor which precedes our splendor? Let’s press a bit further and ponder the dynamics involved in laboring with others and the seemingly endless concessions which we stand to make a long such an arduous and compromising path. Or is this presupposition entirely wrong? Well, it turns out both of us actually thrive on the very act of collaboration. And other humans who also relish in this process, do so because they know and understand that it is where the unknown exists. This Unknown Space resembles the Womb of Creation, a void which begs to be filled with what can only materialize through the synergy born of Open-Collaboration, a process where interest in another’s concept receives as much weight as the presentation of one’s own. Open-Collaboration lends itself to alchemy, or the transformation of matter, where by means beyond intellectual faculty, magic is born of empathy, love, abundance and generosity. Nancy and Shanesa Fath are exactly these types of creatives, and intriguingly, it is their passion and curiosity for all that is not yet known that leads them passionately towards these appointments.

Here we proudly present an Open-Collaboration with Los Angeles based tastemakers and renaissance women, Nancy and Shanesa Fath. While gathering with these dynamic ladies to better understand their passion, purpose and process, one thing stood out above all, their adherence to integrity in all they do is without question, the bedrock upon which their relationships and success is built and continues to evolve. They are two dynamic pillars, fearless of change with a ravenous appetite to curate sophisticated and approachable spaces as well as bespoke lifestyle and design artifacts. The shear scope of their work is breathtaking, yet what leaves you in

absolute awe is their attenuation to pure and simple beauty.

Beneath their expansive umbrella called COBBLESTONE & VINES, they act as world class custom home builders, remodelers and interior designers. At CHANDELIERS & TULIPS, they effortlessly showcase art, furniture, and fashion, where they usher in an unparalleled retail experience rarely found outside of Paris, New York and Barcelona. It took but a single breath while inside of STUDIO CT, enveloped by bespoke designs and avant-garde photography by the likes of Norman Seeff, to understand that the fluency these ladies bestow in the world of curating peerless design is truly remarkable. What impresses above all is their purity and sincere humility. They don’t take themselves too seriously, and as testament to this, when we inquired for a declaration of merit, their answer was as light-hearted as it was brilliant, “we are just two girls with a lot of hustle.”

As to convey Nancy and Shanesa’s spirit with as much purity as possible, we will utilize an interview style so that their own words may best articulate their essence.

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photo by Norman Seeff


We value space and design because it is our art form and passion, it represents a constantly evolving landscape, much like life itself. What we love most about the design process is the ability to create a space that reflects the unique lifestyle and personality of our clients. Through collaboration and an open-minded approach, we can create a space that would be a perfect blend of comfort, serenity, and joy, evoking a sense of peace and happiness, or a space with the perfect blend of modern minimalism, comfort, and sex appeal. No two spaces are alike, just like no two people are alike, and being able to connect and collaborate with clients to create a one-of-a-kind environment is truly rewarding.


Our highest personal and business values are integrity and change. Integrity is crucial because it fosters trust and establishes a solid foundation for any relationship or endeavor. Change is essential because it represents the future and allows us to be adaptable and open to new opportunities. Collaboration and connection is also a value for us because it brings diverse perspectives and ideas to the table, enabling us to create better outcomes. Ultimately, being open to the moment and allowing ourselves the opportunity to change course is key to staying true to our values and achieving our goals.


Our super power is rooted in kindness and empathy. Being kind to oneself creates an open-heartedness that can be extended to others in the form of empathy. Empathy provides the ability to understand others and be mindful of their unique experiences and perspectives. By cultivating a kind and empathetic approach, we are able to listen deeply and create a space for our clients that is intimate and personalized. This approach allows us to connect with our clients on a deeper level and ultimately deliver a design that is meaningful, functional, and beautiful.


Our interest in this collaboration is to share our vision and unique perspective as designers who collaborate with artists. We hope to showcase the power of working together and

the positive impact it can have on our collective future. By sharing our experiences and insights, we hope to inspire others to approach their work and creative pursuits with a collaborative spirit and an open mind. We believe that by working together and sharing our unique perspectives, we can create a brighter and more beautiful future for all.

As a consequence of our fanaticism with art and design, The Space Matters always manifests a Collaborative Creation with our subjects. On this appointment with Nancy & Shanesa, the four of us were inspired to re-envision their JAGGER COLLECTION coffee table. The JAGGER COLLECTION boasts Brutal-Minimalism and it is both elemental and timeless. Our requisite was to inflect a sense of French-Cubism, clean lines, rich materials and an honorable assemblage which seamlessly harmonized with the JAGGER COLLECTION’S breath-taking Agatized Wood Tops. The top is Fossilized/Petrified Wood, which is also known as Agatized Wood, it forms when a tree has died, and silicon dioxide forms in place of the wood that degrades until there is no wood left, only Quartz. The materials selected to craft a complementary base were French Oak Wood Planks, exquisitely crafted by BOTTEGA LEGNA (Exclusively available at CONEJO HARDWOODS, Westlake Village). We used the whimsical color, Paloma, alongside solid Nautical Brass Placards anchored into place by turn of the century-style slotted brass screws. For all inquiries, email Nancy and Shanesa at

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Elevate Your Summer Patio Experience

With the perfect blend of grilling delights and serene outdoor water features

As the warm breeze of summer sweeps through Malibu, it’s the perfect time to elevate your patio into a haven of outdoor entertainment and relaxation. By combining the sizzling delights of grilling with the tranquil allure of an outdoor water feature, you can create an ambiance that truly captures the essence of this idyllic coastal region. Here are a few ways to make the most of your backyard this summer.

Grilling Delights

Grilling has always been synonymous with summer, and having a designated grilling area on your patio can elevate your culinary adventures. Start by selecting a quality grill that suits your needs, whether it’s a gas, charcoal, or electric model. Consider factors such as size, versatility, and ease of use.

Designate a dedicated grilling station that is convenient and safe. It should be well-ventilated and positioned away from flammable objects. Add a countertop or a prep table nearby for food preparation and plating. Incorporate storage options for utensils, spices, and other grilling essentials.

Incorporate natural wood elements into your outdoor seating area to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Opt for weatherresistant furniture crafted from beautiful wood materials that seamlessly blend with your patio’s design aesthetic. This addition will not only provide a touch of rustic charm but also withstand the coastal weather of Malibu, ensuring longevity and durability.

When selecting outdoor furniture, consider the flow of movement

and create ample space for guests to relax while the grill master works their culinary magic. Arrange the seating strategically around the grilling area, fostering a sense of togetherness and making it easy for everyone to engage in lively conversations.

Malibu’s coastal weather, with its mild temperatures and refreshing ocean breezes, provides the perfect backdrop for outdoor gatherings. With the right furniture, you can fully embrace this natural environment and make the most of your patio during the summer months.

Outdoor Water Features

Integrating an outdoor water feature into your patio design brings a sense of tranquility and elegance. There are various options to choose from, depending on your preferences and available space. A fountain with a gentle cascading flow can provide a soothing background soundtrack while you enjoy your meals. If you have a larger patio, consider a pond or a small waterfall that creates a refreshing oasis.

To further enhance the ambiance, incorporate lighting elements around your water feature. Subtle LED lights can create a mesmerizing effect in the evenings, transforming your patio into a magical retreat.

When selecting a water feature, consider the maintenance requirements and ensure proper installation to prevent any water leakage issues. Additionally, consider the overall style and materials of your patio, aiming for a cohesive and harmonious design.

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Client Looks For The Best Home Automation Company in Malibu, Finds LA Techs

Case Study: Transforming a Malibu Residence into a Cutting-Edge Smart Home Do you dream of cutting-edge technology at your fingertips?

Living in a luxury beachfront property with cutting-edge technology at your fingertips may sound like a dream, but finding a reliable home automation company that can deliver on this expectation can be a challenge, especially in the world of luxury living. LA Techs, a leading home automation company and certified Control4 installer in Los Angeles, offers unparalleled expertise and a commitment to designing and implementing comprehensive smart home solutions that cater to the unique needs of their clients.

So, how did LA Techs address the homeowner’s needs and deliver a truly cutting-edge smart home? Let’s take a closer look.

The homeowner faced several challenges in managing and enhancing their living experience, including inefficient management of multiple systems, limited integration of entertainment systems, difficulty monitoring and controlling the property remotely, ensuring a future-proof and scalable system, maintaining the aesthetics and integrity of the luxury residence, and seeking personalized solutions tailored to their lifestyle. LA Techs developed a customized home automation solution that addressed each issue and focused on providing a seamless, user-friendly, and future-proof experience.

Maintaining Aesthetics and Integrity of the Residence

“The stunning architecture and design of the luxury Malibu residence were crucial considerations in our solution.” The homeowner worked closely with their interior designer and LA Techs, to

ensure that their new home automation systems were seamlessly integrated into the property, without compromising aesthetics or design elements. By using discrete wiring techniques, hidden components, minimalist on-wall controls, custom finishes, and careful placement of equipment, LA Techs ended up providing a harmonious balance between cuttingedge technology and upholding the residence’s luxurious appeal.

Our 3 Uniques

Convenience with In-Depth Consultation

We understand that your time is valuable, and that’s why we offer convenience with our in-depth consultation services. We communicate in the way that’s most convenient for you - whether that’s email, phone, or text - so you can save your time for the people you value most. All you need to do is provide us with your plans/ documents and a detailed idea of what you’re looking for, and we’ll take care of the rest. Our in-depth consultation process ensures that we fully understand your needs and can create a customized solution that exceeds your expectations.

Expert Design with More Than 15 Years Experience

At LA Techs, we take pride in our expert design services. With more than 15 years of experience serving your area, our team has the knowledge and skills to thoroughly engineer systems that eliminate wasted time and maximize efficiency. We understand that every remodel or new build is unique, and we use our expertise to create custom solutions that meet your specific needs. From initial design to final installation, we take a hands-on approach to ensure that

every aspect of your project is executed according to plan, while maintaining flexibility as your project advances.

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We value our clients and are committed to providing excellent ongoing support. Our VIP service contract tiers ensure that our most valued clients receive timely replies and support. Whether you have questions about your system or need assistance with maintenance, our team is here to help. We believe that our commitment to ongoing support is what sets us apart from the competition, and we’re dedicated to ensuring your continued satisfaction with our services.

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Experience the exquisite balance of geometric forms in Monica Armani’s sculptural creation, the Tao dining table. Crafted with precision using custom molds, its smooth contours and crisp surfaces create a monolithic volume. Available in various sizes and finishes, discover this captivating piece at TRIBÙ.

Studio 471

(310) 274-2461



MDC Dishware embodies the Malibu lifestyle with its contemporary furnishings, lighting, and accessories. This casual minimalist collection showcases Italian upholstery and unique objects collected from journeys to South Africa, Fiji, and Indonesia.

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(310) 317-9922

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Agoura Sash & Door, Inc. has been a trusted supplier of windows, doors, and finish materials for over 35 years in Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties. We provide custom doors, professional installation, highquality windows, skylights, and a wide range of door and cabinet hardware, ensuring your needs are met with expertise and exceptional service.

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Discover Manx, a captivating design masterpiece with bold curves and generous proportions. Its rugged form contrasts exquisitely with the sumptuous softness of hand-selected New Zealand sheepskin. Experience unmatched comfort, style, and luxury with this exceptional piece.

Noble Souls

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Discover exquisite teak root furniture, statues, and design elements expertly crafted by talented artisans in Bali and Java, Indonesia. We take pride in curating the finest, one-of-a-kind pieces that showcase intricate carvings, from decorative objects and animals to magnificent Buddhas, Ganeshas, and divine deities.

Jalan Jalan Imports (310) 455-2254

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Experience the captivating history and cultural significance of Adamson House and the Malibu Lagoon Museum located at 23200 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. Embark on a fascinating journey through time from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the last tour starting at 2 p.m. Marvel at the architectural wonders and immerse yourself in the heritage that shaped these remarkable landmarks. For those unable to visit during the tour days, the museum warmly welcomes visitors on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Discover more about this captivating destination and plan your visit at


Visit the Malibu Farmers Market, held every

Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This vibrant market, located at Legacy Park, offers a wide variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, and prepared foods to satisfy your cravings. Whether you’re seeking ingredients for a delicious meal or simply enjoying a leisurely Sunday outing, the Malibu Farmers Market is a must visit destination.



Embark on an enchanting evening adventure at Charmlee Wilderness Park, located at 2577 Encinal Canyon Road in Malibu. From 7:30 to 9 p.m., immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of the park under the illuminating glow of the full moon. It is recommended to be comfortable walking on uneven terrain for approximately 90 minutes. Don’t forget to bring water and dress in layered clothing for

optimal comfort. This experience is suitable for ages 4 and up, and pre-registration is mandatory to secure your spot. For more information and registration, visit




Immerse yourself in the captivating world of art at Malibu City Hall, located at 23825 Stuart Ranch Road in Malibu. From 12 to 1:30 p.m., indulge in the exquisite exhibition titled “Expressions” by Jane Seymour. This remarkable exhibition will continue to delight visitors until June 30, with viewing hours from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join the reception, where you can enjoy live music by A Call 2Peace and indulge in refreshments. For a full list of upcoming events, visit the official website of Malibu City at

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Immerse yourself in an unforgettable evening at the Pepperdine Center for the Arts, located at 24255 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. At 8 p.m., join legendary artist Graham Nash for an intimate performance that will take you on a captivating journey through his timeless hits. As a founding member of the iconic bands The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Graham Nash’s performance is a must-see for fans of rock and roll. To secure your tickets and learn more about this extraordinary event, visit or contact (310) 506-4522.



Experience the magic of a classic movie night under the twinkling stars at Malibu Bluffs Park, located at 24250 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. As the sun sets, immerse yourself in the high-flying action of “Top Gun,” but the excitement begins an hour before sunset with engaging activities for all to enjoy. For more information and to stay updated on the latest details, visit



Discover the enchanting world of fairy gardening at the Michael Landon Community Center, situated at 24250 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. From 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., engage in an interactive workshop where you will learn the secrets of creating your very own fairy container garden. Please note that children under 12 must be accompanied by a paying adult. For more details and to reserve your spot, visit



This year’s event promises to be a delightful celebration of community spirit, creativity, and patriotism. The festivities will kick off at the intersection of Bluewater and Birdview, where a colorful array of participants, including decorated golf carts, bicyclists, vintage autos, kids on skateboards, families, dogs, and even horses, will eagerly line up. As the parade begins, the procession will wind its way through the streets of Point Dume, creating a vibrant spectacle of sights and sounds. Families and friends will line the sidewalks, waving flags and cheering on the participants, fostering a festive atmosphere.



Prepare for an enchanting evening at Malibu Bluffs Park, nestled at 24250 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. As the sun begins to set, embark on a nostalgic journey under the stars with the beloved classic film “E.T.” The magic unfolds at sunset, but the excitement starts an hour earlier with a variety of engaging activities. This unforgettable event promises a delightful experience for the entire family. For more information and to stay updated on the latest details, visit



Embark on an unforgettable adventure at Charmlee Wilderness Park, situated at 2577 Encinal Canyon Road in Malibu. From 7:30 to 9 p.m., immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the park under the enchanting glow of the full moon. It is recommended to be comfortable walking on uneven terrain for approximately 90 minutes, so come prepared

with proper footwear. Don’t forget to bring water to stay hydrated and dress in layers to accommodate changing temperatures. This experience is suitable for ages 4 and up, and pre-registration is required to secure your spot. For more details and to register, visit



Embark on an unforgettable adventure at Charmlee Wilderness Park, situated at 2577 Encinal Canyon Road in Malibu. From 7:30 to 9 p.m., immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of the park under the enchanting glow of the full moon. Explore one of Malibu’s finest hiking venues and gain knowledge about the remarkable natural surroundings. It is recommended to be comfortable walking on uneven terrain for approximately 90 minutes, so come prepared with proper footwear. Don’t forget to bring water to stay hydrated and dress in layers to accommodate changing temperatures. This experience is suitable for ages 4 and up, and pre-registration is required to secure your spot. For more details and to register, visit



Experience the magic of an unforgettable movie night under the twinkling stars at Malibu Bluffs Park, located at 24250 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu. As the sun sets, immerse yourself in the timeless classic, “Karate Kid,” and let the story unfold beneath the night sky. The event kicks off at sunset, but the excitement begins an hour earlier with a range of engaging activities to delight all attendees. It’s a perfect evening for the entire family to enjoy. For more information and to stay updated on upcoming events, visit

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6 Local architect who worked on video game programmer/director, Jon Burton’s former home in Paradise Cove- two words

14 Happy __ clam, two words

15 Actor, preservationist and conservationist who gave his name to a Malibu State Beach, two words

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airlines) 28 Computer storage term 30 Paradise ____ 33 Squirrel homes 34 Malibu Farmers Market location, two words 39 Mr. Gershwin 41 Where a jury sits 42 “Pillow Talk” actress 43 Striking green color 45 Batman and Robin, e.g. 46 Malibu stuntwoman, Diane 49 Sushi ingredient
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these beautiful butterflies in the Sycamore Cove Beach area 52 Reclamation 56 Baseball headgear 57 Tomato type 58 Coastal aquatic mammal to be seen at La Piedra Beach, two words
Hiking trail to Escondido Falls, two words
Start of a Chinese game 64 Popular Malibu Triathlon 66 Breathtaking Malibu dog park with gorgeous landscape 69 Sea
Malibu beach, last name 72 Pop singer selling her Zuma Beach home, Avril ______
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Pepperdine women’s golf head coach, Laurie ____ 79 Deep perception
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25th wedding anniversary gift
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Like some upscale communities
“Light My Fire” band, The ____
Terminate 13 Seashore 16 Helm heading, abbr. 21 Golf goal 22 Actual 24 Rainbow shape 25 When moms are honored 26 Concert equipment 29 “’Scuse me while I kiss the ___” (Hendrix lyric) 31 Compete 32 Botch 34 ___ and behold! 35 Trade fairs 36 Dressed fancy 37 Word in a Shakespeare title 38 Managed 40 Relaxing sound at the spa 41 Gritty TV detective who works the streets of LA 44 Eye washes 45 Malibu Stage Company collaborator, Oren Safdie, for example
Howard of “Happy Days” 48 Spanish for beaches
6’ 9” TV butler 51 Spoil
Measurement of force 54 Knock the socks off 55 Doctors’ org. 56 Beach made famous by the Beach Boys with their 1963 hit “Surfin’ USA”, two words 58 Whales 60 Excites curiosity 61 News channel 62 Mars, for one, two words 65 Expose 67 Never surpassed, as a sports record- two words 68 Drop a little 70 Peak of perfection 73 Ming things
Put in 78 Wedding promise, two words
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Beach ____ 19 Vital pollinator 20 Drinks you can get at Le Cafe
Plage 23 Reversible patterned fabric of silk, wool, linen

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