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20 BEFORE AND EVER AFTER Designer Mark Langos gives a contemporary, sleek spin to the traditonal home of TV executive Jonathan Littman and family in Sherman Oaks.
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Transformations I always joke that in my next life I’d like to be an interior
familiar.” Indeed, it was the same home we’d previously
designer. I love color, texture, architecture, design, decor
featured, but—from the gardens to the master bedroom
and that thing that happens when those elements all con-
balcony—with an entirely new look and feel. See the gor-
verge into something that’s visually appealing. As anyone
geous pictures, meet the residents and discover how Mark
who follows me on my Instagram @she_sez knows, I love
transformed the property beginning on page 20.
all things home. In our seventh month of quarantine, home has taken
When we do a themed issue, whether it be DESIGN or ARTS (coming up in January) or ALL ABOUT KIDS (April),
on new importance. Most of us have a new appreciation
I try to keep all the articles on point. But sometimes a
for our surroundings and for some, a more critical eye. We
feature comes up that compels me to break the rule. Such
are redecorating and refurbishing; a DIY spirit is in the air.
is the case with “The Valley’s Patient Zero” (page 76), aka
My husband, a media/marketing executive, even rented a
Gregg Garfield. The Valley Village resident was our area’s
chainsaw and trimmed our trees recently—I never thought
first known case of COVID-19. He’d been skiing in Italy in
I’d see that.
February with a group of guys, all of whom contracted the
No matter the style or scale, a home is transformable.
virus—though none was afflicted as seriously as Gregg.
Put one resident in it and it takes on one personality. With
Intubated for 31 days, he was given little chance of survival.
a new owner, it can morph into something entirely dif-
With riveting cadence, writer Anne M. Russell shares how
ferent. The cornerstone feature of this issue underscores
Gregg, with girlfriend Anneliese Johnson, “AJ,” by his side,
that point. The Sherman Oaks home is actually making
made it through the horrific experience. AJ, a good friend of
its second Ventura Blvd appearance. When we featured
mine, kept me updated on Gregg’s progress all spring until
the center-hall Colonial a few years ago, the decor was
he was released from Providence St. Joseph’s on May 8. But
traditional, a blend of French country and shabby chic. Cut
in Anne’s piece I learn many details for the first time—such
to this past summer when I was sent images by the uber
as how AJ rescued Gregg’s beloved dog, and how doctors
creative interior designer Mark Langos. This home had
used the antiviral remdesivir in his recovery.
the same bones, but was sleek, sophisticated and filled with stunning art. Only when I pulled up to the corner lot
It’s a story of inspiration and hope. I feel like we can’t get enough of those right now. Stay safe.
south of the Boulevard did I think, “Gee, this house looks
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before and ever after FROM AN ITALIANATE ENCINO ESTATE USED IN THE SERIES ENTOURAGE TO A DATED TRADITIONAL IN SHERMAN OAKS, A COUPLE DOWNSIZES, ULTIMATELY CREATING A SOPHISTICATED SPACE THAT WORKS FOR THREE KIDS, TWO CAREERS AND ONE HECK OF AN ART COLLECTION. Written by Linda Grasso | Photographed by Shane Oâ€™Donnell | Styled by Char Hatch Langos
Nancy and Jonathan Littman are
Everything is laid back and easier
what you might call Valley converts.
here,” Nancy explains. “Jonathan and
Both raised in New Jersey, they
I are just not Westsiders!” she adds
met and married in Los Angeles.
with a laugh.
Through their 25-year marriage, they’ve owned four successive homes in the Valley. “I love the vibe here.
Nancy works as a grant writer for Blais & Associates and Jonathan has been CEO of Bruckheimer Television for the past 24 years (The Amazing Race, CSI, Lucifer). Their third Valley house, a sprawling Tuscan-style property in
A Turkish woven rug from the Littmans’ former home in Encino was cut down in size to fit the entry foyer. Designer Mark Langos then keyed off of its hues to create the color-blocked carpeting up the stairway. Left: A Japanese Nakashima dining room table—a work of art itself—takes the starring role in the dining room. The walls are adorned with grass cloth and sconces by Kelly Wearstler.
Nancy, Sophie and Jonathan in the ktichen, a major area of renovation. New Shaker-style cabinets were painted in a light dove gray with a satin finish (Sherwin Williams “Knitting Needles”) to complement an Ann Sacks ribbed subway tile backsplash (bottom left photo) and Silestone “Desert Silver” quartz countertops.
Amestoy Estates, earned notoriety for being used in the
worked with on the Encino home, and architect Scott
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Joyce and arranged for them to see the house.
“We tried to make the house work but it just never
“For us, this house meant downsizing. We’d be losing
felt like us,” says Nancy, who describes herself as a
3,500 square feet of living space. I wanted to know, from
“real estate buff.” One day in 2018 she spotted an ad
a design perspective, if the house could work for our
for a two-story, center-hall Colonial-style home in
needs,” Nancy explains.
Sherman Oaks. Although she wasn’t a fan of the shabby
Mark was quick to give it thumbs-up. “Once you’re
chic decor, she was drawn to the East Coast vibe of the
inside, there’s a feeling of calm and seclusion from the
5,500-square-foot home, on a generous corner lot south
hustle and bustle of nearby Ventura Boulevard. There is
of the Boulevard.
abundant light and it has a great flow from space to space.
“As soon as I walked in I said, ‘I have to have this home.’ It felt warm and it felt like us,” she says. Nancy called designer Mark Langos, whom she had
However, it needed updating, and the floor plan needed to be modified to suit the Littmans’ needs,” says Mark. Armed with input from the two professionals, Nancy
took Jonathan to see the house. He concurred with Mark. An offer was made the next day. Over the next year and a half, Mark, Scott, and John Maurer of Ivan James Construction worked together to create a home that would work for the family, which includes Hannah and Arin—both away at college—and Sophie, a high school sophomore. The kitchen, all the bathrooms and the area off the entrance leading to the family room were all major areas of renovation, with the latter being used to create his and hers offices as well as an area for a baby grand piano.
“THERE IS ABUNDANT LIGHT AND IT HAS A GREAT FLOW FROM SPACE TO SPACE. HOWEVER, IT NEEDED UPDATING, AND THE FLOOR PLAN NEEDED TO BE MODIFIED TO SUIT THE LITTMANS’ NEEDS.”
“The great room was designed as a natural extension of the kitchen and as the bridge to the outdoors. This truly is the room where the family spends most of their time. The Littmans had this incredibly large sectional in their former home and fact of the matter is that it’s great-looking and extremely comfortable. We reworked it and reupholstered in an ultra luxe, textural linen from Corragio,” says Mark.
The master bedroom suite was also redesigned to include two spacious walk-in closets and a luxurious bathroom with his and hers toilets, tumbled stone floors and quartz countertops. “I’m done with marble!” chuckles Nancy, who often leans into her sense of practicality. For Mark, creating window treatments in the couple’s bedroom (it’s on the cover of this issue), with windows and doors on all four sides, was a bit of a challenge. The room also has a vaulted tongue-andgroove ceiling with crossbeams and blinds placed down at the window height, which made the room feel short. The ceiling paint color came down onto the sloped sides, which didn’t help. “We added an overhead panel onto the top of each window and door frame, giving the illusion that we raised the windows—and ultimately the room—while highlighting one of the greatest features of this space. That panel molding detail was carried into the main bathroom, juxtaposing it against modern tiles and a custom walnut vanity that runs the entire wall. The Littmans incorporated many of their favorite furniture pieces and numerous hand-woven Turkish rugs, as well as their expansive art collection, into the home. “In particular I like narrative art—art that tells a story” explains Jonathan. Among the couple’s collection, a trio of paintings by Pasadena-based artist R. Kenton Nelson. “His work appeals to me because it is all of a place and time in America.” “Once we decided which rugs were going to be used and scaled them into the new rooms, that dictated the color palette to be used in each space. We chose to work in whites and soft grays, adding bolder shades as accents for contrast,” shares Mark. Valley-based designer Zabra Yee redid the grounds, heeding Nancy’s request that it incorporate all the elements of a Japanese garden (texture, tranquility, stone, water) as well as drought-tolerant plants. Gazing out onto the blue-stone-tiled backyard and large rectangular pool, Nancy can’t help but smile. “I love sitting out here in the morning having coffee. Or sitting up on the balcony off the master bedroom. Really, I love every room in this house. And now I can say, we are here to stay.” ■
The familyâ€™s baby grand piano next to a photograph by Peter Lik. Opposite top: a quiet nook in the family room next to a sketch by Giampaolo Talani that the couple bought in Florence. It depicts a portion of the mural that the Tuscan artist executed in the Santa Maria Novella railway station. Bottom: the Littman family in the backyard.
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When interior designer Megan
used throughout landscaping on the half-acre lot. Here
Dufresne got hired to do a full
Megan and Desiree share how they worked together, riff-
renovation of a 4,000-square-foot
ing off their individual aesthetic sensibilities, to weave
home in Sherman Oaks, she knew it was going to be a major undertaking. “It was an eclectic home that had had several previous owners, all of whom
the stone indoors. The result? Stunning spaces that create a seamless flow between indoors and outdoors.
BLUE AGATE BATHROOM Megan: This was originally an all-beige bathroom except for the blue sinks. I saw them and said why are those
were creatives—a musician, an artist,
here? They don’t belong; let’s get rid of them. But she
etc. Every resident had put their own
said ‘I love those sinks! Let’s redo bathroom in blue!’ So I
spin on it. The new owners wanted to preserve the character of the house but make it their own. They wanted something exceptional. So we tried to take the things they liked about it and then build on them.” Megan and her clients, Desiree and Cleveland Brown, who
started thinking of ways to do something creative in blue. I thought of the agate and reached out to this Romanian company I’ve sourced from before. The agate is backlit with LED strips placed under the slap, in the vanity and in the lip of edges. While the agate is upscale, we went basic with the floor. It is simply polished white porcelain, with one purpose: to reflect the blue. Desiree: When we told Megan that we wanted to keep the blue sinks in my son’s bathroom, she presented us with the blue agate sample. The color is so vivid. We
is CEO of the global payment processing provider Payscout,
instantly loved it! Then we decided to do agate in the
agreed to key off of several existing design elements, with
master bathroom—in part, to create the flow we wanted
the couple offering specific instruction about continuity and
throughout the home.
color. “We really wanted the house to flow from room to
With the backlit countertop and edge of the bath-
room. It was important that the design be unique and color-
tub, it’s essentially an over-the-top nightlight for our
ful. The only thing we specified was no white,” says Desiree.
One of those existing elements was stone, which was
AGATE “RED CEZANNE” BATHROOM Desiree: My husband travels to Asia a lot and wanted some of the luxuries that you commonly see in Asian hotels, so that was our jumping-off point. From there, it spiraled out of control! We expanded the footprint of the existing bathroom. We installed a 6-foot operable skylight/window that becomes obscure at the flip of a light switch, a two-person Japanese soaking tub that fills from the ceiling, and a porcelain (looks like stone but more lightweight), flip-up LED-lit vanity. The deep colors of brick, deep red, golden brown and rust orange with a touch of gold leaf (deemed “Red Cezanne” by the Romanian manufacturer), are mesmerizing. The room actually has a very calming vibe. Looking out the window you see lush tropical landscaping, and with the skylight window open, it feels bright and airy. Megan: This is 100% the favorite bathroom I’ve ever done. I just had so much room to be creative. I designed a faux iron panel to go over the barn door that closes off the bathroom from the closet. On the backside, it is a full-length mirror. The bathtub, by Diamond Spa, has a brushed stainless finish. You get into it by climbing the stairs on the backside. When the water is flowing down from the ceiling, it is really dramatic.
AGATE ACCENTS Megan: This two-tier chandelier hangs over the piano. I had it custom-made by a company in Portugal. It has natural agate stone on it. We incorporated a touch of agate into almost every room. In one room, that was as simple as having agate drink coasters that I got from Anthropologie. I bought their cheese board, too, and made a side table out of it. Desiree: This chandelier is another way that Megan stayed true to our goal of continuity. The agate, displayed so elegantly throughout the home, looks timeless and classy.
OUTDOOR STONE Megan: The home has a koi pond that runs from an outdoor dining area to an area where there is a sauna and a waterfall. There is a water fountain with a Balinese vibe and it is faced with Indonesian stacked stone. Just another stone element on the property that keeps it consistent as we go from the interior to the exterior. Desiree: This was one of the beautiful features that was in place when we bought the property. It really inspired us in the remodeling process. Stone brings a custom quality to any environment. I feel like the creative uses of stone in our home truly sets it apart. â–
Desiree Brown and Megan Dufresne
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No matter how much you like a room in your home, sometimes you simply tire of it. But most of us don’t want to start from scratch. “That’s where paint can come in,” says Sherman Oaks-based interior designer Allison Knizek (@a.k.nackfordesign). “Using a fabulous shade of paint, whether you are doing accessories like terra-cotta pots or all the walls in a room, is one of the best tools for creating a new vibe.” Here Allison shares some recent projects where she used paint to make over a space.
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX Paint is an easy and cost-effective way to transform just about anything home related. Think beyond the four walls and focus on less-expected paint “moments” such as doors, moldings, cabinets and furniture.
Behr | N440-4 | October Sky
Dunn-Edwards | DEW381 | Droplets
Benjamin Moore | 1624 | Wescott Navy
3 of Allison’s favorite paint shades.
After Above: For a powder room, I found this bamboo nightstand at a garage sale for $20. I painted it with Benjamin Moore 1624 Westcott Navy in a semigloss. Then I added a stone slab top, vessel sink, brass faucet, and voila! A chic powder room vanity. Left: For this bathroom I hired a mural artist (@the_art_of_ tina_crandall) to paint a design on the wall behind the tub.
Painting a single built-in or single cabinet is also a great way to pack a punch but not commit to a full cabinet refinish. This large cabinet on the right is an excellent choice for adding some color to the entryway. It really warms up the space and adds interest.
FOLLOW YOUR FEELINGS Paint can feel daunting, as many people struggle with the color-decisionmaking process. I suggest selecting a color that makes you feel good. Color is a mental pick-me-up. There is research that shows that color can affect mood, actions and even appetite. And don’t be shy with your choice; go for a bold hue if it inspires you. Remember, if you don’t end up thrilled with your choice, you can always repaint. There is currently a design movement toward dark and moody paint colors. Single-accent walls done in matte black or charcoal are very on trend at the moment. I like to flip this around and use darker shades for doors, moldings, casings and crown, while keeping a light color on the walls. If you find the messiness, odor and environmental concerns off-putting, do note there are many great low-VOC options out there.
WHEN IT COMES TO WALLS Sometimes, it’s just the walls that need a re-do. Right now my wall “flavor of the day” is Dunn-Edwards Droplets DEW381. It is a tinted white, and depending on the time of day, will range from light gray to a soft, warm white. ■
The entrance to a home is an ideal place to refresh with color. A front door is easy to tackle by yourself without hiring a professional painter. One of my favorite things to do is to paint terra-cotta planters to match the door. Just make sure to prime them really well. For the pots shown here, I used Behr N4404 October Sky, the perfect shade of aqua to evoke that easy, breezy, SoCal feel. |
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freshen up A TRIO OF LAâ€™S TOP INTERIOR DESIGNERS SHARE THREE OF THEIR FAVORITE WAYS TO REJUVENATE A ROOM. written by Linda Grasso
TEXTILES “Textiles set the mood of the room—the colors and textures, the mixing of the prints—an art in itself. That’s what makes the statement,” says Kathryn M. Ireland, textiles designer and founder of The Perfect Room (theperfectroom.com) an online, room-by-room shopping destination that makes “to-the-trade” items available for retail. “I suggest adding new pillows, slipcovers and curtains. If you’ve invested in a painting or antiques, those pieces generally last a lifetime. Fabrics can be changed seasonally. It’s OK to mix contemporary with traditional, but don’t bring anything radical in. You don’t want, for example, loud geometrics next to a Colfax print.” Kathryn’s tip: Make sure that the color palette goes with both the new and old. Often you can bring in new pieces only to discover that they make the old look dreary. Avoid this by making sure the colors are in line with what’s already there. You don’t want anything new to shout at you.
ACCESSORIES “Your accessories should tell a story of who you are, whether it be your favorite art, hobbies, colors or special mementos collected over the years,” says Jodi Mendelsohn, owner of JM Design Studios (jmdesignstudios.com) and its retail arm, Home Inspired, which delivers a box of accessories directly to clients’ homes. “I prefer accessories that are not ‘matchy-matchy’— nothing too predictable. Stay true to your own style and don’t be too trendy. An accessory shouldn’t overwhelm a room. It should be a fine balance of space and scale. Pops of color in your art and textiles can elevate your design and make a wonderful statement.” Jodi’s tip: Be eclectic and make sure there is a fine balance of not overdoing any one style. For example, I live in a midcentury home that is filled with antiques from my childhood. There are modern and traditional touches that balance each other just enough to make a statement.
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feel more intimate. And textural wall coverings luxuri-
“The use of wallpaper can dramatically transform a space
ously unify a room by adding a spatial component.”
to feel more cohesive, adding character through color, style and texture,” says interior designer Mark Langos
Mark’s tip: Most people are not able to look at a small swatch
of wallpaper and envision how it will appear covering an entire
“It can have a calming effect and create a sense of
room. Obtain a sample or even purchase a roll of the paper and
intimacy by enveloping a room in a subtle pattern or
pin it up in the space. Live with it for a while and see how it
monochromatic color. Small-scale patterns create a feeling
looks in different lights of the day. ■
of spaciousness, while large-scale designs can help a room
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n early April, Joy Robertson—an Encino
husband to take her to the emergency room.
attorney and mother of three—began
A CT scan revealed a large mass on her
“Dr. Manuel set the wheels in motion and held my hand every step of the way,” Joy
experiencing a sharp pain in her lower
right ovary and another small mass on her
shares. “He was honest, kind and informative,
abdomen. She tried to ignore the
liver. Joy, age 54, was told to connect with a
and I felt safe and confident in his expertise.” Dr. Manuel, a gynecologic oncologist
discomfort, wanting to avoid a trip to the
gynecologic oncologist as soon as possible.
hospital during the evolving COVID-19
Her sister found Michael Manuel, MD, online,
specializing in the treatment of women with
pandemic. As the evening wore on, however,
and Joy scheduled an appointment for the
reproductive tract cancers and complicated
Joy’s pain level increased, and she asked her
very next morning.
gynecologic surgical problems, ran further
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diagnostic tests while addressing Joy’s pain. The diagnosis was stage 1 ovarian cancer, and the pain stemmed from the mass, which had cut off blood supply to the area. “I chose this work because of the satisfaction I receive in helping women through the challenges of dealing with cancer diagnoses and treatments,” shares Dr. Manuel, who has been practicing medicine since 2005 and joined the Providence Cedars-Sinai Tarzana Medical Center staff in January. The doctor graduated with honors from the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, trained in obstetrics and gynecology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and completed an oncology fellowship at Stanford University and the University of California, San Francisco. “One of the reasons I chose this specialty is because of the inspiring work previous gynecologic oncologists performed at CedarsSinai,” he says. “Many of the specialists there inspired me to consider a career taking care of women with cancer, and I’m happy to be back working with my mentors.” Soon after Dr. Manuel started working with Tarzana Medical Center at the beginning
“I’M GRATEFUL FOR HAVING DR. MANUEL SEE ME THROUGH MY CANCER JOURNEY.”
of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and drastically changed the way health care
when grappling with the challenges of living
I think it is important to be honest about
professionals treat patients. “Our practice had
through a pandemic. “Most treatments for
whatever illness they are facing and the risks
to adapt to using telephone and video visits to
new problems should not be delayed,” says
of delaying treatment,” he says. “In this way,
help keep our patients safe—especially cancer
Dr. Manuel. “And regular screenings are
we can have a clear and detailed discussion
patients, who are known to have higher risks
important as well.”
about medical options and the impact these
of complications from COVID-19,” he says.
After undergoing a full hysterectomy, Joy
While delaying some treatments was
has recovered and is back to her career and
treatments will likely have on their life.” Dr. Manuel and the entire health care
required during the early days of the
enjoying time spent with her loved ones.
team at Tarzana Medical Center remain
shutdown, more recently doctors have been
“I’m grateful for having Dr. Manuel see me
steadfast in their mission of service to the
able to continue seeing patients safely with
through my cancer journey,” she says.
San Fernando Valley community, their
adherence to safety precautions. While feeling
Dr. Manuel recommends that everyone
commitment to safety and their pursuit of
cautious and choosing to frequent only
establish a strong relationship with their
innovative ways to transform health care on
locations that are following safety protocols is
doctor and be honest about their concerns.
behalf of each and every patient.
wise, delaying medical care can create even
In return, he believes physicians should
listen to those concerns and offer clear
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Movable Feast FROM TRUCKS TO CARTS, 8 QUICK PICKUPS AROUND TOWN, Written by Joshua Lurie
Bite Me Hot Dogs Missing your fix of Dodger Dogs this baseball season? Head to the Bite Me cart in NoHo. Their uniquely outrageous hot dogs include a nacho version and an “ultimate” dog that piles on toppings from every bottle and bin on the counter. Their Alfredo Dog is a play on fettuccine Alfredo, featuring a snappy all-beef dog touting crispy pastrami bits, mozzarella, caramelized onions and creamy Alfredo sauce on griddled garlic bread. The O.M.G. Dog is a turkey bacon dog with jalapeños, serrano peppers, chopped pepperoncini, barbecue sauce and crumbled Flamin’ Hot Cheetos that packs serious heat. Yes, Bite Me also has basic ketchup and mustard. 12464 Oxnard St., North Hollywood, @bitemehotdogss Burekas Plus Shaul Rubinstein and chef-wife Shevi hail from Israel and started parking their truck in front of Office Depot in Tarzana in 2018. Their burekas are made using her family’s sixth-generation recipe. Spinach and cheese, cheese, and potato are the most popular fillings in these flaky, sesame-studded rounds, though specials are rotated in, such as a feta and green olive version. pickles, and zesty tomato sauce dabbed with zhoug, a spicy herb sauce. Sandwiches, portobello mushroom shawarma and shakshuka—a red pepper, stewed tomato and egg dish—are also available. 5300 Nestle Ave., Tarzana, @burekasplus
A savory entree from L.A. Falafel Spot
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The savory pastries come with tahini, hard-boiled eggs,
Cafe Vietnam’s truck parked in Studio City
A roll from Maine Street Lobster
Cafe Vietnam Truck
L.A. Falafel Spot
It is hard to miss the orange truck parked in front of
Itsick “Isaac” Sabag and Ron Shivro are longtime
Alfred Coffee on Mondays and Tuesdays in Studio City.
Angelenos from Israel who’ve been serving “guilt-free
As patrons well know, Cafe Vietnam serves some of
cuisine” from a truck parked in front of CVS in Encino
the Valley’s best Vietnamese rice bowls and banh mi.
since spring. L.A. Falafel Spot crafts soft green sesame-
Regardless of the delivery method, meaty braised pork
studded chickpea pucks mixed with spices and herbs
belly is the star protein here. Cafe Vietnam Truck also
like parsley, cilantro, coriander and caraway. Their
has a way with chicken, whether it’s ground chicken
falafel sandwich incorporates fluffy pita from a local
sautéed with lemongrass and herbs, firm meatballs
bakery and includes chopped cucumber and tomato, tart
stewed in tomato sauce, or crispy egg rolls with the
pickle and sauerkraut, crunchy white cabbage salad,
perfect texture. Also available: a potent iced coffee made
nutty house-made tahini and parsley. If you crave spice,
with Vietnamese beans and condensed milk.
they’ll add the Israeli hot sauce zhoug, which they buy from nearby Hummus Bar.
12077 Ventura Pl., Studio City, @cafevietnamtruck, cafevietnamtruck.com
17340 Ventura Blvd., Encino, @la_falafel_spot
The Beignet Box truck; right: a box of beignets, fried doughy sweets doused in powdered sugar
Maine Street Lobster
Mariscos La Barquita
Two Encino residents launched this sea-blue lobster
This is the on-the-road version of Mariscos La Barquita
truck right before COVID hit, and after regrouping for
restaurant in Chatsworth. Despite its unglamorous loca-
a month, now serve hundreds of customers per week
tion—right where the 405, 5 and 118 freeways meet—
across from the entrance to Lake Balboa. New England-
this truck has been a north Valley hit since launching
style lobster rolls feature cold crustacean tossed with
last year. The signature seafood “tower” is particularly
tarragon mayo, and Connecticut-style rolls come
enticing, featuring an architectural cylinder of cooked
dressed with drawn butter. Their lobster BLT stars lob-
octopus, cooked and raw shrimp, callo de hacha (scal-
ster folded with mayo and chives nestled with lettuce,
lop), and faux crab with avocado, shaved red onion,
tomato slices, and crispy bacon in a buttery toasted New
diced cucumber and tomato. Each tower is available with
England-style split-top bun. They even top tater tots
mild black, tangy green or spicy red salsa. Fried shrimp
empanadas with molten Monterey Jack cheese and spicy dipping sauce as well as scallop tostadas are other
6200 N Balboa Blvd., Encino, @maine_street_lobster,
mainestreetlobstertruck.com 15305 Devonshire St., Mission Hills, @mariscoslabarquita
If you don’t smell Yalla Shawarma’s enticing aroma be-
This dessert emporium on wheels is co-owned by pop
fore reaching the ordering window, you’ll certainly hear
star and Dancing With the Stars contestant Christina Milian.
its soundtrack. Speakers in front of the truck pump rap
Fans of eating Cajun food while visiting New Orleans, she
music out on to Reseda Blvd. The mobile eatery serves
and her partner Elizabeth Morris were frustrated at not
thin-sliced chicken shawarma made with well-spiced
being able to find beignets in Los Angeles. Beignet, by the
breast meat that’s notably juicy and swaddled with po-
way, is the French term for a pastry made from deep-
tent garlic sauce in soft lavash, a thin flatbread popular
fried choux pastry, a delicate dough that contains butter,
in Armenia and surrounding countries. Yalla Shawarma
water, flour and eggs. The light fluffy creations—topped
also make sujuk, spiced ground beef that delivers a
with powdered sugar—are available five to a box or you
clove-forward spice mix and punchy pickles in crispy
can get the smaller bite-size versions. Nibble while sip-
pressed French roll.
ping on a cuppa joe. Merci beaucoup!
9167 Reseda Blvd., Northridge, @yalla.shawarma
reinventionista center stage OVER THREE DECADES, BONNIE BRUCKHEIMER HAS MADE MANY CHANGES IN HER LIFE. BUT THE ONE CONSTANT HAS BEEN HER REFUGE— A SPANISH-STYLE BUNGALOW IN VALLEY VILLAGE. Written by Susan Spillman | Photographed by Shane O’Donnell
It was literally an accident that lured Bonnie Bruckheimer to the Valley 30 years ago. Then running All Girl Productions (Beaches, Gypsy) with her partner, Bette Midler, Bonnie received a frantic call from her son’s nanny one afternoon. The 2-year-old had fallen and bit through his palate. Bonnie jumped in her car and raced from her office on the Disney Studios lot in Burbank to her home in West Hollywood. “We’re moving to the Valley,” she decided right then and there. “I just could not be as far away as I was.” Friends advised her to buy south of the Boulevard. Instead, she moved into an iconic 1936 Spanishstyle bungalow in Valley Village that had belonged to Fleetwood Mac guitarist John McVie. With stucco exteriors, a red tile roof, arched doorways and exposed wood-beamed ceilings, “It needed a bit of
Among Bonnie’s collections: Chinese heads from the turn of the 20th century—several sculpted by artist Esther Hunt. Above: ceramics by Bonnie’s friend, artist Jane Jenkins.
“I HAVE DECORATED IT WITH THINGS THAT MAKE ME HAPPY. MOST OF THE PAINTINGS AND CERAMICS WERE DONE BY FRIENDS WHO ARE ARTISTS. AND I LIKE TO BE SURROUNDED BY MY COLLECTIONS.”
work. The ceilings had been painted brown, for example.
producing. She says her decision to back off from showbiz
John was on the road quite a lot back then and hadn’t
a few years ago was prompted by major studios’ increas-
paid too much attention to it. But I fell in love with it,”
ing preference for blockbuster action movies over more
intimate female-oriented stories.
Bonnie quickly made the place her own, integrating her own sense of style. “I have decorated it with things that
by the major task of an indie producer: raising money. At a
make me happy. Most of the paintings and ceramics were
friend’s suggestion, she transferred her sales and organi-
done by friends who are artists. And I like to be sur-
zational talents to the home staging business. “Honestly, I
rounded by my collections.”
didn’t know a thing about the business. I had to start over
Three decades later, that hasn’t changed—although much else in her life has. Her two adult children live out of state, and six years
owner] decided to take a chance on me,” she quips. With the pandemic forcing her to work remotely, Bonnie has a renewed appreciation for her home. “I’m enjoying it
career pivot and launched a career as a sales executive for
now more than ever. I’m here, and I see the light change
Vesta Home Staging.
during the day. Looking around at everything that I have
USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, Bonnie isn’t currently
and learn everything. Thank goodness Brett Baer [Vesta’s
ago, at the age of 70, the divorcée made a 180-degree
Though she teaches a women’s studies class at
She tried the independent film route, but was turned off
collected over the years brings me great, great joy.” ■
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DERIAN GC POOLS & CONSTRUCTION KERRI MCCOY
JANA DESIGN INTERIORS JANA ROSENBLATT
LA TECHS RUSSELL GASKAMP & CALVIN LARSEN
MAISON ROSE INTERIORS ROSE SCHNEIDER
LA FURNITURE STORE HENRY VILCHIK
INTERIOR WORKS BRUCE GHAVAMI
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Kerri McCoy and Billy Blair
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS. “We are a design/build firm in business in the Valley since 1982. We have built more than 5,000 pools in Los Angeles and Ventura County. Our award-winning in-house designer, Billy Blair, and I both grew up here, have families here and are active members of the community. I handle all the field construction and supervision and am an expert in hydraulics, structural engineering and soil conditions. I won the prestigious Masters of Design award from Pool & Spa News magazine, and my work has been featured in Architectural Digest, The Los Angeles Times Magazine and Sunset magazine. Billy has been designing homes, pools, classic cars, boats and furniture for more than 25 years; he has a vast knowledge of materials and color palettes that work well together.” DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. “This project features a perimeter overflow pool and spa with matte black tile, low-voltage colored lights, a fire pit with broken glass and a Jandy remote control that is accessible anywhere in the world via a smartphone app.” HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING IN THIS INDUSTRY? “I grew up in Santa Monica on the beach—surfing, biking, hiking and living the typical California lifestyle. I graduated from the USC School of Business and have been working in this industry for 27 years.” WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PROBLEM TO SOLVE FOR CLIENTS? “I enjoy challenging yards with multiple elevations, hillsides and small footprints.”
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WHAT HAVE BEEN THE BIGGEST CHANGES YOU’VE SEEN IN VALLEY HOMES RECENTLY? “The trend is more toward minimalist, clean lines and functional entertainment spaces.” HOW DOES YOUR WORK MAKE THIS COMMUNITY A BETTER PLACE? “Pools bring families closer together and provide entertainment when people can’t travel during COVID-19.” WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU MADE DUE TO COVID-19? “We practice social distancing, wear masks and have sanitation stations on each jobsite. We use Zoom, Google Earth and the internet for permits.” WHAT IS YOUR #1 PIECE OF ADVICE DURING THIS UNPRECEDENTED TIME? “Never take for granted the people close to you, and spend as much time as you can with them.” WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR PROUDEST MOMENTS DURING THE RECENT CRISIS? “Learning how to adapt to all the changes while providing quality services to my clients.” WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MOST UNUSUAL REQUESTS YOU’VE RECEIVED FROM CLIENTS? “I’ve built pools for dogs, a heart-shaped pool, a spa with jets in the seats and pools with plexiglass windows.” WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE WAYS TO UNPLUG AND RELAX WHEN YOU’RE OFF WORK? “I like to ride Harleys, lift weights, surf, travel, and spend time with family and friends.”
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DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. “These images provide a glimpse of the work we do: clean, simple TV installs with the audiovisual and control components located out of sight; distributed audio systems with low-profile ceiling speakers providing a background soundtrack throughout the house; and dedicated video conferencing systems.” TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS. “We design and implement technology solutions for modern homes. While we typically work with builders and architects to create spaces from the foundation up, we love to reimagine existing rooms for some new purpose. Spare bedrooms become state-of-the-art theaters or golf simulators. Dusty home offices become high-tech video conferencing suites. Whatever the need, we have a creative solution.”
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WHAT CHANGES HAVE YOU MADE DUE TO COVID-19? “Aside from the preventive measures everyone is taking now—wearing masks, disinfecting tools and workspaces regularly, regular testing—the biggest change has been to what our clients need. Having reliable Wi-Fi throughout a home is now incredibly important for both working and learning, as is having a great entertainment system for when the working and learning are done. In a stressful world, we see our role as making sure technology isn’t a source of stress.” HOW MUCH OF YOUR JOB IS ACTUALLY SOLVING CLIENTS’ PROBLEMS? “We see our entire job as solving clients’ problems,
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often before they even realize they have one. Our favorite problems to solve are new or unique ones—the kinds that require as much ingenuity as technical expertise.” DESCRIBE WHAT IT’S LIKE TO LIVE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. “Of all the places in Los Angeles, we’re glad to be in Sherman Oaks. The beautiful residential streets and the classic storefronts along Ventura Boulevard have a small-town charm while providing all the amenities of the city. We’re fully invested in working with our neighbors to modernize the community.” I CAN ONLY UPDATE ONE ROOM IN MY HOME; WHICH SHOULD IT BE? “Whichever room you use most for entertainment. Whether it’s your living room, your bedroom or a dedicated media room, it’s where you spend the majority of your relaxation time. We aim to make that time as relaxing and satisfying as possible. With so many entertainment and media options now available, we can tailor your entertainment system to provide the exact experience you want.” WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR PROUDEST MOMENTS DURING THE RECENT CRISIS? “Walking off a job site that wasn’t enforcing COVID-19 safety guidelines. Our team is the most important thing we have, and our top priority is to keep them safe and secure—even if it means losing a day of work. All companies say their staff is their main asset, but we pride ourselves on actually following through on the claim.”
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WHAT MAKES YOUR PRODUCTS UNIQUE? “LA Furniture sources the highest quality items from all over the world. The modern, mid-century and contemporary styles are unlike any other, and we frequently grow
our stock. With more than 2,000 in-stock pieces, we have nearly unlimited options at your fingertips.” TELL US ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS. “We are a family-run business dedicated to providing the most competitive pricing for high-quality furniture to our customers. We continue to grow our business and our customer service to better serve your needs.” HOW DO YOU HELP CLIENTS MAKE GOOD CHOICES? “We have a team of professional designers in-store to help you with anything from remodeling to moving. Our sales team members pride themselves on honesty and will do their best to steer you in the right direction for your purchase.”
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DESCRIBE THE FEATURED PROJECT. “The LAMOD Collection is our current offering of high-end, designer furniture at a competitive price. Presenting the best of our unique and elegant stock, you can find all of our must-haves in one gorgeous assortment. We offer marble tables, Italian sofas, solid wood buffets and so many more pieces at a fraction of the cost that our competitors charge. Our long history in the industry has given us an advantage to get these items at lower costs, and we want to pass that along to you. Browse the LAMOD collection on our website to find some true treasures.”
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the valley’s patient zero AFTER 31 DAYS ON A VENTILATOR, GREGG GARFIELD WAS GIVEN A 1% CHANCE OF SURVIVING COVID-19. HERE IS THE MIRACULOUS STORY OF HOW THE VALLEY VILLAGE RESIDENT BEAT THE ODDS— AND THE CHALLENGING ROAD AHEAD. Written by Anne M. Russell | Photographed by Michael Becker
The first time Gregg Garfield even heard of the coronavirus was in late February, when his fiancée, Anneliese “AJ” Johnson, called him on his European ski trip to warn him there had been an outbreak of COVID-19, the illness the virus causes, in Northern Italy. “That’s where I am!” responded the surprised 54-year-old, an avid amateur skier who has enjoyed as many as 100 days a year on the slopes. Gregg has always been a risk taker who loves the adrenaline rush of high-octane sports including car racing and motorcycle riding. He’d even survived an avalanche while skiing a few years back. “He has always lived each day like it was his last,” says AJ fondly.
But in this case, Gregg didn’t think he was facing much risk. “I didn’t know much about the virus at the time and quite frankly, I wasn’t really worried,” he recalls.
the next eight months to restore enough function to his hands so he can wear a prosthesis. Gregg and AJ want to spread the word that COVID
After AJ’s call, Gregg, along with a dozen of his buddies,
isn’t just a flu with attitude or a really, really bad cold.
returned to skiing the Dolomites in Val Gardena.
And that it can make robustly healthy, low-risk people
Little did Gregg know that, shortly after that call, his
very sick. Or even kill them, as it nearly did Gregg, who
life would be flipped upside down. He was about to take
cheated death day after day. They want people to under-
on a new identity: COVID Patient Zero, as he was dubbed
stand that taking precautions to avoid spreading the virus
upon admission to Providence St. Joseph Medical Center.
isn’t a political issue; it’s common sense. “If there’s one message we can send,” says AJ, “it’s that people need to
SUPERSPREADER EVENT Gregg thinks he contracted the virus the very first day in
be safe and responsible.” “We really want to be advocates of getting ahead of the
Val Gardena on the tightly packed gondola that ferried his
virus and understanding the severity of it,” adds Gregg.
group to the top of the run, although the identity of the
One of his most visible appearances, a May 29 interview
superspreader has never been determined. Each day, 50
with Ellen DeGeneres on ellentube, garnered 1,800 com-
eager skiers would fight their way aboard the overcrowd-
ments, and it’s clear from most of them that his message
ed gondola. “It was a mosh pit,” recalls Gregg. “It was
has been heard: “COVID is a NASTY thing,” wrote one
Out of his 12 ski trip companions, all got COVID, although none were as critically ill as Gregg, who spent a
A TURN FOR THE WORSE
total of 64 days at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center
As with many people who become deathly ill with COVID,
in Burbank, 31 of them on a ventilator, sedated and
Gregg’s symptoms were relatively mild in the first week
paralyzed. He remembers nothing of the month he spent
to 10 days. He skipped three days of skiing because he
in isolation, during which time his kidneys failed, his
thought he had the flu, but finished out his trip. After
lungs collapsed repeatedly, and he developed a pulmonary
learning of one companion’s positive COVID test while on
embolism, blood clots, and sepsis. At one point, his fever
his return flight to LAX on March 1, Gregg self-quaran-
spiked to 103.6 and he was packed in ice.
tined at his comfortable California ranch-style home with
As he was being prepped for intubation, he recalls, “I was really scared. I said to the nurse, ‘I don’t want to
readily available like they are now,” Gregg explains. He
told me, ‘I was afraid I had made a promise to you that I
contacted his former general practitioner for help. The
GP in turn alerted the Centers for Disease Control office in Pacoima. On March 2, officials there dispatched a van
most challenging hurdle, Gregg’s ordeal is far from over.
with hazmat-suited personnel who brought Garfield to
He is facing a $2.5 million medical bill that will ulti-
their field office, where he tested positive.
mately swell to $3 million. Gregg’s health insurance is
Then suddenly on March 4, nine days after his
covering his hospitalization, but related care and reha-
presumed exposure and still quarantined at home,
bilitation expenses, such as any prostheses, are not part
“Everything went sideways. I was talking to a buddy
of the coverage.
on the phone and he said, ‘Dude, you’re not good.’”
He has lost all of the fingers on his dominant right
Although he didn’t realize it at the time, Gregg was
hand and the first two joints of the fingers on his left
confused and listless; his friend immediately contacted a
hand as well as three toes due to complications from
mutual friend who is a doctor.
COVID. He is facing at least five more surgeries over
“I wanted to get a COVID test, but they just weren’t
die.’ She said, ‘I promise I won’t let you die.’ Later, she
Although surviving a month on a ventilator was the
his Newfoundland-Labrador mix, Bear, as company.
While the doctor called around to large medical
facilities in LA looking for one that was ready and willing to admit a COVID patient, Gregg was on the phone frantically seeking someone who would take care of Bear. He even called the fire and police departments, but no one was prepared to enter a home where there was an active COVID infection. He ended up leaving his beloved dog crated. “It was this moment of desperation. Here I find out I’m really sick, but my thoughts are all on my dog. I was completely distraught thinking about leaving her in that crate,” he recalls. Gregg went by ambulance to Providence St. Joseph’s at 4 a.m. on March 5.
Gregg with his friends on February 26, a week before he got sick. Below: a pair of skis that a friend gave him as a gift.
Gregg would be the medical center’s only COVID patient for a full week. Daniel K. Dea, MD, a pulmonologist and critical-care specialist who became the leader of Gregg’s care team for the next two months, remembers first meeting Gregg that day and says, “He was very frightened. This is a guy who almost died.” Dr. Dea himself was encountering COVID for the first time, although colleagues at a Providence hospital in Washington State, where the West Coast’s first case had occurred on January 21, had been helping the Burbank team prepare. “We were ready,” recalls Dr. Dea. “We had the best doctors and most experienced nurses ready, and we poured resources into Gregg.” While “it’s not a surprise now,” says Dr. Dea, it was initially shocking to medical professionals “how quickly a COVID patient can go bad.” AJ, meanwhile, was being trained by one of the Providence St. Joseph critical-care nurses on how to safely enter a COVID-infected residence so she could rescue Bear, the dog, who was still stuck in her crate in Valley Village. Dressed in full protective gear, and moving as quickly as she could, AJ let herself into the house around 8 p.m., washed Bear on the deck with a special antiviral shampoo, and then stripped down. “I was literally buck naked in the yard! Honestly, with all the clunky gear on—every inch of me covered—and my heart beating like mad, it was like something in a sci-fi movie!” she says. Two days later, things took an even more frightening turn. On March 7, Gregg’s oxygen levels dropped dangerously low. To keep him alive, doctors heavily sedated and intubated him. He recalls talking on the phone to his
girlfriend just before the procedure: “I said to AJ, ‘I’m going to be offline for a couple days.’” As it turned out, two days was optimistic.
shared 5,500 times. “The team that took care of me are the heroes,” Gregg says. “I’m the luckiest person alive.” As a special thankyou, he has asked a friend to make pewter-colored scrubs
emblazoned with “Gregg’s Village” for all the doctors,
With Gregg intubated, AJ, a wealth manager with two kids
nurses, and techs who played a role in his care.
of her own, and Gregg’s sister, Stephanie Garfield Bruno,
As an indication of how widely Gregg’s supporters
took over the task of communicating with his circle of
were dispersed, the text diary eventually connected AJ
friends and growing audience of well-wishers. Stephanie
with Amanda Kloots, wife of Broadway and TV actor Nick
had rushed to Los Angeles from her home in Silicon
Cordero, who was also battling COVID. The 41-year-old
Valley and would spend three weeks living at AJ’s place in
Cordero was sick for 95 days, with his wife offering her
Woodland Hills as they struggled to manage Gregg’s care
own daily updates via Instagram. The actor lost a leg due
remotely and keep his credit-card-processing business
to a blood clot during his hospitalization at Cedars-Sinai,
and finances afloat. “AJ was the quarterback of it all,”
and ultimately died on June 5 .
notes Gregg. Working together, the two women crafted three text
TURNING THE CORNER
messages a day that went to an initial list of 40 friends,
One of medicine’s most persistent mysteries is why one
eventually spreading to people worldwide as the texts
person survives and another dies. Treatments that save
were shared and shared again. Although they gave re-
one person may not work for another. In Gregg’s case, it
cipients a realistic idea of what was happening, Stephanie
seems like the antiviral remdesivir was a deciding factor
and AJ always included at least one positive element in
in his recovery. Dr. Dea also credits the patient himself:
the reports, no matter how bleak the picture was at the
“He was very strong as an athlete,” he notes, “and men-
time. “We tried to keep the energy high,” says AJ. “This
tally he was very tough.”
whole experience showed how important keeping the vibration positive is.”
At the time of Gregg’s hospitalization, medical researchers were just beginning to observe improvement
The collected texts serve as a cliff-hanger diary of a
in some severely ill COVID patients given remdesivir.
near-death experience, and AJ wasn’t sure Gregg would
Starting in January, Gilead Sciences, the maker of the
want to read them. “When I got out of the hospital, AJ
drug, had been providing it to critically ill patients on a
asked if I was strong enough to go through all the text
limited basis under a protocol known as “compassionate
messages.” He did read them: “I wanted to experience
use.” In Gregg’s case, the day he completed the 10-day
what they went through,” he says, and to learn what had
course of treatment in mid-March, he turned a corner.
happened to him day by day.
On March 19, he tested negative for COVID for the first
The experience has left Gregg with unlimited gratitude to the 186 health professionals who helped him and the thousands of people around the world who followed the
time. He would need another month in the hospital, but good news was on the horizon: He was going to live. Once off the ventilator, Gregg made the slow return
daily briefings and expressed love and support. Stephanie
to consciousness. “For me, days 31 to 64 were the start
set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for Gregg’s
of my journey,” he says. While sedated, paralyzed, and
recovery; to date it has raised more than $207,000 from
dependent on the ventilator to breathe, Gregg had lost 50
1,200 donors, most of them giving in the $5 to $50 range.
pounds and his fingers and three toes had turned black
The GoFundMe page that tells Gregg’s story has been
from the death of tissue. On day 31, he began the process
At Providence St. Joseph’s on March 27, before Gregg was intubated. Right: the hospital staff cheering on his May 8 release
of learning to walk again, as well as to speak and to chew
Dr. Kulber says he has been impressed both with
and swallow. Entering the second month of his hospital-
Gregg’s attitude and with his desire to spread the word
ization, he became an active participant in his recovery.
about the dangers of COVID. “Gregg’s one of those people who asks what he needs to do to move on. He’s a survi-
A LIFE CHANGED
vor,” says Dr. Kulber. “He’s really gone on the offensive
Since leaving the hospital, Gregg has been under the
to tell people about COVID. It’s nice to see someone with
care of David Kulber, MD, a Cedars-Sinai hand surgeon.
a positive attitude who wants to help other people.”
The doctor has been performing a series of delicate and
and thumbs. “We never said ‘amputation,’” the physi-
the patient describes as “the Ferrari of prosthetics,” an
cian explains. “It was clear to me that wasn’t something
elegant mechanical hand that costs $100,000.
Gregg wanted to hear.” He has also started to build up
Although Gregg’s finger loss is unusual in COVID
the remaining healthy tissue so that the right hand can
patients, it is not unique. Dr. Kulber says that he has
accommodate a prosthesis and the left hand, which still
seen four or five other patients recently who experienced
has finger stubs, will be more functional. He may end
the same problem—inflammatory damage caused by the
up putting in bone extenders—a mechanical device that
coronavirus infection to the tiny blood vessels that per-
lengthens the remaining bone millimeter by millimeter—
fuse the fingers and toes. Starved of oxygen, the append-
but he isn’t sure yet whether it will be necessary.
ages gradually die, just as they would from frostbite. In Gregg’s case, the situation may have been worsened
So far, Dr. Kulber has “cleaned up” Gregg’s fingers
complex surgeries on Gregg, preparing him for what
In spite of the daunting medical procedures and long rehabilitation ahead, Gregg glances over his shoulder and
by the administration of Levophed, an IV drug given to
smiles at a still-shrink-wrapped gift from a friend: new
increase blood pressure when it drops disastrously low.
Rossignol skis. Without a hint of reserve, he says, “I will
Levophed, a vasopressor, works by constricting blood flow
definitely be skiing again. It will be a huge event. COVID
to the extremities, meaning it can compromise circulation
was a life-changing experience, but it’s not going to
in the hands and feet even in non-COVID patients.
change my life.” ■
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financial planning practice through
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ment 12 years ago. He has been married for
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“I have found my passion for building long-
“A client is more than just a client to us!”
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term relationships with clients—working with
says Jason, who is proud of Northwestern
enjoying dinner or a round of golf together or
them to develop strategies that help them
Mutual’s strong foundation of 163 years in the
supporting clients’ philanthropic endeavors.
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industry. “We help them fulfill their lifelong
is nothing better than receiving a thank-you
hopes and dreams.”
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message from a client who is able to retire
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This industry allows me to work with clients
and that’s important. You should work with an
Dry to rethink her future. The economic
regardless of their income level and guide
advisor who practices what they preach.”
downturn had a detrimental impact on
them on the journey of financial security.”
Karen as a business owner, and she found
Fast-forward to the current pandemic and
Karen enjoys spending time with her life partner, Troy, her kids and her Labrador pup-
herself in the position of needing to quickly
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pivot and rebuild her career. Desiring to help
career choice all those years ago has paid off.
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“Knowing so many of my clients were able to
that is her pride and joy. Behind the scenes,
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Our tour guide, Ace, greets us in the large open
hotel, which wraps around the buzzing OH
lobby of the Hotel Valley Ho, a landmark prop-
Pool, or The Tower and its sweeping views of
erty in the heart of Scottsdale. She’s quick to
Scottsdale and Camelback Mountain. All rooms
point out the black-and-white photos adorning a
and suites come thoughtfully furnished with
nearby wall. Most are from the 1950s, the hotel’s
mid-century-inspired furniture and accents,
heyday, when celebrities like Bing Crosby, Tony
many with sliding glass doors that open to pri-
Curtis, Janet Leigh and Zsa Zsa Gabor sipped
martinis poolside. That magnificent mid-century aesthetic
Swanky ZuZu creates a fun vibe with a tasty menu from breakfast to dinner. The bar bustles
survives in the current incarnation of the hotel:
all afternoon and into the night with cock-
vivid color, warm woods and modern accents
tails and conversation in the stylish lounge or
bathed in natural light. But as Ace shares, the
adjacent patio. The VH Spa reopened in October
journey from 1956 to today wasn’t always bright
with safety measures and a full list of treatments
available to guests. hotelvalleyho.com
Designed by Edward Varney in a sleek, mini-
A sister property on the other side of
malist style, the original Valley Ho was built
Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley offers a
by John B. Mills based on the belief that “the
fresh take on a vintage escape. Built only a few
important thing is to make your guest feel want-
years after Valley Ho in 1959, Mountain Shadows
ed.” Mills owned the hotel along with Robert
similarly attracted celebrities alongside interna-
Foehl and his wife, Evelyn. For many years the
tional travelers and families.
hotel provided a desert oasis for Hollywood elite,
In 1960 the property enjoyed an 80-acre
even hosting Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner’s
expansion with the addition of a golf course,
nuptials in 1957.
clubhouse and more accommodations. In the
But in the ’70s the hotel changed ownership
’80s the hotel endured a corporate takeover and
and lost much of its luster in the ensuing decades.
closed in 2004. After changing hands several
It wasn’t until 2002 that a local company pur-
times and undergoing a complete renovation, the
chased the resort and began a meticulous restora-
new incarnation of Mountain Shadows opened its
tion. Three years later the new Valley Ho debuted
doors in 2017.
with a cheerful nod to its glamorous past. Accommodations can be found in the main
Mountain Shadows takes a modern approach to design, playing off the original layout but
spicing up the vibe with a clean, elegant style. Rooms come spacious and beautifully appointed. The hotel’s
Golfers will appreciate The Short Course, a fun,
low profile and minimalist design allow guests to take
quick round on the par-3 with 18 holes. The original
full advantage of the gorgeous desert setting.
golf course at the resort was designed and built in
Much of the activity takes place around the two
1961 by architect Arthur Jack Snyder. Architect Forrest
75-foot pools, flanked with cabanas and connected
Richardson, who was mentored by Snyder, completely
by an overwater walkway. Hearth ’61 is your hub for
redesigned the course by combining its storied heri-
food and drink, with ample outdoor dining and
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The Fear Factor
A 22-YEAR-OLD WRITER AND AVID TRAVELER SHARES WHAT HE HAS LEARNED FROM DIFFERENT CULTURES ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS AND LIFE. Written By Price Stephens | Illustrated By Nikki Smith
My perspective on COVID is different from most people’s. I’ve
In my Studio City neighborhood, usually filled with friend-
experienced the pandemic in three countries: France, America
ly smiles, I discovered hostility. Per usual, I hiked almost
and Croatia. My collegiate schooling is over, but my education
daily. Yet my favorite treks in Fryman Canyon were anything
continues. Over the last six months, I feel like I’ve gotten a
but relaxing. People looked guilty about being in a public
master’s degree in psychology and human behavior—and how
place, essentially hiding from each other on the slopes. Some
they intertwine to shape cultures differently.
hikers berated others for not wearing masks. Coming from
I started off this year living in Paris with my French girl-
France, I felt that the aggression was stark—and alarming.
friend, taking classes at a local university. Life was perfect.
And the level of fear, almost viewed as virtuous here, struck
Days began with the smell of freshly baked bread in the
me as unhealthy.
morning and ended with lively café culture at night. Then the
I am currently experiencing the pandemic in a third coun-
virus hit. As my American compatriots fled European univer-
try, Croatia, which seems to be at the other end of the spec-
sities, I decided to stay.
trum. Croatians seem fearless. Since opening their borders to
About three days before the quarantine began, I was in a
tourism in July, Croatia, a country that had almost no cases,
grocery store. I figured I’d buy some food because every time
has experienced a slight uptick. People here don’t seem to
I opened my phone, I saw Americans in Walmart throw-
mind. The elderly and vulnerable take extra precaution but
ing fisticuffs over toilet paper. I grabbed a week’s worth of
for the most part life is pretty normal here. They sanitize at
food … just in case. As I checked out, the lady asked me,
restaurants and servers wear masks, but there is no calcu-
“Qu’est que c’est?” “What is this?” What she meant was why
lable fear. Life carries on.
are you buying so much food? “COVID,” the next customer
Having experienced a trio of different approaches, I’m
said, holding a bottle of wine. The clerk rolled her eyes; the
pretty much at my thesis. I believe in all the necessary pre-
bystander rolled his eyes; I felt like an idiot. This was the
cautions, from social distancing to handwashing, especially
beginning of the new chapter of my education.
for the most vulnerable. But from what I’ve seen, fear isn’t
The reality played out and I never needed to stock up on
necessary in this fight. And it is not a key component to
preserved pasta sauces. The bakeries and butchers remained
staying healthy. I take a note from the French. We don’t need
open; the essentials remained available. My fear of the
to fear life to actually live it. ■
unknown wasn’t helpful. At first, I was perplexed with the
nonchalant approach of the French; now I find it beautiful.
Price Stephens is a freelance writer based in Studio City.
By the time I returned home to a shut-down America in July,
Having returned from Croatia, he is currently planning his next trip,
life had returned to fairly normal in Paris.
which will be to South America.
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