Kelly Wearstler’s Vision for the Santa Monica Proper Hotel

Insight on the design process behind this sophisticated but home-like property

The spacious lobby of the Santa Monica Proper Hotel—with its earth tones, textured wood and natural stone set among a variety of deep, plush seating—feels like a private home overlooking the water. This was part of designer Kelly Wearstler’s vision for the renovation of a 1920s Spanish Colonial Revival office building into a 271-room hotel, situated blocks from the Pacific Ocean in downtown Santa Monica. …

Holiday Gift Guides 2019: Gifts That Give Back

Giving a gift to a loved one as well as a person you'll never meet is special, significant and satisfying

In December, our collective consumerism can reach a fever pitch and prompt some very real self-reflection regarding our approach to the festive season. With this in mind, we encourage readers to donate time or money—if possible—to organizations like The Trevor Project, Everytown, Kiva,  RAICES, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. Sometimes, though, you can buy a present that a loved one will adore and give to …

Holiday Gift Guides 2019: $25 and Under

Because this month can be expensive, some more affordable ideas

Whether buying gifts for countless family members, taking part in present exchanges with colleagues, attending festive season parties, or traveling for the holidays, December can be expensive. Whether you’re buying a bottle for your hosts or grabbing a gift for your cousin’s newborn, we have trawled the internet to find some more affordable options. Within our $25 and Under Gift Guide there are presents for …