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. …

Whimsy + Indulgence at Art Los Angeles Contemporary’s 10th Annual Art Fair

Santa Monica's ALAC celebrates the playfulness of art on show

Away from the hubbub of Frieze Los Angeles and the intimacy of the Felix Art Fair, Art Los Angeles Contemporary (ALAC) celebrated its 10th anniversary this past weekend. Occupying the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica Airport, the fair felt comfortable in its own Olson Kundig-designed skin. Some 100 exhibitors—drawn from 19 countries—presented thoughtful, diverse and provocative pieces. Highlights were found everywhere. And yet a certain use of whimsical, indulgent blends of color, …

Test Drive: 2017 Chevy Volt

From Santa Monica to Monterey, we explore the vehicle's substantial upgrades

by Justin Kaehler Chevrolet dreamed big when it first launched the Volt. Designed to be the next big thing in alt-fuel vehicles, Volt gave drivers the ability to travel 40-ish miles on electricity alone. And when the batteries ran out, a switch over to a gas-powered engine helped keep things moving. In other words, the Volt offered the feel-good vibes of pure EV driving without …