suite treats: snacking with graze

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Who doesn’t love when little brown paper packages tied up with string show up at their front door?  Umm, no one.  Especially when they’re filled with delicious little packets of good-for-you munchies from Graze!  These are definitely a few of our favorite things.

Graze makes snacking simple and nutritious with their over 100 recipes filled with things like dried fruits, berries, nuts, seeds, and chocolate.  A few of our favorites include the “Veggie Caesar” with ranch flavored half popped corn kernels, cheddar cheese bruschetta and edamame beans, the “Jelly Doughnut” which mimics the sweet taste of the higher-calorie snack with low-cal ingredients like raspberry fruit strings, raspberry infused cranberries, almond slivers, and vanilla cookie drops,  the “Summertime Punch” with goldenberries, pineapple & coconut, and the “Honeycomb Flapjack” (Graze’s version of a chewy granola bar) drizzled with chocolate.

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Each perfectly portioned snack has a positive benefit like being a source of essential vitamins, low-calorie (under 150 calories) or a source of protein.  All of their snacks contain no GMO’s, artificial flavors or colors, no high-fructose corn syrup, and 0 grams transfat per serving. And you can customize your box to suit your preferences (like vegan, low sugar, low calorie) or just to satisfy your #SuiteTooth.

For only $11.99, Graze will deliver eight tasty treats straight to your door at the frequency you want: every week, every 2 weeks, or every month.  You can try your first box FOR FREE on us with no commitments, by clicking here.  Happy snacking!

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Have you ever tried Graze?  What’s your favorite #WaystoGraze?  Let us know in the comments below.

Note: This post is not sponsored, Graze is an affiliate partner.  We like to share things that we genuinely love and think our readers will too.

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all photos: the suite life


playlist: apartment hunting

Apartment hunting in LA can be stressful, so we wanted to make it a bit sweeter by creating a playlist to get you pumped about looking at all those potential new pads.  Our playlist picks are all inspired by Los Angeles with nods to our favorite city or renting.  Check out the lyric highlights below.

Imagine it’s the weekend and you and your bestie just finished brunch at Republique.  You’re in the car headed to the first of many appointments to look at apartments when all of a sudden you hear, “I knew my rent was gon’ be late about a week ago. I worked my ass off, but I still can’t pay it though.”  If that beat doesn’t get you through any beige wall disappointments, the rest of our playlist will.

Let us know your favorite song from our playlist in the comments below or chime in with any of your fave LA-inspired hits we may have missed.  And then check out our tips for scoring the perfect apartment.

“Time of Our Lives” – Pitbull featuring Ne-Yo
“I knew my rent was gon’ be late about a week ago
I worked my ass off, but I still can’t pay it though.”

“Pretty Girls” – Britney Spears featuring Iggy Azalea
“Hey, don’t you know that it’s always the same?
From Australia ’round to LA
You can betcha’, wherever the girls go, boys follow”

“You and I” – Lady Gaga
“We got a whole lot of money but we still pay rent
‘Cause you can’t buy a house in heaven”

“Lullaby” – Shawn Mullins
“She grew up with the children of the stars
In the Hollywood Hills and the boulevard”

“My House” – Flo Rida
Open up the champagne, pop!
It’s my house, come on, turn it up”

“Walkin’ in LA” – Missing Persons
“Walkin’ in L.A., nobody walks in L.A.”

“California Gurls” – Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg
“California girls, we’re unforgettable”

“Fancy” – Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX
“I’m so fancy, you already know
I’m in the fast lane, from L.A. to Tokyo”

“California Love” – 2pac featuring Dr. Dre
“California… knows how to party
In the city of L.A.”

“LA Love” – Fergie
“Uh, tell ’em where I’m from
Finger on the pump make the sixth straight jump from SoCal
Hollywood to the slums”

“I am a Good Girl” – Christina Aguilera from the Burlesque soundtrack
“My address today, L.A. by the way
Above Sunset Strip, the Hills all the way”

“All I Wanna Do” – Sheryl Crow
“All I wanna do is have some fun
Until the sun comes up over Santa Monica Boulevard”

“American Boy” – Estelle featuring Kanye West
“Take me on a trip, I’d like to go some day
Take me to New York, I’d love to see LA.”

“Beverly Hills” – Weezer
“Beverly Hills – That’s where I want to be!
Living in Beverly Hills”

“Free Fallin'” – Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
“I wanna glide down over Mulholland
I wanna write her name in the sky”

“Girls Girls Girls” – Motley Crue
“Girls, girls, girls
Dancin down on the Sunset Strip”

“I’m in LA Trick” – LMFAO
“Drink all day, play all night
Let’s get it poppin’, I’m in LA trick!”

“The Way That You Love Me” – Paula Abdul
“It ain’t your heavy connections
It ain’t the Hollywood game”

“Let’s Go Crazy” – Prince
“So when you call up that shrink in Beverly Hills
You know the one, Dr. Everything’ll-Be-Alright”

“Moment 4 Life” – Nicki Minaj
“South side Jamaica, Queens and it’s crazy
Cause I’m still hood, Hollywood couldn’t change me”

“Forget You in LA” – Poema
“Or maybe I’ll try out the West Coast
And forget you in LA”

“Party in the USA” – Miley Cyrus
“I hopped off the plane at L.A.X. with a dream and my cardigan”

“Obsessed” – Mariah Carey
“Sayin’ we up in your house, sayin’ I’m up in your car,
But you in LA, and I’m out at Jermaine’s.”

“Under the Bridge” – Red Hot Chili Peppers
“Sometimes I feel like my only friend
Is the city I live in the city of angels”

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the woodlawn suite: in memory of former resident, holly woodlawn

Andy Warhol transvestite Superstar Holly Woodlawn, acclaimed for her performance in 'Trash', photographed in 1970. (Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images)

Photo by Jack Mitchell/Getty Images

We can only imagine the stories these walls could tell.  Transgender icon, Holly Woodlawn, who passed away just last week at the age of 69, called our apartment building in West Hollywood home for more than 10 years.

Born Haroldo Santiago Franceschi Rodriguez Danhakl in Puetro Rico, Holly grew up in Miami and rose to fame in Andy Warhol’s 1970 movie Trash.  She was later immortalized in the opening lines of Lou Reed’s song, “Walk on the Wild Side”.

Living in our building in West Hollywood, Holly was a colorful and lovable character.  She’d often call down to us from her upstairs window when we were out tending to the landscaping and ask if we’d go pick her up a bottle of chardonnay and a pack of cigarettes from the store. On the 4th of July, we’d hear her giggling and tossing firecrackers from her balcony and she could always be counted on for the occasional photo shoot in her apartment.

Above all, our favorite memory of Holly was watching her flirtatious kindness during Gay Pride. As she was being pushed down the center driveway in her wheelchair, she asked to stop and picked a handful of flowers from the courtyard so that she could pass them out to all the cute boys on the street.

Holly not only made a lasting impression on pop culture, the transgender community, and West Hollywood, but also on us, our residents, and our small apartment building.  Our floor plans have all been named after actresses of 1950’s Old Hollywood, as a nod to the era in which our building was built.  To honor Holly’s memory, we’d like to dedicate her previous home, Suite 4, in her honor.  It will now be known as The Woodlawn Suite and we hope that its residents, current and future, will continue to make fabulous and colorful memories within its walls.


these walls do talk: a peek into our remodel process

Not only do we put in a lot of hard work and spend long hours on our apartment remodels, we also put in a ton of thought and a bunch of love.  Built in 1951, this gorgeous mid-century modern building in Los Angeles is home to 16 one-bedroom suites that each get a makeover upon vacancy.

In our last completed remodel, it was also our first suite to get a complete overhaul with an all new kitchen and bathroom – both of which we had never taken on before.  This Harlow floor plan suite had been occupied for more than 10 years and had been lived in hard.  There were four (!) different types of flooring in this one bedroom apartment: old, matted carpet in the living room and bedroom, retro parquet wood flooring in the dining room, original lime green ceramic tile in the bath, and thick, dark Spanish tile in the kitchen.   The white paint on the walls had seen better days and there was custom shelving drilled high along the walls from the previous tenant.  It needed a ton of love to get back into decent shape.

Back in the ’50’s, carpet was considered a luxurious upgrade to an apartment building, but nowadays hardwood floors are way more desirable and much easier to take care of over the long term.  So when we set out to design what our remodeled apartments would include, we made sure to nix the carpet and opt for real maple hardwood floors – no laminate over here, SuiteHearts.  We also wanted to preserve some of that Old Hollywood-era charm while still making sure that the interiors of our suites were updated and functional.  We’ll show you how we achieved both.

the living room

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The great thing about this floor plan is that it had good bones with a large living area and big windows, two walk-in closets, original crown moulding, and a built-in book shelf.  We didn’t feel that it needed major improving, aside from installing those espresso-colored hardwood floors throughout and adding window blinds.

Of course, paint is a must and has an immediate impact to any space, so we opted for a subtle hue and chose Behr’s “Chocolate Froth” for the walls and “Ultra Pure White” for all of the doors and trim.  We like to keep things uniform throughout all of our suites so this is the standard color we’ve been using for a while now with great feedback from our residents.  We’ve found that it is a nice neutral background that creates a good contrast from the white trim and allows enough color to make the space feel warm and inviting without being polarizing to different decor and color schemes.

We also made some simple changes that had high impact like replacing the doors on the two closets from dated louvered doors to more vintage-inspired and polished 2-panel rounded pre-hung ones.  One of these walk-in closets housed the suite’s water heater which was an odd location, so we took the opportunity before the hardwood floors were installed to relocate it to the closet directly outside the kitchen’s back entrance.  That left both walk-in closets open to a ton of storage possibilities.  (Shoe closet, anyone?)

To preserve the 1950’s character, we kept the gorgeous original crown moulding that runs along the living and dining room ceiling.  While we were torn with keeping the original wood detail of the built-in bookshelf, we chose to update it instead with glass shelving to keep the space open and airy.  Opting for glass also means not having to paint the shelving after each vacancy and adds a nice focal point.

the dining room

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While the space was pretty simple before, we made some small updates like reinstalling the chair rail that had been removed throughout the years and adding decorative moulding below to better define the space and separate it from the living room.  The moulding also added a luxurious touch to this room that’s reminiscent of the 1950’s era it is from.  Simply swapping out the dated ceiling fan for a shiny new lighting fixture sealed the deal for this divine dining room.

the kitchen

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We opted to take the plunge and remodel the entire kitchen out of necessity.  We found that throughout the years (prior to us taking over management of the building), some of the previous residents had decided to take matters into their own hands and customize the space to fit their personal needs.  While this is fine if you own the place or get permission from your Landlord ahead of time, this wasn’t the case for us and the owner of our building was left to fix all of the damage that previous tenants had done over time.

Thick, dark tile was installed on top of the old linoleum floor in the kitchen creating an uneven transition from the parquet covered dining room.  The cabinet doors in the kitchen had been removed and thrown away (we’re still not sure what the tenant was thinking on this one), a resident cut the bottom of one of the cabinets to be able to squeeze a portable dishwasher on top of the counters, and previous to this last tenant, a dog was allowed to scratch and gnaw at the bottom of the kitchen cabinets which were unable to be fixed without having to rebuild the entire cabinet.  They were too damaged to be salvageable, so we knew we had to start over.

With the kitchen being totally overhauled, we took the opportunity to redesign the layout and started with moving the sink from the corner (where a lot of counter and cabinet space was wasted) to moving it underneath the window.  This allowed for more usable counter space while still being able to look out of the window while doing dishes.

In the previous layout, the refrigerator and stove were directly across from each other which could cause some traffic congestion if both appliances needed to be accessed at the same time. So we opted to move the fridge as far over as we could to allow for more space.  We also tucked a tall pantry next to it as well for additional food storage – something that the previous kitchen never had.

After researching a few different suppliers and options, and traveling to a ton of different stores to see them in person, we chose to go with Ikea’s new Sektion cabinets because of their affordability, durability, and longevity.  What really sold us is that if something happens to one of the cabinet drawers or doors down the road, we can easily swing by Ikea and pick up a replacement.  Each cabinet was built and installed by us by hand (there’s extra love in those cabinets we can attest) and includes soft-close hinges and drawers.  Every inch was maximized and there’s even a shallow hidden drawer inside the top drawer of each of those bottom cabinets.

We opted for white Shaker-style cabinets and light colored quartz counter tops to keep the kitchen feeling light and bright.  To add some subtle color, we went with a green glass back splash to bring in a bit of a modern feel and tiled the entire space behind the stove as a focal point.

the bedroom

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There really wasn’t much decorative detail in the bedroom to add or improve on.  Simple updates to the paint, blinds, and ceiling fan were standard.  Where we achieved some high impact in this room, was when we updated the closet doors.

The original closet configuration included wooden closet doors that were tired and didn’t slide well.  The storage space up above was deep, but not really easily accessible or practical.  So we started over and installed floor-to-ceiling mirrored closet doors that completely transformed the space.  They immediately opened up the room and made it even brighter.  Inside, we added a closet organizer with shelving to maximize the space and also updated the linen closet cleverly hidden behind the bedroom door with the same Ikea cabinets that we used in the kitchen. Storage galore!

the bathroom

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While redoing the entire bathroom was not on the original remodel plan, as the project evolved, it quickly became clear that if we were going to put this much effort into one suite, why not go all the way?  We had always planned on updating the bathroom, just not to this extent.  Bye bye groovy lime green tile, hello stunning Carrera marble!  Go big or go home, right?

While we loved the original tub, it just wasn’t big enough for those Calgone moments, so we opted to go with a stand-up shower configuration instead.  In this small space we splurged a little bit and went with white-and-gray Carrera marble for the shower with a silver band and shower nook accent.  We chose a frameless and trackless sliding shower door to keep the bathroom feeling as open as possible and make cleaning a breeze.  The floor is gray ceramic and the bathroom is accented with brushed nickel hardware – from the toilet paper holder to the towel bar and textured mirror.

The space between the vanity cabinet and shower was tight so we had to get creative and repurpose a piece of furniture from one of our favorite affordable hidden gems, Nadeau Furniture on La Brea.  We customized this piece to fit the plumbing and added an above cabinet sink to complete the overall look.

It was a lot of work but also a ton of fun shopping for and putting together every piece that went into this suite.  The owner of our building loved it so much that they opted to remodel the next two suites coming up just like this one.  Deep breath, we’re off to Ikea again…

What was your favorite part of this remodel?  Let us know in the comments below.


brighten up your apartment with a bouq

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There’s nothing we love more than coming home to fresh flowers.  They instantly brighten up any room, smell amazing, and give your apartment that whole “put together” vibe.  So when we heard about The Bouqs (pronounced just like bouquet, but without the “et” at the end), we just had to try out their blooms.

The Bouqs makes sending fresh flowers to your apartment (or a friend) easy and affordable. Their signature bouqs come from Equador and are grown on the side of an active volcano which means lots of sunshine and nutrient rich soil (let’s just hope that volcano keeps a lid on it so we can keep getting our shipment of flowers, ok?).  The blooms are cut when you order them and are shipped directly to you instead of sitting in a warehouse cooler like at a regular florist, which means that they’ll last longer.  And each bouq is reasonably priced at only $40 and includes shipping!

We ordered the “Desperado” with hot pink roses and purple filler accents and when prompted if we wanted to double the amount of flowers we received for only $10 more, naturally we said yes! Who wouldn’t want more roses at that price point?

Our shipment arrived the following week in a long gray box and included flower food and directions on how to arrange our bouq to make sure that they lasted as long as possible.  We wasted no time in arranging the roses in a vase and brightening up our desk in the living room. We even upcycled some pretty glass bud vases (reed diffusers in their previous life) and spread the bouqs around to perk up the bathroom and bedroom too.

If you’re a planner (or a bit forgetful), you can even sign up for their “concierge” service where you can arrange to have flowers shipped automatically on important dates, like mother’s day or your boss’s birthday.  If you just want to keep your apartment looking cheerful and put together, you can also subscribe for regular deliveries to your doorstep either weekly, monthly, or every few months.  We think that’s a pretty sweet way to brighten up any room.

Check out The Bouqs here and tell them that The Suite Life sent you.

Do you love fresh flowers in your apartment?  Let us know your favorite kind in the comments below.

 

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dineLA restaurant week: the 10 spots not to miss

One of the best ways to experience all that LA has to offer in regards to dining is dineL.A.’s highly anticipated Restaurant Week.  Kicking off this week and continuing through next weekend, dineL.A. showcases over 350(!) restaurants throughout this gorgeous city that offer up a special prix-fixe menu for lunch and/or dinner at amazing prices.  With lunches ranging from $15-$25 and dinners ranging from $30-$50, now is the perfect time to try a new restaurant, hit up a fave, or finally taste something from the kitchen of that high-end place that you’ve been dying to try.

Since we dine out a lot, we thought we’d share a few of our favorites.  Here are our top picks for places to dine that we’ve tried and tested and highly recommend:

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1.  Connie & Ted’s – fresh seafood & cocktails

Lunch $25   I   Dinner $40

We are lucky enough to live within walking distance to this salty gem.  Make a res during dineL.A. and be sure to choose their lobster roll from their dineL.A. menu served hot with drawn butter and choose the scoop of their homemade ice cream.  If peanut butter or butter pecan is an option, do it!  Trust us.

Cuisine: Seafood, American
Neighborhood: West Hollywood
8171 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood 90046

Connie & Ted’s: Menu & Reservations

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2.  A.O.C. – cheese & charcuterie

Lunch $25 (Monday-Friday only)

We had lunch here last weekend and decided to make it one of our go-to dining out staples.  With a cheese and charcuterie plate offered on their dineL.A. lunch menu, that’s reason enough for us to go again.  And again.

Cuisine: Californian
Neighborhood: Beverly
8700 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles 90048

A.O.C.: Menu & Reservations

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3.  The Bazaar by Jose Andrés – the showstopper

Dinner $50

This is our #1 pick for our favorite restaurant in LA!  The dining experience is fun and playful with tapas-style small plates being served like their bite-size “Philly Cheesesteak” made with decadent Wagyu beef or their innovative jicama wrapped guacamole which inspired our immediate need for a mandolin in our kitchen.  (True story.)

Cuisine: Spanish
Neighborhood: Beverly
465 South La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles 90048 (located inside the SLS Hotel)

The Bazaar: Menu & Reservations

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4.  Fig & Olive Melrose Place – fresh mediterranean

Lunch $25   I  Dinner $50

The food here is super fresh, imaginative and was a hit with our entire family (that’s hard to do!). The space is warm and beautifully decorated.  Grab a seat on the enclosed patio if you can and be sure to enjoy all of their different olive oils with each dish.

Cuisine: Mediterranean
Neighborhood: Beverly
8490 Melrose Place, Los Angeles 90069

Fig & Olive: Menu & Reservations

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5.  Gracias Madre – vegan mexican 

Lunch $20   I  Dinner $30

Ok, so maybe “vegan” and “Mexican” don’t sound like they go together.  We mean, can it really have authentic Mexican flavors without meat and cheese? Gracias Madre is up to the challenge and killing it with every delicious plant-based bite.  Try one of their “snow cone” cocktails and order the empañadas.

Cuisine: Mexican, Vegan
Neighborhood: West Hollywood
8905 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood 90069

Gracias Madre: Menu & Reservations

Jar West Hollywood pot roast

6.  Jar – modern retro cuisine

Dinner $50

The decor is fashionably retro while the food was more than modernly mouthwatering.  Order their famous pot roast or savor the salmon for your main course.  You really can’t go wrong with anything on the updated traditional menu.

Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Beverly
8225 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles 90048

Jar: Menu & Reservations

mud hen tavern chicken waffle croquettes

7.  Mud Hen Tavern – a foodie’s playground

Lunch $25   I  Dinner $30

We went just last week and are still craving that ahhhhhmazing sauce from their chicken, bacon and waffle croquettes.  When you’re looking over your shoulder to make sure no other patrons catch you sopping up the sauce with a spoon, there’s no shame in this menu’s game.

Cuisine: American (new)
Neighborhood: Hollywood
742 North Highland, Los Angeles 90038

Mud Hen Tavern: Menu & Reservations

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8.  Red O by Rick Bayless – modern mexican

Dinner $50

We’ve got a soft spot for Mexican food and then when you tell us that this place serves a mean spicy jalapeño margarita, we’re jumping in flan first!

Cuisine: Mexican
Neighborhood: Fairfax
8155 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles 90046

Red O: Menu & Reservations

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9.  Rocksugar Pan Asian Kitchen – banana custard cake

Lunch $15   I   Dinner $30

This is basically our excuse to say that we need to go shopping or see a movie at the Century City mall (even though we don’t actually do either and just really need that banana custard cake). Each plate we’ve ever tried is filled with tons of flavor, is always consistent, and the decor is gorgeous.  Order the crispy samosas or the Indian stuffed flatbread and end your meal with the caramelized banana custard cake.  Every.  Single.  Time.

Cuisine: Asian Fusion
Neighborhood: Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles 90067

RockSugar Pan Asian Cuisine: Menu & Reservations

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10.  The Village Idiot – a great lively little bar

Lunch $15   I   Dinner $30

Belly up to this fun and inviting bar and restaurant that’ll remind you of that trip to London you took after college.  The atmosphere is welcoming and the food is hearty.  Try their roasted apple and arugula salad and the braised pork pie with a sweet ending of warm sticky coffee cake.  And don’t forget the pint of beer, mate.

Cuisine: American (new)
Neighborhood: Fairfax
7383 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles 90046

The Village Idiot: Menu & Reservations

For the full list of restaurants participating in dineL.A.’s Restaurant Week, click here.  

For more of our favorite restaurants to try in LA, visit our “dine” section and check out our thoughts on places like Animal and Eveleigh.

 

photos: food republic, aaron cookboy meets girl meets food, fig and olive, the suite life, jar, mud hen tavern, locale magazine, la restaurants, la weekly


the huxley on la brea

We know that apartment hunting in LA can feel just like being a contestant in the The Hunger Games so we want to help make sure that the odds are ever in your favor.  In this article, we do the legwork for you and tour an apartment community.  If we would consider moving in to the building ourselves, we recommend it to our readers – SuiteHearts like you.

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the huxley on la brea

Located on the bustling corner of La Brea and Fountain on the very edge of West Hollywood,  The Huxley boasts studio, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and some really swank amenities.

We got the full tour of the newly built building that’s just a short walk from the West Hollywood Gateway with stores like Target, Starbucks, Best Buy and a whole host of other shops and restaurants.  (See which lunch spot made our list of favorites here.)  This makes The Huxley prime real estate since there’s so many great places to walk to.  Heck, even Ralph’s is directly across the street to make your shopping trips super easy.  There’s no need to ever have to borrow a cup of sugar from your neighbor when groceries are this close.  (Unless, of course, this is just your excuse to flirt with your hot neighbor, we totally get it.)  And if you’re feeling a bit adventurous after partying at the pool,  you can hop on over to Kat Von D’s High Voltage Tattoo on the other side of La Brea.  Sweet!  Now let’s take a tour…

amenities: the pool

There’s one luxurious outdoor pool at this 187-unit community that’s lined with lounge chairs and a long wooden deck with benches on one side and an outdoor fireplace on the other.  At the far end, there’s a handful of enclosed private cabanas with seating, a TV, and a pretty cool lighting fixture made out of black sunglasses.

amenities: the clubhouse

The first thing you’ll notice as you step into the posh clubhouse is the large saltwater fish tank filled with fun creatures like lion fish.  This clubhouse has it all and is a huge open space to lounge in.  There’s a fully equipped kitchen to your right which is perfect if you reserve the clubhouse for a private function (that’ll run you $25/hour).  There’s a ton of different seating areas including comfy couches and chairs and a more formal space like the large dining table at the front or go casual with the bar stool area.

Bonus: There’s no deposit required to rent the clubhouse.

amenities: rooftop bbq, screening room, conference room, & fitness center

We couldn’t believe there were more amenities to see before hitting the models, but were super impressed that The Huxley boasts a fitness center, a screening room (reserve it now for the big game!), and rooftop BBQ area overlooking sweeping views of the Hollywood hills.  As a resident, you can also enjoy free outdoor movie nights where management will bring in catering and arrange for a fun movie to be projected onto the wall.  Umm, count us in for the next one!

Bonus: There’s also a private meeting room to get some work done or reserve for a meeting.

The Huxley - 1 Bedroom Kitchen

the apartments

Choose from a studio, 1 or 2 bedroom apartment with hardwood floors, in-home W/D, central A/C, walk-in closets, and gourmet kitchens with Caesar Stone counter tops and stainless steel appliances.  No matter where in the building your apartment is located, you’ll enjoy a great view either overlooking the pool, the zen garden, or the Hollywood hills.  The Huxley is pet friendly too welcoming both cats and dogs and also offers controlled-access (with fancy key fobs), and parking.  If you’re looking for a place with modern amenities and all the bells and whistles, The Huxley is your new home.

apartment amenities

  • Bright units
  • Natural flow to the floor plans
  • Gourmet kitchen with Caesar Stone counters
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Floor-to-ceiling windows
  • Walk-in closet
  • Patio/balcony
  • Washer/dryer in unit

community amenities

  • Controlled access/gated
  • Parking
  • Elevator
  • Heated pool
  • Business center
  • Clubhouse with sofas and flatscreen TVs
  • Fitness center
  • Rooftop deck with BBQs
  • High-speed WiFi in all common areas
  • Pet friendly – dogs & cats welcome
  • Outdoor dog run with clean-up station
  • On-site management
  • On-site maintenance
  • Near public transit

rental rates: $2250-$3525

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The Huxley   I   1234 North La Brea, West Hollywood, CA 90048   I   323.461.9346
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4 things to do at daylight savings time

alarm clock on nightstand

Twice a year we have to change our clocks for daylight savings time (maybe not on our phones anymore, but you get the picture).  But did you know that it’s also a great reminder to do a few things around the house that are often forgotten?  We’ve rounded up four things you should do every daylight savings to make sure you and your apartment are safe and organized.

change your smoke detector batteries

We know what you’re thinking: You know your smoke detector works because it goes off every time you cook, right?  But it’s important to make sure that the batteries are fresh at least twice a year in case of emergency.

Often times, Landlords will include in their leases that the tenants are responsible for checking and changing the batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  This is important because should a fire start in your building or in your apartment, we want to make sure that you and your pets make it out ok and that your smoke detectors are in good working order to warn you.

flip your mattress

To make sure that your mattress wears evenly, flip it over twice a year.  If you’ve got a pillow top, just rotate it instead of flipping it.

wash your pillows

Twice a year, take the covers off your pillow and wash them in the washer.  This will remove any build up of dry skin or oil that has accumulated.  Be sure to put them on the low setting when you put them in the dryer and make sure that any down pillows are completely dry so that mold doesn’t grow on the feathers.

organize your closet

With the weather starting to warm up (or cool down), now’s the perfect time to pack away your seasonal clothes and break out the shorts, flip flops, and bikinis (or sweaters, coats and boots).

What are your tips that you remember to do every daylight savings?  Let us know in the comments below.

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LA inspired decor

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Whether you’re already an official Angeleno or on your way to moving to the West Best Coast, we all have something special in common: We love LA!  And what better way to show off your love for the city of angels than by paying homage to the beaches, the palm trees, and the bright Hollywood lights with a little LA-inspired decor?

Our search for the best accessories started when photographer Catherine McDonald followed us on Twitter and we clicked through to her website.  A few clicks later and we were madly in love with her pics and her pillows!  So much so that we were inspired to find some fun decor to help bring a little bit of LA home to your apartment.

Welcome to the land of fame, excess.  Are you gonna fit in?  Of course you are!  And now so will your apartment with these fun and fabulous LA-inspired decor items.

1: “The View: Los Angeles” canvas print by Catherine McDonald $75.00-$175.00
The city of Los Angeles as seen from Griffith Park Observatory.

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2. “Strength” pillow by Catherine McDonald $30.00-$40.00
Palm Tree in Los Angeles, California.  Pillow is professionally printed with original artwork. One-sided or double-sided printing.

3. “Hollywood” pillow by Catherine McDonald $30.00-$40.00
Hollywood sign in color.  Pillow is professionally printed with original artwork.  One-sided or double-sided printing.

4. Beach rocks glasses by Sisters of Los Angeles (Set of 4) $45.00
Surf’s up at Venice, Santa Monica, Malibu, and Zuma with this set of four beach glasses. The perfect way to celebrate the end of a day, the ultimate wave, or that one-way ticket you just booked to LAX (whoop! whoop!).  Each 11 oz. glass is printed with organic inks right here in Los Angeles.  Because organic and local is so LA.

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5.  DTLA printed shower curtain by Janet Antepara Designs $65.00
Black and white photo of Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA).  While you’re sittin’ pretty in el baño, you can close your eyes and imagine lip syncing to Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” while making your way through LA traffic.

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6. Hollywood sign drink coaster by Zazzle $12.95/each

7. Los Angeles modern wall clock by iluxo $39.99
This modern clock features the iconic Randy’s Donuts, Beverly Hills palm trees, a view of downtown, and LA’s initials.  You can set it to your local time or mount it next to another wall clock with the time in Los Angeles.  You know, so you can get acclimated to your future time zone, dahling.

8. Oscar statue cookie cutter as seen on YumSugar (with recipe) $12.90
Nicole Perry of YumSugar cleverly used a mummy cookie cutter and magically transformed the shape into an Oscar!  You can sit with us, Nicole Perry.

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9. Silver lake candle by Stark Waxing Studio $32.00
Fresh, spicy green, crisp scent with hints of caramel and fruity apple.  Yep, that smells like Silverlake to us.  Notes of cape chamomile, cucumber, tuberose and sandalwood.  Oh yeah, we can smell the hipsters now.  (Is that a hint of kale we detect?) All Stark candles are 100% soy wax with a cotton wick and hand poured in Los Angeles. How very LA of them.

10. Chateau Marmont & Hollywood Roosevelt locket by Myan Soffia $24.00
Using Myan Soffia’s images as three interchangeable lids, Cat from Polarity has created this gorgeous magnetic locket.  Flaunt your LA style with pictures of the Chateau Marmont, LA skyline, & Hollywood Roosevelt hotel (Marilyn Monroe’s ghost not pictured).

11. Vintage black and white street sign of Los Angeles by Z Gallerie $249.95-$399.95
This street sign of Los Angeles lists the locations that every traveler should visit on a trip to The City of Angels. This giclee by Zoey Riley lists all of the destinations that should never be missed in the amazing city in which they are located.  Wait, we have a Main Street?

12. LAX perfume by The Scent of Departure – for women and men
Jet-set to LAX without leaving home.  Just a spritz of this Los Angeles perfume will spark scent-sational memories of sauntering down Robertson.  Conjuring the subtle aromas of life in your favorite urban oasis, this fragrance sparkles with notes of jasmine and gardenia. Each packaged perfume comes travel ready: the bottle is designed to look like a baggage claim ticket.

13. Beverly Hills notebook $8.00
Jot down all of your memories and star sightings in Beverly Hills.  And be sure to get Lisa Vanderpump’s autograph (and Giggy’s paw-tograph) when dining at Villa Blanca.

What’s your favorite item from our LA inspired decor picks above?  Let us know in the comments below.

Head on over to our Pinterest page for even more LA Decor selections including a candle by Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles’ Madison Hildebrand that smells like the beaches of Malibu.  Happy decorating!


10 ways to keep cool when your apartment doesn’t have a/c

Nothing beats the sunny weather here in Los Angeles.  That’s one of the top reasons you moved to LA, am I right?  But when the temp goes up, nothing beats having an apartment with A/C.  If you happen to live in an older building that was built prior to the 1970’s invention of central air & heat and your apartment didn’t come with a window air-conditioning unit, we’ve rounded up 10 easy ways to help you beat the heat when your apartment doesn’t have A/C.

close your windowswoman closing window

It may seem counter-intuitive, but opening the windows during the day will often make your apartment warmer by letting the hot outside air in.  Keeping your windows closed can actually help to keep your place cooler. When it starts to cool down at night, that’s when you open the windows to let the cooler air circulate inside throughout the evening and while you’re sleeping.  Just make sure you close them in the morning when it starts to heat back up and you’ll help to prevent the sun’s heat from coming indoors.

keep your blinds closedliving room blinds closed

This is one of the best ways to help keep your apartment cool by preventing the sun from heating up your apartment.  Keep the blinds closed and angle them downward so that the sun’s rays are blocked from shining through the windows.

turn off the lights turn off light blub

If your lamps and lighting fixtures still have the older incandescent light bulbs instead of the newer compact fluorescents or LED ones, these incandescent bulbs can surprisingly produce as much heat as they do light.  Energy Star-rated light bulbs use up to 90% less energy and produce 75% less heat, which will help your place stay cool while also cutting down on your electric bill.  While you’re at it, be sure to power down and unplug any electrical devices not in use, like your computer.

use fans strategically vintage fan

Make sure that your ceiling fan is running in the right direction – you should feel the breeze blowing down. And keep in mind that ceiling fans cool people and not rooms, so be sure to turn it off when you leave the room.  You can also keep a spray bottle on hand to help keep cool when sitting under the ceiling fan or in front of a floor fan.  As the water evaporates off your skin, it creates a cooling affect.

One of our favorite tricks is to use two floor fans strategically to blow the cool evening air in through one window or door and out on the other side of your apartment to help create a breeze throughout and keep the cool air circulating.

enjoy a cool meal apricot basil chicken salad

Don’t heat up your apartment by cooking dinner in the oven or on the stove.  Instead, opt for a no-cook meal like this tomato & watermelon salad with feta or any of these delicious no-cook summer meals from Martha Stewart.  Just like staying hydrated with cold water (or an icy cocktail) helps to keep your body temperature lower, so does noshing on cold foods.

take a cold shower or bath cold shower

While this may sound obvious, it is a very effective method for cooling down when you don’t have air-conditioning.  Hop in a cold shower or run a cool bath and relax while you soak for 20 minutes to cool down your core temperature.  Also try using a eucalyptus body wash or soap like this one from Bath & Body Works that has natural cooling and stress-relieving properties.

chill out barr co lotion

One of our favorite summer tips is to store your favorite lotion in the fridge and slather it on whenever you feel hot for instant relief.  You can also use it to cool down even further after your cold bath.  Or stick a bottle of water in the freezer and place in front of a fan to help cool down the air.

switch to a buckwheat pillow Buckwheat pillow

Turns out, buckwheat hull pillows are an ancient secret for helping to keep the body cool at night.  The hulls allow for fresh air to circulate and don’t hold on to your body heat like conventional pillows do.  So if the heat is preventing you from sleeping, try switching to a buckwheat pillow.  Another trick is to place your normal pillow in the fridge for a bit so you’ve got a nice cool place to rest your head when you crawl into bed.

request the addition of a screen door screen door

To help cool your apartment in the evening, inquire with your landlord about the possibility of adding a screen door to allow for the cool evening air to filter in.  If they won’t cover the cost, but will allow you to install one, it is a great value considering how much money you’ll save not having to run an electric air-conditioner.

add a portable a/c unit portable a/c unit

If you’re still sweltering after trying all of the tips above, see if your landlord will install an a/c unit.  If they won’t, consider purchasing a portable one that you can move from room to room (and apartment to apartment).

How do you stay cool in your apartment without A/C?  Let us know in the comments below.  And be sure to check out our Apartment Spring Cleaning Basics and 10 Things You Should Never Put Down Your Garbage Disposal.

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