Based out of Manhattan Beach, Lombardi Construction specializes in creating beautiful, luxurious homes for the unique environment of Southern California’s beach cities. Building a beachfront home means year-round outdoor living and incredible natural vistas, but it also means working to ensure that projects are suited to coastal conditions.


When restauranteur Sean Meenan teamed up with liquor producer and nightlife impresario Rande Gerber to bring his classic Nolita eatery Cafe Habana from the East Coast to the West, the duo decided to create a relaxed, beach-like atmosphere to complement the new restaurant’s Malibu location. Cafe Habana Malibu’s interior design nods to the dark, wood-paneled gentlemen’s clubs of the past, classic Cuban architecture, and California flora and fauna. To take advantage of the seaside city’s comfortable weather and ocean breezes, the cafe features a sunny patio sheltered by a wooden pergola, complete with a bold mural by graphic designer and street artist Shepard Fairey.


For nearly thirty years, Southern California-based Urban Landscape has specialized in high end residential landscape design and construction, with expertise in outdoor kitchens, outdoor living areas, custom pools, custom water features and living walls. Many employees have been with the firm for over twenty years, guaranteeing that this tightly-knit team maintains a high level of expertise and experience in crafting beautiful and livable outdoor spaces.


Remodeling a room or building a new space takes a lot of time, energy, and thought. Technology will never replace the creative process of design, but fortunately it can make it a whole lot easier. We’ve rounded up three of our favorite iPhone apps for architects and designers, whether you’ve misplaced your surface level or are trying to communicate a color scheme to clients.


Joan Grabel’s unique, eco-conscious landscape designs have made her a favorite on HGTV and throughout Southern California. As the owner of award-winning Los Angeles-based landscaping firm Park Slope Design, Grabel uses her background as a visual artist to create appealing outdoor spaces that emphasize natural resources, energy efficient features, and drought tolerant plants.