Visiting Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House

When I received this month’s issue of Preservation (published by the National Trust) I was excited to see one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian Homes on the cover. The Usonian Home is a Wright design made for the middle class family. The first one, the Jacobs House, was built in 1936 and several followed in […]

Visiting Stanley Ranch Museum in Garden Grove

Having grown up in Orange County I’m always amazed when I discover places that have been around my whole life. How did I completely miss their existence? One such place is Stanley Ranch in Garden Grove. Now, I must admit I had passed by it in the past and thought “that’s an interesting historic home” […]

A Wet and Windy Day in San Francisco

When I travel I try to make the most of my time in a new place and cram my days with activities. My reasoning is that there are so many places in the world to see that I don’t have time to make a return visit. So, I try to see as much as I […]

Exploring Lake Tahoe and the Eastern Sierras

Last week I wrote all about my family’s adventures through California Gold Country, the region of the state lying just west of the Sierra Nevada’s. We discovered a beautiful area rich in history but were also eager to discover the Eastern side of the mountain range. Luckily, we did just that as we made our […]

Everything’s Coming Up Roses at Exposition Park Rose Garden

Awhile back I had the perfect post about Fall flowers in Exposition Park. I was excited to share the beauty I had seen at the rose garden but then life got in the way. Before I knew it it was winter and my perfect post was out of date. But as I sit here on […]

Exploring California’s Gold Country

As much as I love Southern California I’m eager to explore as much of the state as I possibly can. This past Fall my family and I decided to tackle its Eastern portion and explored both sides of the Sierras. One of the areas we were most eager to visit was Gold Country and, let […]

Visiting The Oakridge Estate – Barbara Stanwyck’s Former Home

As a classic film lover I’m very lucky to live in Southern California where Hollywood history seemingly lurks on every corner. From movie palaces to filming locations to star hangouts to their former residences the area has it all. In fact, I love visiting the former homes of Golden Ages stars and luckily there are […]

A Vintage Christmas at the Banning and Homestead Museums

It’s no secret I love a good historic home and when that home is all decked out for Christmas it’s extra special. Two of my favorite local museums are The Banning Museum in Wilmington and the Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum in the City of Industry and both recently held Christmas fairs. Of course, […]

A Most Unusual Christmas Event with Charles Phoenix

Several years ago I heard about a local entertainer who collected vintage slides and put on comedic shows featuring them. It sounded like a lot of fun so my friends and I attended the Charles Phoenix Retro Slide Show and I was instantly smitten. His hilarious commentary combined with a gaggle of vintage slides made […]

Christmas at the Newland House

One of my favorite parts of Christmas is the decorations everywhere. No other holiday leads to such festive embellishments. From the grocery store to the bank to the mall you’ll find trees and santas and snowmen galore. I especially love the practice of decorating historic homes. They’re wonderful to visit year round but when they’re […]