The Sunday Seven 01.19.20

Happy Sunday! This week’s Sunday Seven in wine, food, lifestyle, design and travel.

Happy Sunday! Here’s this week’s roundup in wine, food, lifestyle, design and travel.

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Dream Mid-Century Kitchen

All about this architect’s remodel of his own kitchen. Charcoal gray lower cabinets allow high-gloss white uppers and aluminum backsplash to give the kitchen dimension and refract natural light, custom exposed board-formed concrete walls complement Douglas Fir ceilings and doors, and a custom light adds character. I love the California modernist vibe of this room!

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Plant-Based Popularity

In a recent poll, 3% of Americans identified as vegan and 5% vegetarian, 39% of Americans are actively trying to eat more plant-based foods. Vegetarian, pescatarian (my personal choice), flexitarian and vegan – all no- or limited-meat diets, the difference between them, and why the recent popularity…

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Art & Design Destinations for February

February is a big month for art and design events around the world. It’s Stockholm Design Week, Art Rotterdam Week, and Palm Springs Modernism Week – one of my favorites! Also happening is Art Los Angeles Contemporary, which is a great way to shop new modern art. More about each destination and what it offers.

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Tulum’s Treehouse Gallery

The brainchild of Peggy Guggenheim’s great-grandson, IK Lab’s new seaside gallery in Tulum features curved walls like the NYC original, and more. He constructed the curvaceous, womblike space on the site of his eco-conscious resort and it keeps a deep reverence for Mother Nature – no trees were cut, and the structure sits on stilts so that local wildlife can still pass below. Very unique!

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Wine Sales Trended Down in 2019

Americans drank less wine for the first time in 25 years in 2019, according to one report, as separate analysis predicted price deals on U.S. wines in 2020 due to an oversupply of grapes. Consumption of wine dipped by 0.9%, which is the first recorded decline since 1994, and it was attributed to “changing generational habits”. It appears that more young people are opting for spirits, although sparkling wine sales still rose by 4% in volume in 2019. More wine for me 🙂

The Bluest Waters

13 places where you can see the bluest water in the world – to help you find your inner peace, and catch a few waves and rays while you’re at it. These lakes, seas, beaches, and bays have vistas that range from brilliant navy blues to the lightest, clearest turquoises imaginable. I was surprised to not see Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos, but one in the U.S. – Crater Lake, Oregon – did make the list.

A Cooler Way to River Cruise

You all have heard me talk about how fun I think River Cruises look, although the average age of the clientele has definitely slowed me down from signing up. Finally, U River Cruises, from Uniworld, is targeted to millenials. They feature sleek, all-black ships with luxe touches, less “guided” time off the ship, more night excursions, and targeted experiences like cocktail mixology classes and glamping under the stars.

Cheers to a wonderful and relaxing rest of your weekend!

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