DIY Archive

Join Moby, Shepard Fairey+Me for the Zeitguide

By: Rose Apodaca

I hope you will take the time this Wednesday, May 6, from 7-9 p.m. to join Moby, Shepard Fairey and yours truly in a panel helmed by our friend Brad Grossman, who’s taken the uber inquisitiveness that made him Brian Grazer’s right hand guide for so many years and in 2008 finally founded the Zeitguide, […]

You Say Tomato, I Say Gazpacho

By: Rose Apodaca

This just might be my favorite time of year, in large part because the most delicious, most colorful heirloom tomatoes are available. With any luck, they are over ripe for the picking, too, at my farmer’s market (Andy and I shop the Hollywood one, as you followers on our Instagram account know all too well!). […]

Win Umbra Shift!

By: Rose Apodaca

To celebrate the new Umbra Shift Collection Umbra, we’ve partnered up with our Toront0-based pals at Umbra to giveaway the novel Hanger Chair by Philippe Malouin (a $250 value!) plus other pieces from the capsule debut. To enter: 1) Post an arty pic of your fave piece of modern design at home or work—whether it’s […]

Be My Guest as I Moderate: Designing with Art

By: Rose Apodaca

An art lover, I’ve never been one to advocate that any work be shoehorned into a color scheme: a Jackson Pollack because it matches the confetti-colored sofa? (To wit, I also don’t care for matching my toe and finger nail lacquer shades.) Yet art, the art you want to proudly enjoy in your home or […]

Crafting Community is on A+R

By: Rose Apodaca

As we pack up the robots and kites and magnetic blocks for this weekend’s roving A+R Toy Lab at the Technicolor camp for kids and parents in the desert that is Crafting Community, we’re also rolling out a designated Crafting Community page at our online shop. All the cool toys we’ve collected for Toy Lab […]

Crafting Community…and So Much More

By: Rose Apodaca

Neither one of us had been much for camp as kids. That eagerness among classmates who finally could spend one week in a communal binge of activities seemed a little weird given our own parents willingness throughout the seasons to engage in all sorts of creative projects and camping excursions. Even though I grew up […]

Put a Cap on the Fourth

By: Alex Dinari

As grills from coast to coast fire up this Fourth of July, we at A+R believe a meatless Independence Day isn’t necessarily unpatriotic. On my grill this supersized of American holidays will be the Portabella mushroom. Available year-round, select Portabellas with a tight underside and light-colored gills. With a mighty Star Spangled Spatula by J. […]

Get Your Tix: Rose Chats with Michael Schmidt at LACMA

By: Rose Apodaca

Madonna, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Cher, Tina Turner and a galaxy of pop culture’s supernovas owe a flash of their sparkle to Michael Schmidt, whose imaginative, provocative costumes and accessories are innovations in craftsmanship and materials—as disparate as plastic Legos, razor blades, Swarovski Elements and sterling silver links. This spring the Los Angeles designer made history […]

Fired Up: A Garden Goes To Pots

By: Rose Apodaca

If imitation can be absolved as flattery, then may we be forgiven for wanting to assemble our own sitting wall of clay pots in our humble back yard in Los Angeles, a 3-hour flight from the original in the back of a Modernist landmark in Mexico City. Eight hundred hand-turned, diamond-shaped clay pots, some topped […]

A VIP Lunch at Cucina Nina Clemente

By: Rose Apodaca

Will work for food. That might as well be my motto. Andy can certainly have his way when he puts his extensive cooking talents to work (which, admittedly, is nightly…OK, the cooking—not having his way!). And so it came, with the promise of dinner, that one of our favorite people, Nina Clemente, came calling one […]