Arts

Set in the West: Your Novel Picks

I’ve only been to Seattle once (what? I’m new here.), but that didn’t stop me from cracking up on nearly every page of Maria Semple’s novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Her lovingly satirical depiction of the city gave me an idea: What better way to get to know the West than by reading books set in it? I took to Twitter for your recommendations and found out you guys love Steinbeck. You are so cool.

Battle Sandcastle

In the West, sand sculpting isn’t just a beach day activity. People take it seriously, and they’ve been competing to prove their skills for decades. Here, a few of last year’s memorable entries.

String Gardens: Elevating Hanging Plants to Art

I love a hanging fern or succulent, but they’re nowhere near as eye-catching as my new obsession: Dutch horticultural artist Fedor van der Valk’s string gardens, which are essentially hanging works of floral art. Behold: For more eye candy, check out Pop Sugar Home’s interview with van der Valk, featuring more photos of his dazzling work. Photo source: Annelie Bruijn / Pop Sugar Home

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Designers’ Digs: Sonja Rasula’s L.A. Studio

Today: Sonja Rasula’s office in the heart of downtown L.A.’s burgeoning Arts District. Sonja is a designer and the brains behind State of Unique, the enormous two-day marketplaces that take place in San Francisco, L.A., and New York and only sell American-made products.