Made in the West

A stunning, drought-friendly chicken coop

It isn’t everyday I stumble upon a chicken coop that’s equally sleek, creative, and water wise. Eager to learn about this drought-friendly design, I chatted with Santa Barbara architect, Alex Wyndham, to get the full scoop on Toro Canyon’s Chicken House.

Last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, but if you haven’t picked out a gift yet, don’t panic! These last minute finds can get to mom’s house (or inbox) before Sunday.

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National Bookstore Day!

Last May saw the inaugural California Bookstore Day. This year, on May 2, the celebration of the indie bookstore goes national with Independent Bookstore Day —and such institutions as Book Soup (L.A.), the Tattered Cover (Denver), and The King’s English Bookshop (Salt Lake City) are hosting readings, throwing parties, and selling books and gifts made especially for (and only for) that day.

Cheese, Glorious (Oregon) Cheese

You know that your day’s going well if—on a visit to one of your favorite cheese makers—you happen to stumble upon the final stages of a grilled-cheese contest.