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Tastemakers to Watch in 2018

Written by Cindy Marie Jenkins on Tuesday, December 26th, 2017 at 12:46pm.

Here at Nook, we have a passion for people, places and properties. There is a reason that we say people first, for what makes a neighborhood special if not the people who live there? Welcome to #TastemakerTuesday, where we’ll feature the visionaries in our favorite nooks who are dedicated to building a better community through their talents.

A new year often signals a new start, and that applies to your home as well as your favorite neighborhood nook. We love bringing you Tastemakers from across California and Miami, including opera maestros, visual artists, workspace designers and even breweries (we often take the word “Tastemaker” literally around here!).

Some of these Tastemakers have been working in their nooks for a while and we want to bring an even brighter light to their work. Others are rising stars in their industry. Regardless, we understand how much time you spend around your home, the effect of landscape on your mental state, and the great impact that an authentic meal can have on your day.

Taste of Modern, San Francisco

Although based in the Bay, you can find Taste of Modern online and as an app for ease of shopping; you can also just follow their elegant social media channels if you just want to stay on top of the trends and ogle. Here you’ll find the best-curated home items, kitchen needs, watches of all kinds, fashion and tech. This is where you shop to impress your new client or always bring the favorite housewarming gift.

Amber & Honey Design Co., Los Angeles

Rhiannon Gillis saw that people seemed to harbor mixed feelings towards interior design, which translated to their feelings to their homes. She brought a team of artists together who include a photographer, home organizer, art expert, and blog editor, all with an understanding that different clients have different needs. They won’t try to force a full restoration on you if you just need help with one corner. And if you only want help finding the right art to fit your lifestyle, that’s a service the offer too. Amber & Honey Design even has virtual home decor packages with a la carte choices starting at $75.

Shachi Mehra’s Adya, Orange County

I’m not sure you can peruse Adya’s website without getting so hungry that you try to grab its entrees off the monitor. Inspired by India’s varied flavors and textures, Mehra’s mission is to “present an Indian experience that will allow those who are both familiar and less experienced with Indian cuisine to embark on a delicious, unique culinary journey.” She also uses local farmers and vendors whenever possible who share her values of organic and biodynamic ingredients. Adya was recently named one of the top 5 female chefs in LOCALE magazine as her business expands throughout Orange County.

Janette Mallory Interiors, Santa Barbara

Mallory enters a space and listens to what it wants - how the walls, windows, floors, and ceiling speak to her. She doesn’t consider herself to hold a distinctive style; rather, she combines her knowledge of architecture, art, psychology, and beauty to create some of the most well-envisioned interiors we’ve seen. Mallory’s been featured in the 805, as well as Westlake, 90265 and Brentwood magazines, and her work is known throughout Southern California.

Roxanne Kim-Perez of Singing Gardens, San Diego

Kim-Perez got her start as a landscape architect after a disastrous experience with her own front lawn. Once she realized that there was much more to gardens than just choosing the right plants, she studied and found her own love of succulents and the relaxation that a well-landscaped garden brings to you. Kim-Perez also understands how to work within a budget. She excels at modern designs, including succulents, zen gardens, container Mediterranean, and the ever popular California xeriscape landscapes.

Restaurant Designer Karen Hanlon Design, Inc, Miami

Karen Hanlon’s look is all over Southern Florida. You think about Miami, and right after Art Deco pops into your head, it’s the food. If you’re lucky enough to have enjoyed the delicacies and cocktails of the area, you likely sat in one of Karen Hanlon’s creations. She believes that “energy is the life-force” of a restaurant and she channels it through an incredible understanding of the menu’s personality. Some of her more famous designs include Vibe, Yolo and O Lounge, and CG Burgers.

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Photo Credit: Singing Gardens



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