Tamara Kaye-Honey founded interior design firm House of Honey (houseofhoney.com) in 2005 with the idea that both public and private spaces should invite and inspire. With offices in Pasadena and Montecito, she creates refreshingly soulful spaces, ranging from private residences to offices and restaurants in styles as diverse as Japanese-inspired, Spanish Revival, craftsman, French Normandy, and midcentury ranch. Her work is often inspired by her fashion background and world travels, and she’s always eager to collaborate with local builders, artisans, and artists for a holistic approach to design.
A great source for truly talented stained-glass artisans is Judson Studios, whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with. Their designs transform light, which redefines spaces and creates new possibilities.
Sometimes creative inspiration needs fuel. Two Kids Coffee has something for every mood: Gotham Coffee Roasters beans, polenta cakes, and Jason’s seasonal-brew kombucha. And they’re next door to my office. Gah.
I love looking outside the box for design. Prospect Bookstore is a new neighborhood addition that specializes in rare and collectible culinary treasures that masquerade as art. As a foodie, I could spend hours there.
It’s hardly under the radar, but the Rose Bowl Flea Market is truly a designer favorite for everything vintage perfect before you know you need it.
Whether you’re looking to fill out a wine cellar or just stock up for the weekend, Good Luck Wine Shop is new to the neighborhood and offers a variety of natural wines—it is a welcome companion to the fine selections at Mission Wine.
Vroman’s is a leader, mainstay, and historic landmark in the community. Its magazine rack is stocked with rare and hard-to-find art journals and is the perfect stop for design inspiration.
The city has a number of spectacular gardens. Summer months bring rose blooms, and Descanso Gardens has the most fragrant and colorful blossoms around. I especially love the vertical walls at the Sturt Haaga Gallery. I also love Arlington Garden, a community garden that always delivers and a trip there can feel like a mini getaway.
There are so many gorgeous restaurants in town, but I love the patio at The Raymond. Historic architecture, steamed mussels, and gourmet cocktails, all on a gorgeous patio. I wish I were there right now.
For wellness, I’m partial to The Grateful Shed. My friends started this curated wellness gathering place inspired by a midcentury shed structure in a private backyard. Their events are starting up again this fall—I can’t wait!