Snapshots of the Golden State, as seen through the eyes of its biggest fans
Anchored by vintage treasures, the warm, livable residences styled by Cliff Fong are a testament to the Los Angeles-based decorator’s unrivaled instinct. It’s been more than 20 years since the self-taught interior designer swapped a career in fashion for home decor, wooing clients, such as the notoriously nomadic Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, with his classic configurations. Fong co-founded Galerie Half in 2009, and today lends his magic touch to private and commercial spaces through his design studio, Matt Blacke Inc. mattblackeinc.com.
“This Los Angeles gem has an incredible history, grand architecture and beautifully landscaped grounds.”
905 Loma Vista Dr., B.H., 310-286-0119; greystonemansion.org.
La Jolla Cove
“A marine reserve for sea lions and birds. Have a Champagne lunch in Downtown La Jolla, then stroll down to the cove for a visit.”
1100 Coast Blvd., La Jolla, S.D.
Aquarium of the Pacific
“The exhibits are beautiful and very educational. The more attention we bring to the ocean and its conservation, the better.”
100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, 562-590-3100; aquariumofpacific.org.
“On my recent visit, I was overwhelmed by the resilience and camaraderie of the residents. The area is bouncing back beautifully.”
Santa Barbara Orchid Estate
“A 5-acre mecca for all types of orchid species, many of which grow outdoors in SoCal.”
1250 Orchid Dr., S.B., 805-967-1284; sborchid.com.
Blum & Poe
“There’s a fertile art community in Los Angeles. This is one of my go-to galleries, where they show a range of artists, including Takashi Murakami.”
2727 S. La Cienega Blvd., L.A., 310-836-2062; blumandpoe.com.
“An unusual experience of relaxing waves of sound near beautiful Joshua Tree.”
2477 Belfield Blvd., Landers, 760-364-3126; integratron.com.
Edited by ANUSH BENLIYAN.