Breathtaking ocean, mountain and city views surround a luxurious home in Los Angeles, Calif. Grand decks and stunning floor-to-ceiling, fully retractable sliding walls of glass provide a seamless integration between interior and exterior spaces to create a quintessential SoCal living experience. A giant family room flows into the home's yard, beautiful infinity pool and spacious deck with fire pit, outdoor living and dining spaces complete with floating BBQ.
The retro Airstream trailer set the stage for this backyard barbecue shower, providing a cool backdrop for the festivities. If you don't have access to something like this, you can always create a backdrop that sets the tone for your event - like a desert landscape, a big red barn or countryside using a photo printed on large canvas. This way it can also double as a backdrop for a photobooth!
Send guests home with individual bottles of locally made BBQ sauce as wonderfully themed and memorable favors.
"The sunflowers that dotted the entire shower not only add drama and color, says Lukomski - but also helps set the mood of the party. Sunflowers were the perfect choice for our casual BabyQ because they tied in with the rustic and laid back vibe."
While staying true to the architecture of the house, modern design elements were incorporated as well. The barbecue enclosure is veneered with limestone in a subway tile cut, while a trellis added to the garage adds shade over the outdoor kitchen area. Due to the limited space of the backyard, the original backyard did not provide adequate lounging space for the homeowners. A dry deck is added within the pool perimeter, using lightweight blocks to ensure no unnecessary weight was put on the existing gunite shell.
Local parks, vineyards and barns are good options for a winter picnic. Find a place that will allow you to reserve the area exclusively for your party. Make sure to visit the venue well ahead of time, taking note of amenities like BBQ areas, regulations and restrictions. Since weather is an extremely important factor when hosting outdoors, be sure there is a covered area in case of rain or snow.
Originally, this historic home's backyard contained a swimming pool that was damaged beyond repair, so after filling in the pool, homeowners wanted a fresh, new look. Designers helped the homeowners come up with a color concept, and began work on their New Modern design by defining entertainment spaces. In one corner, a custom barbecue pit with a concrete island makes the space perfect for grilling. In another, an intimate conversation corner welcomes guests. A putting green is the focal point of the space, but the central living space is this elegant sitting area created from sustainable furniture that matches the couple's eco-friendly lifestyle.
The Culinary Getaway: South Africa
The brainchild of International Hall of Fame golfer and award-winning vintner, Ernie Els, Big Easy Winebar & Grills serve sophisticated South African comfort food, with locations in Durban, Stellenbosch and Dubai. And now, Mike McLaurin is taking the reins as Executive Chef of their first U.S. property in the vibrant Brickell neighborhood of Miami. Throughout his gastronomic career, he’s cultivated extensive knowledge of international cuisines as well as wood-fired techniques and flavors, holding positions at Del Frisco’s Grille, Yardbird Southern Table and Bar and Bravo Cucina Italiana. He’s excited to bring his diverse background to Big Easy Miami to give guests an authentic taste of South African cuisine. The curries and steaks are must-haves, along with the Big Easy Signature Burger, Cape Malay Seafood Pot and the melt-in-your-mouth pork belly lollipop smothered in a sweet and spicy braai “bbq sauce”—that wowed guests at the SOBEWFF BACARDÍ Rum & Bass Beach Party featuring Walshy Fire. When he’s not cooking, McLaurin loves baking and spending time with his two daughters.