Marni Epstein-Mervis's Recent Articles
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Jane Says a Fond-a Farewell to Her Beverly Hills Estate
Jane Fonda, workout-lover, environmentalist, star of Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, and all around octogenarian extraordinaire, has bid a fond-a farewell to her Beverly Hills estate. After calling it quits with long-time partner, record producer Richard Perry in 2017, the couple has sold the home they once shared together for $8.535 million — a much smaller sum than the original $12.995 million asking price.
Jan 22, 2018
Alexander Skarsgard Eyes A Brooklyn Fixer Upper
Actor Alexander Skarsgård recently brought home a Golden Globe for his portrayal of abusive husband Perry Wright on HBO’s Big Little Lies. Now, Skarsgård is looking for a potential new mantle—and accompanying new home— to place his award on. The actor’s on-screen persona may call a cushy, modern Monterey mansion home, but Skarsgård’s real life tastes are far more urban—he recently checked out a $4.55 million fixer-upper in Brooklyn.
Jan 21, 2018
Own Halle Berry’s Former Hollywood Hills Home For $3.8M
Golden Globe and Academy Award winner Halle Berry’s former Mediterranean villa has just hit the market for $3.8 million, according to Architectural Digest. The home boasts an impressive 4,300-square-feet and sits on a third of an acre in the highly desirable Hollywood Hills. This home is all about the #1 rule of real estate: location, location, location.
Jan 12, 2018
Burning Man Just Unveiled The Design For This Year’s Temple And It’s Breathtaking
We may be the throes of winter—and a good portion of the country even thawing out from a bomb cyclone snow storm—but believe it or not the gear-up to Burning Man is officially upon us. Yep, the latest design for the annual event’s signature temple has been unveiled. The dusty gathering where, for one week festival-goers turn the Nevada desert into a self-sufficient, zero-waste temporary city, always boasts a magnificent work of pop-up architecture at its center.
Jan 10, 2018
Rent This Frank Lloyd Wright House That’s Straight Out of 1951
Do you dream about Fallingwater? Wish you could call Taliesin West or the Robie House home? Well FLW fans and architecture buffs, you can now spend the night (or several) in one of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s original creations: The Eppstein House. In 1951, Wright designed The Eppstein House in Galesburg, Michigan for Samuel and Dorothy Eppstein (alas, no relation to this writer).
Jan 7, 2018
The New Rooms at Sweden’s ICEHOTEL Will Terrify And Amaze You
With the holidays upon us, you might be dreaming of a relaxing winter getaway. Look no further than Sweden’s ICEHOTEL. The famous hotel, which sits 200 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle in the village of Jukkasjarv by the Torne River, is open once again. Each year since 1989, the hotel built is anew for the winter season (although last year the hotel did add a more permanent sister hotel next door) and it is an art and design lover’s dream.
Dec 23, 2017
All The Ways the Holidays Can Send You to the ER, According to New Studies
My mom ends every phone conversation with me “drive carefully.” I could be sitting on the sofa in my living room (frankly in most cases I am) and those will still be her parting words to me. On New Year’s Eve – and most other holidays—that salutation gets even more emphatic given all the alcohol flowing this time of year and the heightened potential to encounter drunk drivers on the road. In fact, a new analysis from Alcohol.
Dec 22, 2017
Get Lit: Check Out These Amazingly Simple and Whimsical DIY Menorahs
I can still remember the Kindergarten tradition of making homemade menorahs at my Jewish day school like it was yesterday. Take a sawed-off 2×4, glue 10 small square tiles atop it, in a line (two at the center for the tallest candle), then place 9 screw nuts in a row, one on top of each tile. I’m pretty sure my parents even still have mine — somewhere. With Hanukkah mere hours away now, you may find yourself in need of a last minute menorah.
Dec 12, 2017
Is IKEA Launching a Smart Home Speaker to Take on Amazon and Google?
You’re probably familiar with voice-powered home assistants (and glorified bluetooth speaker systems) like the Amazon Echo and the Google Home. Well, we can expect a competitor—courtesy of IKEA. Not to be outdone in the realm of home audio and the Internet of things, everyone’s favorite meatball maker-and-home-furnishings-store just announced it’s teaming up with in-home audio company, Sonos.
Dec 8, 2017
Airlines Are Banning Smart Luggage—Here’s Why
If your New Year’s Resolution involves more travel, you may need to start rethinking the way you pack. That is, if you’ll be traveling by air, and are the proud and stylish owner of smart luggage—the kind made by brands like Away, Bluesmart, and Raden. That’s right, the luggage that can charge your phone and track your valuables is no longer welcome aboard the cargo holds of some major American carriers.
Dec 7, 2017
These New Designer Collaborations Will Have You Craving a New Kitchen
Los Angeles-based designer Sarah Sherman Samuel— famous for her airy, California-cool style—has announced two brand new exciting collaborations for the kitchen. Add these to Joy Cho’s recent collaborative creation of playful pastel cement tiles with clé and you’ll want to renovate your kitchen… well, basically yesterday. First up, Samuel has teamed with popular cabinet door maker Semihandmade.
Nov 25, 2017
Rent Kelly Osbourne’s West Hollywood Condo for $19.5K a Month
Reality TV star Kelly Osbourne, daughter of metal icon Ozzy Osbourne and talk show host Sharon Osbourne, is renting out her luxe condo in West Hollywood, California’s famed Sierra Towers building. This isn’t your mama’s Airbnb rental; Osbourne’s unit in this trendy tower means neighbors that include the likes of Courteney Cox and Sandra Bullock, as well as a rent payment of $19,500 per month.
Nov 19, 2017
This Grocery Store Is Selling Furniture That You Might Mistake for IKEA
Honest show of hands, how many of you have made trips to IKEA not so much for any decor or furniture items, but for the meatballs or to stock up on lingonberry drink? Well, discount German supermarket chain, Lidl, is betting on the idea that Americans enjoy grocery shopping where we buy our decor.
Nov 4, 2017
Serena Williams Aces House Hunt With $6.7M Beverly Hills Mansion
Tennis legend and new mom Serena Williams may have only recently listed her Bel Air bachelorette pad for sale (Williams is engaged to Reddit and Hipmunk founder Alex Ohanian), but she’s wasting no time on her house hunt. That’s right, in a move seemingly faster than one of her blistering serves on the court, Williams has already scored her new home.
Nov 2, 2017
These Apps Want To Be The Airbnb Of Your Driveway
Back when I was a cash-strapped college student splitting an apartment close to campus, on football game days I’d stand outside with a handmade sign in magic marker advertising to rabid fans: “Parking – $40.” On a good day I made $80 all together, renting the unit’s parking space and the alleyway next to it — which I’m not sure was a parking spot and I definitely know wasn’t mine to sell anyway.
Oct 1, 2017
Sabrina Soto Dishes On The Biggest Paint Mistake People Make and Other Design Secrets
You may still be jumping for joy over the news that design star Sabrina Soto is returning to TV in TLC’s reboot of Trading Spaces so brace yourselves, because we’ve got even more Sabrina Soto news for you. The “High Low Project” star recently held a roundtable at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel to discuss all things design.
Sep 26, 2017
This Detroit Fixer Upper Is Basically a Timeline of Wallpaper Trends
Whether you love or hate wallpaper, you’ll surely have a reaction to this house. The sheer variety of styles in this Detroit home for sale is impressive, to say the least. And it can all be yours for the bargain price of $239,000. But seriously, they say wallpaper is making a comeback, however the totally-over-the-top mix of wallpapers in this home for sale in Detroit’s historic Woodbridge neighborhood sure aren’t helping the cause.
Sep 16, 2017
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith Just Sold Their Hawaiian Estate for $12 Million
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air has a royally huge crush on Hawaii real estate — or at least he did. Will Smith and his “Girls Trip” star wife Jada Pinkett Smith have just sold their 6.91 acre property on the Hawaiian island of Kauai (the couple previously unloaded another Kauai estate in 2011). The Hollywood power couple said goodbye to the compound which sits atop a bluff overlooking Secret Beach on the island’s North Shore.
Sep 13, 2017
Rashida Jones’ Luggage for Away Is Inspired By Stockholm
Just because summer is coming to a close doesn’t mean your travel plans have to come to an end anytime soon. In fact, you’ll probably want to book a trip asap just so you have an excuse to make one of these pieces from Rashida Jones’ new Away capsule collection your own. The Parks and Rec star has partnered with “it” luggage maker Away for an uber stylish new collection that features four sizes of carry-ons, a tote, and organizational packing cubes.
Sep 2, 2017
Edward Norton Buys $11.8M Architectural Wonder in Malibu
Actor Edward Norton just purchased an $11.8 million home in Malibu Colony. The beachfront strip of prime Malibu real estate has for decades been a fave among the Hollywood set. Prior to the ‘Fight Club’ actor snapping up this architectural wonder, the home had been listed on and off the market for four years, priced as high as $22 million. The Stevens’ Home, as the residence is called, has five bedrooms and five bathrooms situated over 3,366 square feet.
Aug 6, 2017
Don’t Miss The Eclipse: Here Are Two Ways You Can Travel To See It For Free
On August 21 a total solar eclipse will be visible within a band across the entire United States. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon crosses between Earth and the sun, blocking out the view of the sun. June 8, 1918 — nearly a century ago — was the last time the US was witness to such phenomena.
Aug 4, 2017
Betsey Johnson’s Mexican Villa Is For Rent on Airbnb
Want to vacation like American fashion designer and icon Betsey Johnson? Well now you can — and it looks pretty fabulous. The 74 year-old Johnson is offering fans and vacationers alike the chance to live her whimsical lifestyle at her Mexican villa. Johnson’s pad, located in Zihuatanejo, Mexico is now available to rent on Airbnb for $618 per night. It’s a pretty reasonable alternative should Gwyneth Paltrow’s Mexican villa be out of reach at $8,000 a night.
Jul 23, 2017
These Tiny German Homes Are Actually Inside a Wall (And You Can Stay There!)
You don’t have to be a member of the Night’s Watch to defend this wall. With a mere click on Airbnb and $55, this tiny home in Butzbach, Germany’s medieval wall (yes, in the wall!) can be under your care for the night. While there are certainly no shortage of quirky and famous Airbnbs to be had, according to German newspaper, Frankfurter Allgemeine, these particular homes are record-breaking.
Mar 12, 2017
Modernism Week’s First-Ever Door Tour Reveals Palm Springs’ Most Instagrammed Spots
The inaugural Palm Springs Door Tour is taking place this week at Palm Springs’ annual mid-century modern lovefest, Modernism Week. If you find yourself asking, why a tour of doors, just search the #doorsofinstagram hashtag on the photo-friendly platform and you’ll see why (there are over 100,000 photos!). Perhaps the most popular door you’ll find on Instagram is “that pink door,” a now-icon of Palm Springs’ Indian Canyons neighborhood.
Feb 22, 2017
This Portland Startup Wants to Make Rental Application Fees a Thing of the Past
As a renter, no doubt you’ve experienced the annoyance of paying rental application fee after rental application fee while searching for a new place. $20, $30, sometimes even $50 a pop—these fees can add up quickly. What’s more, if you live in a particularly competitive rental market, like Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Seattle, or Portland, you’re likely to lay out $100+ on fees before finally beating out the throngs of other applicants and landing a new rental.
Feb 9, 2017
Perfect (& Foolproof!) Ways to Wrap a Gift for Your Design-Loving Valentine
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. And while you’ve probably got the actual gift covered for your design-loving bae, what about the wrapping? Wrappu, a Munich-based design company, is making it easy to forego the cheesy hearts and cartoon bears this year for wrapping that says, “I love you as evidenced by my knowledge of immaculate taste.
Feb 8, 2017