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Friday November 2nd, 4 pm - 8 pm we are holding a pre-season Holiday party to thank all
our customers for their support throughout the year.

Join us for refreshments, music, and specials to give you a jump start on your Holiday shopping. We will be taking orders for personalized Holiday gifts. We hope you can make it and look forward to an evening of celebration with you!

From the entire Room at the Beach team,

Elizabeth, Nona, Tom, Norma, Bridgette and Matthew

The crisp weather has returned and leaves are scattering across the sidewalks. The kids are back at school and it is time to reward them and yourself with some Halloween magic! Start early this year and enjoy your the fun this holiday brings to all ages.

String Lights

First let's spook up the house: The outside is always where I start.  My neighborhood is in the country and we don't have street lights so I like to put orange lights on my fence so people can make their way to our house for some treats. I also like to add one big surprise element, so I put a giant fuzzy spider just where the fence curves just where the fence curves. Even the dog barks at it!

Floating Ghosts

I'm thinking of doing something a little scarier this year in my courtyard.... graveyards are SO last year. Maybe some ghosts floating through the trees? I use odd shaped helium balloons that I buy  at the market, they last for at least 4 weeks. Put one under a sheet and tie fishing line around the bottom of the balloon. Using  a scissor, shred the ends of the sheet, suspend the ghost in the trees and make a few fly towards the top of the house. I also love to sit some ghosts at the table on the porch or on the couch in the back yard.

You can have some fun with leaves too. Gather a full basket and before you spread them out spray paint some of them black. Scatter them out as a trail leading up to your house but leave the black ones for the front door. It makes a sinister impression.

Set the Mood with Music

I love using music to create a spooky atmosphere too. With all the small portable ipod stands and speakers you can place them anywhere. Stream Pandora on the Halloween station and it will surprise both you and your guests.

Ok so let's conquer the inside: One of my  Halloween favorites is to cut out silhouettes and attach them to the mirror. Find some great portraits on the Internet and blow them up. Cut them out if black construction paper and attach with tape to the mirror. Add some hairspray to the edges to give t a ghostly effect. This is such an easy and cheap activity and fun for the kids to be involved in.

Mantle Drama

My mantle is always decorated for each season. I like to incorporate lots of pumpkins and gourds so the decor lasts me thru Thanksgiving. No need to redecorate between the two Holidays! I use artificial pumpkins as it can still be very  warm in Southern California at this time of year. I use branches and vines from outside to create a base and then layer the gourds. All shapes and sizes look best. Next layer in spooky, ravens looking g down on the fireplace, spiders climbing over the branches.  Stretch out the white spider web and carefully place over the top, remember not to let any hang down near the fire.

Some more fun decorating ideas 

  • Spray paint small pumpkins in silver or gold and then using adhesive spray and sprinkle foil confetti on top.
  • Cut paper luminary bags with words so as people walk up to your house to trick or treat they can read a message.
  • Using colored paper plates and colored construction paper - make different "masks" of scary faces to hang on the wall or suspend in your entry way.
  •  If having a party - get a large piece of plywood and paint a stack of pumpkins with jack-o-lantern faces - then cut a few out so that kids can get their picture taken as a pumpkin head.
  • Make a ghost cake (make one rectangular cake and two round cakes) Cut in shape of ghost  and cover it with icing. Use M&M's for the  eyes and cover with plastic spiders.

To me, decorating the for the season is almost as fun as the Holiday itself. Make yourself a pumpkin latte and get into the mood for one of the most spooktakular Holidays! For Halloween party ideas, check out this article with me on or check out my shop for lots of great decorations.



Quick, put next Thursday on your calendar! That's when Malibu Country Mart holds its annual Fashion's Night Out and it is an ah-mazing event that you don't want to miss.

Free Design Consultations
Not only is there a fashion show, celebrity spotting and sparkling libations, but you can get some one on one time with yours truly! I will be available at my shop Room at the Beach located within Malibu Country Mart all evening offering free room consultations. Bring any design question you may have with a photo of your room and I will help solve your design dilemma. Sounds like fun, right?

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Meet Candace Medress
Also at my shop you'll find Candace Medress, celebrity jewelry designer. She will be showcasing her wonderful new fall and Holiday collection. Candace will even have a special gift for any client who buys one of her unique pieces that night.

We will be holding raffles throughout the evening where you'll have the opportunity to win exquisite shams, life like orchids and some secret items that I can't reveal yet! You'll also find discounts on many "never go on sale" items.

With all this fun we'll be serving refreshments to get you through your long night. Please come join us, I'd love to meet you in person! We look forward to a fun night.

Thursday September 6th
6 pm - 9 pm

Room at the Beach at Malibu Country Mart
3835 Cross Creek Rd
Malibu, California
Phone 310.456.9777

No RSVP needed. 

See you there!


I love the fresh tomatoes and basil available this time of year. There are endless easy dinners and appetizers to create with these timeless staples! I usually have a basil plant in my window and I love the licorice smell this plant induces. You can pick up delicious tomato varietals at the farmers market this time of year or create one of these one-pot herb/tomato gardens and grown your own! Homegrown tomatoes taste delicious and don't take a lot of work.

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Photo courtesy: Sunset Magazine

One of my favorite quick & easy weeknight dinners is margherita pizza. With only a few ingredients this dish is so magically simple but completely decadent. It's good enough to share with friends, just add an arugula and pine nut salad to the side and you have a whole meal. Here's how I like to make it:

Basil and Tomato pizza

Fresh Tomatoes (I prefer Roma)
Fresh Basil
Olive Oil
Mozzarella cheese
Trader Joes whole wheat pizza dough or homemade dough
Fresh ground pepper and salt to taste

Roll out the dough on a floured surface and transfer to pizza stone or prepared baking sheet. Drizzle lightly with extra virgin olive oil.  Slice tomatoes in similar thickness and spread evenly out on pizza. Sprinkle with grated parmesan (I like buying blocks of parmesan instead of the pre ground, it has way more flavor). Slice mozzarella cheese in 1/2 inch slices. Mozzarella can get soft while cutting, the trick is to leave it in the fridge until the moment you need to cut and use a freshly sharpened knife. (You can also try using an egg cutter for even slices). Distribute the sliced mozzarella over the pizza, sprinkle with some ground pepper and salt to taste. Bake in oven until dough is crispy & brown and cheese is melted. (If you like it extra crispy, bake the dough for 5 minutes before putting any of the toppings on). While pizza is baking create a basil chiffonade and sprinkle on the hot pizza as soon as it comes out of the oven so it sinks into the melting cheese.

Goes well with: California Pinot Grigio from Whole Foods.
My favorite "weekday wine" this summer has been Pairings Pinot Grigio from Whole Foods. It was developed to pair well with seafood but I find that it goes well with any light summer dish from tapenades to pizza.

New Favorites?

As much as I like this classic dish I will be trying some of these new basil and tomato recipes this year (The tomato basil soup looks delicious for an overcast day):






Occasionally I come across a great deal on tomatoes at the farmers market for a whole tray of tomatoes. I love the idea of drying or bottling them to use throughout fall for salads and pastas.

Canned TomatoesHomemade Sundried TomatoesCowboy Tomato Jam





Recipes (from left to right)

Do you have any favorite tomato and basil recipes? Share them in the comments section below!


Yes, we're one of them! We're so honored to be featured in the Summer edition of Malibu magazine as one of local television personality Jackie Johnson's favorite shopping destination in Malibu.

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