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A couple of years ago our friends Christa and Eric and their two kids moved from LA up to the Central Coast where Christa grew up. Christa dreamed of moving back to the Central coast with her family by the time she turned 40, and they did it!

Home of  Eric Pfleeger and Christa Renee  in Arroyo Grande, CA,
Christa washing herbs from the garden. Copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2020
Kitchen of  Eric Pfleeger and Christa Renee in Arroyo Grande, CA
Christa and Eric renovated their entire house after moving in.
They did the design work themselves using Pinterest for inspiration.
Oscar and Wesley shot by Christa Renee

Oscar and Wesley getting ready for school, copyright Christa Renee

They have two kids that they are home schooling, lots of guests coming and going, and tons of projects happening all the time.

Eric and Christa's sheep, copyright Christa Renee

Lonely Palm Ranch sheep, copyright Christa Renee

We’ve gone up to visit them a few times a year since they moved, and it’s been incredible to see all the work they’ve done since they moved. The ranch is an amazing place for their kids to grow up. Spending time in nature, learning responsibility doing ranch chores and incorporating their lives into their home school curriculum.

Wesley working on the ranch, copyright Christa Renee

Wesley working on the ranch, copyright Christa Renee

Home of  Eric Pfleeger and Christa Renee  in Arroyo Grande, CA,
Frittatas are a regular family meal, made from fresh organic eggs laid by the hens on the ranch. Copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2020

One of Christa's homemade Frittatas, Copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2020

One of Christa’s homemade Frittatas, Copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2020

Eric Pfleeger making coffee in his kitchen in Arroyo Grande, CA

 

Before moving from LA, Eric and Christa opened Collage Coffee , with their partner Kevin. They sold their share in the business, but Eric is still pretty serious about coffee and makes a spectacular cappuccino for the guests who come by. He uses a sweet La Marzocco an industry standard for specialty coffee shops.

Some of his favorite roasters are 49th Parallel, Four Barrel, Little Wolf & Brutal.

On a recent trip I brought up some a bag of Devocion Wild Forest I had at Document in LA. We made some pour overs that were pretty perfect!

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The view from above the valley, Copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2020

Beyond redoing the house, renovating the tack room on their barn and painting, they created a studio for Eric in the garage where he is hand silkscreening calendars and art for friends and clients. Last year they planted lots of fruit trees and are now working on their vegetable & flower gardens… Oh I forgot the sheep and lots of other stuff… It’s alot!!

Eric Pfleeger and Christa Renee at home in Arroyo Grande, CA, co

Eric and Christa with their favorite months from the Lonely Palm 2020 Calendar. Copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2020

Eric Pfleeger and Christa Renee at home in Arroyo Grande, CA, co

You can follow along on their journey on instagram where Christa documents her family and the ranch in a beautiful way that is honest and beautifully photographed. Check out Christa’s work here – she’s a lifestyle photographer and commercial director.

See more of my work on my website & my instagram feed.

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  1. Mercado Jamaica – 2. Casa Robert Brady – 3. Museo Dolores Olmedo – 4. Streets of Tepotzlan – 5. Chiles Enogada- San Angel Inn – 6. Ricardo Linares, Cuernavaca, 7. Cafe Tacuba – Mexico City , 8. Casa Azul – Museo Frida Kahlo, 9. Studio Diego Rivera

May 1st was the four annual  LilySarahGrace craft fair in Hollywood, California.

Coming together again at Milk Studios, in a giant space filled with talented, generous and kind volunteers, beautifully fluffy clouds, and balloons dipped in glitter, was a day created  by two friends,  Jennifer Levy and Elizabeth Goetchius.

Jenny and Elizabeth, came together to create yet another amazing light filled day, supporting Children’s Public Art Education. The idea is simple, creating art, with children, for children. There is so much love in this event, and more specifically love for art, and respect for the importance of creating beauty in our lives. Shout out to all the artists, crafters, food makers, DJs, participants and, volunteers who made such a beautiful day possible.

LilySarahGrace_ArtFair, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2015

LilySarahGrace_ArtFair, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2015

Matthew Badger, founder & director of LSG with Jennifer Levy & her daughter Fanny Freeland

LilySarahGrace_ArtFair, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2015

LilySarahGrace_ArtFair, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2015

LilySarahGrace_ArtFair, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2015

LilySarahGrace_ArtFair, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2015

LilySarahGrace_ArtFair, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2015

LilySarahGrace_ArtFair, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2015

LilySarahGrace_ArtFair, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2015

LilySarahGrace_ArtFair, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2015

LilySarahGrace_ArtFair, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2015

LilySarahGrace_ArtFair, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2015

LilySarahGrace_ArtFair, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2015

LilySarahGrace_ArtFair, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2015

LilySarahGrace_ArtFair, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2015

LilySarahGrace_ArtFair, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2015

LilySarahGrace_ArtFair, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2015

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LilySarahGrace_ArtFair, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2015

LilySarahGrace_ArtFair, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2015

LilySarahGrace_ArtFair, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2015

LilySarahGrace_ArtFair, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2015

LilySarahGrace_ArtFair, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2015

LilySarahGrace_ArtFair, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2015

LilySarahGrace_ArtFair, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2015

LilySarahGrace_ArtFair, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2015

LilySarahGrace_ArtFair, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2015

LilySarahGrace_ArtFair, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2015

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Kelly Lamb is multi-media artist, whose work spans across many disciplines, including furniture design, interior design, and fine art. She designs and manufactures all of her work including high end furniture in Los Angeles. All of her ceramics are made by hand on site at the studio.

I reached out to Kelly last fall when I saw her work in person. Her work is consistently strong and unique, which makes it incredibly satisfying to look at and really fun to photograph.

Like her work, Kelly is elegant and has impeccable personal style.

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Kelly Lamb Studio, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2014Kelly Lamb Studio, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2014Kelly Lamb Studio, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2014Kelly Lamb Studio, copyright Diana Koenigsberg 2014

Portrait of Kelly Lamb in her Studio © Diana Koenigsberg 2014


See more of the Kelly’s work here. http://kellylamb.net/