KCRW creates and curates a unique mix of content centered around music discovery, NPR news, cultural exploration and informed public affairs.
KCRW is driven by the spirit of Los Angeles and delivers in innovative ways – on the radio, digitally and in person – to diverse, curious communities around the corner and around the world.
A community service of Santa Monica College, KCRW can be found on the air in LA, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Mojave, Palm Springs, San Luis Obispo, Berlin, Germany, via the KCRW-developed smart phone app, and online at kcrw.com.
World-renowned for its music programming, KCRW DJs are given one directive: “play what you love.” Many established and emerging artists have made their U.S. live performance debut on flagship music program Morning Becomes Eclectic, including Beck, Adele, Massive Attack, Sigur Ros, Coldplay, Kamasi Washington, Ty Segall, Anderson .Paak, among dozens of others.
Over 20 years of audio and video in-studio performance archives are available on KCRW.com and through the KCRW app.
Listeners can also access music shows on-demand, as well as Eclectic24, KCRW's all music digital channel featuring original programming from the station's DJs back-to-back, 24 hours a day.
KCRW also offers “Today's Top Tune,” a free one-day exclusive downloadable song available daily.
News & Culture
KCRW creates culturally responsive programming that speaks to the nuanced interests and needs of the Southern California community.
Over 100 weekly hours of original programming features nationally syndicated news and culture shows To The Point with Warren Olney (co-production with PRI), The Treatment with Elvis Mitchell, Bookworm with Michael Silverblatt, political week in review show Left, Right & Center, and The Business hosted by Kim Masters; in addition to Los Angeles-focused shows such as Press Play with Madeleine Brand, Good Food with Evan Kleiman, and DnA: Design & Architecture with Frances Anderton, among others.
As Southern California's flagship NPR affiliate, KCRW airs local editions of NPR's popular morning newsmagazine Morning Edition and afternoon news show All Things Considered. KCRW also broadcasts American Public Media's daily business and economy program Marketplace, and PRI's global news program The World.
KCRW has a history of bringing unique live experiences to Southern California and around the country – whether concerts with musical talent, or conversations between our hosts and the world's leading thinkers and creators.
Music events include KCRW's World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, now in its 20th season; KCRW’s annual “Summer Nights,” a free, all ages concert series throughout Greater Los Angeles; “KCRW Presents,” live music shows in Southern California, San Francisco, New York, and other major cities; and live broadcasts and DJ performances from cultural events such as Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, and Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, among others.
Cultural events include live conversations between KCRW hosts and leading figures in film, art, politics, literature and pop culture; The Document screening series hosted by Matt Holzman and showcasing compelling and independent documentaries; the annual Good Food Pie Contest; and ongoing events hosted with leading cultural institutions, such as Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Natural History Museum (NHM), California African American Museum (CAAM), Hammer Museum and others.
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Antique Style Wedding Rings That Are Conflict Free
Antique Scroll Round Diamond Ring in Yellow Gold
Vintage engagement rings offer unique luxury and a sense of timeless history. Art Deco designs are especially trendy, thanks in part to Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 remake of the Great Gatsby, reminding modern youth about the decadence and artistic splendor of the Roaring 20s.
While vintage jewelry appeal to individuals craving a ring with artistic and architectural panache, what many truly antique pieces hide within their historic settings is the secret of blood diamonds.
Sadly, before the 21st century, diamonds mined in countries throughout Africa were used by warlords to fund civil wars that ripped apart the lives of many.
In addition, a large number of diamonds in circulation before the discovery of African mines were outright stolen from India and other colonized countries.
Many diamonds mined and sold prior to the early 2000s were deemed conflict diamonds or “blood diamonds” in reference to their connection with these violent circumstances.
Without any method of tracking or identifying these stones prior to the adoption of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme, it’s almost guaranteed that a true vintage piece will feature conflict diamonds. However, new rings purchased from Brilliance feature diamonds that are ethically-sourced and conflict free.
As the love and appreciation of vintage settings has increased, so too has the awareness of the danger of purchasing a conflict diamond.
Individuals wanting an antique engagement ring may choose a vintage-inspired design that mirrors the look of their more historic counterparts.
Aside from the added strength of a new casting, the owner can rest assured that the diamonds being used in the ring are conflict free.
From Victorian-inspired intricacies to Art Deco opulence, channel the look of your dreams by selecting from the many beautiful antique-inspired engagement rings, and take comfort in knowing that not a single blood diamond was used in its creation.
The Romantic Period of the Victorian Age saw the popularity of jewelry embellished with floral motifs and delicate leaf patterns. Dainty vines scroll around the antique solitaire engagement ring offering a nod to the romantic Victorian Age.
Set in white gold, the ring features the signature floral scrolling on both the inside and outside of the band for a complete, three-sided design.
Choose a diamond shape that accentuates the antique design of the ring, the storied cushion, emerald or Asscher cuts.
Antique Solitaire Engagement Ring in White Gold
Rings inspired by the Edwardian Period capture the intricate elegance of the time period and often include details ribbons, bows, floral scrolls and milgrain etching.
The Edwardian style antique diamond engagement ring features characteristic milgrain and minimal diamond accents.
The double claw prongs holding your choice of center stone put the finishing touches on this design inspired by the trends of the early 1900’s.
Edwardian Style Antique Diamond Engagement Ring in Yellow Gold
Combining the historic beauty and regality of the Edwardian Period with a touch of modern flair, the antique halo diamond engagement ring boasts a half-carat of diamond details surrounding a delicate and vintage-inspired basket mount.
Set in platinum—which was the metal of choice during the Edwardian Period—the ring’s beauty dazzles with any choice of a center stone.
A round brilliant adds fire to the setting, while antique-inspired cuts the cushion or Asscher offer more understated depth.
Antique Halo Diamond Engagement Ring in Platinum
Art Deco wonder found in rings created during the vibrant 1920s also can be channeled through modern Gatsby-inspired engagement rings. Feel the life of the Jazz Age while wearing the Art Deco halo diamond engagement ring.
Multiple pavé and bezel set encrusted diamonds adorn this setting. Milgrain details add a touch of drama to the ring, which can be made in white, rose or yellow gold or platinum.
The classic Art Deco look would be finished with an Asscher center diamond, but ovals or cushions would look equally stunning in this setting.
Art Deco Halo Diamond Engagement Ring in White Gold
This custom made Art Deco ring exudes the prosperity, decadence and glamour of the 1920s. Women with an ‘inner flapper’ will indulge in the architectural elegance of the halo ring. A half-carat of pavé diamonds surround the understated, but luxurious, emerald cut diamond.
Custom Bezel-Set Art Deco Halo Ring
Selecting a vintage setting for an engagement ring does not mean having to embrace a blood diamond.
While diamonds mined before the early 21st century were often characterized as blood diamonds or conflict diamonds, the diamonds sourced by Brilliance are conflict-free.
Choose a ring made for you that offers a vintage-inspired design and complete the look with an ethically-sourced, stunning diamond that is pure Brilliance.
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Top 10 Dining Room Ideas to Make Every Meal an Occasion
Jul 29, 2019
The dining room is a unique place in every home. Some use their dining rooms for every meal so want a relaxed, every day space, whilst others to keep the room for best and look for a formal feel.
No matter how you use your dining room, having a thoughtfully styled space will help you enjoy the room day after day.
If you’re looking to update this area of your home but are stuck on what style to go for, we’ve rounded up our ten favourite dining room ideas to help get you started…
Scandinavian design is at home in any room. From bedrooms, to bathrooms and every space in between, the Scandi look is not only known for it’s fresh, clean feel but also the laidback lifestyle connotations it brings with it, which is why it’s now a popular style all over the world.
In the dining room Scandi design really comes into its own. Always welcoming, it’s a versatile, everyday look which can cater for any number of people and it invites everyone to sit back, relax and just enjoy the meal.
The A by Amara Abode trend is full of Scandi inspiration to help you create the laidback dining room you’re looking for.
Traditional dining rooms are one of the more formal dining room styles.
Reminiscent of when every meal was a dress-up event, these designs are great for when you have a separate dining room so you can make this space formal but keep the rest of your home more relaxed for everyday use.
Invest in a ‘best’ tableware range which will be the key part of your table setting, always have a chic centrepiece ready and illuminate the table with striking pendant lights to give the room real wow factor when you use it.
Fabulously contemporary, monochrome dining rooms are sleek, chic and eye-catching.
Often in classic black and white or shades of grey, this colour scheme is a great choice for modern homes and works particularly well with industrial styles the image above.
If you prefer more vibrant or softer colours however, monochrome design can be achieved using varying tones of any one colour, so pick one that suits you and your style.
Art Deco design is one of the most enduring styles of the last century. Delightfully decadent, it celebrates a time of excess making it a perfect choice for the dining room which is usually the entertainment center of the home.
Characterized with ornate geometrics, rich colors and glints of metallics, this style can be dressed up for formal dining rooms or dressed down for the everyday.
Just make sure you always have a drinks trolley handy to channel your inner Gatsby at every opportunity, old sport.
Excellent for both formal and everyday dining settings, modern dining rooms are one of the easiest designs to style but creates one of the most dramatic effects in any home. Think clean, sharp lines, strong colors and a few statement accessories and you can’t go wrong.
For those that need a bit of color in their life, colorful dining rooms are bold and beautiful. Certain to make your dining room stand out from the rest, adding a bright color pop goes hand in hand with fun accessories and lighting too, so let yourself go wild with this design. Another look perfect for both formal and everyday settings, it will make you smile every time you enter the room.
Is your dining room missing that certain je ne said quoi? Then a French style dining room might be for you.
Light, airy and romantic, French interiors are a popular choice for many homes around the world and it’s a style which screams rustic living and fine French food.
Usually kept fresh and white, subtle ornate touches and exposed wood completes the rustic, shabby chic feel synonymous with laidback French style.
Another rustic style but more often associated with the rolling hills of the English countryside than France is classic country style.
The epitome of rustic design, country dining rooms invite you to get together for wholesome feasts which last long into the night.
Relaxed stoneware dinnerware, classic flatware and lots of fresh foliage (preferably just picked from the garden) are at the heart of these dining rooms. Just keep decoration to a minimum and let the hearty food and good company do the talking.
A key trend across the entire industry at the moment is dark interiors.
Gone are the days when designers would steer clear of dark shades as they felt it would make a space look tiny, now it’s all about the subtle nuances of a darkly hued room and how these shades can bring a space to life.
From dark walls to plush jewel-toned furniture and accessories, dark shades create a cozy, intimate atmosphere making them for ideal dining rooms.
Opulent and decadent, luxury dining rooms don’t have to be expensive but should have that extravagant feel at every turn.
From gleaming metallic accessories, to ornate crystal glassware, the Art Deco style above, these dining rooms are all about excess, so go all out.
Also a fantastic look for introducing rich patterns, look for bold tableware designs, table linen, wall art or all of the above to create a delightfully decadent affair.