Gabriela Artigas is a master at achieving the perfect mix of ease and elegance. Her West Hollywood home is a mix of function and style—her bustling office is tucked into the back while the front holds a closet full of tomboy-ish staples like skinny jeans, wedge sneakers and military jackets. And though her studio is the headquarters of Gabriela Artigas jewelry—a line that she designs and co-owns with her look-a-like Teresita—there are plenty of treasures to be found in her kitchen and outdoor patio where the majority of the cooking, eating and entertaining takes place. While Gabriela whipped up some delicious lavender Prosecco cocktails (which showcase their awesome chemistry-turned-serving set) and taught us about the merits of using whole pieces of charcoal to purify water, Tere plated her gorgeous gingered carrots and roasted squash on top of a fresh mache and dried fruit salad for the perfect al fresco meal. It’s easy to see why these two make such a good team—whether they’re crafting the most gorgeous sculptural jewelry or reminding each other to drizzle just the right amount of aged balsamic on those heavenly roasted figs, they truly bring out the very best in each other.

What’d you eat yesterday:

Gabriela: Mache Salad and avocado with coconut oil sandwich.
Teresita: Quinoa with a cranberries and coconut and roasted butternut squash, which is perfect to start the holidays!

 Dinner on a busy night:

G: Sushi Robata on Third Street.
T: Take Sushi, on Sunset.

Quick breakfast:
G: Tea early morning then almond Butter and Marmalade Sandwich with Kefir
T: Espresso and Chocolate Croissant.

Changes in diet if you’re gearing up for a big event or vacation:
G: I think I eat pretty healthy so I don’t change anything in my diet and I try to go to the gym.
T: Juicing or no chocolate croissants.

Usual workout:
G: Boxing only if my sister goes!
T: Boxing on a regular basis.

Necessary indulgence:
G:  Water on Charcoal and anything with Peanut butter.
T: Coffee/Black Tea and Sushi.

Favorite recipe:
G: Avocado tacos with lemon and salt any day at any time.
T: Lavender Lemon Bars and Brussels sprouts with honey Dijon.

Favorite cookbook:
G: My mom’s cooking.
T: I have to go with Gaby, my mom’s cooking is the best!

Kitchen gadget:
G: Toaster and Charcoal logs.
T: Le Crusette Orange Grill, my mom just gave it to me as a birthday present.

Pantry essential:
G: Coconut Oil & Avocado.
T: Balsamic vinegar and honey.

Ingredient that makes everything taste better:
G: Avocado and lemon.
T: My mother’s chipotle salsa, handmade chile chipotle salsa, it evokes the flavor of our childhood.

Describe your dream meal:
G: Meals are more than food—I have fallen in love at meals, I have cried, I have made new designs, and I have made new friends. Meals have such an important role in our lives that it’s impossible to describe just one!
T: Uni with burrata at Son of A Gun with either Gabriela, Carlos my husband or my mom! Food for me is a treat, it changes my mood, it relaxes me it makes me happy and I get exited by savoring every texture and flavor.

Gabriela Artigas for The Chalkboard Giveaway:
We fell so hard for these beautiful baubles we had to make sure one of our readers received some Gabriela Artigas love for the holidays! Just tell us in the comments what’s your favorite homemade holiday gift to give or get and our favorite answer will get a divine G.A. necklace to ring in the holiday season!



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  1. The A sisters are gloriously inspiring.

    Kelly woodton | 11.28.2012 | Reply
  2. Dried herb medley from the summer garden!

    Lindsay | 11.28.2012 | Reply
  3. My favorite gift to get AND give has to be clove studded oranges that anyone can make….The smell just evokes holiday warmth to me and lasts well into the new year!

    Cindy T | 11.28.2012 | Reply
  4. I love homemade jams! It’s definitely better than store bought. You can be creative with favorite ingredients and your home smells great when it’s cooking….. And the packaging is adorable!

  5. I like to give gifts that reflect my creativity and reflect the recipients’ interests. Last year, I made my brother a pair of chopsticks from juniper root that were really beautiful and unique.

    Kate | 11.28.2012 | Reply
  6. Homemade gifts are the best! I love to can super seasonal fruits and make jam or chutney. This year it was fig, last year persimmon. It’s a lovely way to spend an afternoon, is inexpensive and friends are always so appreciative and touched by the time and effort involved.

    Aimee G. | 11.28.2012 | Reply
  7. gorgeous tablescape and gorgeously prepared food (love the jewelry too)…but (sadly) i would not want to be a guest, looks like i would leave hungry :(. not much food or generosity at this table.

    AMES | 11.28.2012 | Reply
  8. Homemade bone broth!

    Lauren | 11.28.2012 | Reply
  9. i love to give and receive small potted herbs – that will last long after the holidays and can be used in teas, salads and soups. The fragrance and the beauty of these little living gems makes any home or any meal feel special.

    cristina | 11.28.2012 | Reply
  10. I like to give homemade tea blends! They’re delicious and relaxing.

    Sara | 11.28.2012 | Reply
  11. Homemade gifts are such a thoughtful touch and can be personalized for family and friends:) I love making different kinds of delicious granolas and creating signature mixes of organic fruits, unexpected flavors, spices for special people on my list. Sweet or slightly savory, the granolas can be packaged in fun ways and make a delicious snack friends can enjoy durning the season.

    emily | 11.28.2012 | Reply
  12. Cookies, cookies..during this time of the year I’ll bake some delicious gingerbread cookies to give as a gift. These ladies create absolutely stunning jewelery pieces, very unique style! Love!!

    Piia | 11.28.2012 | Reply
  13. I love to give things the recipient will use frequently, but not likely buy for herself (I have all sisters). This year I’m working on making one sister leather coasters (new homeowner) and the other an apron (avid baker), while Mom gets a gardening bag for her tools/seeds!

    Nora | 11.28.2012 | Reply
  14. I really like it when people take the time to write out a holiday card for me. I may not still have a gift two years down the line, but I always save a card.

  15. i love to make granola and pack it up in cute, festive packages – cookies too!

  16. I love to make & give heart shaped raw chocolates with Himalayan sea salt, peppermint cacao lip balm & peppermint vanilla sea salt/sugar body scrub. Super luxe holiday trio! 😉

    Cait | 11.28.2012 | Reply
  17. My sister-in-law gives out the most insanely good pepper jelly during the holidays. I consider myself to be good at sharing, but NOT when it comes to Julie’s homemade jelly : ) It is the one time I rejoice that my kids are picky eaters. The fact that there is only one jar, once a year, makes it something to be treasured.

    Meg T | 11.28.2012 | Reply
  18. The night before Christmas our family, and whatever friends are crazy enough to join us, go caroling through the neighborhood. Sometimes we have to sing loudly to lure people outside but when we do, we get reactions of pure surprise and enjoyment, and even some dancing and wine to share around. The gift of human connection is wonderful, powerful and best of all FREE!

    Julie S | 11.28.2012 | Reply
  19. I’m a knitting beginner and have enjoyed knitting scarves (just about all I can make as of now ha!) for my loved ones!

    Michelle | 11.28.2012 | Reply
  20. My favorite gift to give is homemade marmalade- one year, we made different batches made with bitter orange, lemon, and pink grapefruit. The fruit looks so pretty in the glass jars, like little jewels. I love thinking of friends enjoying the marmalade a million different ways: on toast, in oatmeal, or on pancakes. We will be making lots this holiday season!

    Kneale C | 11.29.2012 | Reply
  21. I love anything hand written or drawn/painted! I go crazy for any artwork that my litle boys give me and they are the most prized pieces I own!

    christy funk | 11.29.2012 | Reply
  22. We love to make and jar homemade simmer sauces — peanut ginger, barbecue, or chutney. You’re not only giving a gift made with love, you’re giving the priceless gift of a quick weeknight dinner!

    Jane | 11.29.2012 | Reply
  23. Peppermint Bark! I’m a big baker and always give those closest to me cookies, fudge, or candy at the holidays. That said, I realized a few years back that narrowing in on what someone else really woud like, instead of what I would like to bake, is the best bet. Perfect example is peppermint bark. My mother-in-law loves the stuff. And I finally got it: making her what she really loves is a much better gift than making the cookies I WANT to make.:)

    Bearsmama | 11.29.2012 | Reply
  24. Every year i make a homemade gift basket of healthy treats. I am a yoga teacher and am always trying to get my family to eat healthier so i make a bunch of their favorites more nutritious…the big hit is always the peanut butter cups. This year I am adding a homemade idea notebook…because i feel 2013 is going to be filled with them!

    Jacqui | 11.30.2012 | Reply
  25. jam or a card .
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    intl thanks

  26. I give my home-canned jellies for gifts – the most sought-after flavor is Violet Flower!!!

    Rebecca | 11.30.2012 | Reply
  27. A couple of months ago, juice transformed my life. And then it snowballed, and I became vegan. I try not to proselytize, but I feel really, really GOOD. This Christmas–since I lost my job, I’m going to make some beautiful juice with greens + add beets for gorgeous color, pour it into Mason jars, and tie with ribbon. I also make nut milk with organic almonds from the Massa farm, and I might whirl up a batch or two with some “noggy” spices. What better gift than health? Cheers!

    Ana Maria | 12.02.2012 | Reply
  28. Every year my godmother makes a handcrafted ornament for me. When it’s time to decorate the Chrismas tree, I love opening the box of all the treasurd ornaments she has given me over the years.

    Ginna | 12.02.2012 | Reply
  29. I like to create a thoughtful gift basket that appeals to all 5 senses – sight (photo in frame), smell (clove-studded lemons), sound (homemade music CD), taste (cookies!), touch (soft, fuzzy gloves). How can you not love it? Happy Holidays!

    Ryal | 12.02.2012 | Reply
  30. I also make jewelry and love to make one-of-a-kind pieces for my friends and family. During the year, I find little nuggets of fun that remind me of them. As the holidays approach, I design the pieces. It is so much more fulfilling for all involved (and the environment). I have been known to take old nuts and bolts and made them into earrings and necklaces. Repurpose for a one-of-a-kind gift that will be appreciated for years to come. (and out of a landfill). 🙂

    Heidi O'Toole | 12.03.2012 | Reply
  31. I love to make many different things as gifts, I make jewelry so I give lots of that out and I also love to make ornaments with my son.


    The Chalkboard | 12.03.2012 | Reply
  33. My dad makes an amazing hot sauce from scratch, and there is none like it! I love it when he comes bearing gifts – it`s usually multiple bottles of his sauce!

    Candace | 12.03.2012 | Reply

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