Trendspotting: House of Cards

By now you have probably binged watched House of Cards Seasons 1 & 2 in preparation for the much-anticipatedSeason 3 release. The topic on everyone’s mind is, what kind of mischief is Mr. Frank Underwood going to get into this season as he ascends to become the most powerful man in the nation and will sure enough exert his manipulative influence over the White House (again!).

As a piece of today’s pop culture, we can’t help but incorporate aspects of the House of Cards into our daily lives. Here are five things that are inspired by the television phenomena that has swept the nation.

Presidential Real Estate


Although there aren’t too many brick townhouses in California, we can pull design inspiration from the Underwood Home. The Underwood residence is an updated traditional Washington, D.C. look, featuring a neutral color palette, elegant fabrics, brass lamps, upholstered traditional furniture, and dark woods that highlight the mid-1800’s architectural features. The Underwoods’ style is known as new traditionalist.

As Frank says, “power is a lot like real estate. It’s all about location, location, location.” I tried to imagine the Underwoods’ home should they decide to trade in the presidency for California legislature and bring their next conspiracy to Tinseltown. After much consideration, I selected this world-class estate perfectly located upon rolling lawns and gardens in Laurel Canyon. It’s regal architecture, traditional design elements, and Southern charm draw parallels to the Underwood home and even looks like a miniature White


The neutral color palate, dark hard floors, decadent chandeliers, and grand staircase are reminiscent of the Underwood traditionalist style with a pop of color adding California coastal flare. Complete with a “gentlemen’s room/library with full bar,” media room, and wine cellar, this home is Underwood ready—it’s only missing the rowing machine downstairs.

Freddy’s Sticky, Saucy Barbecued Ribs

There is nothing that Frank indulges in more than a good rack of ribs and now you can finally sink your teeth into the real deal. Chef and author Curtis Stone teamed up with Netflix to recreate Freddy’s famous barbecue rib recipe. Follow the link below to enjoy this Southern recipe.

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Recipe courtesy of Curtis Stone &

The Claire Underwood Power Look

It does’t hurt to look fabulous while accomplishing your goals and conquering the political world.

Ladies, we have all longingly starred at Claire’s effortless elegance and polished perfection. Her wardrobe, filled with tailored pieces from Prada, Burberry, and Ralph Lauren would make any girl envious.


To get the Claire Underwood Power Look for a fraction of the cost, look for neutral, structured separates at your favorite store. Remember tailoring goes a long way, so after you select your go-to pieces, assess what needs to be altered. Complete the look with a fabulous bag, pumps, minimal jewelry, and chic eyewear and you are ready to conquer Washington.

Maple Bourbon Smash

A spin on the classic old fashion, try this reinvented Southern recipe made with Frank’s libation of choice Blanton’s Bourbon—the Maple Bourbon Smash.


1/2 ounce pure maple syrup, preferably Grade A Dark Amber

1/2 ounce fresh orange juice

1/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

4 dashes of Angostura bitters

1/2 orange wheel

2 ounces bourbon (Blanton’s of course)


1 1/2 ounces chilled seltzer

Directions: In a rocks glass, combine the maple syrup with the orange juice, lemon juice and bitters. Add the orange wheel and lightly muddle. Add the bourbon and stir well. Fill the glass with ice and top with the chilled seltzer.

Recipe courtesy of Food and Wine

Hit the Trail

If the president and first lady can find time for fitness what’s your excuse? Even more, we have beautiful weather year-round that the Underwoods would favor for their twilight jogs. For those of you that don’t have a rowing machine in your basement, grab your running shoes and try one of these fitness hotspots.

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Balboa Park– Choose a remote trail through the mountains or a path that goes past museum and performing arts venues in beachside San Diego.

Crystal Cove State Park– Composed of 17 miles of trails and 2,400 acres of native wildness, try the higher trails for panoramic ocean views. Or go kick up the sand at the local beaches of Newport and Laguna.

Murray Canyon-Take a secluded run through the desert landscape of Palm Springs.

Runyon Canyon- Among the most popular fitness locations—make it to the top and enjoy the view of Downtown LA, the Hollywood sign and Sunset Strip.

Land’s End -People who are seeking out a run that will take them through nature along the Pacific Coast need look no further than the popular Land’s End Trail in San Francisco.

Southside Park – With its proximity to government office buildings, it’s an ideal location for the noontime exercise crowd.