Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Legends Is Coming!


The annual Legends of La Cienega event is taking place next week and I am looking forward to a few days of parties and events and seeing many friends in town! This year the Legends Abassadors include not only a nation wide team but an international blogger too, my favorite UK friend and blogger, Will of Bright Bazaar!

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I am also looking forward to the event at Woven Accents with a panel led by my friends Ginna Christensen and Mat Sanders of MyDomaine and with actress Jessica Alba!

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Be sure to follow along @LCDQLA #LCDQLA

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Madeline Weinrub Sample Sale!


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I've long been a fan of Madeline Weinrib area rugs and graphic designs. The collections of pillows and fabrics are fun additions - and now they are all coming to LA for a sample sale! Previous celebrated events took place only in NYC but for the first time a west coast sale will be taking place at HD Buttercup from May 7th-10th.

A range of products including: Carpets, Pillows, Furniture, Fashion, Fabric by the Yard and Accessories will be included in the sale from 40%-70% off.

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Additional items included are: one of a kind samples, inspiration materials, off-dye lots merchandise, R&D samples, discontinued collections; accessories including pillows, and one of a kind pieces from Madeline’s travel & inspiration archives; lingerie bags, table linens, and select bespoke clothing pieces; floor coverings; fabric by the yard;
and furniture (mostly chairs.)

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The Los Angeles sale will be taking place in store only (no online sales) at:
HD Buttercup at the Helms Bakery, 3225 Helms Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90034 (310)558-8900 May 7th-May 10th

Friday, April 24, 2015

Playing with Art.com


 





I've been using Art.com as a source for specifying art for client projects and using on client concept boards to convey how art selections will fit into a room setting. I recently had the opportunity to experience a new app from Art.com: the SwitchArt app. A fun app that allows you to upload images (your pictures) to the app, select to be printed, & easily switch out with a magnetic backing for an ever changing art look.


The SwitchArt app from Art.comSwitchArt is the simplest way to change out prints, often and easily, in the same frame. Watch a tutorial here to see how it works. The great thing about SwitchArt is if you want a new look, simply peel off the print and replace it with a new one in seconds. No hammer required. No need to buy a new frame.

The new Art.com SwitchArt App makes things even easier and allows you to bring your photo stream straight to your walls. Simply download the app, buy a pack, and begin uploading personal photos from their camera roll, Instagram feed or Facebook page. Each pack includes a SwitchArt™ Magnetic Frame in the color and size of your choice, and a number of prints you select.



Art.com's line up of mobile apps for art selection and ordering.




One tool that is a great feature on Art.com is the ability to view different frames and mat features for art pieces. I use this for client project selections and screenshot the images for my concept boards. It's such a great way to incorporate the right look into a room design - or helpful for the consumer trying to select the best frame option.

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Incorporating art ideas and selections into a gallery wall concept board for a client.

Have fun playing on the Art.com website! And if you ever need design advice laying out a gallery wall with your selections from Art.com please feel free to contact me!

A Visit & Experience at Bosch



A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend an event with Bosch Appliances at their headquarters in my (native) Orange County, CA. The two day event included a handful of designers and bloggers to experience, learn, and interact hands-on with the Bosch line up of products. (One thing I can say is we were very well fed over the course of just a few days!)

Our first evening began with cocktails and this view, from Laguna Beach, CA at The Deck restaurant.

The evening progressed to a sunset dinner hosted by Bosch at The Deck restaurant where we met and talked with many of the a Bosch team members.

Bosch even added their "stamp" to our desserts.



Early the next morning we were straight over to the Bosch Experience & Design Center, a full showroom of product displays and a full functioning kitchen. I took to Bosch's integrated coffee machines. The built-in coffee makers provide everything from coffee, espresso, cappuccino, at the touch of a button in record making seconds. As a coffee connessier, I was addicted. And kept going back, for more, and more, and more. As everyone knows! So good.

By late morning, we were learning everything about Bosch design and engineering with demonstrations in their modern state of the art kitchens.

And by noon we were in the kitchen ourselves, with interactive cooking and preparing our lunch for the day! (Bloggers seen here teamed up with Bosch employees.)

Fortunately everything cleaned up well, in the quietest of dishwashers from Bosch.


Our afternoon was spent with presentations by Dwell and round table discussions.

Thank you to Bosch and Dwell for hosting us!


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Design Source: fiber and water











I was recently introduced to the online source of Fiber and Water: a collection of accessories, including wall art and pillows, printed on burlap. Hand-crafted in Maine, with many patterns having a nautical theme, I was instantly attracted given my beach and boating upbringing on the Southern California coast. So much so, I encouraged Phoebe of Fiber and Water to reach out to our local boutiques, especially those of my hometown of Newport Beach and Balboa Island. Here are some of my favorite finds!

Love this coral pillow in teal.


The Reef Knot: Remiscent of my boating days.






A collection of map prints are available in both pillows and wall art.



For the dog lovers: cute pug prints.







Last but not least: I'm loving all the pattern prints!



A fun orange chevron.





For more, visit: www.fiberandwater.com

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Of all the colors, Black

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I like black. While I love color too, there is something about black being basic, classic, elegant, and perhaps a basis for a neutral. Plus when used in a specific way, can become high contrast. It stands out from the crowd. It is, of course, all the colors mixed together.

IMG_3402.JPG Come on in. Nothing like high gloss black doors.

IMG_3193.JPG Black kitchen cabinets: Classic, timeless.

IMG_3503.JPG Yet contemporary too.

IMG_3405.JPG Black exterior siding on a house.

IMG_3403.JPG Some black with white contrast and pops of color.

IMG_3391.JPG Black + White = Simplistic + Minimalistic.

IMG_3116.JPG Black furniture: vintage chic.

IMG_3118.JPG This black bathtub is the epitome of luxe.
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I like black. While I love color too, there is something about black being basic, classic, elegant, and perhaps a basis for a neutral. Plus when used in a specific way, can become high contrast. It stands out from the crowd. It is, of course, all the colors mixed together.

IMG_3402.JPG Come on in. Nothing like high gloss black doors.

IMG_3193.JPG Black kitchen cabinets: Classic, timeless.

IMG_3503.JPG Yet contemporary too.

IMG_3405.JPG Black exterior siding on a house.

IMG_3403.JPG Some black with white contrast and pops of color.

IMG_3391.JPG Black + White = Simplistic + Minimalistic.

IMG_3116.JPG Black furniture: vintage chic.

IMG_3118.JPG This black bathtub is the epitome of luxe.

IMG_3119.JPG I am sure this black matte refrigerator would be a conversation piece in any kitchen.

IMG_3120.JPG Graphic tiles with black.

IMG_3126.JPG Natural wood "almost black" cabinetry.

IMG_3122.JPG Black becomes very masculine in this bathroom.

IMG_3121-0.JPG Black framed glass shower doors: chic.

IMG_3424.PNG Coveting these black sconces. {All images via my Pinterest boards}

IMG_3119.JPG I am sure this black matte refrigerator would be a conversation piece in any kitchen.

IMG_3120.JPG Graphic tiles with black.

IMG_3126.JPG Natural wood "almost black" cabinetry.

IMG_3122.JPG Black becomes very masculine in this bathroom.

IMG_3121-0.JPG Black framed glass shower doors: chic.

IMG_3424.PNG Coveting these black sconces. {All images via my Pinterest boards}