Saturday, March 24, 2012

WestWeek Recap

It has been quite a few eventful days this past week with WestWeek taking place, two days and three nights of back to back showroom events and parties! Here's a recap of my WestWeek highlights!

Starting with a kick off party at interior designer Michael Smith's showroom, Jasper, hosted by Margaret Russell and Architectural Digest magazine.

My friends Morgan and Christian of Maison21 at the Jasper Showroom / Architectural Design party.

Interior Designer Michael S Smith with Margaret Russell of Architectural Digest magazine.

Morgan, Me, Christian at the Jasper Showroom/Architectural Digest kick-off party.

Christian enjoying the Jasper Showroom party.

The next day I ventured over to the Pacific Design Center to take part in the events as an "official" blogger for WestWeek. (Thanks to Crestron and Andrew Martin for sponsoring.)

One of my first stops was to drop by the Thomas Lavin showroom to check out the new lighting pieces designed by Kevin Kolanowski of Fuse Lighting. Kevin was at the showroom to give a tour of his new selections - loved this wall sconce!

Next stop, was the Duralee Fabrics showroom for the John Robshaw textiles preview and an event with HipSwap co-hosted with Turquoise. I met up with Alissa from The Goods Design and Christian of Maison21 (standing in front of the new John Robshaw fabrics).

Vanessa of Turquoise and Typhanie of Shoebox Decor at the Duralee Fabrics showroom / HipSwap event.

In between events, Christian and I browsed a few of the design showrooms, stopping in at the David Sutherland showroom. While he was checking out the Perennials outdoor fabrics, I was checking out some of the dramatic lighting like this chandelier.

Following the California Home + Design "Rise of the Rock Star Designer" keynote, the Andrew Martin showroom held a reception party. Pictured here is Typhanie of Shoebox Decor, Christian of Maison21, & Matt Locke of Design Star.

Eileen of Christopher Guy with Typhanie of Shoebox Decor in front of the "sexy" tables at the Andrew Martin showroom.

After the Andrew Martin cocktail party, we decided to leave the PDC and "hit the street" where we walked down Melrose Avenue to the Dennis & Leen open house.

While the interiors of the Dennis & Leen showroom are gorgeous, I took respite in the courtyard with the koi pond.

Next we headed back up Melrose Avenue to stop by the Rose Tarlow Melrose House cocktail party.

Turns out, there was a little surprise at the Rose Tarlow showroom - fashion designer James Galanos (also known as Nancy Reagan's dress designer) happen to be there. Here he is pictured with Christian.

Our last stop of the first day of WestWeek events was the House Beautiful party hosted by interior designer Peter Dunham of Hollywood at Home.

With more events and showroom open houses taking place on day two of WestWeek, I held out for the grand finale "rock star of parties" - the coveted Restoration Hardware party, complete with greige "red" carpet arrivals and guest list only invites.

The event was also to benefit LACMA (The Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and celebs came out to lend their support. Pictured here is actress Elizabeth Banks with model/actress Milla Jovovich.

Also in attendance, Restoration Hardware CEO Gary Friedman.

Party ambiance inside the Restoration Hardware store located on Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood.

Typhanie and I at the Restoration Hardware party.

Tula of the blog Whorange with Typhanie of Shoebox Decor and Richard of BluePRint Brands at the Restoration Hardware party.

The real rock stars of the Restoration Hardware party: Typhanie, her sister Khadine, and Richard.

My favorite: the graffiti wall in the courtyard at Restoration Hardware.

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