Sunday, April 28, 2013

Los Angeles Modernism Show


This past week I attended the opening party for the Los Angeles Modernism Show, taking place through the weekend at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. The show features over fifty exhibitors displaying 20th century furniture, decorative and fine art from across the US and Europe. Most all the exhibitors (with a few exceptions) are based here in Southern California. The event also benefits P.S. Arts, a charity working to improve the lives of children by providing arts education (a charity I've mentioned and featured greatly on the blog). The show featured some amazing  finds - and here is what caught my eye (among the celebs in attendance)!

It was lovely to meet and see actress Courtney Cox! (Her fellow Friends star Lisa Kudrow was also in attendance.)


My "design partner in crime" and fellow blogger Christian of Maison21 attended the event with me too.


Loved this glam gold console featured in one of the exhibitor booth's at the Los Angeles Modernism Show.


Lots of artwork among the vendors, including abstracts, pop art, and geometric pieces like this one.


Maison21 looking quite serious among some modern colorful pop art.


I would say the Joannes Lucas booth was the most eclectic of all the vendors, with the theme "Zoo" going on.


But I have to say, I quite liked this guy.


And wouldn't doubt this would be a conversation piece at any party.


One of our favorites, is the Christopher Anthony Ltd space (which we had also seen at last Fall's Art & Antiques Show. Yet again, another hit - featuring some great finds - including the console and accessories above (and below).


We had our eye on this vintage fireplace screen.


I thought this gilded geometric wall sculpture was pretty cool.


More from Christopher Anthony Ltd - modern metal and glass side tables.


Off the Wall Antiques featured some great items, too - such as this large scale chandelier.


These textured wall tiles were a fave of Maison21's.


I quite liked these retro textured pair of doors.


Lot's of abstract art was on display, both gallery style among the aisles and in the vendor booths. I think seeing all the various pieces of art was one of my favorite things (well, among so much else!).
If you missed the show this year, be sure to mark your calendar for next year!

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

House Tour: Mad Men Costume Designer Janie Bryant's Home


The Los Feliz home of costume designer for the tv show Mad Men is much less period specific than the 1960's wardrobes she creates for the hit show. Janie Bryant says she's influenced by the 1770's and the 1970's, her home being an eclectic mix. And then there's the birds: nearly every room in the house has one (the decorative sort).


The dining room in the Spanish style house features a mix of vintage dining chairs.


In the entry, a console table is flanked with vintage lamps from a the Silver Lake vintage shop Casa Victoria.


Lucie, her poodle, along side a vintage chair in the sunroom.


The sunroom with a custom made wallcovering.


The master bedroom is decked out with a bird painting over the bed and a bird pillow.


Costume designer Janie Bryant, in her bedroom.


Her sunny walk-in closet with a window seat! Dreamy!


The beautiful view from the second floor balcony.

All images via Elle Decor

Latest Project from Kelly Wearstler


Recently featured in Architectural Digest (& making the rounds on Pinterest!) comes the latest project from famed interior designer Kelly Wearstler. Along with architect M. Brian Tichenor comes a 1930's renovation of a Bel Air, California home. Of course, working with Kelly means only one thing: a bold new look!

In the living room, the vintage wall lights are a salvage from a Roman cinema along with leather sofas from J. Robert Scott.


The kitchen features a cluster of pendants from Blend Interiors (located on Beverly Blvd in LA) with alder-wood cabinetry and a stainless steel clad island with brass detail.


The striped vesitbule leading to the master bedroom suite.


Brass reigns in the master bedroom: from the ceiling light to the custom made bed.


Rasberry leather chairs designed by Kelly are featured in the wife's office.


I'm loving this bedroom! The daughter's four poster bed is by Paul Evans with a custom made wallcovering from Porter Teleo. Vintage ceiling light and pair of dressers are from local LA showroom JF Chen (a Kelly favorite). The carpet is a customized carpet by The Rug Company.

Another room I am loving! The daughter's bathroom features inlaid-marble walls with vintage 60's sconces. Sink fittings are from Lefroy Brooks.


The pool pavilion features a black and white herringbone pattern floor in stained walnut (brilliant!).


In the pavilion bath, striped walls play off a checkerboard floor and an oval 1920's brass mirror is paired with an angular brass vanity. (Lots and lots of brass featured in this project!)

All images via Architectural Digest, for the full article, click here.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Trend: Lucite


There is something just so cool about lucite: that clear translucency of plastic. Mixed in with the right furnishings, it works just so well (not recommended is a room full of lucite!) - unless you are looking for a flashback to the 80's. Check out these modern day room with just the right amount of lucite to garner one's attention!


These cool lucite chairs bring contemporary to farmhouse.


Sleek lucite barstools look hot in this kitchen!


A somewhat traditional looking office is jazzed up when paired with a lucite desk, for two.


The infamous Philippe Starck ghost chair and barstool.


Tucked under a kitchen counter.


A vintage Madonna picture, circa 1990' all lucite!


A glam living room, with a lucite coffee table.


Keeping it minimal - just a hint of lucite on the legs of this console table.

And shopping for lucite?


Check out the Riley Ottoman from Anthropologie.

Or the Hudson Ottoman from Zinc Door.


Even CB2 has an affordable lucite coffee table.

Images via Pinterest.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Pool is in the House


It seems a bit fantasy, yet an architectural delight: having a pool in the house! Not a generic indoor pool, but a dramatic scape to a living room, bedroom, or bathroom. Common it may be to have an interior courtyard pool, yet many flow right into the house and beyond...


Right in the middle of a living room! (This one is actually situated between a living room, dining room, and staircase - guess there's never an excuse for a dip in the pool when it's that accessible!) Image via Coco + Kelley's "Room of the Week Feature"

In the bathroom, like a moat to the tub...I would definitely love this set up!

The indoor/outdoor room, with the convenience of having part of the pool in the inside of the house.


An interior wading pool creates a symmetry to exterior double endless pools.


Indoor/outdoor living is a luxury in some climates, having the privacy of a courtyard pool and a living room that completely opens up to a pool is pure bliss.


This is producer Jerry Weintraub's bedroom that was featured in Architectural Digest magazine. Doesn't seem safe to have a pool this close to a bed, but the architectural elements are intriguing.

Still loving the concept of a pool in a bathroom, this one extends beyond to the outside.


And another...


Perhaps a tropical vacation house could not be without the indoor / outdoor pool concept.


While it's mainly an outdoor pool, a courtyard pool that is completely open to the interiors is truly an extension of the home.


When I was in design school (in my early 20's), one of design studio projects was to create a 1,000 sq ft home - this is the house I designed with the concept of indoor/outdoor living as an extension of the house. I included the idea of a lap pool jutting into the side of the house, side by side with the fireplace in the living room. The idea reminds me a bit of the very first image I posted (the pool merging with the interiors of the house).

All images via Pinterest.