Friday, October 31, 2014

Houses of Westwood

Happy Halloween!


I love walking through neighborhoods and seeing houses. So, the other day I happen to take a stroll through a Westwood neighborhood, in the heart of Los Angeles, just east of Westwood Village and near to UCLA. The neighborhood still retains many of the orginal homes that were built between the 1920's and 1960's.

A beautiful original home with the highrises of Wilshire Boulvevard as a backdrop.


A quintessential Spanish style architecture with tall palms.


A charming Westwood home.


A traditional style decorated for Halloween.


Another Spanish style home, this one more modest in size.


A house on the hill.


Another charming traditional.


Homes in Westwood are in the spirit of Halloween.


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Visit to Buckingham Interiors + Design


On a recent visit to Chicago, I had the opportunity to meet up with my fellow Material Girl's blogger Julia at her showroom and design studio. While Julia and I have met up on several occasions (both in LA and at High Point Markets) I had yet to visit her in her base city. Along with our friend Lisa Mende, we spent a morning checking out the fab Buckingham ID showroom followed by brunch at SoHo House in Chicago - and had a great time all of us together!

The storefront view window of Buckingham ID.


A photo of Julia and me catching up in her showroom, captured by Lisa Mende.


Color Love: Julia loves orange and I love how this piece creates quite the statement in her showroom, against the backdrop of the white painted brick walls.


Accesorized shelving and shaggy colorful stools define Julia's Modernique style.


Showroom displays include table settings and fun industrial chic stools.


A colorful vignette.


A crazy fun skeletal chair! (And Julia has a cute story about how when the store alarm was once set off, the police dispatched ended up wanting pictures in the chair, that of course, after all was checked out and in the clear!)


Pattern on pattern, seating display.


The BID headquarters office space.


Buckingham I + D Showroom is located at 1822 West Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL


After our showroom visit, we headed over to SoHo House for an all girl's brunch! Thanks Julia for treating us!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Instagram Takeover for DIEM Recap + Highlights from the Week!


Lots of events took place in LA this past week and I am here to share! Along with showroom parties and openings, I had the opportunity to takeover the West Hollywood Design District's Instagram account for "A Day in the Life". It was fun to take part and feature some of my favorite places around town. For a full recap of photos, you can view here.

The WeHo Design District's Instagram account, which will also be featuring other takeovers in anticipation for the upcoming DIEM event.


The Instagram takeover began with my day of coffee and iPad...

JillSeidner8 showing the newly built Restoration Hardware showroom going up on Melrose Avenue, just in time for that evening's grand opening party.


Which catered to a very packed crowd: Celebs, design friends, and pretty much all of West Hollywood was there!


The next evening I attended a much more intimate party. This one at Woven Accents for the "Spark The Imagination" installation invited by my friend Ginna of 27Ground. (Pictured above with Shirley of Shivhon Rugs.)

I also got to check out the newest, latest rug on display in the window at Woven Accents by artist Gregory Siff.


And yet another rug on display at Woven Accents: this one designed by my good friend Christian of Maison21. From the Shapes Collection.


Another highlight this week was attending the Fall luncheon for Legends of La Cienega Design Quarter (for a preview of what's to come!).


Enjoyed hanging out with Amanda Malson at the LCDQLA luncheon.


Lastly, the week actually kicked off last weekend with the most amazing party at Snyder Diamond in celebration of their 65th Anniversary!


Attending the Snyder Diamond anniversary party with fellow designers Delta Wright and Christian May.

Thanks to West Hollywood Design District, LCDQ, Woven Accents, & Snyder Diamond for all the great events this past week!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

The Langham, Chicago


On a recent trip to Chicago, I had the opportunity to stay at the newly opened The Langham, an exquisite luxury hotel located at 330 Wabash (home of a Mies van der Rohe designed building). I have been a fan of the architect since my days in design school. The landmark building is located in downtown Chicago adjacent to the river, 52 stories tall, and boasts over 300 guest rooms and suites. The second floor lobby (pictured above) is a testament to simple refined elegance.

A sitting area in the lobby with floor to ceiling windows with a view toward the river and downtown buildings.


A sculptural ceiling statement.


The interiors of Travelle, the hotel's restaurant, features a bar and lounge overlooking the river, and a dining room on the opposite side.


The interiors of Travelle, a great nightlife spot, where I spent an evening hanging out with friends for drinks and food.


The hotel room suites are contemporary, yet classic lines, of understated elegance.


The entry features full height closets and a vanity.


Sophisticated furnishings, neutral colors, and pattern such as the links in the carpet and bedding create a timeless look.


I was in awe of the bar cabinet which features a tilt out for the coffee (happy to find my Nespresso addiction here!), a concealed bar fridge below, and the cabinet and drawers on the sides are stocked with all the hotel amenities you could ever want!


The well-appointed bathroom features a wall mounted Geberit toilet, dual Kohler sinks, and Zucchetti bath fittings.


The bathroom vanity with dual Kohler sinks and wall-mounted Zucchetti faucets.


The walk-in shower is completely walled in minimalist stone with both rainhead and detachable shower sprays and a sleek minimal linear shower drain.


A seperate WC features a wall-mounted toilet from Geberit. The European, contemporary design of Geberit’s wall-mounted toilet complement the Langham’s existing aesthetic. Many European luxury hotel designers have turned to Geberit for the sleek design and space-saving benefits for decades, and designers in the U.S. are beginning to follow suit.

Thank you to Geberit for the opportunity to experience The Langham.


Had a fun time at Travelle restaurant at The Langham with Declan Joyce, Declan Joyce.

DIEM: Design Intersects Everything Made


Looking forward to taking part in an Instagram takeover for the West Hollywood Design District this coming week, featuring a "Day in the life of". In anticipation of the annual DIEM event taking place November 14th, I will be posting some of my favorite design finds as a supporter of the WeHo Design District.

You can follow @WehoDesignDistrict ‪#‎DIEMevent‬ on Instagram on October 22nd.