Friday, April 23, 2010
What do you get when one of the most fabulous drag queens (who just happens to be a compulsive shopper with great taste!) and two of LA's most popular and innovative interior decorators (and former co-owners of uber-cool store Retropia) join forces? THE MOST GLAMOROUS GARAGE SALE IN THE HISTORY OF ALL MANKIND!
Furniture, art, linens, clothing, kitchenware, barware, lighting, clothing (lots of DRAG!), shoes, gardening equipment, bedding, records, books, CD's, DVD's, knick-knacks... YOU NAME IT! Even a new queen-size mattress, lawn mower, bicycle and TONS OF MEMORABILIA AND COLLECTIBLES!
Plus FUN, FUN, FUN in gorgeous Highland Park!
NO EARLY BIRDS! Early birds will be shot, taxidermied and sold to one of the creepy hipsters who shows up ON TIME!
SATURDAY & SUNDAY,
6133 Outlook Ave LA CA 90042
9 AM to 3 PM!
Here are some of the groovy items you will be seeing:
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
I have been writing about ways to re-design rental kitchens. We spoke of fabric, paint, and hardware as a way to personalize a kitchen that you are unable to drastically modify. Our rental kitchen shelving suffers from almost 80 years of layers of paint. Instead of the laborious task of paint removal, I opted to use a decorative shelf paper. These come in great patterns and can add a little punch to your cupboards. I chose a blue and white floral for my 1930's kitchen that is not only lovely, but easy to clean. I hated going into my tiny pantry before, but now I delight in looking for that last can of peas.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
We are putting the finishing touches on the Apartment of Julien Nitzberg. Julien writes for stage and screen and he needed the bachelor pad to match the resume. His Echo Park top floor flat boasts great views and has historic charm. Since this is a rental apartment, we had to deal with what the years of use had given us. Julien wanted us to create a retro western atmosphere that would turn his writer's den into a ravishing rancho. We are now working on the kitchen. We replaced an oversized chair with two small functional Windsor chairs and we are putting a colorful cushion on the built in bench. We picked the color palette of green(the color of the walls), brown, white, orange, and red. Paint, cabinet pulls, organization, and accessories are a great way to overhaul a rental kitchen that cannot be modified. I will give you a sneak peak of some of our finds and inspiration. Stay tuned for the complete reveal of Julien's homestead makeover!
Julien's kitchen needed organization and an identity. We unearthed the banquette seat and created a cozy and comfortable breakfast nook.
Julien pitches in to do some light handyman work in order to cut down on costs.
The above fabric will cover the bench seat cushion.
This fabulous plaid tablecloth will complement his bench fabric and will be easy to clean. it contains our complete kitchen color palette.
This scenic hunting fabric will be used for the kitchen window valance above the sink. We will trim it in a wide chocolate brown braid trim.
We found these classic ranch pulls at Lowe's for a very "classic" price. Lowe's is a great resource for attractive and inexpensive hardware.
I love this tableau above the sink with the whimsical monkeys and the big brown initials. I always tout the power of branding your environment over just filling it with name brands.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Senor, Lora Hall, and I spent the day carrying out phase two of our landscaping plan for our client, Tomas Costanza. We picked out our flagstone and rock with the help of the great crew at La Canada Rustic Stone in Pasadena. We wanted to use the warm tones of gold and red to compliment the stone in the backyard and also to create an intimate and comfortable setting curbside. Our client wanted a "park-like" atmosphere that could also act as a pass through and a place to watch basketball. The space was very barren except for an orange tree. The tree seemed very alone in this sizable patch of neglected ground. Our client,Tomas, found these beautiful benches at Lowe's for only $77 on sale. I designed the pint-sized park around the bench and all of the elements seam to flow around it. Lora thought a loose and more natural setting would be more intriguing than lining everything up just so. We all had fun breaking the slabs up into smaller pieces which Lora and I placed into a puzzle of steps which needed to be leveled and grouted with beautiful reddish-brown bark. The rocks, plants and ground cover were placed to seam random, but pleasing to the eye. The formerly lonely orange tree is now a relaxing respite for all to enjoy.
Sunday, April 4, 2010
Southern California is all about outdoor living at it's finest. I was very excited to welcome Spring while working on an outdoor project. I especially loved turning a lackluster pool house into a fabulous party cabana. Cabanas create instant outdoor rooms and shady protection from the blazing sun. They also create a luxury hotel element right in your own backyard. The above cabana creates an urban safari vibe at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. Kelly Wearstler designs great pool spaces such as this classical black and white cabana-scape. The similar cabana pictured below it is available at http://superiorawning.com/. You could recreate one of your favorite hotel cabanas in your own backyard. I also love the cabana staged with the bed inside. You could create an instant guest room for the warmer months of the year or use it to create a romantic getaway that is only steps from your back door. Think of it as luxury camping without having to travel. An outdoor space creates so many options for extending your living area and freestanding cabanas are a great way to add instant, glamorous shelter.
This classic fourposter commercial cabana from Superior Awning feels very Palm Beach in the cheerful yellow and white stripe.
The cabana above is called the Pacifica and is available at http://www.resortcabanas.com/
This divine cabana lounge oozes continental splendor and can be enjoyed at the Tuckers Point Hotel and Spa in Bermuda.
I love the pavilion style of the Coronado cabana available at Resort Cabanas. They have an incredible selections and many colors to choose from.