Los Angeles

I’m Baaaaack!

Hello – I haven’t been here for a while, but the design inspiration keeps coming! ¬†I’m back to share it, and in case you can’t tell by the vegan leather and the Raybans, I mean business ūüėČ

This year has been full of fresh experiences for me. Here’s a highlight that you’ll soon be able to watch…

A kitchen and dining room remodel I designed in L.A. was filmed in all its stages for HGTV’s Househunters Renovation! I had a blast doing this project, teaming up with my husband Will and his crew at Crescent Canyon Construction. There is nobody on the planet I trust more than Will to do his job well and have my back, so with him as my G.C., I was really able to focus on doing what I love – listening to my clients, coming up with practical and creative solutions to the design challenges, and executing it all as beautifully as possible within our time and budget constraints. The transformation was dramatic, and I am so excited to have it documented by HGTV!

I will be sharing pictures and lots of details about the design as soon as our episode airs on October 28th at 10pm (9 central). One little thing I’ll reveal about my clients is that one of them wanted a kitchen that felt warm and somewhat Traditional, while the other was really excited about Industrial style. Tune in to see how I married their hearts’ desires!

 

 

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Take Me Away // Marina Del Rey Hotel

106289528c495b61dc5591dcf98fd25bLast summer I was a bridesmaid for the 6th and (I assume) final time in my life. With the bride being April, my BFF from high school, this is what bridesmaid duty looked like.

IMG_2087Basically I helped the bride get dressed, and did my best to make sure she felt relaxed and gorgeous. So easy and fun!

As an added bonus, the reception of this beautiful wedding was held at the Marina Del Rey Hotel, where the airy lobby and bar became a new source of design inspiration for me. The hotel was renovated by the Pacifica Group, and I found that the thoughtful mix of design elements Рnautical, mid-century, Moroccan, organic and more Рall added up to a California Eclectic feel that works great for a hotel on the marina. I showed you the wonderful seagull sculpture installation that greets you in the lobby (above). Here are some other things that caught my eye.

Mid-century style furniture mixed with organic pieces like the live-edge coffee table….
image1…all working together with this very contemporary textured wall-treatment.
5ce26ac44da90a89c3d0354a7504a533I’m delighted by unexpected details like this in the floor
image2And this lounge area looked so fun and inviting!
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2d8ce043b366952b68adfa0d1d219faeSALT, the hotel’s bar and restaurant, has contemporary lighting features warmed up by mid-century style furniture.87b54bb43606415cd62189ea7b829345I love the mixture of Wishbone chairs with the quilted texture of the vinyl on the lounge-ier chairs.
f928a1e5eeb5bf2030b3826d143494d7The marina itself is a beautiful sight. I don’t get to this part of L.A. very often, so looking at all these boats bobbing around on the water made me feel like I was on vacation.967-0945a1ed05da7f70493d36317c73e363In fact, I think this place would be a great location for a Staycation!ef5fdf5a3b2f65bf8722c48905eb8874Photos 6-10 are from the Marina Del Rey Hotel website, the rest are by me and a kind bartender at Salt.


Design Inspirer // Alex Prager

I’m always mesmerized by Alex Prager‘s photographs. This is the one that first caught my attention a few years ago.
1Fashion editorials and advertising campaigns by the photographer have kept her on my mind.2Obviously, each image is intriguing. There is a specific story about an interesting woman in just about every one.¬†3aThe vintage aesthetic and cinematic feel of Prager’s work makes it all the more appealing to me. The influence of Hitchcock and Cindy Sherman can not go unnoticed, but everything I see her do feels fresh and captivating.3bPrager lives and works in Los Angeles, and her work reflects it. Yet another reason to love.
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678Even with such a stylized feel to much of her work, Prager is never just one note. Her images could be anything from unsettling to bizarre to sweet and nostalgic.910
11Each one is singularly compelling. (What is going on with these chicks??)
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Take Me Away // Norton Simon Museum

 The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena is an overlooked L.A. treasure.  It is large enough to have some really varied and impressive collections, and small enough to be a low-key outing. Admittedly, the architecture is a bit on the Brutal side for my taste.

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But there is magic within these walls!

2011-07-26-basel_muralAbove: Basel Mural I, 1956-58 by Sam Francis

I always feel inspired by a wander through the Modern and Contemporary Art gallery, ending in a stroll through the peaceful sculpture garden, designed by Nancy Goslee Powers .

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis Maillol lady, La Montagne, is an old friend.

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I love to get a little lost in a piece of art, so my favorite spot is a bench in front of this huge painting called Autumn: The Chestnut Gatherers by Georges Lacombe. The scale of the piece and its depth of color make me feel like I’m watching a play. It is mesmerizing.

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Photos: NortonSimon.org and Fififlowers.com