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June 6

/ Black Is The New Black

Let’s face it there really is no substitute for black.  From the little black dress to building facades, black remains a dominant force in the fashion and interiors world.  It has permeated into every design crack imaginable from pottery and tile to paint and furniture.  And why shouldn’t it?  Black is chic, sophisticated, versatile and will never go out of style.  It makes a great backdrop for textures and art and adds a touch of drama.  There are big and small ways to incorporate black into your interiors, and none will disappoint.  Before you know it you too will be a dark addict…

Black on the stairs adds a bold touch.  Try just the steps or even the whole staircase!

photo: Dustin Aksland
photo: Katie Lee

Whole rooms look glamorous in all black and make other colors pop.  Try glossy black for a more  dramatic look

photo: apartment therapy
Photo: Donna Dotan Photography Inc.

Black furniture is a great way to ease into the dark.  This painted sideboard is stunning in a painted black finish

photo: Midcentury Furniture

Who would not want this black oak turned lamp by their bed?

photo:  Lostine

And not for the faint of heart we have the whole house

photo: Lonny
photo: Leela Cyd Ross

Are you ready to join the dark side?

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April 11

/ Fabulous Florals

With Spring upon us floral design is in full bloom.  Now mind you I am not talking about the musty old florals you saw in your great grandmother’s house, but fresh, modern and innovative ways to incorporate florals into design.  From wallpaper to textiles and fashion florals are continuing to have their moment.  They breathe in life and bring nature inside.  They are a great way to add pops of color to a room and can be a striking contrast in a modern setting.

Here are some ways to incorporate the easy breezy look of florals into your life…

Wallpaper, wallpaper, wallpaper.  I can’t say enough about floral wallpaper.  There are so many spectacular option out there it is hard to pick.  For a large space go for a big, bold print like this stunning green leaf paper from Essential Home Design

photo: Essential Home

For smaller spaces, like a powder room. This Hygge and West paper is fresh and colorful.

photo: Hygge & West

If wallpaper scares you then take baby steps with a few floral accent pillows.  These John Robshaw prints have a carefree bohemian vibe

photos: John Robshaw

Florals can be found everywhere these days from art to fashion.  Artist Guy Yanai’s paintings consist of bold colors and a modern perspective of nature.

photos: Guy Yanai

And Ulla Johnson’s fabulous floral blouses are always chic and modern

photo: Ulla Johnson

photos: Ulla Johnson

Time to get your bloom on!

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February 7

/ The Wonder of Wovens

Decorating with natural wovens never ceases to amaze me and never goes out of style.  From rattan and raffia to rope and seagrass these timeless textures add an earthy warmth to any space.  Although clean lines and smooth surfaces can create a polished look they can also feel cold or untouchable.  Textured items bring back that organic approachability.  They are welcoming, inviting and let’s face it make a space more livable.

Here are some different way to incorporate wovens into your life…

Furniture is the most obvious choice.  Woven furniture pieces come in all shapes and sizes and span all styles.  In our Palos Verdes project this woven end table, from Hollywood at Home, stunned paired with succulents and a patterned rug.

Photo: JC Studio

These entry chairs mix wood and a rush back for the perfect relaxed vibe

Photo: Hollywood at Home

Lighting is another great way to integrate some texture.  An oversized woven pendant brings an island feel to this boutique hotel in Greece.  While simply changing the lamp shade of a fixture can do the trick as well.

Photo: Casa Cook Rhodes
photo: JC Studio

And texture is essential in fashion as well.  These woven purses make an ordinary outfit extraordinary.

Photo: Loeffler Randall
Photo: Cult Gaia

So bring a little woven into your life… and feel the warmth!

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December 6

/ Winter Retreat

As the temperature finally drops in Los Angeles I begin to dream of snow.  What cozy mountain house awaits…?  The décor of typical mountain homes can be very predictable with heavy stone, dark colors, iron and of course the typical antler chandelier.  But there is hope!  And there is a way to balance good design with a mountain lifestyle.

This Utah home by Studio McGee brings a modern twist to the quintessential mountain home.  It remains warm and comfortable while also being fresh and chic.  The clean lines and bright colors mixed with the textures and materials are both minimal and inviting at the same time.

Photo: Studio McGee
Photo: Studio McGee

This kids bunk room could not be more cozy with the layering of rugs and warm neutral colors.  The brass accents add a touch of sophistication.

Photo: Lindsay Salazar

Even this beautiful stone bathroom feels light and airy mixed with the crisp white tub and side table.

Photo: Audrey Hall

And this stunning  A-frame in Big Bear has the perfect modern cabin vibe.  The white walls combined with colors, patterns and textures create a relaxed yet refined environment.

Photo: Sunset Magazine

Here’s to a fabulous winter getaway!

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October 4

/ The Art of Accessorizing

Never underestimate the role accessories play in a home.  They create warmth, personalization and breathe life into the design scheme.  Accessories tell the story of a home, who you are and what you value.  Living in a city like Los Angeles there are so many opportunities to buy locally from incredibly talented artisans.  Here are a few of my favorite accessories that will not only bring you immense joy, but also are handmade in Los Angeles

Local ceramicist Natan Moss creates stunning pieces from handmade lamps to soy candles.  His beautiful glazes make every piece unique.

photo: hollywoodathome.com
photo: hollywoodathome.com

 

De Jong & Co is a Los Angeles woodworking company that specializes in custom handcrafted one of a kind pieces.  From cutting boards to benches, each piece is a work of art.

photo: dejongandco.com

Magnolia Ceramics is a Southern California company known for its pureness of form and clean lines.

photo: lawsonfenning.com

 

Nickey Kehoe, a local neighborhood showroom, has a line of handmade products that will take your breath away…. and let your pup sleep tight.

photo:nickeykehoe.com
photo: nickeykehoe.com

When you choose to shop for accessories in the community you are getting the most bang for your buck.  Supporting local artists and finding those special objects that last a lifetime.  It is a win-win!

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August 22

/ California State of Mind

On the heels of an amazing northern California beach vacation I am reminded how lucky we are to live in the Golden State.  We are able to incorporate the natural beauty that surrounds us, from the mountains to the ocean, into our everyday life.  We can blur the lines between inside and out, and create spaces that have no boundaries.  As the rest of the country begins to pack up for fall, we are just gearing up for another year of indoor-outdoor living.

Here are some reminders as to why you live in California, in case you forgot…

The garden view from this modern Venice Beach Bungalow cannot be beat

photo: Coral Von Zumwalt

And if you need to cool off after a meal, just step down into your pool

photo: Kate Holstein

And check out this Midcentury beauty in San Diego

photo: Darren Bradley

Looking for something more rustic?  Escape into the woods with these chic structures

photo: Big Sur Campground and Cabins
photo: Stefan Ruiz

Now aren’t we the lucky ones!

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June 21

/ Keeping it Cool in LA

Summer is officially upon us, and as all you Angelenos know that can mean sweltering heat.   The good news is that here is Southern California pools are an art form.  From sipping cocktails poolside at your favorite hotel to a casual backyard pool party, there are plenty of option to choose from, and no shortage on style…

Nothing is more iconic than the Beverly Hills Hotel pool.  Book a lunch at the Cabana Café, and then enjoy the rest of your day splashing about.

photo: Reonie Hanne

For a more urban experience enjoy the rooftop pool at The Standard downtown.

Photo: Manuel Zublena

Looking for something smaller and quainter?  Try Casa Laguna Hotel and Spa for a cozy dip in the pool while overlooking the Pacific.

Photo: Casa Laguna

Hotel not in the cards for you?  It’s time to call in those favors to friends and neighbors who have pools.  And trust me there is no shortage in LA.  Here are a couple beauties…

Mid century dip anyone?

Photo: Bilden Corp

I might never leave this heavenly farmhouse:

Photo: Marion Brenner

And if none of the above work and you happen to be shopping in West Hollywood, maybe they will let you stick your toes into the pool at The Row…who knows??

Photo: Dominique Vorillon

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April 17

/ The Case for Encaustic

Encaustic or cement tiles have been the rage for a few years now.  After installing these tiles in various applications from kitchens to powder rooms I have witnessed the dynamic nature of this material.  They are bold, graphic and fabulous.  But they are tricky too… it is important to get it right and make sure these beauties can stand the test of time.

Here are some helpful tips if you are debating using encaustic:

  1. Color: Sticking with simple colors like black and white keeps your palette flexible and classic.  You can change other elements in the room and your tiles will still work.
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  1. Pattern: Pick a pattern that works with the style of your home.  If you have a traditional brownstone don’t go too modern or graphic.  Live in a midcentury space, then traditional Spanish tiles may not be right.
Rue Magazine
mariakillam.com
  1. Location: If you feel the need to go crazy, sometimes those colors are hard to resist! Do it in a small area like a powder room where you have some freedom.   Taking chances is always fun, but it’s good to limit any collateral damage.
cletile.com
desiretoinspire.net

Don’t be afraid to use encaustic or cement tiles, they are stunning and add a fresh perspective to any space.  But with all design decisions don’t go overboard, sometimes less is more.

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February 20

/ Desert Living

With Palm Springs Modernism Week in full swing and Spring upon us, I start daydreaming of the desert.  The vast, desolate and open landscape is intriguing, and one of the reasons living in Los Angeles is so special.  The desert is right next door.

Desert Living not only permeates the landscapes of Southern California but also its interiors.  The earthy colors and textures of the desert can be found throughout the Southland in interiors that are rich with layers and warmth.  This modern twist of Southwest style can be found from tiles to succulents.  Here are some ways to breathe the desert into your space…

Warm materials such as wood and woven pieces connect us to our landscape.

Earthy colors, such as burnt orange, and vintage rugs create an interesting warmth.

And of course you cannot go wrong with succulents.

And don’t forget materials.  This New West tile is a must.

Happy Desert adventures!

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(Photo credits: Pic 1- newdarlings.comPic 6- the secretsouk.com Pic 7-cletile.com Pic 5- jacquelynclark.com)

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June 11

/ Outdoor Entertaining

Los Angeles in the summer is synonymous with outdoor entertaining. Everyone wants to be outside enjoying friends and family, and there is no better city to do it in! And you don’t need to have a huge backyard to host a summer party, in fact some of the best spaces are intimate and charming. It’s not the size that matters but the details.

Here are a few tips to create an enchanting summer soiree….

1. Eclectic Tablescape

Whether you have a make shift card table set up or an elegant farm table, have fun with the tabletop. Mix and match colors, textures and decorate with fruits, vegetables or even herbs. Remember to keep it interesting and unexpected.

www.lonny.com
www.lonny.com
www.lonny.com
www.lonny.com

2. Potted Plants

Even though you may be outdoors, keep the green alive everywhere! Potted plants on a patio or where you are serving drinks look chic and charming. They remind us that we are lucky enough to be enjoying the weather!

www.housebeautiful.com
www.housebeautiful.com
www.lonny.com
www.lonny.com

3. Bohemian Vibe

There is something about the great outdoors that takes us back to our roots. Try to create a space that works with nature and is casual and comfortable. A space where your guests want to kick off their shoes and stay awhile.
Pillows, colorful blankets and layers of texture are great ways to create an interesting and relaxing atmosphere

www.lonny.com
www.lonny.com
www.lonny.com
www.lonny.com

Design Tip:
Don’t be discouraged to entertain just because you don’t have a vast outdoor space.  A small table on a balcony with a sensational tablecloth will do just fine . The summers in Los Angeles are about you, your friends and the outdoors…. enjoy it!

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