My past shopping trips to Los Angeles have mainly focused on La Cienga's antique stores. This week I ventured to La Brea where many of the design stores have relocated due to the more affordable rent. While I still feel La Cienga overall has better quality pieces, I was able to find a few good stores with some nice pieces pictured below.
My 2015 mantra: Enlighten & Enlightened
Enlighten- to give greater knowledge and understanding about a subject. Synonyms: inform, make aware, illuminate
Enlightened- having or showing a rational, modern, and well-informed outlook. Synonyms: well informed, aware, open-minded, knowledgable, wise.
I feel reinvigorated with a new inspiration for learning and growing. Knowledge brings wisdom and for me a sense of joy. The more I see, the more I am inspired to seek out more knowledge which leads to growth. I love sharing freely, hoping what I find unique or inspirational will touch others in some capacity.
In that vain, one of my first discoveries of the new year is Gabriel Scott. For obvious reasons, I source furnishings during the day. However, one evening on my way home from dinner, I was moved by their gorgeous lighting illuminating their Broome Street storefront. Gabriel Kakon and Scott Richler are two of my new favorite designers producing innovative lighting and furniture at reasonable prices. Here are a few of my choice pieces from their collection.
Friends and clients are always asking where I like to shop for interiors. I have compiled a list of my favorite stores highlighting some of their best pieces.
When I am decorating a client's home, I try to use a combination of antiques and new pieces. Combining the two helps balance the budget while creating a diversity of lighting. Reproduction lighting in bathrooms, kitchens, hallways or less important rooms is best due to quantity, durability, wattage and cost. I try to incorporate antique lighting in dining rooms, master bedrooms and more formal rooms for added uniqueness. Mixing both old and new creates a nice balance throughout. Each room varies so these rules are not written in stone.
What matters most is the function of the light- which breaks down to the number of bulbs and wattage. Far too often you have a bathroom with no natural light and a single 60 watt bulb isn't going to do the trick. However, the opposite is true in a restaurant or bar, where the intention is to emit 25 watts for that smokey look. In all cases, it is important to be mindful of the space, function and how the light you are interested in will perform.
Scale is also a huge factor. Too small looks dinky, and too large can overpower a room, so the right dimension is key. If you need, make a foam board template and hold it up, or if it's an antique, try it on in the home before purchasing. If you purchase a fixture that does not give off a lot of light or has a metal shade, be mindful- maybe you need to add some recessed lights in the area or balance it with lighter colored walls.
My former boss, Ellie Cullman, used to always say you want to have layered lighting in each room- meaning lighting from different sources at varying heights- table lamps, wall sconces and ceiling lights. Layering your lighting creates an equal distribution and balance of light throughout the room. It is key to be mindful of this when you are designing your home.
- Sconces generally are at 66" above finished floor (aff), unless you have 10' ceilings or greater, then you may want to raise the electrical box higher. And 66" aff also depends on where the backplate or wires are located on the sconces, so you may need to go up or down depending.
- Sconces above mantles are set higher than 66' aff, centered on the legs of the mantle.
- Chandeliers and ceiling lights centered on the ceiling plain, unless over a table.
- Hanging lights to hang no less than 6'10" aff, be mindful of door swings.
- Dining room chandeliers to hang 66" aff to the bottom or higher
- Rewire table lamps for a 3-way switch and harp which will give you more flexibility with shade selection.
Here are a number of my favorite lights, both new and old to decorate your ceilings, walls, tables and floors.
While my first blog post focused on all things touched in gold, I am following suite highlighting another precious metal- silver. 1. Judith Lieber's Large Airstream Jet Multi Camouflage Clutch would dress up any pair of jeans. 2. I have used Jean Pelle's fabulous Large Bubble Chandelier for several clients ranging from a Hamptons beach house to a child's bedroom. With a choice of plain glass, 12K white gold (as shown) or 24K gilded globes, one could use it in a variety of places. 3. Loeffler Randall Blaise Suede Moccasins are perfect for spring & summer. 4. The chrome backplate on these Antique Glass Sconces Attributed to Kalmar transforms the staggered clear glass columns with shades of silver. 5. When shopping in London last June, I spotted these stunning Quartz Tables at Dale Rogers Ammonite. 6. William Jackson's round disk 216 Andirons in polished pewter accent any small fireplace with a touch of modernity. 7. And last but certainly not least, adorn your toes with Butter London Nail Lacquer in Diamond Geezer- my tried & true staple for the last two years.