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.
Last week, NYC was filled with so many beautiful things to see. Below are a few of my top finds from some of the art & design shows. My favorites being: the single-arm Petit Frank chair, selections from the Kramarsky Collection, Nucleo resin furniture and the Round Cupside silver mirror which can be made in polished copper- imagine how stunning that would be!!
In the months ahead, we'll be breaking out our Coppertone, but when we are talking about metals, Cu is my new favorite metallic- the sophisticated pink!! It's stylish, warm and feminine. First inspired by Gabriel Scott's Harlow chandelier, I am now obsessed with everything copper and it's cousin, rose gold. I am even contemplating dying my hair a pinkish copper. Look at all the beautiful things to be had in this hue.
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.
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.
If I had it my way, everything would be made in cerused oak- I can't seem to get enough of it! It's dressy and casual, and in the right context can look amazing. I've highlighted some of my favorite light and dark cerused oak pieces. Imagine a room with textured ivory Venetian plaster walls, cerused oak tables, parchment tabletops and white Murano glass lamps- stylish serenity. While some items can be pricey, Serena & Lily just offered a set of nesting night tables that are reasonably affordable with great lines. Here is a little piece on the history of cerusing (a.k.a. liming) for those who want to know more.
Where To Buy:
1. Carte Armchair by Mattaliano.
2. "Cardin" Table Lamp Designed by Kimille Taylor sold through Valerie Goodman Gallery.
3. Robjohn Gibbings for Widdicomb Cerused Sideboard sold through Eric Appel Antiques.
4. Natural Limed Oak Bookcase sold through Mecox Garden & Arteriors.
5. Pair of Grey Cerused Formation Benches designed by Irwin Feld sold through CF Modern.
6. Cerused Oak Wall and Floor Treatment by Kelly Wearstler for her client's Tribeca Triplex.
7. Black Oak Cabinet designed by Jean-Michel Frank sold through ROARK.
8. Ebonized "Pierre" lamp by Kimille Taylor sold through Valerie Goodman Gallery.
9. Rowe Nesting Tables by Serena and Lily.