Every Spring, my clients and I do the big build up. We decide on the projects to tackle, discuss style and color, decide on furniture and art and fabrics and dozens of other details until we put everything together into a design plan. When summer hits, my clients disappear on various vacations and holidays. I get down to the work of putting those design plans into action while everybody is away. Summer is always the busiest season for design, and I am in the thick of it these days.
Two projects are in progress on opposite ends of Los Angeles.
The first is a gorgeous apartment in a historic Spanish-style building in Los Feliz. There is so much southern California charm here, and I'm doing my best to bring it out with silk and linen draperies, a luxe living room rug and grand chandelier in the dining room. There are also lots of reminders of the client's beloved hometown with some vintage Chicago poster art. So far, I am absolutely thrilled with how this little gem of a place is turning out.
|Perfect Chicago poster art.|
|High ceilings call for a grand chandelier in the dining room.|
|Great color in the living room rug. Perfect with the leather armchairs, too.|
Over in Mar Vista, my client has a clean, ultra-modern loft space as her new home. We are filling it with design classics, great color, quirky vintage finds and modern art.
|How can you beat dining chairs with red hairpin legs? They are from West Elm. The pedestal table is from CB2.|
|I've often spoken of my undying love for FLOR carpet tiles -- this mod cow pattern was made for space like this one.|
|Lots and lots of big white walls in the loft. This Banksy piece will find a home (and add lots of color) in the living room.|
|This one is Banksy, too. For the bedroom.|
At the project in Las Vegas, work this year began with furnishings for the patios and poolside.
|There are pairs of these Chatham armchairs from Pottery Barn in a few spots around the property. I love the clean lines and the crisp green of the cushions with all of the desert colors.|
|For lounging around the pool, I designed portable (they have the cutest little handles) cushions in a vibrant Sunbrella stripe that references all of the colors of the pool and garden. There's also a pretty spectacular view of the The Strip when you're sitting on them.|
|The patio near the barbeque and bar is shaded with one of the simple umbrellas dotted around the backyard. These outdoor poufs from Crate & Barrel are super durable, comfy and colorful seating. A metal basket weave table found on Overstock.com is topped with a glass top from Pier 1.|
|Tile and fixtures and cabinetry, a spectacular bathtub, a glam chandelier and fabulous art. The things that master bath nirvana is made of.|
In June, I took my first trip to Bend, Oregon to visit a family who were among my very first clients when they lived here in Los Angeles. Bend is a wonderful little city with great energy and my clients have chosen to live in a spot surrounded by so much natural beauty. It has been great fun designing in a new and inspiring place, and I really love helping my clients settle into their new home.
|The view from the front patio of the Bend house. Peaceful and beautiful. And quite a departure from Los Angeles.|
All of this travel -- both within my city and without -- has me feeling like I need a serious vacation. It'll have to be when summer is over and the after photos are posted.