Monday, May 16, 2016

Wallpaper Kandy

Love this wallpaper from Elitis, appropriately named Kandy.  So pretty you'll want to lick your walls.(Ok, maybe not actually lick them, but you get the idea.)

I first spotted it in a Nordstrom dressing room, and then again on display at the Donghia showroom in the PDC.  It's a little hard to see here but the design is beautiful in person.  The original pattern appears to be some type of Shibori, a Japanese dying process where one folds, crimps, ties and then dips paper or fabric into indigo.  Shibori is getting a lot of air time lately and can be seen in all market levels from the commercial application shown below, to pillows at Pottery Barn, all the way to poufs at Target.

If you'd like more information on this particular wallpaper, Lauren Park at Donghia, Los Angeles, can provide all the specs.  There are eight designs in this Elitis line some of which appear to be done in a similar process.  I've highlighted the Brit Pop design but check out the others here when you have a moment.

These first four photos were taken with my phone. The color swatches and last three images are from the Elitis website. 

It comes in nice colors.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Like Napa, Without the Drunk Drivers

Spent the afternoon tooling through Ojai yesterday.   Things seem to be changing in this sleepy little town with some new life brewing on Ojai Avenue.

On S. Montgomery Street, I ran across this groovy little store called deKor+Co., a spin-off from its L.A. location.  deKor+Co. seems to be a lifestyle store with everything from beach coverups to beauty products and furniture.

 Of course I was loving the furniture.  Especially this slat backed, mid-century chair below available in many colors, and two different finishes, at a killer price of $685.00.

Just around the corner from DeKor+Co., pop into indoor/outdoor store Fig filled with products full of fun and whimsy.  Can you see the hopscotch traced on the floor at the entrance?

Found these fun cards from Tokyo-Milk.

For a little R+R, stop by the Ojai Valley Inn + Spa.  Seriously one of the best spa experiences in Southern California.

Leaving town if you're heading northwest with some extra time on your hands take Highway 150 to the 192, the long way to Santa Barbara.  Wrap around what's left of Lake Casitas for a beautiful drive. Water is badly needed in drought-stricken California so feel free to do a little rain-dance when taking in the views.  We'll take whatever you can muster.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Clouds over L.A.

Earlier this week, we had a few consecutive nights of amazing sunsets.

This shot was taken with my phone without any filters.

Friday, December 12, 2014

See You Saturday, Rain or Shine

Here's a quick preview of the work we are featuring at our Pop-Up Market this Saturday, 12/13/14.

Textiles - Scarf designs by Brett Barker

Paintings - "Day Dreaming" by Olga Krimon

Tree Toppers and Ornaments -  by Lisa Young

Handmade pillows - by me, (textiles by Raoul)

If you're in the neighborhood, stop in and visit our Pop-Up Market on Saturday!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

South Bay Holiday Gift Market

Along with a few fellow designers, 
we are hosting a Holiday Gift Market on Saturday, December 13, 2014 
in Hermosa Beach 
and you are invited!  
This one-day-only, pop-up market 
will showcase textile designs and paintings from L.A. artists.  

Please stop by for some yuletide fun
10a.m. - 6p.m.  
at the 
1075 Aviation Boulevard
Hermosa Beach, California 90254
(street parking is available)

More details to follow!

Photo source: South Bay Art Department Website

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Post Labor Day Pics

Is summer officially over?  Please say it isn't so.  Thankfully according to the Farmer's Almanac it isn't over quite yet because the fall equinox doesn't occur until September 22.

For most of us though, Labor Day ceremoniously marks the end of summer so I'm including a few pictures of a southern-style Labor Day party we designed over the weekend hosted by my cousins Shane and Suzanne Pavitt who are vintners and winemakers in Calistoga.  Guests dined on pulled pork sandwiches, watermelon salad, root beer-baked beans and a variety of other delicious southern specialties all effortlessly whipped together by our hostess Suzanne.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Love this!

Check out this awesome multifunctional space designed by Cortney Bishop.  To me, this looks and feels like a California home but in actuality it's part of the Flats at Mixon residential development in North Charleston, South Carolina.  To see more images of the development click here.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Riviera View: Smitten with for Spring

Here are a few of my favorite things for Spring 2014:

Links to above images:  

Agate Book Ends:
C Magazine:
Helmut Lang Shift Dress:
Katie Ridder Textiles:
Les Indiennes Bedding:
Muji Cuckoo Clock:
My Mom's Illustrations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens:

Saturday, May 24, 2014


If like me, you're a sucker for peonies, and if you live near Trader Joe'syou're in luck. Trader Joe's bi-annually stocks peonies at crazy discounted prices. Single stems that would normally retail in a traditional florist shop for $10 each are now sold in clusters of five for $6.99. But the window of opportunity doesn't last long: I think about a week or two.  So if you seek a sweet indulgence, act quickly.  And Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Tim Clarke's Yard Sale

During the Sochi Winter Olympics, I learned a new snowboarding term called a yard sale.  A yard sale describes a snowboarder who, while wiping out, loses their board, gloves, goggles or whatever else was once attached to them but is now strewn haphazardly all over the slope -- leaving the scene looking like, you've got it, a yard sale.

Stay with me here, the design tie-in is coming.  In 2012, interior designer Tim Clarke gave an interview to Apartment Therapy sharing his design process which reminded me somewhat of a knowledge yard sale. Practically giving it away and filled with interesting tidbits, Clarke shared with readers how and why he does what he does to create calm, coastal spaces.  Kind of wonderful when you consider it. Some of this information is also available in his book, Coastal Modern but this Apartment Therapy post provides the Cliffs Notes version.  

For those of you familiar with Coastal Modern and wanting to see additional images never included in the book, visit Tim Clarke's houzz page.

And let me know if this was helpful in the comments section!