February 16, 2012
I adore this serape rug from Urban Outfitters. It’s only $39, and, oh, so cute against the white-washed floors.
January 23, 2012
This fabric from Pearson instantly caught my attention while flipping through this month’s Luxe magazine. I’m obsessed.
The script in printed on linen. It totally reminds me of some of the antique ephemera I use in my art…
“Hand blocked in India on 60 foot long tables this fabric is truly special and due to table size can only come in 20 yd pieces. All print is hand applied in wonderful neutral tones. Look closely and notice phrases, signatures and dates in both English and French.”
I’d love to upholster a set of simple wood-framed dining chairs with this fabric….or a headboard. Love.
January 17, 2012
We just popped this adorable fixture into a client’s proposal. It’s for their daughter’s room, and it’s so fricken’ cute. I totally want one of my own. “From the Parisian atelier of Mathieu Challières comes the whimsical Volière collection of feathered menagerie lighting. Each piece is made by hand from strong copper wiring and decorative birds with real feathers. ” Good news! These pendants are on sale right now at the Conran Shop.
December 5, 2011
Matteo Home is the best. In the past, duvet covers that retail for $500+ go for $50 at their sample sales. This is some fine bedding, ladies and gentleman. I’ll see you there.
November 23, 2011
600 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90014
I’ve been watching this place for a while—and not just because it has the word “art” in its name. I have a lot of friends who live on Main St, so I’m in the neighborhood quite a bit.
Right after a quick trip to Pussy & Pooch for some gourmet cat food with a friend, I walked inside the seemingly open restaurant/bar/deli/market. They weren’t quite up and running. However, Patrice Rozat, one of the owners invited us in to look at the space and try some appetizers and sandwiches.
They seated us in the restaurant section (pictured above). There really wasn’t much of a selection for appetizers. We were offered either black salmon ceviche or some kind of steak tartare. I don’t eat red meat, so I chose the salmon. My friend had the tartare.
Here is my dish. I totally forgot to take a picture until I was half way done. I was famished.
This dish was amazing—–SOOOOOOOOO good. Everything was complimentary during our visit, but I would have easily paid for this. And I will. This might be one of my favorite dishes I’ve ever had in LA. The fish was delicious. It was a tiny bit spicy, as it had peppers. It also had creme fraiche and pomegranate seeds. This dish was a surprise…a tasty surprise for my mouth. I will go back to Artisan House just to have this dish again.
My friend’s steak tartare was just medicore. At least it looked pretty.
After we were done tasting the appetizers, we were asked to fill out a questionnaire about the food and ambiance of the 90-seat restaurant.
The restaurant was pretty, but kinda generic. I liked the artwork, as it was a bit unexpected. I also really loved the bar (which was not open when we were there). Apparently they have molecular mixologists and fun drinks. I’ll have to try one next time.
After we filled out the paperwork, we were escorted to the market side of Artisan House. There were lots of empty shelves, but they looked like they were stocking the store and deli with a good selection of high-end wine and gourmet food products.
We then got to order off the sandwich menus. The items in red were not available during our visit. I took a photo of the other side of the menu, as you will be able to make your own sandwich in the future.
I had Mary’s Smoked Turkey sandwich, and my friend had the Reuben. We were offered sides, as well. I had Israeli couscous, and he had quinoa. We thought the sandwiches were okay. Mine was very tasty, but the bread didn’t really work. It was just plain wheat bread. It needed to be toasted or have some crunch. The Reuben was toasted, but not very thick. We agreed that the ingredients should be piled a bit higher. The couscous was okay–not as good as Lemonade’s version. But, the quinoa was really good. I would go in and order just that. Again, another item that will bring me back.
I enjoyed my visit to Artisan House. I know this place will be successful. I think it’s really smart that they are opening (softly)to the neighbors by offering complimentary tastings. Word of mouth will bring lots of people here. I talked to another friend who had a full dinner here the other night. He said the menu was limited, but delicious.
There’s also really good people behind Artisan House. Patrice (formerly, Breadbar, The Four Seasons and Mr. Chow), was running a tight ship. And Jason Ryczek(One Sunset and Boa), the executive chef, really wanted to know our opinions in order to modify the food and make it better. It was nice interacting with both Patrice and Jason. I can’t wait to come back.
That’s right! I can walk to the new bowling alley/entertainment zone in the Little Tokyo Galleria. I just finished eating a late dinner the other night at Honda Ya Izakaya when I saw the huge bowling alley banner. I am so excited!!! This mall is under-going a major renovation. A huge, new Korean bbq is moving in on the top floor, and an organic product store is now located on the floor below.
I’ve been visiting this mall for years. It houses the closest grocery store to my loft, and a couple of f my favorite restaurants in the area (not to mention a late night karoke bar and a small arcade with Japanese games).
And now, I can go bowling!!! See a rendering of the new Entertainment Zone below:
“The 50,000-square-foot entertainment hub will be anchored by a 24-lane bowling alley, a sports bar and a new “family restaurant.” *
June 11, 2011
Made in France:
“Fermob’s mission is to design and make outdoor furniture that decorates the garden in a relaxed way. Fermob furniture has an added creative value, is of high quality, and is attractive, comfortable and affordable.…Fermob furniture is designed and manufactured using recycled and recyclable materials.”
Even better-Fermob is available through Nathan Turner, where you can see the Luxembourg Chairs and table (Designed by Frederic SOFIA. An authentic range inspired by the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris).
Available in sooooooooooooo many colors-
Many of Fermob’s pieces come in kids sizes! They are even cuter because they are small versions of the originals. Fermob is a celeb favorite (firsthand knowledge). One of the world’s most stylish women purchased a bunch of chaises for one of her pools.
Last week I attended the cast/crew premiere screening party of “Million Dollar Decorators”. The party was held at a gorgeous private residences (one of the producers). It was such a fun party ! The only one who couldn’t make it was Martyn. It was amazing watching the premiere with everyone involved in the show. We laughed the entire time…seriously…even during the guacamole scene.
Here’s a few photos I snapped of the cast/crew:
Mary and JAM before the screening.
Me and Melissa
We love tacos and MARGARITAS
They must have been talking about the show.
I see Nathan.
Jeffrey and Ross…
Nathan, Mary, girls and me (Shazz).