Adorned with Art at Love Adorned, SoHo

Back in the fall, I made the trip to New York City to celebrate the wedding of a dear friend. While I was there, I did a little shopping with the girls and couldn’t resist stopping into one of my favorite shops in SoHo for some eye candy! I say eye candy because much of the things I fall in love with here are out of my price range, but that doesn’t stop me for appreciating all the beautiful artistry on display.

DSCN3725 The shop is called Love Adorned, and it’s insides are scattered with an array of handmade goods, from jewelry to rugs, home decor accessories, throw blankets, and more. I love the presence of nature in the store, both in its decoration and it’s merchandise.DSCN3717 Much of the woven goods have a tribal feel to them, and such great colors!DSCN3726This mask reminds me of some of the totems I saw on a trip to New Zealand a few years ago, shooting a documentary on the Maori healers there.
DSCN3718 Each case displays a different jewelry artist’s pieces. They asked that I not take pictures of the specific jewelry on display, but I must direct you to their website to see some of them. This is one of my favorites.DSCN3720 This two sided antique velvet sofa provides a striking visual “welcome” into the store.DSCN3724 …And this one was just a nonchalant bystander, used as a display for some hand-woven blankets.DSCN3721 They had a few display tables for affordable gift items like these, which would be great purchases if you’re not in the market for jewelry. They also sell some select leather goods, and many one-of-a-kind pieces.DSCN3722 This little nook is a great spot for their eclectic collection of home goods and knickknacks.DSCN3719 So if you’re in SoHo, stop in and check it out. You won’t be disappointed! I will definitely be back, and maybe one of these days I’ll walk out with some of these.DSCN3728

Do you have a favorite shop somewhere? Let me know about it!

Lighting at the Las Vegas Market 2014: Light Up Your Life

To round out my review of some of the awesomefurnishings and home decor items I saw at the Las Vegas Market, let’s talk about lighting. Lighting can be functional: It can give you vision in an otherwise dark room; It can provide an ideal reading spot; It can help you see your food and friends at the dinner table. But lighting can also be decorative, beautiful and exciting. An interesting lamp can completely change the look of a room, and a unique chandelier can be the centerpiece of a space. So here is a collection of interesting lighting that I hope will inspire you.

This chandelier is part modern sculpture, part theatrical marquis. It could be really interesting in a large, open loft space.

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This is kind of a more organic version of the light above. I love the little globes around each tiny light bulb.LVMarket2014_141 These pendant lights remind me of fireworks! I love this whole vignette, with the firework-like pendant lights reflected in the mirrors on the wall behind, both in literal reflection and in similar shapes.LVMarket2014_133These pendant lights are also firework-like, but much more mid century modern. They’re striking and sophisticated, but still very playful.LVMarket2014_170Probably the most interesting use of these antler-shapes that I’ve seen.

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This task light is a little modern, a little art deco. Kind of reminds me of the Rocketeer!
LVMarket2014_143 I love these little table lamps, and especially that they come in a variety of colors!LVMarket2014_165 These are also great little lamps. Notice the inverted, open design of the one in the middle.LVMarket2014_172On a more traditional note, I do love this style of light as well. The combination of polished metal and linen shade are very sophisticated. This could be a great light for a formal dining room.LVMarket2014_167 I like this one as well, maybe for a living room. (I’m considering it for my own!)LVMarket2014_180 This light immediately caught my attention when I walked into this showroom. Such an interesting use of the organic tree branch shapes. I love that the branches are bright gold.

LVMarket2014_181 And this one is like fabulous jewelry for your lighting. Talk about making your lighting the central piece of a room!LVMarket2014_186

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my favorites from the Las Vegas Market. Next week, one of my favorite shops to visit in New York’s SoHo.

Furniture of the Las Vegas Market 2014: Things and Places to Put Them

Since I came across so many things I loved at the Las Vegas Market, and I didn’t want to cram them all into one post (because who has the time to read a post that long) today I’m featuring furniture (not seating) and accessories.

The first showroom we wandered into was full of Jonathan Adler accessories. (We even saw a few items that were used in our hotel rooms at the Cosmopolitan.) I love these modern interpretations of some of our favorite animals.

LVMarket2014_003 I am a total sucker for anything made with natural wood grain on display for all to see. This is a great dining room table for spaces on the smaller side.LVMarket2014_004Speaking of natural wood grain, this showroom was full of it. And they took it one step further: a lot of the pieces here had one or two edges that looked as though someone had sliced a tree and left a side unfinished. I loved this detail about these tables.LVMarket2014_009 They also used these little butterfly notches in all their tables, which doubled as structural reinforcement and aesthetic design detail.LVMarket2014_010 I think this chair is so interesting and organic looking. Probably not the most comfortable, but definitely a conversation piece worth having in the right space.LVMarket2014_011 These are paper! Not cut to look like this, just made like this. The showroom rep suggested them as room dividers or artwork. Very cool.LVMarket2014_013 LVMarket2014_014How about these books carved from wood? They don’t open, but would still look awesome on display in a living room or home office.
LVMarket2014_018 These sculptures are great modern pieces for a mantle or large bookcase.LVMarket2014_020 More accessories to love, especially the combination of white and gold in the shelves on the left. And don’t you just love that rhinoceros pillow on the right?LVMarket2014_028 Sometimes it’s the simple things done well that get me excited. I thought this grouping of pillows was a well curated collection of shapes and patterns.LVMarket2014_030 Cow hide? No, it’s wood! So striking, I love the high contrast wood grain.LVMarket2014_036 This photo does not do this table justice. It is a shimmery silvery metallic with some kind of layer of acrylic over top. It felt like it would be very durable, yet it looks so delicate.LVMarket2014_047 This credenza is so unique, with metal sliding doors and circular handles the best part is in the next photo…LVMarket2014_052Just look at the texture! This material covered the frame on all sides.
LVMarket2014_053 This is more or less the headboard I want in my bedroom at home. (Hopefully soon!)LVMarket2014_068 There were a few vignettes I really enjoyed at the Market, like this one. It just looks so cozy. Again with my love for natural wood grains, and the unexpected use of chrome I mentioned last week.LVMarket2014_089 This combination of wood and lacquer is really interesting, and actually reminded me of a wood and marble cheeseboard my sister gave me for Christmas.LVMarket2014_091 What a great outdoor dining solution for a small space, like many of the small gardens and patios here in LA. The benches mimic the pattern on the table top, and they tuck under the table perfectly like puzzle pieces.LVMarket2014_094I LOVE this bold area rug!! Now, where can I put it?LVMarket2014_097 Another fun vignette, at the entrance to the Jaipur rug showroom.LVMarket2014_099 These plants may all be fake, but lent plenty of inspiration for the real thing. I would love to have a little collection of these hanging planters, maybe with some air plants or succulents.LVMarket2014_100 Books at an angle are so much more interesting than books straight up and down!LVMarket2014_112 This tree trunk stool looks like it would be surprisingly comfortable.LVMarket2014_118

This media cabinet is so pretty. The shape is definitely a little mid century modern. But there’s also an element of unfinished or reclaimed wood on the left, and beautiful finished natural wood grain patterns on the right.LVMarket2014_153 So, I did a double-take on this one. It is literally made entirely of carved marble! I’m guessing it is incredibly heavy to transport.LVMarket2014_188 A little glamour for the bedroom. I love the gold star knobs and the combination of te dark wood frame and white drawers. LVMarket2014_190Next week it’s all about lighting, so stay tuned! 

What was your favorite piece this week? What were you surprised by?

 

 

Furniture of the Las Vegas Market 2014: Pretty Places to Rest Your Bum

Last week, I had the pleasure of heading to the Las Vegas Market with my co-workers to see the latest in furnishings and home decor. This was my first trip to the Market, and it was enormous! There was so much to see, and admittedly we barely scratched the surface. With our limited time there we had to be strategic and mainly focused on the vendors and manufacturers we use frequently, with the goal of seeing what’s new this year. Since there was so much to see, and so much I want to share with you, I’ll spit it up into three posts. This week, the focus is on seating. Here are some pieces I found unique, interesting, or that I just really liked a lot (in no particular order).

I like the wrap-around metal work on this cozy club chair. Plus, it’s not a huge chair, and since a big city like LA has plenty of small spaces, it’s the perfect size for a space like our little house, or really any of the apartments we’ve lived in here.

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I love the design of the wood on the back of this dining chair, and combined with the exposed screws and bolts holding it together it feels a little like the arts and crafts movement and yet a little bit modern industrial.LVMarket2014_150 This is an industrial take on a mid-century modern classic. The metal prongs on the back of the chair remind me of leather belts.LVMarket2014_146 LVMarket2014_147 Who doesn’t love a good ol’ chesterfield sofa? The leather here looks a little pre-weathered, which I love.LVMarket2014_117

And speaking of chesterfield sofas, is this not a gorgeous interpretation of a classic? We were all dying over how beautiful this sofa is. The leather is gorgeous, the upholstery is perfect, and the lines of the sofa are accented with chrome from one front corner, all along the top of the sofa, and back to the front corner on the other side.The sofa is basically cantilevered over it’s base!LVMarket2014_080I am often a sucker for burlap (despite a mild allergy to it that I discovered after making burlap pillow covers) so I appreciate this combination of a modern wing chair with an upholstered burlap back. And look at how pretty the linen-look of the white fabric on the front is next to the burlap and nail heads!LVMarket2014_113 LVMarket2014_114 Ok, so maybe I wouldn’t put this in my house, and it might not be the coziest chair to curl up with a book on, but isn’t it interesting? A very art-house club chair, deconstructed, as though I’m looking at it with x-ray vision.LVMarket2014_106 A little Danish modern, a  little flying nun, there’s still something really appealing about the curves of this chair. And did you notice it only has 3 legs?LVMarket2014_090 I noticed quite a few vendors at the market combining natural materials with really sleek, silvery modern elements. I think the alligator leather upholstery with the brushed nickel base on this chair is quite striking.LVMarket2014_086 And how about the sweeping lines of chrome on this leather arm chair? I also love the detail of the upholstery seams  on the outside arms framed visually by the chrome frame of the chair.LVMarket2014_082 I saw a few sofas with flanges at the seams, like this one in a kind of foggy gray leather. It’s casual and interesting, but still makes quite a statement. Even though it’s very masculine, I can still envision it in several different kinds of spaces.LVMarket2014_081 This outdoor lounge set has a unique, modern organic feel to it while still being suitable to outdoor wear and tear.LVMarket2014_075 LVMarket2014_076 I thought this club chair was interesting. IAlittle industrial, a little art deco. As you can see, this was not the first time I saw chrome being used to make a statement at the Market.LVMarket2014_067 Sometimes it’s the simple things… I thought these patterned cow-hide ottomans were great!LVMarket2014_057What can I say? I’m a sucker for beautiful wood details, curves, and comfort, all three of which this chair has.LVMarket2014_038This side chair might not be the most unique in the world, but I loved the choice of pattern on the upholstery.
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And in a complete style 180, I found this chair charming, especially with the great choice of color. I love coral.LVMarket2014_183 I feel like I see industrial drafting stools just about everywhere these days, so I found this geometric, modern take on them to be very refreshing, and much more unique.LVMarket2014_137Stay tuned next week for more of my favorites from the Las Vegas Market!

Which of these is your favorite? What do you love about it?

The Goat is Back and Blogging

Holy moly, where has the time gone? I’ll admit I’m a bit ashamed of how long it’s been since my last post. But that’s ok, because it is a new year and there’s lots to look forward to this year! I have a better handle on my school/work/life schedules and I’m ready to start fresh. A new year, a new routine. So keep your eye out for new posts once a week on Thursdays. And I’ll try to periodically post some “This Week I Loved” entries. Some forthcoming topics to look forward to:

All sorts of goodies from the Las Vegas Market.

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My favorite shop for eye candy, in SoHo.

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Flea market fun (and finally a post about the flea market on Melrose and Fairfax, a local favorite).

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And more!

So, happy New Year to my faithful readers, and welcome back to anecdotes on design, travel, and life in Los Angeles that I hope will delight your senses.

Cheers!

Fall Time on the Farm

After a couple days in New York City, I had some time to go up to Rhode Island to spend some time with my best friend. Since we don’t have much of a fall in Los Angeles, it was such a treat to get a little taste of the crisp air and changing colors of an East coast Autumn. And nothing says fall time like apple cider, pumpkins, and a corn maze! So we took a trip to her aunt’s and uncle’s farm.

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DSCN3861They don’t have many animals on this farm, but we were sure to say hello to the donkey and the llama that live by the barn.
DSCN3859 DSCN3855 Every fall they sell Indian corn, gourds, pumpkins, and apples.

DSCN3837DSCN3842 DSCN3844All their maple syrup is home made, and they’ve even posted instructions on how it’s done for any curious eyes.
DSCN3848 DSCN3845 Heated only by this stove (which was really quite warm), the inside is lined with all sorts of antique farm goodies, including a collection of old tractor seats.DSCN3849

DSCN3847The best antique of all is this massive antique cider press, which they use to press fresh cider every year. We missed the last pressing by only a couple of days, but I still got to enjoy some cider and it was delicious! Fresh, perfect apples in liquid form. No added water or sugar or anything else, just pure perfection in a bottle.
DSCN3813 DSCN3812 Next we headed past a small field of sunflowers for a walk through the corn maze, which they create every year. All are welcome, kids and adults alike.DSCN3814 DSCN3815 DSCN3817 DSCN3819 Each intersection was marked with a fun, educational fact about farming and some of the critters who might live on a farm.DSCN3821 DSCN3820 In the center of the maze, we came across this giant, friendly hay-spider.DSCN3825 When you exit the other side of the maze, you are left right in the middle of a pick-your-own-pumpkin patch. If I hadn’t had a flight ahead of me, I certainly would have loved to bring some home and carve them into wonderful jack-o-lanterns for Halloween. DSCN3832 DSCN3833As we left the farm, I tried to imagine what it might be like to run such a place. Undoubtedly it is a tremendous amount of work, but how I would love to spend my fall days surrounded by pumpkins, cider, and maple syrup!

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What’s your favorite part about this time of year?

A Walk Through Central Park

Last week I mentioned my trip to New York City, and this week I thought I’d share some of that trip with you. Most of my time in New York was spent celebrating the union of two dear friends, but a few of us still made time to see some of the sights. I’ve been to New York a few times before, but had always spent my sightseeing excursions going to museums, dining with friends, and doing a little shopping here and there. So this time I made sure to spend some time in Central Park.

The weather there was really quite perfect, so it was a great fall weekend to spend a little time strolling through this amazing park.

DSCN3665 There are some fantastic roads and bike paths all throughout the park, and we saw lots of joggers and bicyclists taking advantage of the beautiful day.DSCN3702This is the mall, which has appeared in many a movie and tv show throughout the years, and being there I could see why. It’s a wonderfully romantic place, covered with a canopy of trees and with plenty of benches to sit and read, take a rest during your walk, or just breath in the fresh air. This place feels very far away from the bustling big city surrounding it.
DSCN3668 DSCN3671 The trees weren’t changing to autumn colors as much as I had hoped, but every once in a while there was one like this to remind me that those fall colors are indeed right around the corner.DSCN3673 At the end of the mall, the Bethesda Fountain almost seemed to pop up out of nowhere. There was lots of activity here, some people just passing through, others enjoying the fountain or taking pictures.DSCN3677 DSCN3684 I love the views from inside the park. There’s something magical about seeing the skyscrapers of New York watching over the park.DSCN3687We came across several refreshing ponds, where life thrived all around them.

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DSCN3686 Since it was right before Halloween, there was even a pumpkin patch right in the middle of the park.DSCN3692 We made sure to visit Strawberry Fields, where dozens of people were gathered to pay tribute to John Lennon. I imagine it is this crowded, or more, all the time. It really says something about the influence the Beatles continue to have, even now.DSCN3696 DSCN3693 DSCN3694I loved coming across this bridge, Oak Bridge.
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DSCN3704 And of course, we had to pay a visit to Belvedere Castle, which provides the highest point from which to view the park from within. (Incidentally, it’s also the point from which the national weather service monitors the temperatures for the city.)DSCN3716 See, look at that view!DSCN3708Central Park is huge, and we really only explored the lower half of it. I hope to explore the rest next time I’m in the city.

Do you have a favorite spot in Central Park?

This Week I Loved… (East Coast Travel Edition)

Of course the thing I loved THE MOST was seeing some amazing friends old and new, and celebrating the union of two very incredible people who I love dearly. But in this anecdote I thought I’d share with you some of the sights I saw while I was in New York (for said friends’ wedding reception) and Rhode Island / Massachusettes (to play for a couple days with my best friend). More posts on my trip coming next week!

This week in New York I loved…

Central Park in the fall.

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This week in New England I loved…

Visiting my best friend’s aunt and uncles’ farm in Rhode Island. Cider, a pumpkin patch, and even a corn maze!

DSCN3834 DSCN3814Touring The Elms, one of Newport’s “cottages.”DSCN3879 The most incredible display of jack-o-lanterns I have ever seen, at the zoo near Providence.(Yes, these are all REAL pumpkins!)DSCN3939 DSCN3917 Ending the trip in Salem, Massachusetts on the perfect fall day. The Witch House is the last remaining structure from the 1692 witch trial era.

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Halloween Inspiration

As the hubby and I were cashing in the first day of our annual Disneyland passes, I was excited to see the park at Halloween time. We even picked up a little inspiration for our own house at the Haunted Mansion.

Of course Disneyland was sure to boast happy pumpkin versions of favorite characters our front so as not to scare the kiddies.

DSCN3565 DSCN3579 The whole of Main Street was decked out with pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, and general fall decor.DSCN3571 DSCN3568 DSCN3577 In the New Orleans portion of the park though, things got a little more dark.DSCN3574 The Haunted Mansion was spectacularly decorated for the season, and was especially fun to see at night. It’s lined with flickering flameless candles, glowing jack-o-lanterns, skulls, cobwebs, and black and purple ribbons. DSCN3606 So we brought some of those ideas back home with us. We threw a Halloween party and practically plastered the house in cobwebs (equipped with little black spiders) in time for the festivities.DSCN3638 We lined the mantel with flickering flameless candles and left the main lamp in the living room off to create a dark, spooky glow about the room.DSCN3637 I created one pumpkin and skull vignette on the coffee table…DSCN3642

…and another on the dining room table. I think it sort of says “Maybe we’ll eat YOU for dinner.”
DSCN3644 One friend pointed out that we could not have gotten to our books if we’d wanted to! But it’s amazing what a plethora of cobwebs will do to make even the newest of book collections seem ancient.DSCN3643 And of course, no Halloween house would be complete without ghosts! The great thing about placing this one in the window is that it also creates a ghost silhouette when looking into the house from outside. A perfect greeting for party guests as they made their way up the steps to our front door.DSCN3639 I found these little black birds online and perched them atop the lamps, silhouetting them a bit and creating the illusion that they are looking down on you, maybe even watching you.DSCN3641 DSCN3647 We even strung cobwebs from the dining room ceiling, creating a seeming canopy of creepy crawlies.DSCN3645 DSCN3648 Outside next to the beer cooler, we created a spooky graveyard, complete with bones and dismembered limbs.DSCN3630 Even an unfortunate soul “unearthed” in the vegetable garden.DSCN3631 And of course more flameless candles in a row of jack-o-lanterns on the hedge and in a lantern by our outdoor lounge furniture.DSCN3635 DSCN3636What is your favorite thing to see in Halloween decorations this time of year?

What Have I Been Up To?

Well folks, I have to admit getting used to a new routine involving an intensive hand-drafting/hand-rendering class and a busy work schedule has been a challenge. I’m starting to get a hold on how to best manage my time so I can get back to blogging! I’ve got a couple up my sleeve, plus I’m heading to New York for a friend’s wedding celebration and will surely have lots to write about when I get back. In the mean time, here’s what I’ve been up to:

Among many things, at work I’ve been pairing fabrics in our library.

fabric And shopping for fabrics in the Fabric District in Downtown LA.fabricdistrict At home, the hubby has been cooking up a delicious storm, including roasting these tomatoes and peppers.tomatoespeppers We watched the Breaking Bad series finally, accompanied by these red velvet cupcakes the Village Bakery made in honor of the final paragraph of the live of Walter White.bbcupcakes I snuck away from my drafting table for a night with girls at Street Food Cinema… Princess Bride screened outdoors in a nearby park, plus lots of food trucks. Mmmmm Umami….umamiburger princessbride This oh so scrumptious hot cookie and ice cream dessert at Pop, a champagne and dessert bar in Pasadena, where we met a wonderful friend from college during her brief work-related visit.cookiedessertAnd Disney lovers hold on to your seats… my AMAZING husband, who clearly knows me too well, gave me annual passes for Disneyland for our anniversary! BEST. GIFT. EVER.
DSCN3580I’m looking forward to sharing regular anecdotes with you all again! Next week: a nod to Halloween.