Sneak Peeks of Hollywood Hills

I won't say much, I just had to share these teaser shots Phoebe took while she was helping me style everything the night before the professional shoot. 4 hours later, she was able to steal a few mostly exterior shots before the sun set and they are lovely. Many many more cool, calm, and collected spaces to share post edit. This is your California dreaming dream house. This is my dream house. This house broke the mold. Happy weekending.

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Coffee Table Cheat Sheet

Have you noticed how professionally photographed interiors always seem to have that carefully chosen and placed coffee table book with awesome graphics out on display. It looks like it would be a killer read and happens to give you insight into who dwells there. Here is a recent round up of some awesome coffee table books. Not only will these lifestyle and design books look fab in your living room, their subject matter and photography will actually spark your interest. Plus you will seem really cool that you know about these books.

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Project Progress Lately

Since late 2015 I have been working on a handful of quite savvy and design forward projects. These were all bigger scopes with more complicated considerations which means the turnaround time for each was 4-6 months or more. It may seem like things have been quiet on the Veneer front because I haven't shown you any finished project photos in a few months, but they have actually been busier than ever. At last, I'm wrapping up these fantastic gems and in a few more weeks I will have the final glamour shots to share. To wet your appetites, I would like to walk you through what's coming your way very soon.

Hollywood Hills - First up, we are shooting on Saturday and its just so good I don't want to give too much away. An open minded client with good taste who was willing to push outside of her comfort zone to create a truly remarkable house. A house that manages to mix Laurel Canyon earthiness with the sexy slink of Hollywood glamour, while paying homage to its midcentury pedigree. Amazing. Here are sneak peeks of the entry and poolhouse only. You can only imagine what else is coming your way.

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Los Feliz - twin babies on the way were the motivation that put this home remodel and furnishing into overdrive. The remodel of the kitchen and two bathroom coincides with decking out the 3 bedroom home. Its going to be relaxed, masculine, comfortable, and hella cool. Those twins are beyond lucky to be born into a family of super loving parents with an excellent vision and attention to the finest of details. Here is a view of the custom kitchen cabinetry without doors, the sweet nursery on its way to being breathtaking, and the shelves I started styling while waiting on the kitchen. I know it looks like its a far ways away from completion but realistically its safe to say it will be done in 2-3 weeks.

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Oxford Square - I call this mid city project Windsor and it was the addition of a kitchen and master suite to an existing 2 bedroom house. The house was gutted to the studs and rebuilt. These kinds of projects take longer than anyone anticipates because marrying the old structure to the new can be complicated, along with updating the existing structure to current codes. Many cans of worms are opened, many city inspections slow down the progress. But the end is near and possibly in 4 more weeks they will be completed. My clients were super keen to use edgy color and material combinations. Plywood cabinetry, cement tile, cork, dark green doors. Cool stuff. Here is the view of the living room built ins and bathroom tile installs.

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Redondo Beach - a new construction house I started working on last August is ready for move in. Bright, beachy, and modern with a devotion to midcentury decor. My clients are truly building the dream house they deserve and its been a pleasure helping them realize their dreams. The kitchen is a supermodel; tall and sexy with a captivating mix of walnut wood flat slab cabinetry with glossy white, lots of brass accents, adapting vintage cabinets into bathroom vanities with modern clean lines. So pretty. It just needs furniture now and it will be ready for its close up too.

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Good stuff right? I'm very proud to wrap these up and show them off to you.

First Look - Beverly Hills Dream House

Stunning. I mean seriously. Here is the first look of the new construction 7300 SF house I have been developing with the uber talented Colega Architects with landscape architecture design by Gaudet Design Group  in the flats of Beverly Hills. These are only the photo realistic renderings. The real thing will be so much better. Hoping and wishing to break ground this summer. Its going to be quite the modern indoor-outdoor California living luxury residence. 

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Dream big.

Noteworthy 17

I'm about to go on another short trip to the Central Coast while the kiddos have their spring break. Follow the Instagram account to keep tabs on our wheelings and dealings. Before I go, here are some links worth noting. 

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1) This dip dye pet teepee will be going in a project for one pampered pooch. Sometimes you just go for it.  2) Gorgeous built-in dining by the cretaive talents behind Loom Goods 3) Vintage done well in a child's room 4) Everything in the portfolio of Paris Forino is stunning, but the Corner House is next level work to be admired 5) That's a cool DIY idea for a magazine bedside holder via Fantastic Frank 6) I will be checking out this new veggie hot spot  called The Butcher's Daughter on Abbot Kinney next week with my girlfriends. I think it will win me over in decor alone 7) Its safe to say Naomi Watts nailed it by hiring Ash + Leandro to design her Tribeca loft

Cacti Moment

In SoCal, I appreciate how hardy cacti grow in wild abundant sculptural formations as you walk along ugly concrete streets. Its nice to see their popularity is spreading to other parts of the country where the climate may not be as amenable in the form of indoor planters, framed prints, wallpaper, and murals. Tropical palm fronds are so last year, hello sweet prickly cactus.

1) Cacti are so popular here in LA, they have an entire shop devoted to just them in the epicenter of cool, Echo Park - The Cactus Store. Image by Almost Makes Perfect 2) A cactus is a wonderful low maintenance plant for an indoor planter, as long as it gets plenty of sunshine. Image by Benttgarden 3) A wall sticker by WallsNeedLove can give an illusion of a tall saguaro growing indoors 4) The gorgeous work of Wilder California captures the ethereal essence of our cacti friends 5) One of my clients clued me into the print it yourself poster option by Sycamore Street Press 6) IF you are feeling true love and are ready for the commitment, Milton & King offers a pretty cactus wallpaper 7) Anewall Decor makes a large watercolor mural size installation, lovely for a nursery 8) A sweet art print from Society 6 to grace your walls.

1) Cacti are so popular here in LA, they have an entire shop devoted to just them in the epicenter of cool, Echo Park - The Cactus Store. Image by Almost Makes Perfect 2) A cactus is a wonderful low maintenance plant for an indoor planter, as long as it gets plenty of sunshine. Image by Benttgarden 3) A wall sticker by WallsNeedLove can give an illusion of a tall saguaro growing indoors 4) The gorgeous work of Wilder California captures the ethereal essence of our cacti friends 5) One of my clients clued me into the print it yourself poster option by Sycamore Street Press 6) IF you are feeling true love and are ready for the commitment, Milton & King offers a pretty cactus wallpaper 7) Anewall Decor makes a large watercolor mural size installation, lovely for a nursery 8) A sweet art print from Society 6 to grace your walls.

Welcome to Miami

Oh how welcoming indeed my time in Miami Beach was. It was a super short trip - maybe 30 hours - that I will attempt to recap. Wayfair generously flew me to Miami Beach so that I could be there in person to accept their award. My flight got in Thursday morning and I wasn't expecting my room at the SLS South Beach to be ready, but it was. Score. I put down my bags, changed, and went out for a walk to get acquainted with my tropical surroundings. 

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I hadn't been to my Miami in 20(?) some odd years so I was curious to see its transformation into the sleek Art Deco inspired party destination I had been hearing about. The weather was warm and balmy in a good way as I started my walk south from the hotel. I walked along Collins Ave. and I wasn't super impressed. The hotels clustered near my hotel were very cool - larger complexes with Art Deco facades that had been restored and super modern interiors - but the further south I walked it seemed a little tacky and there was there nothing noteworthy beyond tourist supply shops and budget hotels. I knew the historic Art Deco corridor was between 15th and 5th streets, but I just wasn't really into it. Until I turned the corner on 5th St. towards the ocean and then it all clicked. Along Ocean Drive were block after block of preserved charming pastel Art Deco low rise hotels with a vibrant cafe/bar scene streetside. I couldn't get enough.

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Across the street from these cuties is the main attraction, the ocean, and all I have to say is wow. Living in LA near the beach spoils you but I must say Miami Beach has a prettier, cleaner, warmer, more inviting beach. Sorry Pacific. Its tropical and the water is a clear aqua green.

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By that point I was feeling the effects of my redeye flight so I walked back to the hotel by way of sweet pedestrian path that wove its way between the beach and the back exits of each beach front hotel property. You could sneak a peek into their outdoor lounges and get a sense of the pool scene in each hotel. Back to the hotel to nap before the main event.

image courtesy of Wayfair

image courtesy of Wayfair

Wayfair hosted a dinner for the Trade Tastemakers Award Winners at The Bazaar by José Andrés. One incredibly crafted and interesting small dish after another. I barely had time to taste a delicious bite before they whisked the dish away to bring in something new and equally exciting. I love eating that way, tasting a little bit here and there without committing to one big portion of one thing. And every bite was incredible. All the winning designers were very sweet and easy to talk to. I ended up spending the most time talking to judge Mat Sanders of Domaine fame, Lindsey Bentis of Thread, and Susana Simonpietri and Josh Kay of Chango and Co. They were all very sweet and sincere. It was fun to talk shop and compare notes.

image courtesy of Wayfair

image courtesy of Wayfair

image courtesy of Wayfair

image courtesy of Wayfair

Dinner and the delightful conversation was over before I knew it and it was time to move over to the poolside party at Hyde for the awards ceremony. By that point we were all very comfortable with each other and relaxed by a few drinks so the awards ceremony truly felt like a celebration, photo booth and all.

image courtesy of Wayfair

image courtesy of Wayfair

image courtesy of Wayfair

image courtesy of Wayfair

image courtesy of Wayfair

image courtesy of Wayfair

image courtesy of Wayfair

image courtesy of Wayfair

Once the awards were given out with a cute video and quick speeches, we were free to mingle and chat and drink and dance outdoors. Such a blast. And then that was over before I knew it too. So sad, too bad.

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I got to gloriously sleep in the next morning until 10:00 AM. Then I rushed to to check out and find breakfast, seaside on Ocean Drive of course. I took a scenic walk back along the beach and ubered it over to the airport. Back to my babes in LA. I was anxious to leave initially, but so happy I made the trip. It was a not to be missed event. Thanks again Wayfair! You rock.

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2016 Trade Tastemaker

You guys, I am honored to share the fun news - I won a Wayfair Trade Tastemaker Award for best commercial space for the Pegasus office I completed last Spring. They are flying me to Miami Beach tomorrow night to accept my award at a dinner on Thursday. This Thursday.  

Its kind of amusing to me because I got my start in corporate interiors (see previous post) and after all the residential work I have done to distinguish myself, I end up with an award for a corporate interior. The universe is a cheeky girl, isn't she? Regardless, I'm uber excited for my 30 hours in Miami Beach. I'm looking forward to meeting the other talented award winners and quickly exploring the immediate surroundings of my hotel. Any tips for a quickie visit  to Miami Beach?