Why is it that so many trends in fashion can be traced back to starting in home interiors? We’ve seen it in the nautical/maritime trend: anchor andirons, blown glass buoys woven in rope, and porthole window mirrors all leading the way for pea coats and French sailor shirts.
Stores like Urban Outfitters and Topshop have taken the taxidermy trend of stag’s heads and horns and turned them into screen prints on t-shirts and button-fronts. Sheepskin rugs, first thrown over chair backs and on hardwood floors, have been transformed into puffy sheepskin vests and bolero jackets.
Given this tendency, it shouldn’t take a crystal ball or visit to the local psychic to have forecasted today’s Navajo textiles trend. This interiors trend was first revealed to me last year during my visit to HD Buttercup in LA’s Culver City region. These European, handcrafted trunks, upholstered in a woolen Navajo pattern, definitely stood out from the classic leather trunks and cases. (So much so that I was compelled to invest. The large trunk now resides in my living room as both coffee table and storage space!)
One year later, Navajo blanket ponchos and jackets are popping up all over the contemporary fashion market. Whether in the home or in your closet, one things is for certain: Navajo textiles and designs are a great way to add a little color and texture to your aesthetic!
6/2/09 Tucked away off of Los Angeles’ Industrial Street is downtown’s latest addition, Sartorialoft. To call Sartorialoft a boutique is a severe understatement, for it is far more clothing art gallery than a mere boutique.
Located in one of the Biscuit building’s original 1920s loft spaces, complete with original exposed brick walls, beams, and cement floors, the space begs for the sparse, rough-and-ready décor given to it by storeowner, David Choi.
Choi, originally in the real estate business, is well versed in the design language of sleek architectural lines, which shows both in his chosen store space as well as the clothing carried there. If there is one thing Sartorialoft is not, it’s fast fashion. Designers and labels such as Maurizio Amadei (M.A+), Luca Laurini (Label Under Construction), Carol Christian Poell, Maurizio Altieri (Carpe Diem), and Japanese line Individual Sentiments, offer the attention to design detail and craftsmanship appreciated by LA’s true fashion junkies. (Especially those with a fetish for fine leather or atypical materials such as elephant hyde and paper.) The price range for these pieces is slightly more Rodeo Drive than downtown, but the energy is far warmer and not the slightest bit pretentious.
So the next time you’re in the mood for some uptown shopping in a hip downtown locale, drop in on David Choi and his team at Sartorialoft. They will certainly welcome you with a smile, a fancy bottle of chilled water, and an eagerness to tell you the sartorial story behind each piece!
Sartorialoft Los Angeles
1820 Industrial Street, #103
Los Angeles, CA 90021
On the first and fourth Sundays of every month, Angelenos far and wide make the pilgrimage to the Santa Monica Airport, home of one of the better flea markets gracing the city. Although nobody is boarding a flight, design inspiration is sky high in this treasure trove of vintage, antique, and collectable goodies. Despite their flea market origin, with the right point of reference, plenty of these pieces can dress up any loft to designer heights.
Used and vintage Spode dishware isn’t just for the tabletop anymore.
Kelly Wearstler creatively mounted Spode plates on the outdoor wall of the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica. Buy your dishes cheap at the flea market and spend your money on a great handyman to hang them instead!
Antler plaques were aplenty at this Sunday’s flea market, priced at $75 for the smaller ones and all the way up to $250 for the larger vintage plaques. However, the real find was this old buck trophy head. One of his antlers was slightly broken, but he was in overall great condition, and only $75! According to interior designer Thom Filicia, the taxidermy look works in any home that knows how to balance it out with some refined lines and sophisticated touches. Purse designer, Carrie White, certainly applied Filicia’s school of thought after buying the stag’s head for her own home!
Anthropologie may be the first store that comes to mind when searching for cool, antique looking hardware for your home, but the flea market is an equally great resource for much cheaper prices. The market had everything from etched glass doorknobs to vintage iron hooks, perfect for adding function to that fashionable loft kitchen!
Denim may be one of the world’s oldest fabrics, but it has remained eternally youthful at the hands of designers and denim devotees worldwide. And, with the spring/summer season upon us, it seems that varying shades of blue denim are flooding the pages of fashion magazines and boutique racks everywhere. But this trend is definitely not limited to your closet. Adding denim touches to your home can enhance a room with just the right amount of ruggedness and bohemian flare to an otherwise polished space.
According to Elle magazine’s Denim Guide, bleached and tie-dyed denim went from fad to high fashion this season. From big brands like DKNY and BEBE, to smaller ones like Erin Wasson X RVCA and KSUBI, the bleached look is trickling down from the runways to wardrobes, so why not to your home too?
Purchasing vintage denim curtains from the thrift store, cutting them to size, and then tie dying them with bleach yielded these denim cushions. The bleached effect gives a more relaxed, hippie vibe to the room and they provide just enough padding for a comfortable fireside chat.
These CB2 napkins might not be denim, but the certainly give off the same effect! The napkins are actually tied, then dyed in blue and brown on 100% white cotton. Pair with jute place mats and crisp white plates for a summer tabletop sure to pleasantly surprise any dinner guest.
Sherwin Williams has certainly taken the blue jeans trend and run with it! As seen in the latest issue of Lucky Magazine, the paint brand showcases their catalog of paint colors sure to match your favorite pair of jeans. Whether they are “’70s blue”, “retro blue”, or “acid blue”, they have just the shade to make your home into “your own blue heaven”.
The days of L.A. residents ordering “Peakaboo Clear Console tables” and “Molto Ottomans” online and via catalogue are numbered! Well, not numbered, but with CB2, the younger sister of Crate & Barrel, opening its brick and mortar doors to Angelenos Thursday, April 30th, there is now the option of browsing and buying in the flesh.
CB2’s location of choice is the bustling WEHO corner of Sunset Blvd. and Laurel, which is sure to create some rubber-necking for all the curious drivers cruising by at rush hour. And, in typical Hollywood fashion, the store is kicking off their grand opening Wednesday night with a party so fabulous that there’s no more room on the RSVP list! But have no fear, for they’ll be open to the public weekdays from 11 – 9pm, Saturday 10- 7pm, and Sunday 11 – 6pm, leaving ample time for shopping their “affordable modern for apartment, loft, and home” to your heart’s content.
CB2 Los Angeles
8000 W. Sunset Blvd.
The Coachella Music festival graces Palm Springs, CA only but once a year, summoning both hipsters and audiophiles nationwide to brave the desert heat for three days of music listening, star-sighting, and style-flaunting. And, with a lineup of stars such as Morrissey, Jenny Lewis, Fleet Foxes, M.I.A. the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and the Killers (to name a few), the party doesn’t stop with the final encore. In the words of R. Kelly, “after the show is the after party and, after the party, is the hotel lobby” and, in this case, the coolest hotel lobby in town is definitely The Parker Palm Springs.
Formerly the Gene Autry residence, the Parker occupies thirteen acres of the most beautifully manicured desert landscape and gardens and was designed by none other than famed interior designer, Jonathan Adler. The décor is signature Adler style, merging molded clay sculptures and accessories with retro-regency shapes, as well as slubby textiles and bright poppy colors. Indeed the hotel’s design pays perfect homage to the area’s famed elite, both past and present. Whether staying over night or just visiting Norma’s restaurant for an afternoon snack, the Parker’s interiors are sure to leave a lasting impression on guests that very well may trickle down into their own home design style.
Color and texture is an integral aspect to the Parker’s design, as seen below in the lounge area adjacent to the front desk reception. The contrast of the colored pillows and pseudo-slip covers with the stark white brick and lamps is quintessential Adler.
There are many seating options in the lounge, from the semi-circular sofa to the leather cushions and tufted pillows surrounding the fire pit, but the most outstanding part of this space is the wall divider on the right. Sculpted out of metal, these retro shapes are suspended from the ceiling to separate the lounge from the main lobby hallway.
The rooms get a lot of sun, illuminating the white linens and walls. The Peruvian wall tapestries are a favorite among guests and are an easy way to bring a little Adler flavor to your own home.
Norma’s restaurant has food that is equally as delicious as it’s décor. Could it be coincidental that the chef’s complimentary smoothies often match the colors of the pillows and cushions?
Poolside at the Parker is an easy look to copy for your own backyard or balcony. One outdoor rug + rattan cushions + a cool lantern = Jonathan Adler-esque style at home!
With the release of the HBO film Grey Gardens only days away, anyone who considers themselves a fan of the Bouvier Beale family, or the 1976 Maysles Bros. documentary about them, is likely scouring the Internet for teaser trailers and photos in ravenous anticipation. The documentary, with its real and raw footage of Big and Little Edie Beale’s inner sanctum, has been an excellent resource for inspirational quotes and design ideas for many. (See Rufus Wainwright’s song Grey Gardens or fashions by Laurie Foon) However, the movie delivers a set design that the reality of the documentary could not, jumping back to the heyday of the East Hampton home before its infamous dilapidation.
Production Designer Kalina Ivanov has truly restored Grey Gardens for viewers, reminding fans that this shingle style home wasn’t always in shambles. The rooms truly take on the aristocratic tone and manner once embodied by Big and Little Edie Beale. Although New England traditional in it’s décor, aspects of this room can be incorporated into any home, such as the sleek bar cart and the mixture of prints in the rug and upholstery.
There is also design inspiration to be drawn from the later ramshackle days of Grey Gardens. The women may have not had much and were definitely living in ruin, but they still had a way of brightening their surrounding with little touches, such as memorabilia and flowers. Pictured below, in both the real Edies’ room and the movie version, are collections of family photos, articles and handwritten letters framing the vanity mirror.
It’s hard to imagine that a woman who went from high society aspiring actress to being famous only for her demise was able to see a silver lining. Despite her cracked mirror, Little Edie manages to brighten her surroundings with a bouquet of daffodils.
“[Grey Gardens] is oozing with romance, ghosts, and other things.” – Little Edie
Grey Gardens airs Saturday, April 18th at 8pm on HBO.
Apartment 3, the hip boutique, art gallery and all around funhouse, has moved out of its downtown Toy Lofts location to neighboring Los Feliz.
Apartment 3 was one of the first businesses to occupy a street level loft space in the burgeoning downtown LA Toy and Biscuit Loft community, delivering throngs of Los Angeles hipsters and fashionistas ready to shop, drink, and dine at the local establishments.
The store offers men’s and women’s apparel, both vintage and contemporary, featuring wares from mostly local and NY-based indie designers. Perhaps the best use of the loft retail space was the once monthly Dress Right fashion show thrown by owner, Kristin Knauff, yielding crowds of attendees and lines out the door.
These events were not only fun fashion parties in a hip space, but also a major component to the modern and hip loft culture cascading a once desolate downtown locale. And, though their loft location will be missed by both downtown businesses and patrons alike, their new Los Feliz scene will surely promise equally stylish galas.
There’s a new trend in lighting and tabletop decoration: exposed blown glass bulbs. From vintage bulbs (like the spotlight bulb found at the Agoura Antique Mart) to contemporary replicas, it seems that they are popping up in chic interiors boutiques from coast to coast.
Similar to the look of Thomas Edison’s original light bulb, these lamps and tabletop pieces are industrial in design, conveying a symbiotic look of modernity and agedness. While some of these pieces are indeed working lamps, many of them are strictly for fashion and not function. So if you are looking to shed some actual light in your reading nook, be sure it includes a plug, otherwise you might inadvertently buy one of the artistic décor pieces.
(Below) These are actual original Edison bulbs that were purchased in NYC for $25 each by LoftLife’s editor-in-chief! I love how they glow . . .
(Below) Purely for decor and not function, these bulbs are mounted on wood blocks and were found in the window at Lawson – Fenning boutique in Silver Lake, CA. These pieces range in price from about $75 – $150 depending on size.
My own personal Edison-esque lamp, purchased in December at Luxe boutique in Charlotte, NC. I love the way it is perched on a stack of books on the kitchen desk.
To purchase edison-like bulbs online, check out 1000 Bulbs.