I am looking forward to attending the 83rd MIDA event in Florence, Italy next month. I will be attending on behalf of Promo Firenze, Florence Chamber of Commerce, and the Italian Trade Agency.
The artisan fair features 600 exhibitors and represents fifty countries. As part of our visit we will be given a hosted tour of the fair.
During our two day tour we will be introduced to the local handi-craft through the “Meet the Artisans” program.
Now in it’s 83rd edition, the Florence International Artisan Fair has been completely renovated, reverting to its original purpose: a platform for featuring the finest Italian and international crafts.
During the fair, two major exhibitions will be focusing on Florentine and Tuscan crafts.
I am looking forward to my first trip to Florence, Italy next month and being a part of the “Meet The Artisans 2019” group!
Next weekend the Latin Food Fest comes to Los Angeles! It will be held March 29-30 at the Los Angeles State Historic Park and tickets include food, beer, wine, spirits, & entertainment. I am looking forward to tasting Spanish wines and having seen a photo of the biggest paella I think I’ve ever seen (which will be featured on the chef’s night), I am going to be in search of! Looking forward to attending next weekend with friends on behalf of a very special invite! Will be posting about the event on Instagram and a future blog post to come. If interested in attending, tickets are available here.
This past week I had the opportunity to participate in a designer training program on behalf of Monogram Appliances at their design center located on the first floor of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.
As part of the two day event, we learned in depth about the Monogram line of products as well as got to experience them via cooking demos and our own hands-on cooking experiences. Pictured here with my cooking partner in crime, Anna Gibson.
A bar vignette showcases a minibar dishwasher to the left and refrigerator with ice maker to the right.
A full kitchen display featuring the built in oven Advantium with speed cook technology and a column refrigerator to the far right.
Just outside of the Merchandise Mart on a beautiful spring day is the Chicago River ...still a little green from St. Patrick’s Day.
Fun with friends and fellow designers Anna, Florence, me, and Gustavo - checking out The Bean in Millennium Park.
Thank you to Monogram Appliances and Chef Jon for hosting us!
Last month while in Vegas to attend KBIS, we got to stay at the very cool chic Philippe Starck designed hotel, SLS Las Vegas. It’s in a great location if you are in town to attend a tradeshow because it’s very close to the Las Vegas Convention Center. Compared to many of the other hotels on The Strip, it is slightly smaller in scale yet still offers many amenities. I actually prefer the smaller scale and the convenience to many of the restaurants and morning coffee stop. It has an outpost of some favorite LA eateries , including: Katsuya, Cleo, and the more casual 800° Pizza. I also liked that to get to many of these places you did not have to walk far or through a very smoky casino.
The room I stayed in certainly reflects the Philippe Starck style. The walls are lined with a graphic wallpaper, there are several mirrors around which also light up, and the TV is also mounted on a mirror.
The bathroom is cool, crisp, and bright with some standard whimsical Starck touches. Often seen in Starck designs is his Axor lavatory faucet, such as in this picture, a line designed by Starck.
Again keeping with the Starck touches is a creative whimsical printed shade for the window treatments. Beyond that was this view from my bed! (Below.)
It was great to be a among one of of the biggest group of influencers I’ve ever taken part in, being included in this year’s Designhounds group attending the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas. We had such an amazing group of twenty-four girls along with Sara, Florence, and Veronika from Modenus. I had so much fun getting to know these girls and making new friends!
Thought I would share a round up of Instagram posts by my fellow Designhounds. After a whirlwind few days together it was fun to go back and look at what everyone posted, through their insights and finds from, what is, the biggest kitchen and bath trade show. So much to see and cover, that whatever it was I may have missed, was bound to catch the eye of someone else!
@casavilora took this stunning picture of the ‘living models” that were body painted to reflect CaesarStone finishes featured in the The New American Home.
@detailsfullserviceinteriors got a close up of this beautiful black CaesarStone countertop in the master bathroom of The New American Home.
@sandiego_toprated_designer captured this “@thermadorhome brings the BOLD” - and they sure do, with their newest range!
@bridgetbeari took this picture of a most sophisticated vignette featuring tile from @annsaks and plumbing by @kallistaplumbing with the look of no hardware cabinetry and I just love it all - the green and gold, mix of white and natural stone!
@michelealfanodesign got this beautiful detailed close up of our sponsor @thompsontraders gorgeous handcrafted hammered copper sinks.
@pamela_copeman_design with her design crush @martynbullard - I had heard the rumor of her huge crush then I saw the proof in this picture! I hope Pamela isn’t too jealous, but I’ve a few myself with your love. Wink, wink.
@studiohoyna shows the latest appliances from @ThermadorHome mixed with white cabinets and gold detail.
@schusterdesign got an inside look @boschhomeusa new refrigerator with an inside middle cooling drawer from our sponsor @thermadorhome.
@sgardnerstyle captured the bold stunning, sophisticated display that is @kohler featuring @annsaks tile.
@Laurelberninteriors quite the composition and too funny, a living model and a gentleman side by side on a @Caesarstoneus surface.
@ssquaredinteriors took notice of this fabulous idea for pet owners customizing their cabinets - toe kick pet bowls by @wellborncabinet.
@ariannebellizaireinteriors showcases our sponsor Mr. Steam @steamtherapy with the exquisite details of these shower fittings from @Brizo.
@akgdesignqueen oh I missed this detail and love it - a better way to display your wine bottles in the wine cooler, from @sksappliances.
@mitzi.beach included this practical idea that so many of us loved - a doggie spa for your laundry room area, featured in the @wellborncabinet booth.
@maureen_luxurytransitions included this dreamy steam shower from our sponsor Mr.Steam @steamtherapy.
@jsinteriordesign ...and for my “finds”? Meeting new friends and having a fun filled week with them! Thank you to Modenus for bringing us all together!
During our visit to KBIS last month, our Designhounds group got an exclusive booth tour with one of our sponsors, Lamps Plus. I have long sourced from this local, Southern California based company for many of my design projects. I’ve found that you can find almost anything you are looking for on the website and most items are well priced, with almost always something to fit a specific budget. Over the years Lamps Plus has been a go to source for me for anything from sconces for bathroom renovations, pendants or chandeliers for dining areas, table lamps for bedrooms and living rooms, and so much more. Within the selections, you can also find some designer styles, two of my favorites: George Kovacs and Jonathan Adler. Plus they have more than just lighting, furnishings ranging from home accents, art, & decor and furniture are available too.
Looking back to some of the project concept boards I’ve done, you can find some great Lamps Plus finds. For this bedroom furnishings concept board I selected a hammered bronze table lamp for bedside table lamps.
Brighton Hammered Pot Bronze Table Lamp from Lamps Plus
For a bright and cheerful kid’s bathroom remodel, I choose these glass wall sconces.
Kichler Braelyn Chrome High Seedy Wall Sconce from Lamps Plus
For this breakfast room concept board, I chose plug in sconces as a practical lighting solution since the client currently does not want to hardwire for any electrical. These cool vibe sconces are by Jonathan Adler and available on the Lamps Plus site.
Jonathan Adler Havana Nickel Plug-In Sconce from Lamps Plus
In this kitchen remodel finish selections concept board, I choose these pendants for over the island - the black finish ties in great with the hardware too.
Possini Euro Calico 7” Wide Black Glass Mini Pendant from Lamps Plus
It was so great being a part of the Designhounds group attending the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas last month. I’ve much to share and a recap / roundup coming shortly! If you’ve never attended KBIS, it just so happens to be the biggest kitchen and bath convention ever! There is so much to see and experience, including the latest and greatest in the industry! More highlights coming soon!
Happy to be featured as one of the 84 Top Interior Designers in an article from QS Supplies Co UK on designers take for “Colour Of The Year 2019”. Read the full post here.
This past week I attended an event at Twentieth here in Los Angeles. It was for the release of the six meter Surface Table by Established & Sons, a UK based furniture company. I hadn’t been to the showroom in quite some time and so it was fun to have a look around - so many interesting and inspiring pieces! (We got a little exclusive back room tour too, shhhh don’t tell!)
A teak console stained in smoky black by designer Videre Licet.
Large pendants hang over this funky sofa in the window display at Twentieth.
A large brass screen floats across the showroom floor.
This sparkly chandelier is stunning in person.
A cool chair flanked by pedestal tables.
By the same designer of the console above, Smoked Ramiform is sculpted from a massive piece of teak.
Stunning hanging chandeliers.
Well, I learned the top of these tables are made from the skin of manta rays.
Another sculptural piece from the same designer as the console and chair, again made from teak and stained black. A great conversational centerpiece.
The other evening I was out walking in my neighborhood while on the way to a design event, on nearby Beverly Boulevard. Along the way I stopped to photograph some of the amazing beautiful old buildings in the La Brea and Beverly Boulevard neighborhood of Los Angeles. This particular street is lined with an eclectic mix of quitenessetial old LA style. Here’s a little photographic tour...
Lush landscape covers the facade of a building presumably from the 1940’s era.
A building I assume was built around the 1930’s or 40’s.
The details of this building feels so European.
An early Spanish style building.
Another Spanish style with intricate tile detail.
Another building I believe from the 1940’s.
Another Spanish style.
A grouping of Normandy style buildings.
Streamline Moderne right on the same street!
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