Los Angeles Food and Wine Festival Recap

Posted By Jill Seidner | Sunday, September 14, 2014 | Leave a Comment

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Last month I attended the 4th annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival, a four day long event featuring different tasting events & venues. The event represents major chefs and vineyards, along with sampling unique and flavorful foods. I had the opportunity to attend a champagne and caviar event at the L'Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills along with two of the Lexus Grand Tasting events in downtown LA.

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The rooftop setting for the champagne and caviar event held at the L'Ermitage Beverly Hills Hotel.

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Attending the champagne and caviar event on a really gorgeous summer evening.

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Watching chefs in action, both presentation and samplings were perfection in every tasting.

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At the Lexus Grand Tasting event.

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Sashimi sampling.

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Lotsa tacos.

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Unique samplings.

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The highly anticapted Lexus Live on Grand event (recommend) featured hundreds of renowned chefs and wineries. It took place in downtown LA on a red carpet adjacent to the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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The magnficient outdoor setting under the open sky and high rise buildings for Saturday night's Lexus Live on Grand event.

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Thank you Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival for the invitation.

{All photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design}

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White after Labor Day?…"YES!" I say….

Posted By Julia Buckingham Edelmann | Saturday, September 13, 2014 | Leave a Comment

 Who said you can't wear white after Labor Day (other than my mother!)? Well, I've never been one to follow the "fashion" rules and I tend to make up my own design rules too. As much as I love bright colors like orange and turquoise, I equally love a nice crisp white palette. I like to use white as a statement in and of itself. When I use white, it’s usually all white.

I like white to stand on its own instead of being used as a canvas. It has so much more to say!

White is an amazing way to showcase architecture.  I use white to unify unrelated spaces and to lift and bounce light.

This image is from one of my historic restoration projects in the Wicker park neighborhood of Chicago. The addition to the back of this Victorian Italianate manse was designed to be wholeheartedly modern while the front part of the home was restored to the original architectural splendor. A true seamless blending of old and new!

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These three dimensional architectural wall panels installed in my own home in Arizona shown below is one of my favorite images ever. White can have so much dimension!

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White feels crisp, clean and eternal—especially in the bath. Many of my past client bathroom projects have been in the color "white"--whether all white, mixed with a neutral grey, or for the classic contrast of black and white.

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Using white for kitchens and dining spaces instantly brightens up the space.

White subway tiles for kitchens are one of my faves….especially in unexpected sizes or with unique textures.

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White also rocks a as pairing with one of my other can't resist elements--lucite.

It just instantly adds a glam ++ factor!

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And of course nothing gives you the the "Five-star Hotel" feeling like crisp white sheets. A white bedroom can be a most needed calming retreat.

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 Incorporated the right way, white can be the answer all year round-every day and in every way!

xx,

Julia

All images used here are from the archives of Buckingham Interiors + Design and photographed by Eric Hausman

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Thermador Chef for a Day!

Posted By Julia Buckingham Edelmann | Tuesday, September 02, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Happy September!

Can you even believe it?! I've been reflecting on my whirlwind summer, full of lots of travel and work=fun. In July, I was delighted to attend Thermador and Traditional Home's 2nd Annual "Great Kitchen Getaway" event in sunny + beachy Southern California. I was joined by  a fabulous team of designers and lifestyle bloggers from across the country; Dana Wolter, Nancy and Eric Dalton, Karen Williams, Lisa Mende, Beth Le Manach, Jennifer Markanich, Karin Edwards, Kelly Morriseau and Courtney Price. We hung out at the Thermador Experience & Design Center where we learned about this leading luxury appliance brand, talked about what's hot in kitchen design, and also got into a heated social media cooking contest……more about that later. photo 3

We toured the design center learning all about the vast array of luxury cooking and refrigeration appliances offered by this innovative brand.  Thermador has been providing "Real innovations for real cooks" for more than 75 years and continues to do so with their evolving iconic line of products. The Smithsonian Museum has Julia Childs actual kitchen on display- I've seen it and it is interesting how truly timeless the kitchen feels. Think also of the Brady Bunch- Alice cooked within a Thermador kitchen as well!

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We were then able to get the true feel of the Thermador cooking and kitchen experience (also putting to the test our cooking skills!) during an interactive cooking lunch.

To make things a little bit more interesting, we had a fun social media contest which brought out all of our competitive spirit!

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We teamed up and took to Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to share all of our culinary creations cooked up using the Thermador Pro Heater.

My lovely partner-in-crime was my friend, Nancy Dalton, Owner of Baywolf Dalton out of Seattle where she and her hubby create amazing kitchens and bathrooms for their clients. Here we are looking ever so fab in our Thermador aprons cooking up a storm!

Our finished product….An herb-crusted tuna with a carrot-ginger puree. Bon appetit!!

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It looks pretty delicious if I do say so myself….unfortunately we did not have the most likes/retweets/shares to win. Sigh…next time.  We all had a riot and dined together to indulge in each others divine creations.

Some other mouth-watering plates cooked up in the Thermador kitchen included  steam-roasted asparagus with warm irvine beets (the crowd winner by a bunch), seared diver scallops, zucchini blossom succotash and grilled chicken skewers with cumin scented rice. Yum.

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 It was a great trip learning all about latest in kitchen design with fab friends and food! What else could a designer ask for?

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And, if you haven't checked out the latest Traditional Homes Great Kitchens issue here it is. A must read!

                                          Thank you for including me in the festivities Thermador, Traditional Home, BSH Group + Finn Partners!!

xx, Julia

This trip was sponsored by Thermador and Traditional Home. Photo credit: Thermador.

All written content and insight within this post are my own.

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