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The annual DIEM event kicked off last week with an opening night party at the Phyllis Morris showroom in West Hollywood. It was great to see design friends in anticipation of the next day’s symposium events.

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At the opening night party, with (L-R): Christian May of Maison21, me, Sara of Decorative Carpets / Lulu & Georgia, Ryan Farber of the West Hollywood Design District, and his girlfriend Brooke of Brooke Mason Photography.

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And having fun with the boys, selfies with Joel of Cote Jardin Antiques and Christian of Maison21.

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It was also neat to be featured last week on the West Hollywood Design District blog for my recent Instagram takeover in anticpation for this year’s DIEM event, which you can read about here.





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I recently had the opportunity to tour an iconic home, designed by famed architect John Lautner, and referred to as the Sheats Goldstein Residence. The house was built between 1961-1963 and sits atop Angelo View Drive in Los Angeles. The original home belonged to the Sheats family and was then purchased by James Goldstein in 1972. The house blends with the landscape in it’s organic form merging indoor and outdoor living. A unique quality to the home are the “drinking skylights”: the coffered ceiling living room is pierced by 750 mini skylights. The home uses cross ventilation for cooling; there is no air conditioning and the floors are radiant heated with copper pipes. Exterior covered pathways lead to the guest bedrooms and the master bedroom, hence the indoor/outdoor living. The home is currently undergoing expansion work (a club and office spaces on part of the property), which is being handled by Nicolson Architects, the chief architect who has been working on the property since 1994.

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The front entrance / pathway.

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The living room, toward the entry.

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A fully glassed faced living room with views to the pool and the city of LA.

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A view of the city.

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The living room juxtaposes the exterior.

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The iconic roofline.

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View from the exterior of the roof line and the living room.

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The infamous living room.

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The dining room and landscaped pathway beyond.

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The master bedroom master piece: this is it from an exterior view.

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And this it from the interior (i.e. bed facing!) view.

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I was fortunate enough to get a shot in it.

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Then there’s the view from the master bathroom sink. Yes, SINK.

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And the indoor/outdoor wraparound shower which leads to an open deck.

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One last epic view from the tennis court.

Thank you to Architectural Digest and Cadillac for hosting us on an amazing tour. #DrivenByDesign

All photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design





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Last month I had the opportunity to attend the Kohler Bloggers Conference headquarted in Kohler, WI. We enjoyed two nights at the Kohler owned American Club Resort and got a behind the scenes factory tour in addition to visits to the Kohler Design Center and Kohler Communications offices.

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The offices of Kohler Communications.

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The chic lobby entrance at the Kohler Communications building.

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Color, sinks, and faucets are all on display at the Kohler Communications headquarters.

Thought it would be fun to share some of the posts of the other bloggers that were also in attendance:

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Paloma highlighted our factory tour.

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Jeanne of Cozy Stylish Chic provided great coverage of the Kohler Design Center.

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Love Sketch42′s vintage then and now blog post!

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“When in Wisconsin” – at Blackwolf Run with Josh of Sharp Communications.

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Thank you to Kohler for hosting us!

{All photos by me with the exception of the blogger noted pictures.}





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Last month I attended an event at probably one of the most interesting architectually designed homes, quintessential of California living, in Venice, CA. The home is more noticably recognzied as being featured on the hit tv show Californication. The architect is David Hertz and it is also his home. The event was hosted by Adorne, makers of switch plates and wall plates, that offer a seamless minimal contemporary design, a perfect fit for the McKinley House.

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I truly felt very “at home” here!

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Beyond the entrance is a living room, with a secondary “sunken” family room area.

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Adorne outlets and switch plates are featured in the entire home, for a very seamless look.

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A stair detail I love!

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The switch plates installed by LeGrand and Adorne.

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A fun art gallery wall featuring children’s artwork seen in an upstairs hallway.

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In conjunction with the interior courtyard, comprised of indoor / outdoor living spaces, is an outdoor bathroom with a sink and shower. The outdoor areas also include a full kitchen and media room.

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Outdoor dining and music during the event.

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The poolside area is great for entertaining.

All photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design





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Happy Halloween!

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I love walking through neighborhoods and seeing houses. So, the other day I happen to take a stroll through a Westwood neighborhood, in the heart of Los Angeles, just east of Westwood Village and near to UCLA. The neighborhood still retains many of the orginal homes that were built between the 1920′s and 1960′s.

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A beautiful original home with the highrises of Wilshire Boulvevard as a backdrop.

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A quintessential Spanish style architecture with tall palms.

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A charming Westwood home.

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A traditional style decorated for Halloween.

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Another Spanish style home, this one more modest in size.

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A house on the hill.

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Another charming traditional.

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Homes in Westwood are in the spirit of Halloween.

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All photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design





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On a recent visit to Chicago, I had the opportunity to meet up with my fellow Material Girl’s blogger Julia at her showroom and design studio. While Julia and I have met up on several occasions (both in LA and at High Point Markets) I had yet to visit her in her base city. Along with our friend Lisa Mende, we spent a morning checking out the fab Buckingham ID showroom followed by brunch at SoHo House in Chicago – and had a great time all of us together!

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The storefront view window of Buckingham ID.

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A photo of Julia and me catching up in her showroom, captured by Lisa Mende.

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Color Love: Julia loves orange and I love how this piece creates quite the statement in her showroom, against the backdrop of the white painted brick walls.

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Accesorized shelving and shaggy colorful stools define Julia’s Modernique style.

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Showroom displays include table settings and fun industrial chic stools.

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A colorful vignette.

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A crazy fun skeletal chair! (And Julia has a cute story about how when the store alarm was once set off, the police dispatched ended up wanting pictures in the chair, that of course, after all was checked out and in the clear!)

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Pattern on pattern, seating display.

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The BID headquarters office space.

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Buckingham I + D Showroom is located at 1822 West Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL

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After our showroom visit, we headed over to SoHo House for an all girl’s brunch! Thanks Julia for treating us!

All photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design





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Lots of events took place in LA this past week and I am here to share! Along with showroom parties and openings, I had the opportunity to takeover the West Hollywood Design District’s Instagram account for “A Day in the Life”. It was fun to take part and feature some of my favorite places around town. For a full recap of photos, you can view here.

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The WeHo Design District’s Instagram account, which will also be featuring other takeovers in anticipation for the upcoming DIEM event.

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The Instagram takeover began with my day of coffee and iPad…

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…to showing the newly built Restoration Hardware showroom going up on Melrose Avenue, just in time for that evening’s grand opening party.

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Which catered to a very packed crowd: Celebs, design friends, and pretty much all of West Hollywood was there!

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The next evening I attended a much more intimate party. This one at Woven Accents for the “Spark The Imagination” installation invited by my friend Ginna of 27Ground. (Pictured above with Shirley of Shivhon Rugs.)

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I also got to check out the newest, latest rug on display in the window at Woven Accents by artist Gregory Siff.

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And yet another rug on display at Woven Accents: this one designed by my good friend Christian of Maison21. From the Shapes Collection.

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Another highlight this week was attending the Fall luncheon for La Cienega Design Quarter (for a preview of what’s to come!).

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Enjoyed hanging out with Amanda Malson at the LCDQLA luncheon.

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Lastly, the week actually kicked off last weekend with the most amazing party at Snyder Diamond in celebration of their 65th Anniversary!

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Attending the Snyder Diamond anniversary party with fellow designers Delta Wright and Christian May.

All photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design

Thanks to West Hollywood Design District, LCDQ, Woven Accents, & Snyder Diamond for all the great events this past week!





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Looking forward to taking part in an Instagram takeover for the West Hollywood Design District this coming week, featuring a “Day in the life of”. In anticipation of the annual DIEM event taking place November 14th, I will be posting some of my favorite design finds as a supporter of the WeHo Design District.

You can follow @WehoDesignDistrict ‪#‎DIEMevent‬ on Instagram on October 22nd.





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On a recent trip to Chicago, I had the opportunity to stay at the newly opened The Langham, an exquisite luxury hotel located at 330 Wabash (home of a Mies van der Rohe designed building). I have been a fan of the architect since my days in design school. The landmark building is located in downtown Chicago adjacent to the river, 52 stories tall, and boasts over 300 guest rooms and suites. The second floor lobby (pictured above) is a testament to simple refined elegance.

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A sitting area in the lobby with floor to ceiling windows with a view toward the river and downtown buildings.

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A sculptural ceiling statement.

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The interiors of Travelle, the hotel’s restaurant, features a bar and lounge overlooking the river, and a dining room on the opposite side.

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The interiors of Travelle, a great nightlife spot, where I spent an evening hanging out with friends for drinks and food.

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The hotel room suites are contemporary, yet classic lines, of understated elegance.

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The entry features full height closets and a vanity.

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Sophisticated furnishings, neutral colors, and pattern such as the links in the carpet and bedding create a timeless look.

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I was in awe of the bar cabinet which features a tilt out for the coffee (happy to find my Nespresso addiction here!), a concealed bar fridge below, and the cabinet and drawers on the sides are stocked with all the hotel amenities you could ever want!

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The well-appointed bathroom features a wall mounted Geberit toilet, dual Kohler sinks, and Zucchetti bath fittings.

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The bathroom vanity with dual Kohler sinks and wall-mounted Zucchetti faucets.

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The walk-in shower is completely walled in minimalist stone with both rainhead and detachable shower sprays and a sleek minimal linear shower drain.

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A seperate WC features a wall-mounted toilet from Geberit. The European, contemporary design of Geberit’s wall-mounted toilet complement the Langham’s existing aesthetic. Many European luxury hotel designers have turned to Geberit for the sleek design and space-saving benefits for decades, and designers in the U.S. are beginning to follow suit.

All photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design

Thank you to Geberit for the opportunity to experience The Langham.

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And had a fun time hanging out at Travelle restaurant at The Langham with LA friend and actor, Declan Joyce.





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Welcoming another Modenus adventure, this one is not just a city, but an (almost) entire state: California! As a native of Southern California, I couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome a group of international bloggers and designers. As an alumni of both Blog Tour London and Blog Tour NYC, along with taking part in hosting last year’s Blog Tour LA group, I am looking forward to meeting up and attending many of the events taking place here in LA in just the few days the group will be here, before they head up the coast for some amazing activities! Welcome Blog Tour California! (Blogger profiles here)

For a highlight of what Modenus has planned for the roadtrip that will be Blog Tour California, you can read the latest post here. For me, I am looking forward to attending the WestEdge Design Fair for it’s second annual show here in LA, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica. There will also be events in LA hosted by sponsor DXV (who hosted us on Blog Tour NYC too) and Miele. The aptly named BlogToberFest will also be taking place at WestEdge to welcome the bloggers.

 

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For all the latest, follow along on Twitter @Modenus with #BlogTourCali and #BlogToberFest

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