Tavern LA

Posted By Jill-LA | May 31, 2009 | 2 Comments | Category: Commercial Spaces

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Last night, I went to a new restaurant in Brentwood by famed chef Suzanne Goin.  The opening of the restaurant has created quite a buzz around Brentwood. Being a frequent-er to the local restaurants in Brentwood, I was eager to check it out.  I was in awe of the interiors which were done by top interior designer Jeffrey Alan Marks.  While best seen in person (the interiors are really stunning and much differant than in the day time), here’s a look:

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The main dining room with slate gray chairs and tufted banquettes.

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The main dining room actually glows at night, and the walls are a silvery blue gray with a few that are mirrored.

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The bar lounge area with a better view of the walls which are also the same color as in the main dining room.

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The table tops – it’s hard to see here but the sides of the tables have a nail head trim detail.

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The main dining room (which looks completely differant from day to night).

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View from my table last night, courtesy of my phone’s camera (here you can see the nailhead trim!).

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In both fashion and interior trends, there is often a crossover from one to the other.  Often times, colors & prints seen on the runway show up in accessories and textiles for the home. As an “ode” to the days of Domino magazine, which used to feature an editorial titled, “Can this outfit be turned into a room?” I present outfit to room:

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Taken from the inspiration of the outfit above, colors and textures which may be interpreted as furnishings for the above room:


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{Furniture via 1st Dibs, Rug from west elm.}

Other crossovers from fashion to home:

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Earthy, Modern, & Eclectic.

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Glam, Golden, & Luxe.

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Jewel Tones.

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East Coast Summer Chic.

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Glam Couture.

{And if you want to see more in the way of fashion to home, check out the site “Little Designer Book.” Many thanks to Andrea for featuring me in an editorial titled, “Shopping In Your Own Home.}





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Thank you to Melisa of Project Nursery for featuring a playroom project I did in her blog post today titled, “Real Rooms: Family at Play.” The Project Nursery blog and website is a great source of inspiration for all things kid related!





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It’s no secret that I love books.  I have an overflowing collection for which I do not have shelf space for. My books become part of the decoration of my home:  stacked on the two console tables below my front living room windows flanked by a pair of lamps and topped with a candle and a vase, the stack on the tray table next to my sofa stacked within other trays, another stack on a pair of coffee tables, and yet two neatly stacks on the floor creating a vignette.  Books make for great accessories to decorating any home.  Whether used as props in styling or truly used in the decoration of a home, books undoubtedly have a decorating presence.

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Books stacked on a console table, such as I have in my own living room.

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Low bookshelves don’t over empower a room, these have an interesting design at an angle.

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These bookshelves are concealed behind a drapery panel – a splash of color and an element of surprise!

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A few books scattered across a coffee table provide good entertaining and leisurely browsing.

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A Jonathan Adler designed room filled with built-ins and books.

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Bathing among books – this bathroom makes for a relaxing getaway.

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Including books in a bedroom looks more sophisticated when it’s neatly displayed in a built-in shelving unit tucked into a corner.

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Or just a few stacked on the bedside tables.

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These beautiful built-ins are ideal in any transitional space – a hallway, between adjoining rooms.

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These books add a colorful decorating element to this refined space.

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Stacks of books on a console in an entryway or hallway with various accessories and artwork.

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I think more dining rooms should be filled with books!  Here is a space that offers more than just the typical dining table, buffet, and artwork.

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In a more casual setting, these floating shelves make for a beachy inspired look in Kelly Klein’s home.

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As Lauren mentioned in her recent post on bar carts, the ever changing display can go from glassware to other decorative displays, in this case – books, of course.

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A beautiful room propped with decorative accessories and books.

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Karl Lagerfeld apparently has an addiction to books – the proof is in the picture.

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As in this picture, I add the same decorative touches to my books – placing a vase or other object on top of a stack of books.

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A delicate coffee table calls for just a few small books – ones that aren’t too bulky or heavy.

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Kelly Wearstler is quite the book collector – seen here among her custom built shelving and her children.  While I was at her office, I took a glimpse at some of the book titles she owns – including out of print and vintage design books.

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This office space would have made a great addition to my recent post, “The Un-Office Office Space.” What office space isn’t filled with books?

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And lastly, a house filled with books from room to room.





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Your Own Private Cabana

Posted By Jill-LA | May 23, 2009 | 2 Comments | Category: Decorating, Home Exteriors

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Hopefully, this Memorial Day Weekend you are enjoying nice weather and the great outdoors!

If you haven’t already – you may want to order your own private cabana for the sunnier days ahead!

ZGallerie has a few tents of their own: the SoHo Pavilion comes in two colors (Orange & White or Black & White).  They measure 10′ x 10′ and even come with their own duffle bag!

So for your next  invite to lounge poolside – just say:  ”Would you like me to bring the cabana?”

Don’t forget to outfit it with all those great accessories…

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These Walls Are Made For Chalkin’

Posted By Jill-LA | May 14, 2009 | 3 Comments | Category: Kids

I recently came across these images on the Project Nursery blog and loved them! Thought I’d share!

And while on the subject of chalked walls, thank you to the Daily Decorator blog for featuring a playroom I did for a project (which also featured a painted wall of chalkboard paint).





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I am excited to announce a new exhibition at the International Center of Photography in New York, that of the late photographer David Seidner. The exhibition opens on May 15th and is titled “David Seidner: Paris Fashions, 1945.” The exhibition features photographs of couture-clad dolls made for the Theatre de la Mode, a creative effort by the French fashion industry to broadcast to the world they were back in business after World War II. In 1990, the dolls were rediscovered and returned to Paris, where they were recoiffed and restyled for an exhibition at the Musee de la Mode. David Seidner was asked to photograph them. In his images, he captured the essense of French postwar style using rough, abandoned sets to reflect postwar Paris.

David Seidner was born in Los Angeles and had worked as a top fashion photographer for twenty five years, best known for his work with Yves Saint Laurent. He had homes in Paris, New York, & Miami and spent much of his time in Paris before his passing in June 1999.

My favorite book by David Seidner is “Portraits” which features elegant and timeless photographs of well-known people:

Portrait of Marie-Chantal Miller (1995):

Portrait of Princess Alexandra Von Furstenberg (1995):

Portrait of Pia Getty (1995):

Portrait of Honor Fraser (1994):

Portrait of Helena Bonham Carter (1998):

Portrait of Bernadette Jukowski (1995):

The exhibition runs from May 15th – September 15th, 2009. For more info, please visit the ICP website. To view the David Seidner archive at the International Center of Photography, click here.

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