The Hotel Angeleno is located in Los Angeles on the border of Brentwood next to Sunset Boulevard and the 405 Freeway. At the top of the hotel is the West Restaurant & Lounge, a great place for drinks or dinner for both hotel guests and locals, like myself. Recently, the restaurant sent out letters inviting local residents for dinner as part of a welcoming of the new menu and chef. I have frequented the West Restaurant & Lounge many times, but was looking forward to trying out the new menu – and it did not disappoint!


The new menu features fresh, seasonal foods by chef Mathew Woolf (whom we had the pleasure of personally meeting!).

Chef Mathew Woolf brought us three appetizers to try! Pictured here are two of the three – on the left the crispy egg over arugula and on the right the cheese plate. As for our entrees, we had the lamb and the pacific snapper – everything was amazing!

I now have a “preferred guest” card which entitles me to free complimentary valet parking, discounts off food and beverage, and hotel stays. Super great value! Makes going to my local jaunt even more rewarding!

The restaurant also has a lounge side with views from the highest floor of the hotel. On some occasions they have events and live music.

On the first level of the hotel is a pool with outdoor seating and a fireplace – another great place to lounge!

The lobby of the hotel is contemporary and inviting.

At the entrance to the hotel is a very cool wall covered entirely in pebbled stones!

If you happen to be visiting LA the hotel is a great west side location to stay at – and whether a visitor or a local definitely check out the West Restaurant!

Hotel Angeleno

It has been quite a few eventful days this past week with WestWeek taking place, two days and three nights of back to back showroom events and parties! Here’s a recap of my WestWeek highlights!


Starting with a kick off party at interior designer Michael Smith’s showroom, Jasper, hosted by Margaret Russell and Architectural Digest magazine.

My friends Morgan and Christian of Maison21 at the Jasper Showroom / Architectural Design party.

Interior Designer Michael S Smith with Margaret Russell of Architectural Digest magazine.

Morgan, Me, Christian at the Jasper Showroom/Architectural Digest kick-off party.

Christian enjoying the Jasper Showroom party.

The next day I ventured over to the Pacific Design Center to take part in the events as an “official” blogger for WestWeek. (Thanks to Crestron and Andrew Martin for sponsoring.)

One of my first stops was to drop by the Thomas Lavin showroom to check out the new lighting pieces designed by Kevin Kolanowski of Fuse Lighting. Kevin was at the showroom to give a tour of his new selections – loved this wall sconce!

Next stop, was the Duralee Fabrics showroom for the John Robshaw textiles preview and an event with HipSwap co-hosted with Turquoise. I met up with Alissa from The Goods Design and Christian of Maison21 (standing in front of the new John Robshaw fabrics).

Vanessa of Turquoise and Typhanie of Shoebox Decor at the Duralee Fabrics showroom / HipSwap event.

In between events, Christian and I browsed a few of the design showrooms, stopping in at the David Sutherland showroom. While he was checking out the Perennials outdoor fabrics, I was checking out some of the dramatic lighting like this chandelier.

Following the California Home + Design “Rise of the Rock Star Designer” keynote, the Andrew Martin showroom held a reception party. Pictured here is Typhanie of Shoebox Decor, Christian of Maison21, & Matt Locke of Design Star.

Eileen of Christopher Guy with Typhanie of Shoebox Decor in front of the “sexy” tables at the Andrew Martin showroom.

After the Andrew Martin cocktail party, we decided to leave the PDC and “hit the street” where we walked down Melrose Avenue to the Dennis & Leen open house.

While the interiors of the Dennis & Leen showroom are gorgeous, I took respite in the courtyard with the koi pond.

Next we headed back up Melrose Avenue to stop by the Rose Tarlow Melrose House cocktail party.


Turns out, there was a little surprise at the Rose Tarlow showroom – fashion designer James Galanos (also known as Nancy Reagan’s dress designer) happen to be there. Here he is pictured with Christian.

Our last stop of the first day of WestWeek events was the House Beautiful party hosted by interior designer Peter Dunham of Hollywood at Home.


With more events and showroom open houses taking place on day two of WestWeek, I held out for the grand finale “rock star of parties” – the coveted Restoration Hardware party, complete with greige “red” carpet arrivals and guest list only invites.


The event was also to benefit LACMA (The Los Angeles County Museum of Art) and celebs came out to lend their support. Pictured here is actress Elizabeth Banks with model/actress Milla Jovovich.

Also in attendance, Restoration Hardware Chairman and Co-CEO Gary Friedman.

Party ambiance inside the Restoration Hardware store located on Beverly Boulevard in West Hollywood.

Typhanie and I at the Restoration Hardware party.

Tula of the blog Whorange with Typhanie of Shoebox Decor and Richard of BluePRint Brands at the Restoration Hardware party.

The real rock stars of the Restoration Hardware party: Typhanie, her sister Khadine, and Richard.

My favorite: the graffiti wall in the courtyard at Restoration Hardware.

All photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design

It’s WestWeek!

Posted By Jill-LA | Mar 19, 2012 | 4 Comments | Category: Design Bloggers, Events

It’s an exciting week here in Los Angeles with WestWeek (the west coast’s design week) taking place over the next few days – starting with a kick off party tomorrow evening with Architectural Digest and Margaret Russell, followed by two full days of back to back lectures, open houses, and of course, parties!

I am happy to announce that I will be taking part in the events as part of an exclusive group of bloggers featured as the “best design voices in LA” – collectively we will be tweeting and blogging about all the happenings taking place over the next few days!

Happy to be a part of this great group of fellow designers and bloggers:

Christian of maison21

Vanessa of Turquoise

Tamara of House of Honey

Alissa of The Goods Design

And, of course, me for the Material Girls Blog, Los Angeles!

Follow me on Twitter for all the happenings!

(And look forward to seeing you at the PDC if you are attending WestWeek too!)

The other evening, I had the pleasure of attending a dinner party at the George Smith furniture showroom located here in Los Angeles. The occasion for the event was a pre-WestWeek gathering that I attended with Christian of Maison21. The evening included cocktails, live music, and a five course sit down dinner by the amazing chef Keven Lee. In attendance were several other local Los Angeles interior designers including Liz Dinkle, Gary Gibson, Donna Livingston, Kerry JoycePeter Dunham, and Christian’s “design crush” – Pamela of Commune Design.


The evening began with cocktails and socializing, while we also took a look around the showroom to view some of the lines that George Smith carries – including fabrics from Raoul Textiles, lighting from Best & Lloyd, fabrics & wallcoverings from Bennison Fabrics, & of course, furniture from George Smith.

A Chesterfield Sofa in the showroom at George Smith.

Just a sampling of some of the lighting collections carried at the George Smith showroom.

Several tables were set up to accommodate all the guests for the evening. All of the dining chairs (stunning!) were made just for the occasion!

The table setting and menu for the dinner party.

I was absolutely loving the blue tufted dining chairs…so much in fact, I wanted to take them home with me! The chairs are also incredibly comfortable (something about those high backs)!

Thank you to the George Smith showroom for including us for a wonderful evening!

{All photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design}

The other day I stopped by the Helms Bakery District, a restaurant and furniture shopping area located here in Los Angeles, located at the historic former Helms Bakery buildings. The buildings in this square block currently house H.D. Buttercup, Room & Board, Rejuvenation, and Vitra…just to name a few. I happen to check out both H.D. Buttercup and Rejuvenation.

H.D. Buttercup is a must see – a large warehouse like space that carries Cisco Home, Lillian August, Timothy Oulton, Stark Carpet, and more…

The packed showroom space of furnishings and accessories by a variety of manufactures – all under one roof.

The Cisco Home section features natural, sustainable furniture – including tufted upholstery items and natural wood casegoods.

Also saw lots of fun ottoman poufs – both large and small, in fabric and leather.

The Lillian August collection.

The chic Timothy Oultan display.

A cool chandelier made of bottles and hanging by a rope!

I also noticed a lot of industrial chic tables with mix matched chairs!

And another one!

I then ventured across to the newly opened Los Angeles showroom Rejuvenation, a Portland, OR based lighting and house parts store.

The showroom showcases their line of reproduction lighting, hardware, and other items such as house numbers and mailboxes.

Some of the cabinet knobs and pulls on display.

And house numbers, mail boxes, and mail slots!

The Helms Bakery District is definitely worth a visit if you are in LA!

[All photos by Jill Seidner Interior Design]

With the Design Bloggers Conference happening in Los Angeles this past week, along came several invites to parties all around town. While it was hard to make each and every one, I did have the opportunity to attend the Hollyhock party hosted by Suzanne Rheinstein, the Harbinger party with TRADHome and Kravet, and the Grace Home Furnishings party.

Suzanne Rheinstein, proprietor of Hollyhock hosted a kick off party in honor of Ronda Carman of All the Best Blog at the start of the 2012 Design Bloggers Conference.

Lots of familiar faces! (left to right): Christian May of Maison21 Blog, Clinton Smith of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, Scot Meacham Wood of Tartan Scot Blog, Jennifer Powell: Social Media Coordinator for Kravet, Tobi Fairley of Tobi Fairley Blog, Brooke Carter Wallace from Tobi Fairley Interior Design, Robert Kaner of Robert Kaner Interior Design, and Andrew Joseph of Andrew Joseph PR.

The weather couldn’t have been more perfect for guests to enjoy mingling in the courtyard that separates Suzanne Rheinstein’s showroom (in the front) and offices (in the back).

The Harbinger party hosted by TRADHome and Kravet housed a packed crowd that read like a “Who’s Who” of designers, bloggers, magazine representatives, vendors, pr people, & more. I don’t think I have ever looked around a room and seen one familiar face after another!

At the Harbinger party: Christian of Maison21, Crystal of Rue Magazine, and Jaime & Ron of Woodson and Rummerfield’s House of Design. (Photo courtesy of Maison21)

Another group shot at the Harbinger party (left to right): Richard of BluePRint Brands, Andrew of Andrew Joseph PR, Christian of Maison21, and Jaime & Ron of Woodson and Rummerfield’s House of Design.

My last party of the three days was a stop at the beautiful and inviting Grace Home Furnishings showroom in the heart of my own neighborhood!

It was fun talking to Roger Stoker, proprietor of Grace Home Furnishings and meeting Bethanne from Curry & Company. Oh! And did I mention Gracie was there too!?

A room vignette at Grace Home Furnishings – the showroom is always so well put together…you just want to sit and stay awhile!

…or sleep!

Thanks Gracie for hosting such a nice party!

{Photos in this post by Jill Seidner Interior Design}

{Greeted by “Oscar”  at the entrance to the party, which also took place on the day of the Academy Awards.}

Last weekend, I had the pleasure of attending a party, in conjunction with the Design Bloggers Conference, at the private home of Fuse Lighting designer and CEO, Kevin Kolanowski. The party was also hosted by Interiors Magazine and Astek, Inc.  Guests included Andrew Joseph of Andrew Joseph PR, Michael Wollaeger of Interiors Magazine, Jennifer Powell from Kravet, Cheminne from High Point Market, along with fellow bloggers and designers.

Guests mingling in the garden courtyard of Fuse Lighting designer Kevin Kolanowski’s home.

Christian May of Maison21 and host Kevin Kolanowski.

Gift bags for guests included a copy of Interiors Magazine “Best of” issue and a very cool Fuse Lighting key chain!

Through out Kevin’s home are some of his stunning lighting designs, such as this pendant from Fuse Lighting.

Another stunning fixture from Fuse Lighting is this flush mount pendant.

Kevin’s very chic bedroom features the Opus Sconces from Fuse Lighting.

The other half of his bedroom features window views of the garden.

A table vignette in the entry / living room of Kevin’s home.

The entrance to the lush gardens are through a narrow gate and winding brick steps.

“The collective hosts” – Kevin, Sylvestre, and Christian.

Sylvestre Heurta and I at the Fuse Lighting party.

And you can have a “Fuse Lighting” themed drink concoction too!

{Photos 5,6,7, and 9 courtesy of Christian of Maison21, Photo 11 courtesy of JoJoGraphic, all others by Jill Seidner}

Many thanks to Kevin, Sylvestre, and Andrew for a fab party!