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It’s finally happening! Blog Tour, presented by Modenus, is coming to Los Angeles this Fall – for the first time ever!  Blog Tour LA will be taking place October 1st-6th. While the details for Blog Tour LA are still being ironed out, I was able to catch up with Veronika of Modenus this past week for a little preview of what’s in the works (including privy to one lucky blogger who is going to be invited to attend – whom I cannot wait to see in my city!). Have to keep mum until the announcements are made in the coming weeks (although could easily be swayed by monetary bribes!). As an alumni of Blog Tour London last Fall, greatly looking forwarding to tagging along while hosting all the fabulous bloggers in “my city”!

 

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One of the big events in conjunction with Blog Tour LA is the West Edge Design Fair, to be held at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, October 3rd-6th. Blog Tour attendees will be at the design fair with special events to be taking place – looking forward to being a part of this too!

 

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A highlight of bringing bloggers from around the globe, is to provide them with a “my city” tour of some of the hidden spots and great charms. We had the opportunity to experience this too while on Blog Tour London. I am looking forward, along with other LA bloggers, to hosting a walking tour that is slated to be held around the Avenues of Art & Design, the La Cienega Design Quarter, and the neighboring streets around the Pacific Design Center.

 

Stay tuned for more! Be sure to follow @Modenus with hastag #BlogTourLA for all the latest deets!





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For the longest time I have been wanting to share the amazing rug designs from Shivhon Rugs, and the motivation to do so has finally come – especially now that Shirley (the proprietor / designer behind Shivhon Rugs) and I have become good friends! I’ve always been a fan of her colorful, graphic rugs. Most recently, Shirley has shared some of her inspiration and direction for her forthcoming Fall collection and I look forward to seeing those come to fruition! In the interim, check out some graphic faves I’ve pulled from her site along with some she sent me.

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The “pearl” is so cute, would be great for a children’s room or playroom.

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Graphically sophisticated, I quite like the “holly” area rug.

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A custom rug in the making, this is the Bella Rug.

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An image of the finished product, the Bella Rug.

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Like an abstract canvas, love the colors of the “shift” rug.

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A rug goes that goes “vroom” – I bet my nephew would love this one!

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Beautiful butterflies – “flutter” is earthy and organic.

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“Salem” is so artistic, love the movement.

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New for Spring, the “aqua” rug will take you right through summer!

For more info, visit Shivhon or contact Shirley directly, right here.





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Thought I would share some finds from a recent concept board I put together for an entry + living room in a California coastal home. Light furniture, warm woods, a play on patterns…perfect for a small sitting room.

 

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The Orb Chandelier from Ballard Designs.

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Slipcovered loveseat from Restoration Hardware (*different but similar version shown above).

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Concrete round coffee table.

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Club chair from Ballard Designs, shown in a different fabric than above – with many more options to choose from.

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Coral Needlepoint Bench, shown in red (additional colors available).

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Cowhide Patchwork Rug

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Rustic Wood Mirror.

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Floor Lamp from here.

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A floral arrangement (as seen on coffee table).

For more room looks & concept boards, view here.





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The other day I came across this mid-century masterpiece of a home on California Home & Design. The house is located in Pasadena, CA and currently listed for sale at $1.695 million. It was designed by architect Arthur Swab for his own use in 1959.

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The concrete block house features four bedrooms and four baths, an outdoor kitchen / pool area, with lush landscaping nestled into a hillside.

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The living room and dining area with views to the backyard.

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Details reminiscent of mid-century modern architecture: built-in bookshelves lining the corridor.

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A modern front door.

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The sprawling pool.

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An outdoor bathing area.

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View of the backyard with lush landscaping, oak trees and olive trees.

For a complete slide show including floor plans and landscaping details, view here.





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Loving this pool pavilion featured in Elle Decor, of a home in the Hamptons. The bright blue cabinets are custom made with a smoked mirror-paneled bar, counters are of cast glass, and floors are honed Thassos and Atlantic Blue marbles. View the full feature here.





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High Point Market – that is!

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This past Spring market, the Material Girls (along with other fab bloggers!) were invited to participate in “Suite Spot Tours” at the International Market Centers in High Point, NC. As part of the tour, we were each allowed to select vendors through-out the market suites to feature as part of our intimate guided tour:

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To highlight a few of the vendors I included on my tour (& some of my favorite finds!) – here’s a re-cap:

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Marc Phillips Rugs – always love their collection of area rugs, and especially the new unique artist designed rugs that I also featured here. One in particlaur was on display at High Point Market, the Obey Giant designed piece.

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Another collection I enjoy, is the graphic pillows from V Pillows & Rugs, a company based out of Miami, FL.

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Los Angeles based designer Kim Salmela is a new favorite – loving, loving, loving everything coming out of her product line – which you can view here. Kim was nice enough to share with our group her background and design collections for Spring!

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…and when I wasn’t busy with my own tour, I went on over to another High Point building fave: 220 Elm to tour W. Schillig with my bestie: Maison21 (& shout out to him for a big help on my tour…let’s just say he helped “keep the pace.”) BUT here’s the thing: he gets to his tour, finds this super comfy leather sectional sofa to recline back on and tells me, “Now you go take the rest of my tour, I am staying put right here!” See how that works! (If you don’t believe me – well, the picture above tells exactly the story!)

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Another showroom at 220 Elm I had the opportunity to visit (thanks to a friend of mine who was helping out there!) was Mat Orange. They have a range of rug collections (many graphic, and colorful) – one of which I absolutely love – pictured above.

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In addition to showroom tours, I had the opportunity to attend a press tour for the Traditional Home Showhouse located in Greensboro, NC. The Adamsleigh Estate is a magnificent 15,000 square foot mansion that boasts 33 rooms and covers 13.5 acres which includes a lake, tennis courts, pools, gazebo, & five car garage. A handful of amazing designers transformed the home into one amazing room after another. Above is the powder room. For more info on the home and designers included, click here.

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Next came the parties. Lots of them! One of the most anticipated was the unveiling of the new Stanley Furniture showroom. The entire two story space is stunning. The most exciting was seeing the work of our friends, Los Angeles based design duo Ron Woodson & Jaime Rummerfield of Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design and their showroom gallery space for Stanley Furniture. Above is Maison21 and I photographing the gallery wall of mirrors which we loved!

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Ron Woodson and Jaime Rummerfield at the Stanley Furniture opening party with fellow blogger / designer Sarah Sarna.

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While at the Stanley Furniture party, Christian of Maison 21 took a little time out to be interviewed by Shane Inman.

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Next came the Halo party – always a packed house!

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Between design events & parties, we stopped to take a few pics – or, in other words – wherever we saw mirrors! Like here in the courtyard at the Baker Furniture Showroom (with Ashlina of The Decorista and Edyta of Edyta & Co Interior Design).

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And more mirrors! (Edyta, me, Ashlina)

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We had a fun afternoon hanging out at the Younger Furniture showroom (located at 220 Elm) for the launch of designer Traci Zeller’s new textile line. Pictured above is Traci with Ashlina.

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Last but not least, came the grand finale of High Point parties: the always fun Four Hands party. I had a great time hanging out with my “twin” & Blog Tour London buddy: Raina of A Stylist’s Life.

Many thanks to High Point Market Authority for organizing yet another succesful market!

Thank you to IMC (International Market Centers) for inviting the Material Girls to High Point for a great opportunity!

220 Elm & Heinz – thank you for hosting us all for an amazing lunch!

If you haven’t yet been to High Point Market – it is defintely worth a trip! For details and planning for Fall Market, visit the website here.

{For additional pictures from High Point Market, check out my Instagrams.}





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Recently featured in Architectural Digest (& making the rounds on Pinterest!) comes the latest project from famed interior designer Kelly Wearstler. Along with architect M. Brian Tichenor comes a 1930′s renovation of a Bel Air, California home. Of course, working with Kelly means only one thing: a bold new look!

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In the living room, the vintage wall lights are a salvage from a Roman cinema along with leather sofas from J. Robert Scott.

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The kitchen features a cluster of pendants from Blend Interiors (located on Beverly Blvd in LA) with alder-wood cabinetry and a stainless steel clad island with brass detail.

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The striped vesitbule leading to the master bedroom suite.

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Brass reigns in the master bedroom: from the ceiling light to the custom made bed.

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Rasberry leather chairs designed by Kelly are featured in the wife’s office.

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I’m loving this bedroom! The daughter’s four poster bed is by Paul Evans with a custom made wallcovering from Porter Teleo. Vintage ceiling light and pair of dressers are from local LA showroom JF Chen (a Kelly favorite). The carpet is a customized carpet by The Rug Company.

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Another room I am loving! The daughter’s bathroom features inlaid-marble walls with vintage 60′s sconces. Sink fittings are from Lefroy Brooks.

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The pool pavilion features a black and white herringbone pattern floor in stained walnut (brilliant!).

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In the pavilion bath, striped walls play off a checkerboard floor and an oval 1920′s brass mirror is paired with an angular brass vanity. (Lots and lots of brass featured in this project!)

All images via Architectural Digest, for the full article, click here.





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This past week, the Design Bloggers Conference took place here in Los Angeles – and with that came lots of events, parties, and the arrival of so many fabulous designers and bloggers that I’ve come to know and love! This year, it was an honor to attend the actual conference itself, as the Material Girls were nominated for a Hall of Fame Award in the category of Best Overall Blog!

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The start of the three day event kicked off with an invitation (courtesy of the lovely Bethanne of Currey & Company) to interior designer Michael Berman’s house for a dinner party. We were fortunate enough to have had a really beautiful day with this amazing view of the downtown and LA basin from the backyard pool of Michael’s house!

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As always, I attended the party with my “design partner in crime” Christian of Maison21, pictured here with interior designer Michael Berman.

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Of course, all my favorite boys where there too: Christian of M21, Andrew of Andrew Joseph PR, Sylvestre of Fuse Lighting, and Clinton of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyle Magazine.

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The interiors of Michael Berman’s chic mid-century modern home.

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Here’s M21 pictured in Michael Berman’s breakfast room…being silly and using a real old-school wall mounted telephone! (Even the original oven was still in the kitchen!)

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When we weren’t being silly, we were taking amazing pictures of the gorgeous LA view (pictured here with me is Sylvestre).

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A detail shot from Michael Berman’s latest collection: Bronze Studio (image courtesy of Maison21).

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Fun parties aside, come Monday was the start of the Design Bloggers Conference. By noontime, Tobi Fairley (a recipient of last year’s Hall of Fame Awards) emceed the awards with her hilarious presentation (read about it here – the pics are the best!). While it was an honor to be nominated, the Material Girls did not win (always next year!). However, it was thrilling to be in the room when the crowd applauded and our blog was flashed on the big screen (pictured above).

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It was fun to see so many design blogger friends at the conference, and while I didn’t get a chance to take many pictures, I did meet up with Sara from Decorative Carpets and Lulu & Georgia during one of the brief  breaks.

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As glamourous as LA can be, an invite to an intimate dinner party hosted by Duralee at the Chateau Marmont is a great honor! On Monday evening, I joined the likes of Tobi Fairley, Brooke Carter Wallace, Christian May, Clinton Smith, Vanessa de Vargas, Andrew Joseph, and both Allison and Samantha of Duralee for a fun filled evening! (Tobi and Brooke will make you laugh to tears! Just request their impression of the girl named “Dur-ah-leeee!”)

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Our dinner menu for the evening – everything was SO good!

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While photography is not allowed at the Chateau, we rebelled – and took more than a dozen self-portraits (me, Samantha from Duralee, and Andrew Jospeh) having fun after dinner!

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Last but not least, we were each given a copy of textile designer John Robshaw’s latest book (& I was lucky enough to score an extra copy for a soon to be giveaway here on the blog – stay tuned!) [Image via M21]

It was great to see so many design friends and bloggers this past week here in LA. Next year’s conference will be taking place in Atlanta, GA for those of you who could not make the trip to LA. Many thanks to Lynn of Decor Arts Now for sharing her conference ticket with me!





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I was recently specifying hardware for a kitchen remodel project and I took to DuVerre Hardware in search of some unique and interesting finds. DuVerre Hardware was also a sponsor of Blog Tour London, which I took part in this past Fall. When they first sent me their catalog, I was captivated by some of the pieces from their Designer collections (Clodagh, Heinz Pfleger, Goodman & Charlton…to name a few).

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This is a very sculptural pull by William Harvey, it comes in three widths and three finishes.

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A large square knob by Heinz Pfleger in antique brass.

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Another from Austrian designer Heinz Pfleger, a square pull in satin nickel.

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Lotus knob in oil rubbed bronze by William Harvey.

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A large pull from the Marcel collection in matte black.

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A square knob called Offset by Erin Adams in oil rubbed bronze.

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Inspired by nature, the Pomegrante series from Heinz Pfleger.

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The unique Primitive pull by Clodagh.

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Another by Clodagh, this pull is called Stacked and comes in two finishes.

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Yet another artistic piece by Clodagh, this is called Tribal and is shown in antique brass.

(*Please note all of the above pieces are available in a variety of finishes, sizes, and all are available in both knobs and pulls.)

For more info, visit DuVerre





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So happy to share that my wonderful friends, Jaime Rummerfield & Ron Woodson (pictured above) of Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design, have debuted their design of the new Stanley Furniture showroom in Las Vegas. Official opening was held during Market last week at the Las Vegas Design Center. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to attend the opening party but Jaime was nice enough to share these images of the new showroom space (which I was dying to see!).

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A formal living room vignette at the Stanley Furniture showroom reminiscent of Woodson & Rummerfield’s design essence.

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A formal dining room vignette arrangement in a lacquered wall corner of the showroom.

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A cozy living room set up outfitted with wall decor accessories that tie in well with the leather high back chair and nail-head trim sofa.

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Another formal dining room, this one filled with a fabulous bookcase along with a graphic area rug and artwork that tie in the look of the dining room furnishings.

Looking forward to seeing their next redesign – a new 60,000 square foot showroom space at High Point Market which will open in April for Spring Market!

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