Brizo Bound!

Posted By Jill-LA | Jul 13, 2013 | No Comments | Category: Design Bloggers, Events, Website News

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Looking forward to attending the upcoming Brizo Reunion for Blogger 19 taking place this week in Memphis, TN! Can’t wait to join my fellow 19 bloggers, meet up with many other design bloggers I know, as well as meet some new faces! During our few days in Memphis we will be touring the Brizo Manufacturing Facility as well as St. Jude Hospital, of which Brizo has generously donated to. Additional evening events are taking place, including a dinner at a private Memphis Jazz Club!

#Blogger19 is the hashtag to follow along on Twitter, Facebook, and newly on Instagram: @BrizoFaucet





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I am very excited to be attending and covering Las Vegas Market later this month! I have never been (for market) and looking forward to seeing and exploring all there is to offer in the realm of furniture, home decor, and gifts. Las Vegas Market takes place July 29th – August 2nd. If you plan to attend, registration is now open and you can sign up online here.

In checking out some of the “First Look” previews on Pinterest – looks like there are some amazing decor accessories and furnshings to be seen, both the classics and the trends:

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Loving the Spike wall mirror from Palacek.

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The Tang Etagere is a great modern yet timeless piece from Thomasville Furniture.

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The sleek clear crystal Genie Lamp from Robert Abbey.95f5eb0faff6b7c06c1f8f4205a88fee

Pretty floral rug with rasberry tones and light grays, by Feizy Rugs.

Stay tuned for more highlights of Summer 2013 Las Vegas Market! Follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter with the hashtag #LVMkt





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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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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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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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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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The Reindeer Project

Posted By Jill-LA | Dec 23, 2012 | 1 Comment | Category: Art, Holiday, Website News

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Currently on display at the Century City shopping center (an outdoor shopping mall here in LA) is The Reindeer Project: a curated selection of twelve local artists who have transformed a blank reindeer statue into a unique piece of art. The reindeer displays are showcased thorough out the shopping center and being auctioned to benefit Inner-City Arts, a non-profit devoted to bringing arts education back to students in the public school system.

The Reindeer Project at Century City, LA.

Reindeer by artist Johnny Taylor.

Reindeer by artist Couto Bros.

Reindeer by artist Man One and Max Neutra.

Reindeer by artist Marilinda Rivera.

Kids can also come and create chalkboard reindeer art!

For more info & pics, visit the Facebook or click here.





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I am happy to announce the winner of Olioboard’s Holiday Entertaining Design contest that I took part in judging. So many fantastic and creative design boards were submitted (which made it a challenge to select just one!). However, one lucky winner was announced last week…

The winner: “A Blue Christmas” with My Two Designers by Olioboard member Anne.

Here are some of the other great design boards that made the top eight (you’ll see why it was hard to choose!):

“Relax & Enjoy” by Allison.

Another from winner Anne, “White Christmas.”

“Cozy Cool Christmas”

To view the other runners up, visit the Olioboard website here.





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I recently got an exclusive preview of the Heimtextil Trends 2013/2014 which will be presented by Messe Frankfurt next month at the trade fair taking place in Frankfurt, Germany. The Heimtextil Trends 2013/2014 offers an in-depth view on influential developments in the area of home textiles.

This year, the current trends have been categorized into four distinct personalities: the historian, the eccentric, the inventor, and the geologist.

Here’s a look at the textile preview trends of what will be shown at the Heimtextil show in 2013:

Muted colors are seen in the Historian collection.

The Eccentric features vibrant colors and textures.

Vibrancy reigns in the Eccentric collection.

The Inventor features innovative textiles.

Undoubtedly earthy in the Geologist collection.

Pretty colors featured in the fabrics from the Geologist collection.

For more info, visit the Messe Frankfurt website for features on all the home and gift shows.





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My Two Designers along with Olioboard is teaming up for a fun contest – and I’m excited to announce I have been selected to judge! One lucky winner will receive $1000! For all the details and to enter the contest, click here. {As an added bonus, entrants will receive a 20% discount code just for entering.}

Looking forward to taking part and viewing all the design boards (one of my favorite things)!

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