Monthly Archives: November 2012

Glamourtimez: At Home With My Design Clients!

Dear Diary,

Every year when fall arrives, I get the sudden urge to stop working for the rest of the year, put on some ugly-yet-cozy sweat pants and woolen socks, and continually eat soup whilst watching Anjelica Houston movies, clutching my heart locket close to my breast as I think about that special someone. Something about the change in weather, the perpetual darkness, and the knowledge that the holidays are coming makes me incredibly lazy. I drink tea and think about the future, drink Diet Hansens soda and think about the past, and spend hours worrying about how I am going to get a decorate for Christmas without seeming too ladylike in front of my boyfriend. Then I come back to reality. Daddy gotz to pay the bills! I have to work. But I’m lucky lately that all my projects are so much fun and that I like my job so much. If I had a boring job I’d definitely spend all day chewing on pencils, reading poorly-written celebrity gossip, and eating Trader Joe’s Seaweed Snack.

(Quick warning: all the photos below are ones I shot myself, I’m having these projects professionally shot by glamourphotographer Stephen Busken soon and I’ll share those superior photographs when I get them).

My client Jon’s place is almost done, so it’s getting to the fun part where I get to fill it with tons of cool-looking stuff he doesn’t need. Here are some shelves I just added. It’s tough to find affordable shelving (I’d rather spend money on stuff to put in them). These are Vittsjö and they’re $70. Not too shabby for all this space. I am thinking of buying them to store all the books I used to be smart enough to read. The fiddle leaf fig is from Mickey’s Plants, which I can’t complement enough. It’s my favorite nursery in Los Angeles, mainly because the service is so good and they replanted all the plants I bought for free and I never had to get my hands dirty.

When decorating, do you ever run into the problem of where to put your Emmy? Jon, who writes and produces TV shows, has like 75 writing awards and I have no idea where to put them that doesn’t seem obnoxious. This is a total LA problem. They are such beautiful sculptures but it seems showy to put them in prominent places. It seems like they should just go in the office or somewhere more discreet. But then it’s like “Hey, he won them fair and square so why can’t we just put them on the mantle?” I tried Jon’s Emmy next to this awesome Noguchi Akari Light Sculpture from OK, but it looked too ridiculous, as if the little gold lady was worshipping the Noguchi Lamp (Sidenote: she should, I’m obsessed with Noguchi).

In other news I love this “Pop Culture” sign I found at Rose Bowl a few months ago.

Jon likes to stand while he writes, so I got him this great tall table from CB2. It’s called the Vice and it’s $449. The Industrial Stool was $179 from West Elm.

And who could forget this gross dresser that was reborn as a green piece of glamour? I paired it with these crazy tall lamps from St. Vincent de Paul ($20 each)

The art is a mid-century architectural drawing Emily and I found at the Long Beach Flea Market.

This is a crazy painted headboard I made. It’s two 4′ x 8′ wood panels, hand-painted with a paint-by-numbers design I customized. I’m not satisfied with the bedding right now, but once I swap it out the whole situation is going to be a lot dreamier.

This is a chair I reupholstered in a chunky grey linen (see the barfy before picture below):

Here is what the chair looked like before. Greowss. It was $19.99 at St. Vincent de Paul.

I replaced Jon’s chandelier with the Staggered Chandelier from West Elm. It’s on sale right now for $243.99 which means you totally should buy it. Put down that hot dog, get in the car, and go buy it. Right now.

The captain chairs are Preben Chairs from Ikea. $119. The grey drapes are Aina from Ikea. $49.99. The mid-century chairs are from ModCrib ($450 set of 4) and the table is from HD Buttercup ($950).

This is Jon’s living room. The sofa is from Blueprint ($1199). The chair is vintage reupholstered. The coffee table is from TINI ($350).

This is the entry way. I made the “The End” art by adding vinyl lettering to a vintage seascape print.

Jon had this cool French Beatles poster. The Morten Table Lamp is from West Elm.

I kind of want to steal this brass console table. It’s from Wertz Brothers for $299.

Meanwhile, in another part of La-La Land, I have another set of clients. I’m going to call them the La Habras, because that’s how my boyfriend and I refer to them. They are a super cute family that live in the hills above a city in the Southland. They live in a tastefully renovated Spanish style home that I secretly want to move into without telling them. And then one day I’d just walk downstairs for breakfast and hope they didn’t notice I was there. They’re great people with great taste so working with them is fun.

Anyhoo, onto the furniture I found for them. Firstly, this gross ottoman:

I got it for $250 at Danish Modern NoHo. I had it upholstered in green velvet from Home Fabrics.

We found this beauty lady for $375 at Danish Modern NoHo as well. I loved it in the gold but it was the same color as the carpet in the room where it lives so we had to change it to a delightful navy blue (see below).

Don’t you want to take this whole sofa and shove it in your mouth? I love it in this vintage floral, but we needed to update it a little for the house (I didn’t want it to look like a set from “Mad Men”) so we changed it to navy blue. Shocker, huh?

The final product is kind of a miracle. Getting rid of the pattern exposed the beautiful architecture of the sofa. The sofa was originally $650 from Danish Modern NoHo and fabric and upholstery added about $1200. About the same price as your run-of-the-mill store-bought sofa, but this one is unique and no one else (in the WORLD) has it.

These chairs are for the sunroom, where the La Habras like to watch television.

The chairs come from Danish Modern NoHo ($450 for the pair) and looked like this before:

This is an awesome captain’s cabinet the family bought previously. I went by their house over the weekend and we tried it out in every possible location before finally settling on the music room. I kind of wanted to hide it under my jacket and run to my car, cackling all the way home. I love how hefty and beautiful it is (it reminds me of myself as a youth).

Finally, a note about my most annoying client. Myself. I found this chandelier at Rose Bowl over the weekend and miraculously installed it myself in my dining room. There is a tutorial at The Brick House about how you can make your own but I got mine for $240 so I figured once I’d bought all the materials I wouldn’t have saved much money. Installation was pretty easy except for the part where I got stressed out and screamed “I COULD DIE!” at my boyfriend, who was diligently trying to work in the next room. Aside from the stress of getting electrocuted, killing yourself, and burning down your entire building, installing your own lighting is relatively simple. I learned how to do it from this Youtube video.

At the end of the day, I’m thankful I get to stare at pretty things all day and deal with nice people. If I didn’t I’d be sitting alone eating Thanksgiving turkey all day, pretending it was the holidays and thus okay to be a lazy disgusting pig.




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10 Jackets I Want To Put On My Face

Dear Diary,

One time, I was totally content with my life, without a care in the world. Then I started browsing Mr Porter and realized I am poor and have the ugliest clothes ever. For those of you not familiar, Mr Porter is a glamourous luxury website where all the clothing costs $400,000 and is completely necessary if you want to continue living. My latest thing is looking at jackets, because after months of languishing in the hot summer heat of Los Angeles, trapped in multi-million dollar infinity pools at hilltop estates, it’s finally cold here. Some see fall as an opportunity to drink apple cider and do white people stuff like apple picking. But what’s really important about fall is that you get to wear fall clothing. Which means it’s time for a new jacket or coat to balance out the wardrobe. Here are a few I want right now, some from Mr Porter, some from more affordable sources.

Neppy Denim Quilted Bomber, Top Shop, $80

Black Leather Hooded Jacket, TopMan, $210

J. Lindeberg Hooded Down Jacket, ASOS, $450

Band of Outsiders, Mr Porter, $1650

Superdry Duffle Jacket, ASOS, $345

Dolce & Gabbana Shearling Collar Leather Jacket, Mr Porter, $3545

Lyle & Scott Vintage Jacket, ASOS, $414

Jacket, H&M, $59

Leather Quilted Yoke Hoodie, Top Man, $210

WESC Hooded Pac A Mac, ASOS, $150

I’ll take one of each.


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Los Angeles in Instagramz

Dear Diary,

Are you curious what I’ve been up to and what I’ve been seeing? Me neither! But I’m going to show you anyway. Here is what I’ve been gawking at the last few weeks:

The loading dock at Blueprint Furniture.

David Furnish’s 50th Birthday at Greystone Manor.

The lovely typography of Gallery Brown on Orlando Avenue.

Gorgeous new plants from Mickey Hartigay Plants, where Mickey’s staff kindly replanted our succulents into gorgeous pots (also available there) for free. See below:

New hybrid cactus my handsome boyfriend discovered at Mickey’s. At home on the bedside table.

Ridiculously cute new Gold Pig Bookends from CB2 sit on my bedroom dresser. I’m in love with them.

Just a typical November Sunday in Los Angeles, 90° outside.

Sofa upholstery fabric at the Pasadena Antique Center.

Giant painting I made for Jon’s Place.

A new Architectural Digest and some tea.

Voting in Windsor Square, near Larchmont Boulevard in Los Angeles.


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From Barfy to Beautiful: Transforming An Ugly Dresser!

Dear Diary,

There was an empty wall to fill at Jon’s place and I had no idea what to do with it. It was one of those spaces that seemed to be begging for a bench or a credenza. But that would be too obvious, so I decided to put a dresser there. I believe that dressers can go in any room. They are beautiful pieces of furniture and they provide storage. And who doesn’t need more storage? I found this ugly dresser at Wertz Brothers:

I chose to paint it a Benjamin Moore green color called Vine (2034). Emily and I had success with this color at the Lake House so I was excited to use it again.

At the Lake House, we used it to paint an old storage container we used as a shoe rack for the entry way:

If you decide to buy an ugly dresser and paint it yourself, here is what you will need:

1. Primer: I actually didn’t need to prime this dresser, but if you have a particularly difficult to paint (i.e. glossy) piece of furniture, it’s worth your time to prime first so you’re not painting it a million times or risking it chipping all over the place, flakes of paint flying into your open, horrified mouth.

2. Sandpaper: Every time I try to steal a kiss from my boyfriend, he screams that my scruff feels like sandpaper and then runs from my apartment crying. While sandpaper isn’t so much fun to make out with, it’s important to sand furniture before you paint it. Otherwise the paint will just run off onto the floor and you’ll be totally annoyed and want to drink alcohol even though it’s 9 AM.

3. A paint roller: unless the piece you’re painting is tiny, get a paint roller. You don’t want to be standing there with your tiny paintbrush, painting for hours.

4. Paintbrush: use this for detail work and those hard to reach nooks and crannies.

This is a process shot of the dresser. I painted it in my parking spot. (Note to all apartment-dwelling DIYers: Never, under any circumstances, spray paint a coffee table right next to you your neighbor’s new car. It’s called overspray and it travels fast, sticking to vehicles and ruining paint jobs. You know who you are). Here’s the Blair-Witch inspired pic of the finished dresser:

I chose to use brass hardware, mainly because I like how gold looks with green.

And here’s what the finished project looks like:

I’m going to add two lamps and a giant piece of artwork to the whole situation when I style the space in a few weeks. But I’m happy with how the vibrant green livens up the space. And yes, that is my tool bag. I’m kind of obsessed with it even though it’s not the most practical computer tote…

Now it’s time for you to go out and paint something ugly. HURRY!



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