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A couple of months ago Steve and I were invited to a book signing at a gorgeous home in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles. Like most of the homes in this neighborhood, this Italian style home was built in the 1920's, a decade that saw the building of some of the most beautiful homes in the city. The owners take magnificent care of the home and its grounds. I thought I would share some of my favorite images that we took during our visit. A close up of the original ironwork on one of the windows. A beautiful iron balcony.
Our family is blessed to live in a city that has an amazing flea market once a month and an abundant farmer's market several times a week. Last Sunday, Steve and I spent the early morning hours taking in the beauty at both markets. In my last post , I shared some of the treasures that we brought home with us and placed in our bathroom. In this post, I'd like to share with you some of the other inspiration that we saw that day... We arrived at the Santa Monica Airport Flea Market bright and early (6:30 am!). We were greeted by a wonderful new vendor and Velvet and Linen reader, Kathee.
One of the wonderful aspects of High Point Maket is that you never know who you are going to meet. As if it wasn't wonderful enough to finally get to spend time with some of my favorite blogging friends... Lauren Liess from Pure Style , me, my new blogging friend Traci Zeller , Maria from Colour Me Happy , and Liz Morten from Dovecote Decor .
Last month I did a post about my clients, Beth and Blake's home. We are working on the finishing touches in their dining room, entry and living room before we head upstairs to focus on their bedroom. Before we started, Beth and Blake's living room was a bit empty. Last month, we placed some green pillows on the sofas to add a pop of color. We also replaced the rug with a larger natural fiber rug from Merida. During today's visit, we focused on accessorizing the shelves.
When we analyzed it, we said that if we are going to have more people over for dinner than fit into our kitchen, well we live in California and we can set up beautiful tables outside. The number of times a year that I do that, it’s the perfect solution to not walking around a big table here the other 362 days. S o from a design perspective that is why I’m building the “Windsor Smith House”. The title of the book is The Way We Live Today . It is a study about how architecture can set us up for success in our families and in our lives.
In honor of Westweek there are a bunch of fun parties going on this week here in Los Angeles. For those of you who don't know, Westweek is a two day event at the Pacific Design Center that takes place every year around this time. During the two days, there are many discussion panels and talks given by some of the most interesting and talented people in the design field. This year's speakers include Elle Decor Editor in Chief Margaret Russell, 1st Dibs Founder Michael Bruno, Interior Designer (and fabulous blogger) Vincente Wolf, and many other wonderful people in the design industry.
While our kids are away at camp, Steve and I are tackling a couple of projects at home. Our first priority: our children's study.... This room used to be my home office, but since then it has been the terribly design neglected study for my children. While the kids are away we wanted to turn this into a beautiful but practical space for the kids to study and to do their many messy projects...