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Monthly Archives: March 2012

come shopping with me!

Dering Hall, the splashy new interior decoration resource and shopping site developed by Peter Sallick of Waterworks, gives readers amazing access to the most incredible things. Recently, they asked me to shop their designer-curated “boutiques,” and I picked my most favorite things – not surprisingly, from some of my most favorite LA haunts. Curated by the world’s top designers, the vast inventory has everything from gorgeous painted four-poster beds to casually elegant dog beds. There’s something for everyone here – check out some of my selections above. Click here for the full list.

{Whitley Bed, 2. Framed Photo of the Taj Mahal, 3. Moorish Mirror, 4.  Lexington Ottoman, 5. Swing Arm Wall Light, 6. Bayhead Serving Bar, 7. Stanford Basket, 8. Crystal Ball, 9. Dog Bed, 10. Spirit Bottles.}


Sometimes, it’s all about the little things for me. And when it comes to my own place, I can’t seem to leave well enough alone – especially when it comes to beads. For me, they add that certain layer of edge, and bohemian insouciance that I crave. Oh, to have been Anita Pallenberg!

In the window display (above) I designed for last year’s LCDQ (La Cienega Design Quarter) event, I threw a few strands of silver beads over the edge of a copy of Bloomsbury icon Duncan Grant’s painting. I love the weird colors of the wool fringe, and their unexpected textural contrast to the shininess of the metal.

Above: A vintage English blue and white plate in my bathroom holds a collection of bottles and products. Naturally, I couldn’t resist tossing a few coral and turquoise beaded bracelets on the long neck of the Lime Sec bottle. Come on…it was just begging for embellishment!

Above: The inspiration board over my desk – leaves, ribbons, a photo of a rabbit nibbling the back of my sweater, and more BEADS. The traditional evil eyes were picked up on a decorating job in Greece, and the multi-colored strand was given to me by my brother, and worn by my friend Cricket in her play about Janis Joplin.

Above: I’m dying to design a room around this dress from Roberta Freymann! It has everything I love – odd color combinations, fringe, beads AND a susani-inspired embroidered applique design in hot pink!

Above: Another flea market find draped around the neck of my lamp.

Above: Flea Markets often have gorgeous selections of exotic beads. I just got a fantastic strand at the Santa Monica Airport for $20, that looks frightfully like a necklace that I got from a store on Rodeo for twenty times as much. Ooops…live and learn.