Seen: Announcing 647 Shop Vintage by Lynnea Schwieters

My addiction to flea markets paired with the fact that I refuse to become a hoarder has resulted in the birth of my very own online vintage furniture shop. Buy online at www.lynneajean.com/shop or check us out on Instagram: @647_shop_vintage. Pick up and local deliveries are available. I'll be posting new items weekly so be sure to follow!

Site: The Pretty Side of United Arab Emirates by Lynnea Schwieters

For Christmas 2014, my father and I traveled across the Atlantic Ocean to Dubai to visit my sister who is living and working there. This being my first encounter with a Muslim country, I wasn't sure what to expect but I was ready, as always, to be engrossed in the local flavor and culture.  Here are some snaps of my trip, 3 Emirates in total and experiences I will never forget!

View from the top! Burj Khalifa

View from the top! Burj Khalifa

A peek inside the beautiful hallways of the Burj

A peek inside the beautiful hallways of the Burj

Just about half of one of the worlds tallest buildings.

Just about half of one of the worlds tallest buildings.

A Souk near the Burj Khalifa

A Souk near the Burj Khalifa

Driving through the desert

Driving through the desert

Another Souk featuring traditional architecture. The towers serve as natural ventilation systems.

Another Souk featuring traditional architecture. The towers serve as natural ventilation systems.

A jaw dropping trip to the Grand Mosque

A jaw dropping trip to the Grand Mosque

Marble Inlay

Marble Inlay

Mosaic at Emirates Palace

Mosaic at Emirates Palace

Seen: Before and After by Lynnea Schwieters

Here at LJID we love the challenge of recreating vintage pieces. We took this dresser from the trenches and gave it new life. What do you think?

The clean lines caught my eye. The wood finish was a little beachy but the brass hardware did not compliment the light color. 

The clean lines caught my eye. The wood finish was a little beachy but the brass hardware did not compliment the light color. 

Do you recognize it? We gave it new life with a dusty blue paint, modernized the base, and painted the hardware black to highlight it's mid century style. 

Do you recognize it? We gave it new life with a dusty blue paint, modernized the base, and painted the hardware black to highlight it's mid century style. 

Site: Via Dolce Salon by Lynnea Schwieters

Wonder where I've been? Over the past few months I've been working on a salon! The client moved into her salon about 2 years ago and business was booming. She needed a waiting area and a private styling room for her VIP clients. See for yourself...

Custom Cabinet is finished with a black granite top and matte black hardware from Details. Each drawer was custom fitted to accommodate the needs of a stylist. The round mirror softens the edgy finishes. Sconces are by Feiss and are available at Lamps Plus. 

Custom Cabinet is finished with a black granite top and matte black hardware from Details. Each drawer was custom fitted to accommodate the needs of a stylist. The round mirror softens the edgy finishes. Sconces are by Feiss and are available at Lamps Plus

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Bench is upholstered in a durable black vinyl. Back rest is upholstered in Micro Suede. The magazine rack is a custom design. Art work is by Kay Erickson.

Bench is upholstered in a durable black vinyl. Back rest is upholstered in Micro Suede. The magazine rack is a custom design. Art work is by Kay Erickson.

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Site: Before and After by Lynnea Schwieters

This summer (don't ask why it has taken me so long to post these photos) my brother and I teamed up on a home renovation project. This 3 bedroom 2 bath home was in desperate need of some love and attention. Some of the photos are pretty graphic folks so beware!

Below is a shot of the kitchen BEFORE we tore down walls. The home had a rustic appeal that we wanted to keep so we ripped out the old linoleum and wood paneling then reconfigured the space to create a modernized rustic appeal. 


AFTER! We used dark ceramic tile that resembled rustic tanned leather to ground the room. The cabinets were refaced and then painted an off white to keep things light and open.  The subway tile backsplash was done in travertine. A large island was carved out of unused space and bridges the gap between the kitchen and cozy den/dining area. 

We created an interesting niche for knick-knacks where a cupboard would not fit. 

BEFORE: We kept the built in as-is and refinished it the same color as the kitchen cabinetry. The stone fireplace also stayed as-is. 

This was the master bathroom BEFORE: AGH!!!

And AFTER:

 BEFORE:

AFTER: We used a multi-colored river rock to reflect the organic nature found in the rest of the home. The small pattern created interest in a very tight space. The cave like shower walls were knocked down and replaced with clear glass walls. Simple white subway is my favorite on a budget! The vanity is from Home Depot.

Guest Bathroom BEFORE

AFTER: The layout of the guest bathroom remained the same. We simply got rid of the 1950 color scheme and traded it out for fresh white. We took out the space-eating built in vanity and traded it out for a pedastle. The home owner wanted the flexibilty to add in a furniture piece. I thought it was a great the idea. The floor tile is lightly striated for interest and the pearlescent accent tile around the tub/shower adds a touch of feminine elegance. 

The home sold before we could even finish. Yay!

Site: Natural Curiosities Studio by Lynnea Schwieters

 

Natural Curiosities Art House, is an archive of beautiful images from the early 1900's and creates fine modern art. Art house indeed, I felt as I had journeyed into another land.

boho-retro style sunken seating area greeted me as I walked in. Furniture was mixed, some pieces from BoBo and Cisco filled the room. Others were vintage and some were custom designs; made and crafted with love by the 25 or so designers and artists employed by Christopher Wilcox. Wilcox is every bit as kind and thoughtful as you'd expect. Every piece displays an element of nature or takes an inanimate object and turns it into something beautiful. The subject may not be out of the ordinary but, but a touch up and a tweek there, or a exquisitely framed multitude (think more is more), or hand done gold leafing and the piece is given a new life. Follow Natural Curiosities on Instagram here. Their newest venture, WILCOX, is interior design driven and thrilling as well - I am excited to see what their future holds.

Table design by WILCOX

Site : Dwell on Design 2013 by Lynnea Schwieters

I'm no writer. But as I sit down to write this post, I want to create the 'buzz' for you that surrounded dwell this past weekend. First, people were up beat, interested, and eager almost. I guess that is what sales people are supposed to be but even the attendees, including myself, seemed to want more. Now, a few vendors whom I fell in love with and want to know SO MUCH MORE!

Note: Links to the website are available by either clicking on the photo or in the text above.

Triangles are my favorite shape. Made from Ceramic

sculptures to decorate your wall with

I love this part of the PCH... I am so there. Available from Saatchi Online.

I'm sorry I don't know the artist!

I have never seen wool look so beautful

Maghan Urback, contemporary wool design.LA Street artist came out to represent. The artists painted on salvaged movie backdrops

It was beautiful.

Sezz Chair by Christophe Pillet and a chair designed by Phillipe Starck in the back

Little sculptures

metal art by Sarah Loertcher

Seen: Artist Erika Marie Carter by Lynnea Schwieters

I just returned from a mini vacation in Santa Barbara for Memorial Day weekend. I traveled with a close friend and although we made a promise not to work while we were there, it turned out we almost spent our entire first night discussing only work related 'stuff.'

So I didn't shop while I was there... well not really. Every Sunday there is an Arts and Crafts show at the State Street pier. I strolled by and took note of a few local artisans.  I also managed to pop into one gallery as we were literally hopping in the car to head back to Los Angeles. I am so glad I did because I found one artist whom I really loved, Erika Marie Carter. The first photo is from the gallery, the others I pulled from her website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Site: General Store, Venice, CA by Lynnea Schwieters

I have resided in Venice Beach for 3 years now -  a part of town is always evolving and new stores seem to pop up overnight. It is exciting and keeps my wandering mind at ease. My latest discovery, a little gift shop called General Store on Lincoln Blvd. It is place to find the perfect item for just about anyone and also features unique home decor.

Everyone in this town seems to love a mix of industrial and organic... especially coffee shops and offices. The natural element reminds us to relax while the industrial element breeds productivity. This lamp is a beautiful example of these two elements combined.

A shot of the store... and that mirror. Each artisan piece is elegantly displayed.

They also had a beautiful collection of plants and planters. The arrangements are soft and effortless. Perfect! I recommend a visit with that special someone in mind. xo

 

High Low: Jean Prouve by Lynnea Schwieters

Jean Prouve developed utilitarian home designs in post World War II Europe.  He has developed many iconic designs including "The Standard Chair' below. Today his designs are sold at auctions for $5K. The design, in a similar way, can be yours for just $125. My friends over at VOLO Designs have tons of great offerings. Check them out here.

  

 

 The Emblem Chair by VOLO Designs

 

 

 

 

Seen: pairs of chairs by Lynnea Schwieters

Some things are just better when they come in pairs : )

Found these babies in the Valley. Contact me if you are interested : )

Brazilian designer, Martin Eisler. Available at Thomas Hayes Gallery

These vintage aero dynamic leather chairs were probably first designed in the 1960's. You can find similar chairs at Restoration Hardware - the 'Rocket Chair'

 

Obsession: Details by Lynnea Schwieters

It's all in the details. I've said it a million times. For me, interior design isn't about a foray of color or graphic nothingness. The magic happens in a contrasting welt on a chair or a subtle shape that speaks volumes. And if that detail, carefully thought out and meticulously planned, also has added functional value, that is perfection.

 

 

 

Site: ReWire by Lynnea Schwieters

Not only does light brings us color and form but it makes design possible.  I was definitely inspired after leaving LA lighting warehouse (cause its that BIG), ReWire. They just relocated  their showroom, which doubles as a studio, to East Hollywood at Melrose and the 101.   There, lighting artisans create custom fixtures for their own line and specialize in creating custom designs for clients. ReWire also specializes in vintage lighting (#lovevintage) and they have a nice collection of French and Italian designers. I can't remember their names right now so you will just have to go for yourself and suss them out! The third photo is a favorite of mine. Edgy but also Elegant and Sophisticated. Can't wait to use it in a project!! GO! NOW! :)

Robert Long ChandelierMax Ingrand Sconces