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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: 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

 

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

 

Site: The Hollywood Reporter Show House Part II by Lynnea Schwieters

The second half of the show house was packed with just as many celeb-designers and a few up-and-comers as well. Check out my original post below for images from the first unit. In the second unit, the vestibule was designed by Oliver Furth and the great room was designed by David Phoenix

Table Setting by David Phoenix

Marmol Radziner's design was modern, masculine, and completely custom.

Bespoke bedroom by Marmol RadzinerI loved the vintage 50's lighting used in their design

Natasha Baradaran designed the hallway and powder bathroom. Her design was elegant and she used a lot of pieces that were personal to her --  I loved it. 
The ottoman is a custom piece designed by Natasha for her up coming line of furniture. Venetian plaster design by Natasha.

Designers Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe designed the third bedroom. I just did a post about their really wonderful store...

Nickey Kehoe designed an artist's space for the third bedroom.

Trip brought a fun and masculine vibe into the master bedroom. 

Electic Master Bedroom designMaster Bathroom Vignette by Trip Maenisch

Site: The Hollywood Reporter Showhouse Part I by Lynnea Schwieters

Vestibule by Robert AM Stern Months of planning and preparation - or just aweek for some (including myself!), came to a whirlwind conclusion at the unveiling of The Hollywood Reporter Show House at The Century - Los Angeles' newest highrise designed by Robert AM Stern Architects. The show house spans the 20th floor of 42-story elliptical building with panoramic views of the city. An A-list of LA-based interior designers showed off their talents, unveiling rooms of the finest designers lines and bespoke furniture. There were two units and so I broke my coverage into two parts. In the first unit, the vestibule was designed by Sterns team. He created a high impact space - zig-zag marble floors, high gloss lacquer walls and a trellis patterned ceiling. And I've eyed that decorative screen from Dragonette before...Everything was executed with the precision and  professionalism  


Living Room by Waldo Fernandez 

Just beyond the vestibule, Waldo Fernandez waved his magic wand in the Living Room. His design was fun and earthy - sofas were inspired by Jean Royere and were upholstered in a cozy teddy bear fabric. 

Kitchen by Kathryn Ireland 

Kathryn brought her no fuss, laid back vibe into the kitchen and breakfast area. She was also very gracious to loan a bench to me for my space (more on this later!) 

Master Bedroom by Joan Behnke The Master Bedroom, designed by Joan Behnke, and was a real delight. For me, her space spoke to her long standing success and her complex understanding of interior design. Every detail was considered and the custom plasterwork on the headwall by Artabellas was devine! 

Get your tickets to the showhouse today! Proceeds go to the Wallis Annenberg Center for Performing Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Site: NK by Lynnea Schwieters


Recently published in Architectural Digest, NK or Nickey Kehoe, is the creation of interior designers Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe. An effortless blend of vintage rugs, old and new furniture, along side modern accents, unique objects, and Ethiopian blankets, the store appeals to a vast market of Californians eager to create homes that give a relaxed vibe albeit the hectic, racing nature of most of our lives.

Hand painted paper mache animal heads and blankets commissioned by women in Ethiopia

My personal favorite, a modern wood mirror designed by Todd Nickey.

The floor lamp. oh my the floor lamp.

Love the shape of these bar stools and the colors in the rug. I'm really loving green right now. Must be fall.

 

Site: Any Place by Lynnea Schwieters

The other day I was on my way back from an appointment and needed to stop and grab a juice or coffee (or both!). I found myself thinking of the type of environment I felt like being in... quiet, hip, light, dark, trendy, comfortable... and then which locations would cater to that feeling. It then got me thinking how important place is to your state of mind, productivity and overall emotional response. When one feels the need to be productive where to do you go to find your brain? When you need to relax is it the softness of your bedroom that relaxes you or is it the blue of your ocean view? Its important to know these things. Your surroundings have a impact.

Site: Sweetwater Letterpress by Lynnea Schwieters

I recently paid a visit to local letterpress shop - Sweetwater Letterpress - to learn the ins and outs of the decades old craft - I love everything handmade : )

 

Meet Marc Wilczak, ex-industry cat, local Venice homie, and owner/printer at Culver City's SweetWater LetterPress. He was kind enough to take us on a 'tour' of his small studio and regaled the stories of each of his machines. All of which were salvaged and brought back to life for printing the company's completely custom designs for stationary, business cards, invitations, and cards.

 

 The letterpress technique dates all the way back to the mid 15th century but machines invented during the Industrial Age made the process easier and thus more popular as a means of printing. Today the process is still very hands on, the latest modern 'touch'  is a water wash photopolymer plate that is used to achieve the relief in the paper. The photopolymer plates are super thin and much easier to make in comparison to the late technique of zinc plates which are heavy and created need for large storage areas.   

  

 Now I'm craving a beautiful letterpress card design of my own : )

 

Site by Lynnea Schwieters

Rose Avenue, east of Main Street in Venice, CA is close to becoming the new Abbott Kinney. Not the replacement, but a much welcomed addition to my favorite area in Los Angeles. New kid on the block, Moon Juice, is a cutting edge cold press juice store that will send you away with a cure for just about any ailment. Hangover? Grab the Turmeric Gold. Need a boost? Goodness Greens will satisfy and leave you feeling smart and healthy. Feeling anxious? Cilantro, Lime and Celery will calm you down. Moon Juice also serves up home made almond drinks, all kinds of wellness shots including brain powering E3 Live and healing Aloe Vera, as well as yummy snacks such as Turkish Figs and Almond Butter. YUM! Go today!!

Site by Lynnea Schwieters

Bountiful is a pioneer for stores on Abbot Kinney in Venice, CA. If you have never been it is a must see. A few words to the wise: 1) Leave your large bag at home. When you get there you will understand. 2) Keep going. There are hidden stairs and lost rooms for you to discover. 3) Buy matches. If the $7,500 (nope thats not a typo) Gustavian desk is out of your reach Bountiful has a great selection of trinkets that fit most everyone's budget. If you have a little more money burning a hole in your pocket invest a part of American history - buy a cake plate made from a 4th generation mold at one of the oldest glass factories in the US.

 

Site by Lynnea Schwieters

I love Chicago for it's beautiful Architecture and Arts. One very interesting observation for me was the blending of historical landmarks with modern day architecture. The third photo was taken of a particular block of buildings where the facades of the buildings have carefully been kept in tact while the interior has been completely gutted. In my designs, I love to add interesting artifacts from the past. There is a sense of nostalgia and a respectful nod to the past when you combine the contemporary with antiques. 

Anish Kapoor's giant Lima Bean in Millenium Park.

 

Entrance to Peninsula Hotel

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I absolutely love going to the local farmers markets for all of my produce. Not only am I getting fresh, organic fruits and vegetables directly from the hardworking folks who grow them -- nature produces the best and most beautiful color combinations.

Site by Lynnea Schwieters

This vignette is from the BDDW showroom in New York City. I love this company - not only for their beautiful warm and timless designs - they are part of what seems like a dieing breed of small American furniture companies.  They also practice responsible tree harvesting and use all natural oils and lacquers.

 Simple II Bed Nixie Table Clock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wooden Nixie Grandfather Clock

Site by Lynnea Schwieters

 

Among the many fabulous hotels in New York city, the recently renovated Mark Hotel has a delightfully eyecatching lobby. Designer Jacques Grange created a high fashion French interior that might leave some dizzy! You can see Mr. Grange's own house at The Selby. I always find interior designers houses interesting. They are usually a little messy with beaucoups of amazing furniture. What I love in particular is the arm chair - art deco styling and when you see the profile it explains itself further. I also love the mirror sculpture - pure delight!