4.03.2017

Cool L.A. Style -- Seven Ideas You Can Copy


Hello!  I am back in San Francisco after spending a week in Southern California.  I have our dog, Chief with me this time.  He spent the last four weeks in Los Angeles with Mom B (our daughter, Alexandra).   That dog has a good life...even if he has to travel in a case by my feet on the airplane to get back and forth.

While I was in West L.A., I stopped by a young couple's place that we have been furnishing over the past months.  Incorporating both Jackie's and Zach's tastes, it's a mix of industrial, retro and coastal.  

Here are seven things to take away:

1.  Add a bench like this one from Pottery Barn made from reclaimed wood.   This couple loves to cook dinner for all their friends on Sunday nights.

2.  Consider an open bookcase instead of additional cabinetry.  We bought this wholesale from Dovetail.  But you can get similar here.

We styled it with their plates, bowls and serving pieces.

3.  And added some vintage elements, like Jackie's grandmother's painting.

4.  Succulents are still in style and there are even some good faux ones out there!

5.  When faced with difficult windows (like the angled one has a bump out below it), consider a combination of curtains and Roman shades.  
 Hang the window treatments as high up as possible to draw your eye up.  That is is the Restoration Hardware Spencer Chandelier, hung just a bit higher over the table due to the two story ceiling.
PB Cordless Roman shade
Similar to the cordless shade in my office, which I love...

6.  Use your own photos (especially with nature) for original art.
The one on the right is their engagement photo taken in Portofino.  We are going to add one more piece and then hang the gallery.
 No rug yet until their pup is completely house trained.

7.  Lastly, if you want to inject a stylish edge...add a little mid-century modern (like me :) or a chair like this.



Also, dogs like Sansa make great accessories! 
Even though Chief is back in S.F., 
he left his heart in L.A.
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19 comments:

  1. Love the open shelving in the kitchen... beautifully styled and yet so practical,

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  2. We have two children aged four and seven...having a bench at our table works great for us, too!

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  3. We have had a bench at our table for years. We bought it when the boys were little. They are 14 and 18 now. They complain (occasionally) about having to sit on it, but when their friends are here, it works out great! It's the PB circa 1997 model!!

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    1. Someday, they will want to steal the bench from you!

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  4. I too love benches. I often build them in and then push the table up to them. I'm a big fan of PB cordless shades as well. They are such good quality. And who doesn't love almost everything Dovetail does. Good work. Thanks for sharing your project with us.

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    1. I am happy with the quality, too, Celia.

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  5. Benches look great and are versatile, as you say, for squeezing in another person. But I find them too hard and too uncomfortable without a back. Just getting old, I guess. I want cushions, a back, and arms if possible!

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    1. Me too...I would grab one of the chairs. :)

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  6. I still love that Dovetail shelf. I wish I had a spot for one. Great job! It looks so au currant!

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  7. What an awesome project, and your tips are so spot on and needed by me. Lord have mercy i need you to style my shelves so similar to your clients'... takes time to collect so mine are still bare so i need placeholders i guess until the good stuff comes into my life. (like those less cute than the moviestars seat warmers at the oscars). Thanks for this. xox

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  8. It is such a good idea for indoor! I would never imagine that this kind of furniture could fit inside the house, but for a big flat in the city is great. Very good idea, very original. Your blog is excellent. Congratulations!

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  9. Lovely place for a young couple. Pretty, fresh, and stylish. I just can't go along with the bench for dining. That only works if you have children under 12 who don't want to linger around the dining table and talk. I know designers love them for space issues and photo ops, but I definitely want a chair with a back.

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    1. Me too, Gwen... and yes, they are young and in great shape :)

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  10. Love the industrial touches. Not a mid-century girl, but I have said for years I liked the term mid-century modern until I realized they were talking about me! About those white curtains and a puppy...been there, done that, not pretty!!!! I had mine puddle on the floor...and so did he! Glad the hipster is back in SF. Does he have a separate LA and a SF demeanor?

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    1. Chief is more Zen in L.A. and wound-up in the City :)

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  11. Glad you're back home with Chief! I'm sure he loves being back with mom #1, even though he loves being with mom #2 just as much! Love how your clients place looks, very hip L.A.! You've given great tips to copy, too! I wish I could redo my whole house. Thanks for sharing!
    xoxo

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  12. This is such a great space and so many great take-aways. We have a bench against the wall in our dining room, it's great for pulling up to the table when we have a crowd. Love that open shelving unit!

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