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LCDQ LEGENDS 2015 RECAP: PART 3

“The life of a designer is a life of fight: fight against the ugliness.” – Massimo Vignelli

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The final day of LCDQ certainly inspired all of us to keep the fight going….I was looking forward to some of my favorite showrooms hosting events and taking in all the incredible sources that LCDQ has to offer. The new showroom of Hollywood at Home is a feast for the eyes. Peter Dunham’s gorgeous space makes shopping an absolute delight. We were greeted by the new fabric collaboration of adorable Amy Meier and Peter Fasano. The first lecture of the day included LA designers Jamie Bush, Nickey/Kehoe, Amy Meier and Christos Prevezanos discussing creating custom fabrics for their projects with particular reference to Peter Fasano.  The always entertaining Robert Leleux, editor in chief of Domino, led a lively conversation with his usual panache.

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The front of the showroom houses fabrics lines organized by designer and the back contains one of the chicest special event spaces I have ever seen.

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One of the most highly anticipated keynotes was “The Art of Authenticity” sponsored by Milieu at the sublime showroom McKinnon and Harris. Interiors editor Leslie Newsom Rascoe and renowned interior designers Nicky Haslam and Nathan Turner discussed the definition of enduring interiors in the context of short lived nature of decorating and why some spaces transcend time.

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The boisterous banter between these three was highly entertaining. Leslie cleverly dubbed the presentation “The Nick and Nate Show” and the two designers shared their advice and even entertaining tips with the group. Nathan compared the role of a designer as that of a captain and the importance of maintaining control of the ship.  Nicky elaborated to never compromise your own design aesthetic because that is why the clients hire you in the first place. He also gave his secret to a great party, “Too much to drink and chocolate pudding.”

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Equally as entertaining was Nathan’s precious chocolate lab Nacho, who he referred to as an “attention hound.” Nacho charmed the crowd with his personality and even had the last bark at the end of the presentation.

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Next, a picnic lunch at Woven Accents complete with Moroccan rugs in lieu of picnic blankets and dueling DJs to entertain the crowd.

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Ginna Christensen, Denise McGaha, Tami Ramsay, Jennifer Mehitidash

After lunch, the next keynote was “Entertaining:The Home as a Social Stage” sponsored by California Homes at the Janet Yonaty showroom. Susan McFadden, editor of California Homes led a panel with Kathryn Ireland, Lulu Powers and Russ Diamond and how contemporary entertaining styles have changed including the extinction or comeback of the formal dining room, chef inspired kitchens and indoor outdoor entertaining.

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That afternoon, a flurry of book signings took place along Melrose and La Cienega. Windsor Smith, the Brentwood based design powerhouse, hosted a meet and greet to unveil her new collection at Arteriors.

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Mecox Gardens hosted a group signing including design icon Charlotte Moss (Garden Inspirations), Jane Scott Hodges (Linens for Every Room and Occasion), Justina Blakeney (The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes) and Anthony Iannaci (Design in the Hamptons)

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The final keynote of the day featured some of my all time favorite design talents. Hosted by the Claremont showroom, “Chasing the Muse” featured designers Celerie Kemble, Schuyler Samperton and Hutton Wilkinson and was brilliantly moderated by Stylebeat founder Marisa Marcontonio. Using the 2015 LEGENDS theme of “Where Muses Dwell,” the designers discussed where they go to find find inspiration and if modern day muses still exist.

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Lindsay Fleege, Holly Phillips, Julia Buckingham, Me. Elle Toler, Rafi and Josh of Form LA, Tami Ramsay at Harbinger

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Joe Lucas of Harbinger certainly knows how to throw a party especially when he combines forces with Moore & Giles and the Hearst Design Group. Harbinger is another LCDQ favorite.  The showroom is always beautifully designed showcasing the latest and greatest from many bespoke fabric and furnishing lines. We always need to stop by at least twice…once to shop and once to socialize.

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Holland and Sherry Rugs

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Thomas Callaway Fabrics

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Hearst Design Group, Harbinger and Moore & Giles Teams in front of the celebrate Moore & Giles Airstream

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California Homes sponsored the Finale Party at the loft like Marc Phillips showroom.It is amazing everyone was still on their feet and showing no signs of slowing down!

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Jennifer of The Proper Poppy, Danielle Rollins, Paloma Contreras

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The last stop on the whirlwind LEGENDS LCDQ tour was attending an intimate dinner at the home of Kathryn Ireland.  This was certainly a “pinch me” moment because I have long admired her Santa Monica home and hilarious personality. Every single space from the outdoor seating areas to the guest house to the cozy nooks in the main house made you want to linger all night. Chateau Domingue hosted a stunning alfresco evening complete with craft margaritas, a mariachi band, and an amazing Mexican feast.

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And to cap off a perfect night, we had a the chance to meet a favorite character from Million Dollar Decorators, Jacqueline, Kathryn Ireland’s chic confidante and right hand!

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Photography by JL Photography unless otherwise noted.

LCDQ LEGENDS 2015: MUSES BEHIND THE WINDOWS

“Where Muses Dwell” was the theme of this year’s highly anticipated LEGENDS windows. 67 designers were invited to present the person, place, era or object that is their muse (or source of inspiration) in the windows of the LCDQ storefronts. For the first time, a contest was held to vote of the best window in three categories.  When looking at the windows, I considered the following criteria…the uniqueness of the idea, the execution of the concept, and the overall aesthetics of the space. The window designers outdid themselves in terms of creativity and originality. The competition was heated with even Kris Kardashian Jenner joining in promoting her favorite designer on social media. A special thank you to all of my friends who rallied the troops to vote! All of the windows can be viewed by clicking here.

Here are the winners and several other windows that caught my eye…

EDITOR’S CHOICE: KEN FULK AT THERIAN

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AMBASSADOR’S CHOICE: SAM ALLEN AT HOLLYHOCK

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Andy Warhol

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Phillip Gorivan

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Marc Phillips Amy Meier

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Sherle Wagner-Cami Wright Cami Wright Dragonette-Cliff Fong Cliff Fong Hollywood at Home-Nicky Kehoe Nicky Kehoe Arteriors Windsor Smith Windsor SmithNathan Turner Serena and Lilly

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LA LOVE: DAY 4

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LCDQ Legends has been perfectly described as “Spring Break” for interior designers. The scenery was beautiful, the Los Angeles design community was beyond welcoming, and every event just kept getting better and better. The logistics of pulling off such a large event were incredible and the organizers did an AMAZING job!  Our morning kicked off with a hilarious panel entitled “Don’t Hate, Collaborate” by the cast of the Million Dollar Decorators featuring Martyn Lawrence BullardJeffrey Alan Marks, Kathryn Ireland, and Nathan Turner. The chemistry between these designers was extraordinary as they entertained the crowd with anecdotes about working abroad, filming debacles, and teasing each other about their endearing personality traits.
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The panel was held at the Dragonette Ltd. showroom. Patrick Dragonette opened his showroom in Los Angeles in 1997 nd it quickly became one of the country’s top resources for high-end mid 20th century design. Dragonette, Ltd. specializes in the work of legendary designer Billy Haines. This impeccably curated showroom was definitely a highlight of LCDQ.

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featuring Brian Wilson’s painting “The Black Bear”
“Pedra”Agate Lamps from Dragonette Private Label
with Tony Duquette Snail
Enchanting Sterling Silver Elephant Box at Dragonette
Some Favorite Southern Ladies
Holly Phillips, Leslie Rascoe Newsom and Lisa Newsom
The One and Only Tony Bucola at Veranda Lunch
Owner of Antonio’s Bella Casa

Another favorite was Antonio’s Bella Casa, owned by the charming Tony Bucola. Tony’s stunning shop features period European antiques from Italy and France paired mixed with blue chip modern and contemporary art. I literally had to pinch myself walking through his collection of amazing finds from abroad. His goal with his shop was to create a space where “the unique meets the necessary…where all the elements of European living could be brought together with the elegant flair of the Italians.”

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Antonio’s Bella Casa
 Fab Faience and Rose Quartz Foo Dog
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Frank Stella
Antonio’s Bella Casa

Next, it was off to another enlightening lecture on Elsie de Wolfe by Hutton Wilkinson. Hutton began his career in the architectural offices of his father and grandfather.  At the age of eighteen, he went to apprentice for the great American design icon,Tony Duquette. Hutton is the Owner, Creative Director, and President of Tony Duquette, Inc. as well as President of the Elsie de Wolfe Foundation.

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Elsie de Wolfe(center) with Tony Duquette
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Wilkinson’s upcoming book, The Walk to Elsie’s, relays the rip-roaring tale of the last ten years of the great designer’s life, as told to him and his co-author Flynn Kuhnert by Tony Duquette. In his lecture, he elaborated on this international icon:
Elsie de Wolfe’s long and rich life spanned for eighty five years from her birth in 1865. She was a true American original…from her rise in turn of the century New York society, her stint on Broadway and her many firsts including being the first woman to fly with Wilbur Wright, the first woman to sue the IRS, and the first woman to charge for taste, thereby inventing the multi billion dollar business of professional interior decorator. 
Prominent in New York society and later in Europe, Elsie de Wolfe married Sir Charles Mendl and designed her storied home the Villa Trianon at Versailles, where she hosted her coterie of international society friends. Among her many friends and business associates were the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Stanford White, Cole Porter, the dress designer Mainbocher, Elsa Maxwell, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney and Elizabeth Arden. 
After her World War II escape by Rolls Royce, Elsie de Wolfe ended up in Hollywood with the likes of Louis B. Mayer, Mary Pickford and Tony Duquette, creating an entire new world for herself on the west coast towards the end of her long life.”
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Katie Ridder wallpaper, Coleen and Co. Lantern.

Our day could not have been any more incredible until we entered Harbinger, which now tops my resource list for all things fabulous!  Holly Phillips had raved about her friends Parrish Chilcoat and Joe Lucas who own the showroom. They have assembled an amazing array of artists, fabric, accessory and furniture lines that include Katie Ridder, Ferrick Mason, Coleen and CompanyHolland and Sherry, Bunny Williams Home, and Hillary Thomas just to name a few.

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Beautifully Dressed Bed at Harbinger
in Front of a Favorite Wallpaper
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Colleen and Co. Lighting, Art by Alex Mason
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In addition to being super talented interior designers, Parrish and Joe also know how to throw a party! They converted their back parking lot into a chic outdoor fete with a quintessential west coast vibe. Moore & Giles also sponsored the event bringing their restored Airstream with them filled with their luxury leathers and small batch bourbon bar. The company was founded in 1933 in Lynchburg, Virginia to create innovative leathers for the high end interiors market.  In 2007, they introduced their line of luxury bags and accessories.

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Bourbon Bar courtesy of Moore & Giles
Moore & Giles Airstream

The Veranda finale party was held at the gorgeous new showroom of McKinnon and Harris. Understated elegance and exquisite craftsmanship define this brand. Based in Richmond, Virginia, this family owned company is committed to crafting furniture of exacting standards and timeless design. The white and green palette for the evening was translated into all the details, from the floral decor to the food. The whole evening was a work of art.

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Our last night in Los Angeles was spent back at The Sunset Tower Hotel.  A lively cocktail party with our Design Trust group evolved into a festive last supper before we all went our parting ways.

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Supper at The Sunset Terrace
It is so sad to say goodbye, but we always have the next design adventure on the horizon!

LA LOVE: DAY 1

Three Quintains (Hello Girls), 1964
Sculpture by Alexander Calder
Installation by Frank Gehry
Sheet metal, paint, motor
LACMA
It does not get much better than Los Angeles in May with the jacarandas in full boom and jasmine in the air…a perfect time of year for the LCDQ Legends Event which attracts every tastemaker in the worlds of interior design, art, architecture, decor, and fashion to LA for three days of events, lectures, panel discussions, receptions, and fabulous parties. The Legends Event coincided with our bi-annual Design Trust conference comprised of a select group of interior designers led by Steve Nobel. We come together to “engage in smart discourse, discover and share unique resources and draw on superb sources of inspiration that cause all of us to see and think differently.”
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Before the official festivities commenced, we had some time to explore the LA art scene…First stop, The Los Angeles County Museum (LACMA) that holds over 120,000 works covering the expanse of art history and the globe. The museum is situated on 20 acres in Hancock Park and is comprised of several buildings devoted to different aspects of the collection which are each unique in architectural style.

Eli Broad Contemporary Art Museum
designed by Renzo Piano
The Sheaf by Henri Matisse, 1953
The Sheaf at the home of Frances Lasker Brody

It is always a thrill to see something first hand that you have admired or studied in the past.  I was very pleasantly surprised to see so many favorite works of art at LACMA that I was not aware resided there. The Matisse mural above is one example. The Brodys had commissioned the artist to do the mural when he was 83 years old. This prospect cheered the ailing artist.  He used his cut out techniques that he had mastered in paper and applied the same skills to the ceramic mural.  He created a paper maquette before he began working with the ceramics. He heard no feedback from the Brodys and was so inspired that he created two other murals that now reside at the Musee Matisse in Nice and Moderna Museet in Stockholm. When he finally met with the Brodys to show them the maquette, they rejected it and asked the master of modern art to try again. The result was “The Sheaf”which  was made by ceramic artist Partigas from Matisse’s designs. The mural measures 12′ by 11′ and is the largest work that LACMA holds by a classic modernist.

The Five Sculptures of Jeanette by Matisse, 1910-13
Another Matisse masterpiece is his collection of the five heads of Jeanette that he created between 1910 and 1913. The face changes in each sculpture and he increasingly abstracts her hair and facial features. The final sculpture depicts the face and base merged together. Matisse thought of the head as the center of the human intellect and soul. By eliminating recognizable features, he felt he could get a more honest portrait of he subject.
The Disks by Fernand Leger
Oldenburg cueing up in front of Warhol
East 9th Street by Joan Mitchell, 1956
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Recognized at one of the most important artists of the 20th century, Alexander Calder revolutionized modern sculpture. LACMA’s exhibition Calder and Abstraction: From Avant Garde to Iconic is not to be missed. The show traces the artist’s evolution from French Surrealism to establishing his own American style. The delicate mobiles are mesmerizing in their balanced structure. The monumnetal stabiles he creates later in his career exemplify his fascination with dynamism and daring innovation.
Phoenix by Alexander Lieberman
Trace by Nancy Stevenson Graves, 1981
Steel and aluminum
The Ivy’s Colorful Champagne Bar

Next stop, The Ivy in West Hollywood for a ladies’ lunch with Holly Phillips and the dynamic duo of Cloth & Kind. We were so proud of Tami Ramsay and Krista Schwartz who had designed their first window for the Legends event, a huge honor for these two talented designers. Each year LCDQ selects a theme and invites designers from around the world to participate in designing one of the store windows in the design quarter.  This year was “Novel Interiors” and each window was based on a different book.

The Cloth & Kind crew chose Goldfinger and their window was beyond chic with its modern take on blue and white with a gilded touch.  A stunning Sally King Benedict painting provided a vibrant focal point for the window at the Sydney Harbour Paint showroom.

Our home away from home was the legendary Sunset Tower Hotel. Designed in 1922 by Leland Bryant, this Art Deco gem quickly became a hotspot because of its location on the Sunset Strip and proximity to the hottest nightclubs and restaurants of the 1930s and 40s. Its list of residents reads like of “Who’s Who” of Old Hollywood…Howard Hughes, John Wayne (who kept a cow on his patio for fresh milk), Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, and gangster Bugsy Siegel. Today, it still remains a celebrity destination due to the discretion of its staff and a no camera policy in the dining rooms and bar.

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Art Deco Details
Poolside View
Chateau Marmont View

Finally, a lovely dinner at Bouchon with childhood friend Benton Weinstock of SetSipServe, a fabulous entertaining site and new friend Lizzie Wibbelman of Holland & Sherry sold through Harbinger, my new favorite LA showroom.

More to come on these wonderful LA sources in future posts along with trips to The Getty and Malibu!