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PEACHY MAGAZINE: SOUTHERN COMFORT WITH MELISSA RUFTY

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The July/August issue of Peachy Magazine is now live featuring the enchanting work of New Orleans based designer Melissa Rufty.  We are thrilled to also have our first interiors cover showcasing her colorful work. Melissa is just as charismatic and original as her interior design.   Click here to read the full issue with articles on so many favorite design talents including Jane Scott Hodges of Leontine Linens, and favorite artists Amanda Talley, Mallory Page, Alexis Walter, and Ashley Longshore.

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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.

LA LOVE: DAY 3

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The overarching theme to our Design Trust conference was learning the tools to thrive in a well balanced personal and professional life. We read Thrive by Arianna Huffington to get us in the proper mindset for our conversations during the trip. The author focuses on how we measure success beyond the metrics of money and power.  Her “Third Metric” consists of the four pillars of well-being, wisdom, wonder, and giving. We unintentionally began our day with “well-being” by going on a fabulous hike in Runyon Canyon.  When we were not grasping for breath, design pal Julia Buckingham Edelmann and I chatted about the trials and tribulations of the design business and what we do to keep us going.
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Our keynote speaker for the morning was Kate Kelly Smith, Publisher and Chief Revenue Office for Hearst Publications. She led our discussion on Thrive  and how she had applied its principles to her own life. Our own well-being is essential…getting enough sleep, finding techniques to be still, fully present and connected with yourself, and discovering ways to re-energize ourselves are crucial to avoid burnout in our overconnected lives.
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The pillar of wisdom can be summed up in the serenity prayer, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”  By listening to our inner wisdom, it helps us to reconnect to our creativity and and intuition.

In the book the third pillar of wonder is described as “not just a product of what we see-of how beautiful or mysterious or singular or incomprehensible something may be.  It’s just as much a product of our state of mind, our being, the perspective from which we are looking at the world…Nature and art are two of the most fertile grounds for experiencing wonder…We need to take the time to wonder at the world around us, feel grateful for the good in our lives, and overcome our natural bias toward focusing on the negative. And in order for it to “take”, we must slow down and let wonder do its job, at its own pace.”
Ariana Huffington rounds out her “Third Metric” be defining giving with this quote by Rabindranath Tagore,“I slept and dreamt that life was joy.  I awoke and saw that life was service.  I acted and behold, service was joy.” As individuals, we grow spiritually by giving to others.  Living with these intentions leads us to thrive and live our own lives more fully. These words could not have been more appropriate for all of us looking to recharge our batteries, reconnect with one another, and be inspired by the marvelous opportunities we experienced while in Los Angeles.
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After our delightful morning, we were off to experience La Cienega.  Elle Decor sponsored an event hosted by editor Micheal Boodro at the gorgeous Compas showroom.

Next stop, a quick lunch at Fig and Olive before heading to Nathan Turner‘s charming shop for a book signing for friend Jane Scott Hodges of Leontine Linens.

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Founded in New Orleans in 1996, Jane Scott created this luxury line that has become the “haute couture” of linens. Her gorgeous new book is the ultimate guide to living and entertaining with fine linens. Along with Jane Scott’s expert advice for decorating and using fine linens, she has also included contributions from leading designers and style mavens such as Charlotte Moss, Mary McDonald, Nathan Turner, Amanda Nesbit, Alexa Hampton and many many more. Be sure to order the book by clicking here.
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Then, we were off to a private tour of Ennis House, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and built by his son, architect Lloyd Wright.
Built in 1924 for retailer Charles Ennis and his wife Mabel, the house is the last and largest of the elder Wright’s four Los Angeles-area “textile block” houses which feature patterned and perforated concrete blocks that give a unique textural appearance to both their exteriors and interiors. The house and chauffeur’s quarters span roughly 6,200 square feet and were constructed of more than 27,000 concrete blocks; all made by hand using decomposed granite extracted from the site. What struck me the most about this architectural masterpiece was the philanthropy behind it.  Ron Burkle purchased the house with the intent to restore it to share with the public.  He has no intention to live there, but wants to preserve this iconic work of art.
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We could not have asked for a better day to exemplify the pillars Arianna Huffington writes about in her book.  We began the day focusing on our well being, then experienced wisdom from Kate Kelly Smith, wonder at the sites of LCDQ and Ennis House, and an inspiring example of giving from Ron Burkle and the legacy he has left for Los Angeles.

Nightcaps at The Sunset Tower Hotel