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LCDQ LEGENDS 2015: WHERE MUSES DWELL

Come and be inspired to discover your own muse…VIP PASSES ON SALE NOW!

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Mark your calendar for the most highly anticipated design event this spring….La Cienega Design Quarter’s LEGENDS, a 3-day extravaganza of keynote speakers, cocktail parties, open houses, exhibitions and networking with the top design editors, writers and bloggers from throughout the country. After experiencing LEGENDS for the first time last spring, I knew I had to make it an annual creative pilgrimage! I am thrilled to an ambassador for this year’s event and look forward to sharing coverage of all of the events in just a few short weeks.

Now in its seventh consecutive year, the event has attracted over 60,000 guests and all funds raised go towards Habitat for Humanity and the La Cienega Design Quarter Beautification Fund. The LCDQ was established in 2008 to promote the flourishing antiques and design community in one of Los Angeles’ oldest thoroughfares. Since the 1950s, it has been a shopping hot spot for designers such as William Haines, Else de Wolfe, Tony Duquette and Frances Elkins.

Don’t miss the video below which captures the essence of LEGENDS in sunny Los Angeles…

Sixty-seven talented designers from around the country will transform the windows of the LCDQ member shops, showrooms and galleries on the theme of Where Muses Dwell. The designers have been asked to present to the design aficionados who throng the LCDQ during LEGENDS where their muse dwells. The designers have been asked to bring their muses to life and show guests WHO, WHAT, WHEN or WHERE inspires them most.

MUSE

1) A spirit or source that inspires an artist
2) Greek Mythology. any of the Muses
a) the spirit that is thought to inspire a poet or other artist; source of genius or inspiration
b) Now Rare, a poet

I asked some of my favorite design muses what made the LEGENDS event so special….enjoy!

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NATHAN TURNER (Los Angeles, CA) / Interior Designer & Shop Owner

“LCDQ is a unique event that unifies the design community. It seems all facets of our industry participate, from shop owners, to decorators,magazine editors and bloggers.  It makes it all the more fun!”

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LESLIE NEWSOM RASCOE (Atlanta, GA)/ Interiors Editor, MILIEU

“I love LCDQ because it’s an event that it brings together the design community like no other. There is a sense of inclusiveness unique to LCDQ. Interior designers, showroom owners, magazine editors and design enthusiasts mingle, learn and share in the joy of design. To quote Patrick Dragonette, it’s like spring break for the design community! It’s positive,fun with a “design for all” ethos.”

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TONY BUCCOLA (Los Angeles, CA)/ Shop Owner- Antonio’s Bella Casa

“I am always excited for this time of year, spring and the LCDQ Legends event! The opportunity to meet so many talented people associated with the design industry. Our lives are so busy day to day, it is a delight to share ideas, see old friends, and make new ones. I am looking forward to another year of incredible windows, great talks, and happy gatherings!”

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JASON OLIVER NIXON OF MADCAP COTTAGE (High Point, NC) Interior Designer & Shop Owner, Window Designer for Baker Furniture

“LCDQ is engaging, experientail,intimate and exceptional. We love to meet and greet with new friends and old, hear terrific speakers, and persue la Cinega’s wonderful design outposts.  All of this in LA’s heavenly weather.”

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JULIA BUCKINGHAM (Chicago, IL)/ Interior Designer, Shop Owner and Window Designer for The Rug Company

“Legends of La Cienega has become one of the premier design events in the country. As a designer, it is absolutely THE place to be! Los Angeles has become a major destination for designers. Its vibrant culture and growing design community makes it an amazing place to draw inspiration from. Legends of La Cienega gives designers the opportunity to interact with one another and to realize how different, yet similar, the design industry is across the US. I am so looking forward to the opportunity to reconnect with old friends, meet new friends, and see what’s fresh and exciting in the design world!

LEGENDS AT A GLANCE

  • 3 days, 40 activities
  • 8 keynote panels led by esteemed magazine editors from New York, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Texas, Iowa, Atlanta, and Florida
  • 2 personal appearances, including the new editor of House Beautiful, Sophie Donelson, and English design icon Nicky Haslam from London
  • Gala Party sponsored by 1stdibs and Coldwell Banker Previews International
  • Blogger Breakfast sponsored by Luxe Interiors + Design
  • Power Lunch hosted by Michael Boodro, Editor in Chief, Elle Decor
  • Cocktail Party hosted by House Beautiful
  • Tribute Party
  • After Party
  • Fresco Friday
  • Cocktail Party hosted by Hearst Design Group
  • Finale Party with California Home + Design

LCDQ 2015 WINDOW DESIGNERS/ Designer – Showroom – Muse

Alexandra Loew – Jamal’s

Amanda Richards – JD Staron – Edith Piaf

Amy Meier – Marc Phillips  – My Mother’s Workroom

Annette English – Downtown – A Guiding Genius

Barondes Morris – Egg & Dart – Gustav Eiffel

Betsy Burnham – Mecox – Wild Animals

Cami Wright – Sherle Wagner – The South/ Texas

Christina Rottman – Mansour

Christopher Kennedy – Marc Phillips

Cliff Fong – Dragonette

Commune Design – Remains – Viennese Secession

Curated – Downtown

Elizabeth Dinkel – Nicky Rising – Julia Morgan

Gary Gibson – Lee Stanton –Sculptor Martin Puryear

Geoffrey de Sousa – Tufenkian

Hallworth Design – Lee Stanton – Mother Nature

Hammer & Spear – Woven Accents

Jason Oliver Nixon/Madcap Cottage – Baker

Jeff Andrews – Fuller & Roberts – Movement

Jeneration Interiors (Jennifer Dyer) – Ralph’s Antiques

John Wooden – Mansour

Julia Buckingham – The Rug Company – Slim Aarons

Kate Lester Interiors – Hollywood Sierra Kitchens – Father Time

Katie & Jason Maine – Jean de Merry

Ken Fulk – Therien – The Movie Inside My Mind

Kendall Wilkinson – George Smith – Blondie

Kerry Joyce – McKinnon & Harris

KM Nelson – Egg & Dart – Pauline de Rothschild

Konstantin Kakanias – Jasper

Kylee Shintaffer – Hollyhock

Larry Rizkowsky – The Rug Affair  – Bank Vault

Laura Kirar – Baker

L’Esperance Design – Dragonette – The World of Cartier

Mark Sikes  – Hollywood at Home

Matt O’Dorisio – Cote Jardin – Yves Saint Laurent

Maxime Jacquet – George Smith – Andy Warhol

Maya Williams – Marc Phillips – Women of Rock

Michelle Workman – Mehraban – Starlettes & Set Decorators of the 1940’s

Natasha Baradaran – Claremont – La Dolce Vita

Nathan Turner – Serena & Lily

Patrick Ediger – Gina Berschneider – Marie Antoinette & Thalia

Philip Gorrivan – Harbinger

Platner & Company – Stark – Rose Cumming

Ryan Saghian – Janet Yonaty – Iran

Sam Allen – Hollyhock

Scot Meacham Wood – Mehraban

Scott Mitchell – Jonas

Stephen Shutts Design – Sherle Wagner – Eden

Studio Tim Campbell – Elizabeth Eakins

Susan Cohen – JD Staron – Coco Chanel

Tag Front – Renaissance – Maria Felix

Thomas Allardyce – Janet Yonaty – Euterpe (Greek Goddess of Music)

Tim Barber – Waterworks

Timothy Corrigan – Compas – Jean Charles Moreux

Todd Nickey & Amy Kehoe – Hollywood at Home – Wes Anderson

Vance Burke – Reborn Antiques – Albert Hadley

Windsor Smith – Arteriors – Renee Perle

Young Huh – Harbinger

Be sure to get your VIP passes before the sell out by clicking here!

For coverage of last year’s LCDQ LEGENDS event, click here.

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LA LOVE: DAY 3

Almost reaching the summit with Julia Buckingham Edelmann
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.
Runyon Canyon
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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The charming and dapper Nathan Turner
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.
Jane Scott Hodges with Martyn Lawrence Bullard
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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Dinner at The Little Door

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

CREATIVE MINDS: JULIA BUCKINGHAM EDELMANN

Design Trust Lunch in Paris

Yesterday, I posted an interiors article I wrote for Peachy Magazine on the FUN , FEARLESS, and FABULOUS Julia Buckingham Edelmann.  Here are some more questions, both serious and silly, I had for Julia about her creative process and other interior design work. Enjoy our chit chat!

What was your latest creative breakthrough?

This year, I made a resolution to slow down, observe, and take in the inspiration around me. Processing and experiencing these original thoughts and observations always shows in the final body of design work. I never specify anything more than two times in my design work, so I am always pushing myself to find the next great object, idea, work of art, etc.

What has been the most pivotal moment in your career?

While we were driving my son to boarding son near Boston,  I had a referral from a client to meet a potential new client on the trip. When I pulled up in front of the stunning Italianate mansion that took up five city lots, I knew I would have get a real office and hire staff if I ended up getting the job. Fortunately, I got the job, realized I could not do it all on my own, and Buckingham Interiors came to life! To date, it is still one of my most favorite projects I have ever designed.

Whose work do you admire?

I am a huge fan of Daryl Carter and Axel Vervoordt. I also love the whimsy of Kelly Wearstler and the happy chic interiors of Jonathan Adler

Can you give us a glimpse of what to expect from Buckingham Interiors in the future?

I am working on a Victorian farmhouse in Texas that has been in the family for 6 generations. We are reinterpreting the historic home in a modern aesthetic. I am also working on an exciting project in LA. Typically, I encourage my clients to think outside the box.  In LA, we are arready starting way outside the box, so it should be a VERY fun project!

What would you like to be remembered for?

I would like to be an example of creating your dream career based upon your passion. I did not begin this career until my children had gone off to college. I would like to inspire others to just go for it and realize it is never too late to start over!

Do you have any advice for budding designers?

Don’t be afraid. Be confident. Trust in yourself. Begin at the bottom and work through every level of the business.

What is your idea of bliss?

A desert bike ride with Edels (that would be her adorable hubby!)

What would be your dream vacation?

A visit to Ireland to see our family’s old stomping ground.

What is your secret vice?

Chardonnay, or cognac, or both, with friends in Paris

What puts you in a creative mood?

Listening to classical music, especially when played by our son.

Buckingham Interiors Showroom
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If you had a theme song, what would it be?

Madonna’s “Material Girl”

Thank you Julia for sharing your creative words of wisdom!

*All images courtesy of Buckingham Interiors unless otherwise noted.

PEACHY MAGAZINE: BUCKINGHAM INTERIORS

I am beyond excited to share my first interiors article for Peachy Magazine on the fabulous Julia Buckingham Edelmann. Peachy was started by dear friend Blair Farris and features a different city in every issue. The March issue features Chicago and upcoming issues will feature Charlotte, Charleston, Atlanta and Birmingham. To read the interactive article, please click here.
Julia and I met on a design trip organized by Steve Nobel last fall and became fast friends.  Her effervescent personality and passion for design are absolutely contagious! It was such an honor to write this article on one of her favorite projects located on the North Shore of Chicago blending her “modernique” aesthetic.