last night, acting as editor-at-large los angeles for ca home + design, i moderated wine & design’s first-in-a-series-of-design-events at the mondrian hotel. the panel was called “deconstructing design”; i felt it would be fun and helpful if we talked about “how to be creative when being creative is your job”, especially in the wake of mashable posting this piece on young urban creatives aka yuc-ies. created by michelle leshem of supermarket creative and annie wharton of annie wharton art consulting, and presented by ca home + design under the los angeles design festival umbrella, it featured furniture, interior and production designer for kelly wearstler, maureeen baine; furniture designer thomas hayes; textile designer nicole de leon; and, cassie sanchez, senior interior design associate at gensler. secret agent pr posted this picture of me re-reading my notes on their instagram. thanks everyone, i had fun (even though i had a bad case of stage fright when we started)
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I flipped the tables on uber-talented interior designer and host of Matters of Design on VoiceAmerica Demitri Christian Sgourakis. I was the guest but instead I decided to ask the questions. It was fun but very unnerving to hear myself! Apparently I sound like a six year old with a sore throat and missed my calling in doing cartoon voices? You can hear the whole show via podcast by clicking here
or just listen here: http://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/81496/eye-on-design Demitri’s a great interview and a great person with a vast store of knowledge that ranges from feng shui to furniture to gardening! You can learn more about him here.
it’s no secret to anyone i know that i love la’s downtown. while i haven’t found my dream loft yet, i got to share my love of the area with angeleno readers this month, including some of my new and old favorite places — guerilla atelier, wildingcran gallery, poketo, 356 mission, factory kitchen — in a pretty pictorial map drawn by artist donovan foote. also it may be my first “cover” story? check out the full article here on page 70 and 71.
i grabbed my friend bic for dinner on a saturday night at the bel air hotel to check out their prix-fixe menu for blackboard eats. it’s one of those classic old skool la places, with swans walking around the grounds and babbling brooks and lots of celeb spotting. See my blurb — which was sent out as a dedicated email and is no longer available online — after the jump.
make the bed? seriously? yup. see more about why (as well as photos of the bedroom from the flat i stayed in in london) here. what are you curious to know about the writing life?
i hadn’t see my friend danny in a very very long time so when bbe asked me to cover lusy’s mediterranean in the valley, i grabbed him for lunch. though we were following my google maps, we drove right past it; like many restaurants in la, both the well-known and the undiscovered, it’s tucked away in a mini-mall. we ate ourselves silly on babaganoush and hummus, chicken kebabs and baklava. it was worth the drive over the hill. you can see the final piece here.
my second steller video on the writing life just went up! this one’s on taking a walk. i’m having fun with this. i hope you are too. see it here.
steller is a great new app that lets you combine words, video and text into cool little online booklets. i’m kicking off a writing life series, of course! check it out here!
though its look may tip traditional, the house designed by joe lucas and parrish chilcoat that i profiled for the latest issue of trad home, is a hidden treasure trove of futuristic elements — it opens with a fingerprint not a key, you can program the appliances through your phone, etc. joe and parrish and i met up at their store, harbinger, on lacienaga in la where parrish and i discovered that we are both obsessed with teddy roosevelt’s home in oyster bay. you can read the full article here on page 124