All posts by abbystone

weddings california: a labor of love

In which I ask celebrity events and wedding planner Stefanie Cove how insane her own wedding would be (not at all) and if her life is like the movie (it’s not — except for the earpieces.) For one

weddings california: hit list

In which Lindsey Pennington shares how she combined her negotiating and design skills into a launching a bespoke wedding registry service. Talk about playing to your strengths.
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interiors california: a study in contrasts

And last, but definitely not least, there’s this piece for the Summer 2017 of Interiors California which profiles Blackman Cruz‘s latest collection, Dichotomy 2. What! You haven’t visited them yet? If you like sexy, beautifully crafted furniture and home accessories, get ready to drool.

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interiors california: agency of change

For the summer issue of Interiors California I wrote three pieces. As well as the cover, I also wrote this piece: an interview with Klein Agency. BTW, their leather sofa? Ingeniously designed. It’s on my wish list. Of course, I first need a house to put it in!

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interiors california: power play

The cover story for the fall 2017 issue of Interiors California! I loved this home from the moment I stepped inside. In fact, this may be one of the few times I’ve toured a space and felt jealous; I want this home! Safura Salek of Mass Studio, the designer, did an amazing job of not just furnishing the home but creating a place that vibrates seamlessly between public and private, that works as well for an intimate gathering as it does for a raucous event. Photographer Bethany Nauert did a great job of capturing its many variations. Kudos to editor Laura Eckstein. She’s a dream to work with.

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moderator for wine & design’s 1st event as los angeles editor-at-large for ca home + design


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)

guest on VoiceAmerica’s Matters of Design


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: 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.

a guide to dtla’s arts district for angeleno magazine


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.

wolfgang puck at the bel air hotel for blackboard eats


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.

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the writing life: steller 3


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?