The Apartment by The Line, Los Angeles

 
 

I spent this past weekend in LA celebrating a longtime friend’s 30th birthday and draining my hard-earned dollars on overpriced green juice. In between those activities, I was able to pay a long awaited visit to the LA edition of The Apartment by The Line (I visited the New York location this past summer).

 
 
 
 
 
 

Perched in an open apartment overlooking Melrose Place, the LA version of TABTL boasts not one—but TWO—glorious spaces filled to the brim with stunningly designed housewares, furniture, clothing and accessories. The Apartment technically serves as a retail environment, but the place falls more in-line with a museum for design geeks. And geeked out I did. 

Oddly, despite having spent six years of my life living there, I never felt as much at home in LA as I did during the 30 minutes I spent in this apartment…I momentarily caught myself contemplating life as a hostess at SUR and whether or not I could subsist off of a kale and charcoal water diet (Oh LA, I kid, I kid... But BTW, if you’re NOT putting charcoal in your water—you’re pretty much pouring battery acid all over your organs). 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

If you have even a sliver of a design-inclined bone in your body, I highly recommend adding The Apartment by the Line to your list of LA must-dos. 

BRB...

 

I hope you'll excuse the lack of action around these parts! If you haven't already noticed, the site is amidst a much needed update and I'm hoping to launch her grand debut within the coming weeks!.. In the meantime, here are some other exciting things that I've been working on elsewhere:

  • I've been working with the lovely Caitlin Flemming of Sacramento Street doing some blog writing, styling and photography. If things like white paint selection or cabinet hardware are of interest to you, be sure to pop over. Plus Caitlin has killer taste so there's design inspo abound. AND there's plenty more exciting things in the works so do have a looksie.
  • In addition to the shop/studio tours I've been photographing and writing up for The Merchant Home (one of my personal favorites, Cuyana, being the latest), I also lent a hand helping the Merchandising Mastermind behind the company, Alexandra Sklar, prep and launch her stunning new shop
  • And lastly, here's a design post I did for Apartment 34 all about how to get a bold look with a neutral palate (in case you were wondering how to do that).

Lots of other exciting things are in the works that I'll be sharing here in the near future so don't stray too far! 

Ham House Debut

Finally! It's about time we have some high-qual photos of The Ham House up in this place! With the bedrooms and a few other outstanding items to complete (likefor instancea kitchen renovation), the living and dining areas of the house are for the most part DONEZO (special emphasis on "for the most part," as I will continue to lose sleep until the lack of lighting over dining table issue is resolved). Here are a few selects and to take a peek at the full set, you can visit my portfolio page

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A big thanks to everyone that lent a helping hand working on the house (whether it be painting walls, moving/hanging heavy objects three centimeters to the left...then back to the right... and/or sewing pillows, etc.). And an extra special thank you to The Faded Awning for styling props (if you're in La Jolla be sure to pop in this shopit's filled to the brim with vintage treasures. Plus the gals that run the jointCathy and DeDeare the sweetest ladies on Girard Ave.). 

And lastly, thanks to these guys for letting me use their first home as a creative canvas! Can't wait to start all over once that kitchen reno kicks off.

 
 

Meanwhile, Outside of the Frame...

I spent the long weekend in San Diego FINALLY taking some high-quality shots of The Ham House for my portfolio page (now this note is actually accurate). The shoot was essentially like taking photos in a tornado of dogs, cats and humans but I wouldn't have had it any other way (if anything, it's reassuring to see your work validated as livable). Plus the animals were not camera shy and made for some CAH-uuutttee photo props (also allowing me to tack on Animal Wrangler to my resumethe REAL reason I got into the biz). 

Here's a behind-the-scenes look at some of the goings on during the shoot (yes, that is one of my props eating a fellow prop).

 
 

Hoping to have the final photos live in the next week so stay tuned!

Weekend Highlights

I'm going to approach this Monday as if it were actually Tuesday because I have a four day workweek #fistbump. Ugh, just by saying that I feel so much better!

I ventured across the Bay Bridge this weekend to one of my favorite little neighborhoods in West Berkeley. I'm obsessed with all the design shops on 4th Street and I always make a point to swing by Ohmega Salvage for some treasure hunting. 

 
 

I also paid a visit to Social Studiesan adorable little boutique that sells clothing and housewares on San Pablo. The shop is impeccably curated and beautifully designed (not to mention, the staff and shop owner, Lauren, could not be nicer). They only have women's clothing for now, but they're opening a men's shop next door in the next couple months.

It's going to be my new go-to for unique gifts and Hasami porcelain (because everyone needs their go-to source for Hasami, amiright?). 

Anyways, happy Tuesday!

Progress Report: Project Ham House

I spent this past weekend in San Diego celebrating Passover/Easter (my family celebrates any holiday that involves a feast), enjoying the sun and hanging with my family and friends. In between all that, I was hard at work on my favorite little Cardiff casita that belongs to my best friend, Brittany, and her husband Duncan. 

They bought their house in September and we kicked off the decorating process by painting the entire interior of the house/ourselves bright white. As far as decor goes, my challenge was to merge Brittany’s love for the coastal/nautical look (first order of business was to put a cap on the usage of anchor motifs) with Duncan’s #FIERCE obsession with Africa (he has a museum-worthy amount of artifacts that he’s collected over his numerous visits). 

This is what my initial moodboard for their living room looked like:

Side Table  // Couch (already owned- similar ) //  Pillow 1  //  Pillow 2  //  Side Chair  //  Rug  //  Blanket  //  Coffee Table  //  Console

Side Table // Couch (already owned-similar) // Pillow 1 // Pillow 2 // Side Chair // Rug // Blanket // Coffee Table // Console

I was going for a contemporary spin on "coastal casual" with some global accents woven in. You can see some early photos of the decor in this post. Here’s how the space is shaping up:

Leather Loveseat ( West Elm ) // Coffee Table ( West Elm ) // Vase ( Target ) // Media Console (Craigslist) // Side Chair (Craigslist) // Wall Decor ( Target  & already owned) // Fiddle Leaf ( Home Depot ) // Pillows ( Target  & handmade) // Blanket ( Pottery Barn )

Leather Loveseat (West Elm) // Coffee Table (West Elm) // Vase (Target) // Media Console (Craigslist) // Side Chair (Craigslist) // Wall Decor (Target & already owned) // Fiddle Leaf (Home Depot) // Pillows (Target & handmade) // Blanket (Pottery Barn)

 
Club Chair (Craigslist) // Side Table ( World Market ) // Decor (already owned)

Club Chair (Craigslist) // Side Table (World Market) // Decor (already owned)

 
Mirror (Long Beach Flea Market circa 2010) // Secretary Desk (Craigslist) // Painting ( Andrew Pearson )

Mirror (Long Beach Flea Market circa 2010) // Secretary Desk (Craigslist) // Painting (Andrew Pearson)

We ended up making a few swap-outs from the original moodboard for items that would better suit their needs (like a loveseat as opposed to chairs). While much of the large furniture pieces are from West Elm, we also managed to find some AH-MAYYY-ZING pieces on Craigslist to give it that"collected" look (the fact that they had a bunch of collected pieces to begin with also helped). 

It's still a work-in-progress but it's slowly coming together and I'm obsessed over how it's shaping up. We're especially cherishing the plant situation while it lasts because their new kitten seems to have other decorating plans in mind...