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. 

Wait, what year is it?

 
 

Now that the holiday hangover has finally worn off, it feels nice to be back in action with a new year and clean slate. I spent the holidays with my family and friends down in San Diego celebrating any and all occasions that call for excessive eating and drinking (Christmas, Christmas Eve, Christmas Eve Eve, Christmas Eve Eve Eve, etc.). I couldn't be more excited to reintroduce the concept of "moderation" back into my life after it was thrown out the window to make room for a gluttonous amount of holiday treats and booze. Despite the all-around over-indulgence, I always appreciate time spent in my beloved hometown.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Also—in other San Diego-related news—a major kitchen update recently wrapped over at this place and the results are pretty dang stunning. What used to be a cramped galley kitchen has become an opened-up culinary oasis. No longer is one forced to sacrifice Game of Thrones minutes to make a snack! Good design changes lives, people. I'm telling you. 

 
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All in all, I have to say that I'm pretty stoked for 2016. 2015 was just starting to get cool so I'm excited to carry that momentum into the new year (and I'll do my best to keep you posted here along the way). Wishing you all a happy and healthy start to the new year!

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!