Thursday, June 4, 2009

LA Design Shopping - first stop

First stop - a cluster of wonderful stores on N. Almont Drive - Nathan Turner, Hollywood at Home and Harbinger. The stores are in an idyllic, enclosed garden setting with pea gravel. Love the blue dutch door!
Harbinger is the store of Joe Lucas and Parrish Chilcoat, partners in Lucas Studio, Inc. Joe and Parrish met while working at the design firm of Michael S. Smith. My sister and I had a chance to meet this talented designer as she was just back from maternity leave. Parrish and Rachel had both recently had second babies so we enjoyed a nice conversation. Thank you Parrish for letting me browse around and take pictures.
I was taken with this mini oval painting of a ship.

Hand painted pillow - at least I think it is. Some greens below - a lovely plate and card resting upon an issue of Veranda.

You so often see these round mirrors in dark woods. I rather like it finished in this soft white.

A large antique Norwegian half hull of a ship resting on a console table. Not sure my photos did justice to the store so below are two more images from their site.

Open the door to Hollywood at Home and you're greeted by this fun patterned wallpaper and Elizabeth Taylor (I think) at the top of the stairs.

Rope railing - inventive and definitely something with DIY potential.

A vine covered balcony with a chaise lounge - and look, a stack of magazines - the perfect spot for bloggers & blog readers!

In the courtyard there were a number of interesting pieces. A clam shell serves as a container for succulents. Loved this rusted piece below. Makes you wonder what would happen if you built your own design out of an Erector Set and left it outside to rust. mmm....

Next stop coming up - Woodson & Rummerfield's, Inner Garden and Velvet & Linen. Also I want to send out a huge thank you to Christian of Maison 21, who on very short notice sent me a listing of terrific stores. Thank you!!
Time to stop blogging for the day - it's my 21 st Wedding Anniversary. Happy Anniversary Dan. He's so sweet - he even left me a comment on the blog!


Alicia said...

Happy Anniversary!!!!

Im jonesing for the sette in Harbinger: the boldness of the pattern is a greta statement.

MyLittleHappyPlace said...

Good Grief! I can't decide whether to be TOtaLLy ENviOus of your little design sojourn, or just be grateful for the pics...I feel like my eyes have had an orgasm! Gotta ciggie? ;)

Happy Anniversary!!!

Sixpence and a Blue Moon said...

Happy Anniversary!

The photos are yummy!

Annah of Sweden said...

ooo I love the rope railing! :-) Happy Anniversary. /Anna

Lee said...

Happy wedding anniversary!

Thank you for the marvellous peek inside Hollywood at Home. It's gorgeous & I don't think I'd be able to leave that store without purchasing something. Lee :)

Southern Aspirations said...

Happy Anniversary!

And thanks for showing the pics of the store. I could easily move right in.

Michelle said...

Happy Anniversary!! That balcony with chaise would be a great place to spend it :)

ana said...

Congratulations for your anniversary!!!
I hope you have a great time celebrating this special day :)
That store has a lot of gorgeous things!!!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

LA has the best little shops, doesn't it? Have you ever been to Bountiful??

Love that ship painting!

But most importantly....
Happy 21st Anniversary!!! I wish you a very lovely weekend of celebration!

My Notting Hill said...

Thanks everyone for all the well wishes!

Ferret And Hound said...

Happy anniversary - what a fabulous post!!!
And if you're ever in CT, please come see us at Privet House!!

mb said...

Happy Anniversary.
My hubby and I went to California (SF) on our 15th? or close to it, anniversary. We had a good laugh when a waitress shouted "Happy Anniversary, gosh, I don't think any of my parents or steps have ever been married that long". At 21 years, you might have had to revive that gal with smelling salts.
The painted pillow? I think is isn't. Maybe baby John Robshaw? Doesn't matter, it is swell anyway.
Have fun.

Pink Wallpaper said...

that wallpaper is fabulous...have a wonderful anniversary!

SCISI said...

great images i love the gold frames at the top:)

Abby said...

I've been wanting to visit this store for Months...I'm insanely jealous. Thanks for posting the pics, it looks just as great as I imagined.

Velvet and Linen said...

Happy Anniversary!
We will be celebrating our 22nd in August.
I thought that Steve and I were the only crazy ones who had made it this long.
You went to some of my favorite shops!
All of those Almont shops are wonderful. Nate Turner, Claremont, Lief, Hollywood at Home. An inspiration overload.
It's great to get your perspective on them.


Marnie said...

enjoyed the visit to LA via your blog - best wishes for another 21 more years of happiness

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