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Ace Hotel Los Angeles: Commune Design

by Betsy Moyer on January 15, 2014, no comments

global textile pillows Ace Hotel LA

Commune, designers of numerous projects including Heath Ceramics, Ammo, Farmshop, Mattison and the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs, have done it again with the exciting new opening of the Los Angeles installment of an Ace Hotel space. Sadly, the founder of Ace passed before the hotel will see it’s official opening celebration, Jan 15.

Alex Calderwood initially created the Ace Hotel in Seattle as a desirable and affordable lodging option for creatives. He grew the chain to reach into New York and Palm Springs and more recently London, and Panama CIty. Now, we have our own here in Los Angeles.

It’s hard for me to gush without feeling that I’m doing a disservice to the Alex Calderwood legacy, but please do take note of the appropriate appreciation for the pillows and organics in the rooftop dining area, part of the Commune design approach.

Some photos have been leaking, but I’m not getting the full picture. I’ll need to make it a priority to get over there and soak in a dirty martini before I really feel like I know what the space is all about. It is sure to be a much much different vibe from the cucumber face melters that Sarah and I tossed back in the blistering sun at the Ace in Palm Springs. That was my first introduction to the hotel’s trendy aesthetic. Hipster’s paradise for those of y’all that don’t know.

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I came to know Commune b/c my dear friend Frances Anderton selected the design collective as her spotlight in an accompanying story that she did about my dude and his kids playing on our 3D printer. You can catch the podcast here. And if you are into audio podcasts, she has a newer story up right now that includes interviews with the design team for Ace LA, listen here.

Sarah, come on back out here so we can check it out together. That last trip was almost four years ago.

 

Birthday Adventure Times Train Trip

by Betsy Moyer on September 5, 2013, no comments

California Travel Map Betsy Moyer

I celebrated my 33rd birthday this weekend! Heffe threw a whole train tour together for us and even contacted various friends to meet up on each of our stops for drinks and dinners! I’m deeply grateful to him for making an adventure for us.

Each year, I try desperately to put my finger on how I feel about a birthday! I DO feel that it is worth celebrating, I just want to celebrate it by doing something awesome and understated – something that I’d love to do anytime of the year. I don’t want cakes and candles and parties as much as I just want a solid adventure, and to see somethin new… and be so busy playing that i FORGET I’m racking up another number.

My piece about my weekend train adventures posted on LA Mag today. Please run over and have a little look. It mostly looks like the picture below, but there are also some flowery pretty words about my affection for train traveling and my tendency to wax poetic and there is an Instagram video that I made!!

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Here are a few more shots from the travels. More on my Instagramssss.

 

Weekend

by Sarah on July 19, 2013, no comments

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It’s been a while since I did a weekend post, months definitely. I’m busy doing things I don’t want to do. But I bring it on myself. This will be my fifth move in nine years. So…yeah, WE’RE MOVING.

We’re shuffling the bulk of our stuff into a POD this weekend but I’m wishing I was here.

 

Oak Bluffs Gingerbread Cottages

by Sarah on July 10, 2013, 3 comments

In my extensive brain rot research concerning Victorian/Queen Anne style porches, trim, gingerbread etc. I came across the Martha’s Vineyard Camp-Meeting Association. The founders of this area in the town of Oak Bluffs, MA were Methodists and the first outdoor camp-meeting took place in 1835.

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According to history, it was a happening meeting because the congregation grew large and fast. At first people were pitching tents in the oak grove and then later bought individual plots to put their tents on. Finally in the 1860s-1870s folks started building these little gingerbread cottages, Victorian/Queen Anne style homes packed tightly together. By the end of construction, 500 had been built. Today 300 still stand.

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Flash forward, they are coastal rentals and a tourist attraction. BTW, pretty dreamy to look through the Martha’s Vineyard rentals on Vrbo.

gingerbread4The minimalist in you is crying out right now as you look at these images.

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Hutker Architects did an overhaul of one the cottages and it is pretty freakin’ great.

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The stairwell in the house that we will hopefully move in to is very similar to the one below. Funsies!

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