So, I lost the Topanga Mountain Getaway of my dreams, but that hasn’t slowed me down from decorating it in my head after all. I was trying to envision the perfect sofa for that space. When all of this just suddenly developed within me.
Last night watching Orphan Black, the bohemian style of Sarah Manning’s foster home made me wanty. It’s a warm cozy space that really does make you feel like you are home… it’s your mom’s or maybe even your grandma’s place. It’s inviting, your childhood collection of journals are upstairs in the attic ready for your trip down memory lane, and there is some sweet mint tea and buttermilk biscuits already out on the counter waiting for you. You can see yourself disrupt the dust in the air as you pass through the sunshine that pours through the old sheer curtains.
You fall onto the traditional sofa and think to yourself about how chic it would look in a modern context. You start re-upholstering it in your head, and then placing into your fantasy Topanga Canyon Cabin. It looks something like this.
Willoughby Sofa from Anthropologie I Oscar Sofa from SCP in the UK I Thomas Sofa by Jaxon Home
No source on that Kilim Covered ditty, so I’m thinkin custom.
So, now I must have. It’s just the perfect vibe for my getaway dreams. One of the many reasons why I have fallen for Topanga so hard, is because it reminds me so much of North Carolina, my home. So, a cozy cabiny living room with warm wooden tones and a kilim covered couch speaks perfectly to my deep desires while paying homage to the legacy of Topanga hippie culture. This is the sofa shape that I have my eye on.
Wonder if the dude would shake his head or if he’d be into it?
UPDATE: The dude just hit me up with a still from Orphan Black. There is the sofa that inspired me! <3 <3 <3
Waaaaaaay back in December I had the pleasure of hanging with Victoria of Jaxon Home for the day, and voyeuristically observing as I captured it all on film for a Design Milk feature that launched today! So I geared up with my Google Glass and Sony Nex3 and headed over to her home at an hour of day that usually doesn’t see me out of a bed if even out of a robe, desperately clutching coffee. She was already way into go mode. We laugh now, because we were new friends and it was my first time to her house, and I was greeted at the door with an escaping puppy. It was such a fun start to crazy day.
Admittedly, Victoria’s day was WAY more inspiring than my meager photography skills could really capture. It was such an cool experience for me to visit with her clients and see all of her design projects in progress. She is servicing a range of beautiful homes from mid-century modern, to industrial loft to turn of the century traditional craftsman. By following at her stylish leather patched blazer coattails – I learned that this soon-to-be-partner slash designer/mom/retailer/factory owner is about as cool as they come. She handled a super busy day and a pretty eclectic collection of clients with a grace that I seldom encounter in real life human beings. Patience, humor, wit and beauty. I strive to be so calm and collected. There is definitely a zen quality about her approach, despite the fray of a busy life with tons of expectations.
So, I know I’m fan-girling hardcore, but its genuine and as much as I wish I could have done her justice for this Design-Milk piece… the photos just don’t. My favorite didn’t even make the cut – but here is a look at a LOVELY vintage light fixture in the traditional beach house with a blurry peek at Victoria, measuring tape in hand. You can see the full story here.
A friend of mine has decided not to use this beautiful chevron print John Robshaw bolster. The bolster measures 20″ x 34″, it’s a whopper. The price is $120.00. Please email me if you are interested.
I reunited with an old friend, Marissa of Bourbon and Goose to join in on some Happy Hour Club fun this past Friday. Marissa, a fellow blogger who I worked with at The Design People has recently rented a studio at The Unique Space. She’s giving it a go as FULL TIME entrepreneur lady who blogs and brands and designs and strategizes. She’s a smart girl and she’s doing super cool things… (like launching a national branding campaign for a coconut water brand for example and renting her space out on the weekends so that the chick from the Naked and Famous can get some headshots and getting all kinds of lovin for her meticulously cool Instagram work.) Needless to say, I was excited to reconnect.
I got into the quick tour that she gave me and it was actually pretty trippy to see The Unique Space with my real eyes, since I feel that I’ve been there before – vicariously, cyber realistically. The suite of studios and common working spaces are packed with all types of content creators and publishers, developers, photographers, bloggers, vloggers… all sorts of creatives that are wheeling and dealing, with the internet as their secondary if not primary medium.
If I didn’t need to focus my time on slinging sofas and it wasn’t such a haul across town, I might consider taking up space there in the Arts District of downtown LA — if only to be around people that are making and shaking all day every day.
Besides the opportunity to get a glimpse into the co-working space, I was excited for the first hand experience with Marissa’s new Happy Hour Club. Every friday, she introduces a new cocktail to her co-creatives and if the consensus is a positive one, then the recipe will make it’s way to her Los Angeles adventure blog.
On this particular friday, Marissa introduced the crowd to a Pink Pepper infused gin cocktail and she personally foraged for the pink peppers herself. Did you know they grow wild all over LA, and they are delicious? I wouldn’t normally think of LA as the type of town where you’d hit the outdoors looking for wild grown foods to eat, but it’s a thing okay! People do it. And it’s cool.
Before we got busy getting boozey, we talked some smack about the state of the blogging world and the projects that we are each into. Jaxon is gearing up to launch its first in a series of upcoming editorial sales and first up is THE GENTLEMEN’S BAR… We’ll load up on the type of bar accessories that we think suits the Jaxon vibe (I’m thinking masculine, modern and urban with that rustic if not industrial appeal.) And Bourbon and Goose will partner up by crafting a cocktail just for Jaxon, and presenting it at the Happy Hour Club. We’ll be sure to snap some great pics and share them along with the bar collection! Sounds like fun right!? I’m excited.
This weekend’s post about Sheen Murphy and her moody blue/green walls got us thinking about Sarah’s office do-over, so I thought we should check in on the latest progress.
Last I heard the Benjamin Moore BLUE NOTE paint was on the wall and there was still a new pendant light of some sort to be purchased, and maybe even a piece of art or two left to be framed and hung… but in the collage below you can see a mix of accomplishment, intention, some corners that have come together and a DIY project that didn’t make the final cut… It’s being used by a co-worker. Sarah ended up springing for the same reproduction Eames Aluminum Office chair that I sit in daily too.
It’s coming together nicely!