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Why we LOVE Architectural Digest

October 17th, 2014

When it comes to Interior Design magazines, Architectural Digest is the Dom Pérignon.  So what is it that makes it so great?  Their striking projects, sharp editorial staff, gorgeous photography?

Let’s start with our love of Margaret Russell.  With her keen eye and exquisite taste, she took a classic in Architectural Digest and brought in a totally fresh and contemporary look without changing the integrity of the magazine.  When AD arrives each month, it’s my favorite time where I sit with a cup of coffee and devour it slowly, page by page.  Their selection of exceptionally talented AD100 Designers is on point and incredibly varied which always keeps it interesting.  Favorites include Darryl Carter, Timothy Corrigan, Jean-Louis Deniot, Bunny Williams, Mario Buatta, Madeline Stuart, Miles Redd, Suzanne Kasler, Thomas Pheasant, Vicente Wolfe, Victoria Hagan and more…I can’t stop dropping names – I love them all!

So what does it take to make it into the AD100?


Premier Art Collections

Some of the highest, most sought after artists have been represented in AD.  Pieces range from world-class antique and fine art found at auctions houses like Christie’s or Sotheby’s, to the ever-current graffiti artist, RETNA, who was just featured on the cover in Ellen Pompeo’s home, designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard – another favorite.

For our client, a partner with Goldman Sachs Asia, we worked with Daniel Maltzman who brought in touches of his surrealist and abstract art.


Art - Maltzman

Art by Daniel Maltzman


Quality Vendors

The team of vendors you surround yourself with can make or break a project.  We are honored to work with the finest craftsmen in the business and we all collaborated on this jewel of a room at the historic Maison de Luxe Greystone Mansion Showcase House in Beverly Hills.

Vendors - Jimenez WestArt RAGS Paint Rug Company

Bed woodwork by WestArt Woodwork, Bed finish by Jimenez Brothers, Upholstery by RAGS USA, Furniture and Accessories by Maitland-Smith, Rug by The Rug Company, Drapery by Heritage Drapery, AV and Speakers by Van Wert Technology Design and Sonance, Art by Kevin Barry Fine Art, Custom Ceiling Mural by Jill Crawford Interiors, Fabric and Wallpaper by Thomas Lavin, Crystals by Crystalarium and construction by SoCal Contractor.


Celebrity Clients

We had a great time working with Jen Rade, celebrity stylist to the stars on her Zen Villa in Los Angeles.  She had a clear vision and we were able to work with great pieces of art and furniture from her travels around the world.

Celebrity - Jen Rade

Jen Rade’s home she shares with her husband, a well-known set designer.  Some of Jen’s clients include Angelina Jolie, Dave Matthews, Pink, Cher and Marilyn Manson, who gifted her a few pieces of his personal paintings.


Celebrity Bathroom

 Every star needs a relaxing Hollywood spa experience.

Vintage Furniture

Just like cars, buying new furniture tends to depreciate once you drive it off the lot or take it out of the showroom.  With antique and vintage pieces, the value only increases over time which makes it not only a wise investment but a way to create a collected and unique design within your home.


Vintage - Josef Hoffman

 Antique Josef Hoffmann chairs found at Dispela Antiques

#1 Dining Room reduced jpeg

Our client’s personal dining table and chairs by Robjohns Gibbons

High Quality Custom Furniture

When you just can’t find what you have in mind, designing a custom piece of furniture is your best bet and a guarantee to make each home feel special.

Furniture CUstom

Inspired by Julia Child, we designed these leather, iron and wood stools to hang on the wall when not in use.


Custom furniture can be anything from large scale pieces to a seemingly effortless yet beautiful accent.  We designed these matching settees with leather inlay and matching bolster pillows, and added tassel and tape trim to the occasional wingback chairs.


Location!  Location!  Location!

Property values, exclusive world-wide locations and stunning views are all fantastic features of an incredible home tour.

Location - Bathroom Hollywood Hills

This home was located in the famous Bird Streets of Hollywood Hills just above the Sunset Strip.  The multi-million dollar neighborhood is well-known for residents such as George Harrison, Leonardo DiCaprio and Dr. Dre, and features more than 180 degree jaw-dropping views of LA from downtown to the Pacific Ocean.  This is one of our favorite rooms in our Blue Jay Way project.

Location - Bathroom Charisma

It must be Charisma Bath and Bedding’s favorite too because they chose this location for their Gabriel Aubry ad.

Location - Ciroc Kitchen

Kitchen at Blue Jay Way

 Location - Ciroc Bar

Our Blue Jay Way bar was so hot…

Location - Ciroc BOOM

It was featured in Sean “Diddy” Combs’ sexy commercial for Ciroc Vodka.
I’ll drink to that!

What have been some of your favorite projects featured in Arch Digest and what AD100 Designers continue to push the envelope and inspire you year after year?  While you think about that, I’ll head back to finish this month’s editorial.

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A Global Inspiration

September 29th, 2014

When beginning a new project we often think about what inspires us, what elements to bring in and what mood we want to create.  Travel, whether across the country or across the world, has always been vital for me and something that continues to influence my work.

Here are my Top 5 favorite projects I’ve worked on with their own with Global Inspiration:


For this project on the beach in Los Angeles, our client was particularly drawn to the peaceful aesthetics of Asia.  Of course, Japan and Zen came to mind, especially when seeing the tranquil ocean just steps away.  Neutral colors, clean lines, elements of nature and a peaceful space are exactly what this home called for.

Japan Living

Bringing the outdoors in, we used elements of stone, metal, wood, glass, fire, water and earth to create a perfect soothing sanctuary living room retreat.  The expansive windows offer a clear view of every angle of the Pacific Ocean and bring in plenty of natural light.


Japan Dining

Grasscloth wallcovering adds a natural element to warm up this Dining Room, and a mirrored wall reflects not only sunlight but the ocean view.


Japan Bedroom - Beach - Master 1

East meets West with the clean lines and minimalism of the low platform bed, floating night stands and cocktail tables, creating a relaxing and soothing Master Bedroom.



Nothing feels more comfortable and inviting than a Spanish interior.  With the freedom of bringing in elements from Spain, Morocco and Europe, we were able to be playful and creative with many of the rooms within this home.


Spain Living

Incorporating dark rich wood, wrought iron, white plaster walls and exposed beams creates a warm setting.  Details like tassel trim, cut crystal chandeliers and leather inlay settees are touches that really make this room feel special.


Spain Dining

Inspired by Spanish tiles and the colors from the antique rug, hand painted murals and monograms were placed on the ceiling for balance and intrigue.



If you’ve ever been to Barcelona, you’ll remember the wave-like path at Gaudi’s Park Guell.   We wanted to create the same meandering feel and added Andalusian Tile on a soft water feature, terracotta floor tiles and natural landscaping to welcome guests into the home’s courtyard.


Hong Kong

Chinese interior design, especially from stylish Hong Kong, is rich, bold and at times dramatic.

Hong Kong Living 2

Cool and contemporary to China, I see Hong Kong as more modern, mysterious and exotic.  For this bachelor, we blended the classic Asian low seating of the curved sofa, leather upholstered ottoman and vintage Josef Hoffmann chairs with contemporary geometric shapes in the hair on hide rug and layered chandelier.  Pops of red accents symbolize good luck.


Hong Kong Hall 5

Here we mixed a traditional Chinese antique wood cabinet and decorative box with contemporary Ming mirror and marbleized wallcovering for a neutral backdrop.


Hong Kong Bedroom

Classic to the Chinese color palette is high gloss black lacquer, with accents of red and gold.  An added element was the dragon motif in the throw pillows, which symbolize compassion and wisdom.


New York

Unfinished and raw, cool and contemporary - these are the elements of life in New York City.  Warehouse and loft living spaces are still going strong because it’s edgy, authentic and never tries too hard.

New York Loft 1

Here we  juxtaposed a modern sofa, wood and glass table, and classic Barcelona Chairs with the exposed concrete walls, pipes and duct system.   Of course, we always bring in plants and natural elements to balance and soften the space to make it feel warm and inviting.


New York Loft 2

A clean and modern kitchen sits next to the raw building structure.


New York Loft 3

This soft and transitional bedroom has a view of the building just across the way.  Again, it’s the balance of old and new, soft and hard that keeps this space interesting.


Provencial French

The French countryside offers a natural elegance.  There are moments of both sophistication and relaxation.  Butter yellow, blues and soft green are a common color palette and are influenced by the surrounding landscape of southern France.

French Provincial Living

It’s all in the details: notice the wall moulding, drapery and trim, parquet floors, elaborate crystal chandelier and refined furniture.


French Provincial Morning

This morning room is bright, colorful and casual; A garden-like feel which effortlessly connects the indoors with the out.  The floral drapes creates a gorgeous frame to view the outdoors just beyond the paned glass windows.


French Provincial Exterior

This home is complete with a stone facade, blue shutters framing arch windows, worn brick and an open trellis.  Perfect for relaxing next to a lap pool and exquisitely manicured landscape.


I’d love to know…Where have you gone in search of inspiration?  What feeds your creative soul?


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Design Camp High Point

September 10th, 2014

We’re on the road again and our next destination is fall market at High Point.  For those of you who have never been, this is the perfect time to come and see what’s new and refresh your interior design and business skills at Design Camp.

High Point Market

High Point

We’ll be camping out in the fabulous Jaipur Rugs showroom Suite 3000 in Showplace, Saturday, October 18 from 3-6PM.  Design Camp Co-Founder Kelli Ellis and I will share our insights on how to charge a flat fee, being transparent with clients and staying profitable.  Joining us is our friend Michael Stein from Houzz, sharing secrets on how to get more clients and raise your ranking on the number one interior design site.  There will  be a surprise Design Icon and our usual gift bags and giveaways for the first 100 designers who register.   Best of Houzz 2014


Following the camp, Jaipur will be hosting a cocktail party.  I’ve been quoted saying that one of my favorite things about market is the lunch at Jaipur.  The cocktails are just as good!!!  Asha (the owner), Candace and the rest of the team roll out the red carpet and welcome you with old fashioned, Indian style hospitality (you will not go hungry at this cocktail party).

Asha Chaudhary and the Jaipur Team

Asha Chaudhary and the Jaipur Team

You may have also heard through the grapevine that Design Camp has partnered with Jaipur to bring you a line of outdoor rugs.  We’ve long been fans of the style and quality that Jaipur has to offer, but are even more grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the charitable work the Jaipur Rugs Foundation is doing!!!  Some of my favorite rugs are the Barcelona indoor outdoor and the tribal kilims.

Jaipur Rugs Foundation

Jaipur Rugs Foundation

Jaipur tribal pattern flatweave kilim rug

Jaipur Tribal Flatweave

Jaipur indoor outdoor rugs

Jaipur Rugs Barcelona


Come say hello, learn a lot, make new connections and enjoy everything that Design Camp and Jaipur has to offer! REGISTER HERE.

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