High Point Market Spring 2014 Highlights

April 11th, 2014

We just got back from High Point Market where we saw the freshest in home design, toured beautiful showrooms and met future furniture partners.  There was so much inspiration, revelations, and new relationships made.  It’s going to be a very exciting year!

Sara Plaisted and I about to start our High Point Adventure


Our first meeting was at Lorts, who we are thrilled to be working with to develop our own line of hip-hacienda style furniture.  Throughout the years we’ve been collecting images, photographs and art as inspiration for when this moment would finally come and we’re ready!  To sit down with our book of sketches and an “I have an idea – how can we make this happen?” collaboration was totally exhilarating.  Each person came to the table with a different perspective on how it all comes together from production to market and I couldn’t have asked for a better team!

Sitting with Judy Hunerberg from Lorts


We started the day off right at Bernhardt where they’ve done a total revamp of not only their showroom but their beautiful new pieces.  In Love!

Well Hello Bernhardt!


Oh how I love acrylic and this Bernhardt table is at a great price point!


You can’t miss Stray Dog Designs walking through Market.

Our most colorful and happy place at Stray Dog

We loved their hand made paper mache jewelry, especially the chicken foot – because we love our backyard girls at home!

Stray Dog Designs Jewelry Collection


Caracole was not only one of our faves, but they had a Spa Room where we sat with warmed lavender neck pillows and our very own foot massage.  I wish we had a snapshot of us – we’ll have to track down Jeff Young, CEO who captured our moment of pure relaxation heaven after walking and walking and walking.

Beautifully woven sofa at Caracole


Sculptural coffee table at Caracole


It's the Bomb Bay Chest at Caracole

Charlotte Moss debuted her new line at Century Furniture which was beautiful!

Charlotte Moss Collection at Century Furniture


I love the simplicity of the curves and the bronze inlay. Lovely!

You can't keep me away from acrylic and gold at Century

At Jaipur rugs we ran into our friends and Design Camp faves Bill Indursky and Vera Djonovic of Design Life Network.

New Turkish throws at Jaipur


We stopped by Noir to have a meeting with Ken Bassman of Bassman Blaine and talk about our new partnership with Design Camp.  Don’t miss out this summer in Vegas.  It’s gonna be our biggest camp yet!

We're big fans of Noir


Four Hands has such a great showroom at High Point and their theme this year was deconstruction.  A car was hung upside down with the parts shooting out just below it.  Very cool!

And of course, I’m still in love with the beautiful Van Thiel Collection.

Van Thiel Collection at Four Hands

As we were leaving, we ran into our one-stop shop purchasing agent Jason Glassman of VDRC.  We love him because he makes our work easy and oh so seamless!  One of the best parts of Market is running into old friends and putting faces to names and emails of the people we work with on a daily basis.

We discovered a new showroom off the beaten path at Francesco Molon.  We just picked up a new project with a Russian oligarch and a few of these items will be perfect!

Rounding out our trip we finished our tour at Chaddock Home where we met up with Mary McDonald.  Mary is debuting her new line which was inspired by Napoleon who often campaigned in Egypt, so there were quite a few Egyptian influences.  She’s in great company at Chaddock along with David Easton, Larry Laslo and Dave Hinckley.

Mary McDonald's modern take on Egyptian X-Bench with Horse Legs at Chaddock


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THG Paris: Design as Art

March 19th, 2014

Invitations, even digital ones, set the tone for a party; first impressions are everything.   Snyder Diamond understands this, as well as how to put on beautiful events.  I am continuously blown away by the attention to detail that is paid to each soiree they throw.  Last week’s  THG Paris party at Robert Berman Gallery, Bergamont Station was no exception.


top interior designer lori dennis


Greeted at the door with Domaine Allimant-Laugner, a sparkling champagne method from Alsace, we entered through a Orangerie styled interior, sculpture garden filled with Goodie bags- full of GOOD goodies!!

This simple equation is universal:  Yummy Food+Fine Wine+Live Music= Successful Party.  Here we were treated to traditional Northern French Cuisine, wine pairings and a debonair string duet.



Domaine Allimant Laugner

Snyder Diamond, THG Paris, Robert Berman Party

Snyder Diamond, THG Paris, Robert Berman Party


Bourgogne 2011


Alsace Dirler-Cade Reisling 2011

The only dry and very best Riesling I’ve ever had.

Snyder Diamond, THG Paris, Robert Berman Party


I like drinking my desert! This red was like a Cab with a touch of Cognac. Delish!

Arbois Pupillin Trousseau Le Ginglet 2010

In the design world, it’s all about presentation, which brings us to the star of the evening: THG Paris fixtures.  Adorned in Baccarat and Lalique Crystal, one set was more scrumptious than the next. But the cleverest detail was to hold the party  in a leading Los Angeles art gallery and display the fixtures as an exhibition.


THG Paris Fixtures, Robert Berman Gallery Bergamont Station

Tre Magnifique! Thank you Snyder Diamond, THG Paris and Robert Berman Gallery!


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Pre-Oscars Event: Red Carpet Green Dress

March 5th, 2014

Last week I attended the Pre-Oscar event Red Carpet Green Dress hosted by Suzy Amis Cameron, wife of James Cameron.  For the last five years Suzy has promoted eco and sustainable fashion with her event Red Carpet Red Dress, in support of the Muse School, a non-profit in Calabasas.
During Oscar season, the biggest question on the red carpet is always, “What Are You Wearing”? Suzy delves a little deeper, asking,  ”what is what you’re wearing made of?”  As a green interior designer, I can totally relate.  An organic lifestyle encompasses how we furnish and maintain our homes, it’s what we eat and what we allow to touch our skin.
Speaking of skin, did you know that the skin is our biggest organ?  Think about everything that touches it on a daily basis like clothes, bedding, bath linens, moisturizers, lotions, hair and make-up products.  Is the fabric your clothing is made of loaded with formaldehyde and other toxic chemicals that are dumped into a waterway during manufacturing process?  Or is it made of organic materials in a conscious and sustainable way?  Suzy and I prefer the latter.
Interior Designer Lori Dennis and Roy Yerushalmi Luxury Builder

Lori Dennis and SoCal Contractor

Have I been in Hollywood too long or does everyone love walking the red carpet and snapping some shots at the step & repeat?  Here I am with SoCal Contractor at the event, held at the Palihouse in West Hollywood.

Now let’s talk about the coveted, Oscar Swag Bags.  They are sooooo much better than anything we see in the design world! (I know, I know, a few more people are paying attention to the Oscars than the Golden Nugget Design Awards.) These Swag Bags were especially great because the contents were 100% in line with my philosophy and green aesthetic.  You know me, when I see a good thing I gotta share, so here’s a snap shot of what was included:

Gift Bag

More info on the awesome products:

Lux and Eco

For those who live a holistic and sustainable lifestyle, Lux and Eco has curated a wide assortment of eco-friendly products and services including fashion, health & beauty, lifestyle, home and garden, pets, tech, gourmet food and vintage pieces.  Each product is hand selected for its environmental commitment and high ethical standards. Jacquelyn Willard hand selected the vendors who participated, including me as the green interior designer, and let me tell you, this woman knows quality.


Linnea's Lights

1st goodie:  Non-toxic candles. What’s great about Linnea’s Lights is that they’re made of soy, come in so many beautiful scents and is packaged in recycled materials with a gorgeous hand stamp.  My favorite part was lifting the lid to find a matchbox attached inside!  Clever.  Included in the bags was Sea Salt, a calming aquatic blend of sea salt, briny sea moss, and fresh citrus.  So fresh and so clean!


Under the Canopy

2.  A great shirt with a  great message.  Under the Canopy uses innovative organic and sustainable textiles in the highest quality.  So soft.  So comfortable.  So cool!  Anyone who drives into Palm Springs from LA will recognize the windmill farm.


Haute Chefs

3. A rosemary gift card for a free in home gourmet meal. Are you hungry?  I am just by looking at all the delicious food from Haute Chefs.  These guys offer their culinary service delivery that is custom to your taste, schedule and health goals.  Like me, they believe that time and health are the true luxuries in life and they are here to help.  They also have full-service catering, consulting and cooking classes.  Sign me up!


Veev Vita Frute

4. Cocktails – a full sized bottle!  Veev Vita Frute cocktails are organic and made with the superfruit Acai.  Our bags contained margarita, made with premium tequila, all natural juices and agave nectar.  They’re not only low-cal but are pretty tasty too AND they’re the world’s first carbon neutral spirit.  Cheers to that!


Portico Home

5. Wash cloths. If you’re looking for super soft, organic bedding and bath linens, look no further!  Portico not only offers great colorways, but they use sustainable materials like Organic Cotton, Eucalyptus, Recycled plastic bottles, non-toxic dyes and finishes in all their products.  They never bleach with chlorine, their linens are free of toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde and added scents, and there is no PVC in their packaging.  Pretty clean!



Harney and Sons

6. Fancy Ice Tea. Delicious and full of flavor, family owned and operated Harney and Sons create over 200 varieties of high quality organic teas.  We’re constantly drinking tea in our office and this is a fantastic addition to our day!

I am : Enlighted Creations

7. Energy Drinks. Drawing from the classical wisdom of Ayerveda and Chinese Medicine, I AM Enlighted Creations offers a blend of Mind | Body | Spirit elixers, supplements and mists filled with nutrient-dense blend of botanicals, vitamins, minerals and amino acids.  The I AM HAPPY elixer has Pharrell’s song stuck in my head – which is great for self talk!


Modern Minerals

8. Eyeshadow. I think about make-up a lot and what we are ingesting on our lips, absorbing into our skin and what can potentially get in our eyes.  Modern Minerals is 100% cruelty-free and made in the USA.  Big words to avoid in your ingredients are Parabens, Aluminum, Carmine and Phthalates – this product is free of those nasty chemicals and additives and is also vegan friendly.  Their philosophy is “Beauty” that is conscious of the earth and compassionate towards animals.  Words that sing to my heart.



Purely Elizabeth

9. Granola. I adore the name, probably because it’s my daughter’s!  Not only is Purely Elizabeth granola organic, vegan and gluten-free, made with pure and simple ingredients (that you can pronounce!) but their mission is to better the health of the community both small and large and support sustainable farming practices.  I love the Pumpkin Fig made with organic quinoa, amaranth and chia!

Machilla Magic

10. Original Art. Root Woven Brochure covers by Machilla Magic are hand-made by a community of family artists in Mozambique .  95% of their products are made from recycled materials and all work under the Fair Trade system.


Green Garmento

11. Reusable dry cleaning bags. Be Fantastic!  Use less plastic!  The Green Garmento has a great product that reduces the use of those thin plastic dry-cleaning bags and replacing it with a reusable bag instead.   And remember – No Wire Hangers EVER!


I had a great time at this event and was more than happy to donate my services to the auction.  I hope it helps raise money and awareness that healthy living is not about sacrifice! It’s attainable and LUXE if you just think about products you buy for your home and self.

Big thanks to Lux&Eco and Suzy Cameron!


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