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Friday
Oct222010

halloween 2010: los angeles

Halloween and All Hallow’s Eve aren’t average days in LA—they’re as sacred as Mardi Gras in New Orleans and there are more than one way to celebrate:

What: West Hollywood Halloween Costume Carnaval
Where: West Hollywood
When: Sunday, October 31

Multiple stages will feature musical acts, circus arts—but this year’s special feature is a tribute to the Rocky Horror Picture Show to celebrate its 35th anniversary.

What: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Where: The Walt Disney Concert Hall, LA
When: Sunday, October 31

Looking for something a little more low-key? Catch John Barrymore in this silent classic—with accompanying music performed on a pipe organ.

What: The Birds, All Hallow’s Eve Eve
Where: Ojai Valley Inn
When: Saturday, October 30
Tickets: $25. in advance

Ojai Valley Inn is the perfect place to watch ‘The Birds’, Alfred Hitchcock’s classic scary movie set in the wild and beautiful Bodega Bay of northern California.

Tippi Hedren, the star of the film, will be stopping by for a Q&A session before the screening. Proceeds from the evening’s ticket sales will help The Shambala Preserve, supported in part by the Roar Foundation which she began in 1983.

Thanks to nicole, west hollywood sales, for contributing the spirit of this submission.

Thursday
Sep232010

inspiration: los angeles

Arriving early at LAX, we hit the ground running. We’re eager to explore, to soak up the Pacific sun—but first: lunch!

Hungry?  A great deli/café in West Hollywood is Joan’s on Third. After devouring a veggie sandwich and some vinho verde, our next stop is the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Artsy? LACMA has a fabulous new addition, The Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion, by Renzo Piano. We got lucky and just made it to the John Baldessari exhibit before it was dismantled on September 12th. If you’re close by, the weekend of October 2nd and 3rd is free*—a great opportunity to catch photographs by LA-based Catherine Opie

Thirsty? Ready to dip our toes in the ocean and sink into the sand, we head to the Santa Monica Pier… and detour at the Viceroy Hotel for cocktails before sunset. There’s a photoshoot happening in the lobby, so we carefully make our way into the bar and we’re just in time for happy hour—bonus, we get the undivided attention of the mixologist on duty!

Shopping? Top on our list is to check out the new CB2 in Santa Monica Place. It’s a quick walk up to the Pier then we head east. Two floors of home furnishings displayed with unbelievable creativity—what a great team?!

Dinner? We head back to LA and drop the car off in front of The Little Door restaurant—an oasis from the hustle and traffic. From the non-descript “little” door in front, opening into a walled garden with soothing music and candlelite where they serve delicious tagines of lamb and couscous.

Sleepy? By the end of the meal it’s 1:00 a.m. on our biological clocks and definitely bedtime. We check into an urban nest at the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills. No relation to Frankie but who knew that in the 50’s they filmed the Hollywood episodes of the ‘I Love Lucy Show’ here? As for tomorrow—we can’t wait to wake up to another beautiful day in southern California!

The Lynda and Stewart Resnick Exhibition Pavilion, by Renzo Piano

*Free Community Weekend at LACMA: limited, timed tickets are available at lacma.org and at the ticket office.

Wednesday
Aug052009

CB2 exhibits at dwell on design

In its second year, Dwell on Design was held just weeks before our blog went live—June 26-28th—so we wanted to take the first opportunity to share our participation in this outstanding event. In addition to displaying most of our outdoor furniture and accessories, we gave directions to our new Sunset location and handed out—and ran out of!—reusable canvas totes.

“The West Coast’s Largest Modern Design Event,” conducted by the editors of Dwell magazine and held at the LA Convention Center, the event featured seminars, key-note speakers, and over 175 exhibitors focused on sustainability and innovations for the home. Off-site, self-guided tours of an exclusive collection of must-see homes in the Los Angeles area were also available.

Dwell editors talked with community leaders, builders, designers, artists, architects, craftsmen and entrepreneurs on topics ranging from future-thinking about developing successful design, sustainability, affordability and efficiency, design in the media, urban density, green entrepreneurship, historic preservation, the intersection of architecture and art direction, the growing convergence of design and food, and more.

Curated for a design conscious audience, exhibitors showcased pre-fab home options and smart building materials and ideas for kitchens and baths. Dwell Outdoor inspired with design ideas for outdoor living—including our Resort Sectional shown above—and the latest trend of vertical gardening. The Modern Family area promoted the creativity and originality behind modern design with a multitude of hands-on activities and displays geared towards children of all ages.

What were highlights of the show for you?

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