26 April 2012

get your vintage chic on: woodson & rummerfield on one king's lane!

wanna know where i'll be tonight at 6pm est/9pm pst? i'll be glued to my computer screen with credit card at the ready for the fabulous vintage finds of two of my favorite LA peeps, jaime rummerfield & ron woodson featured on one king's lane! m21 suggests you do the same for fabulous finds like these:

see you on one king's lane tonight! oh, and those wingback dining chairs are MINE, btw!  ;-)

25 April 2012

going up, coming down (air sickness: the humiliation of flying in 2012)

today i'm back from the incredible high point furniture market, and i should be putting my nose to the grindstone to catch up on the work i missed during the time i was gone, as well as going through the hundreds of pictures i took in NC, but instead i find myself in bed.

no, i'm not in bed because i'm depressed over missing all the amazing friends i've spent the past five days with (though that is kinda sad), but rather because i came home sick. as in fever, headache, cough, etc... and why am i sick? well, it might be due to the hundreds of people i shook hands with, hugged, and kissed over the past week (i only made out with a couple, mind you ;-), but since those were all happy events, and i hate to think of happy things as causing sickness, instead, i blame this:

yes, the dreaded flying petri dish.

remember when flying was a glamorous experience, like on mad men? well, neither do i, really, but i do remember when it wasn't a horrible, awful, degrading, experience like it is now. having to show up to teh airport hours before your flight becuase of the threat of out of control security lines and stressing out if you are even a tiny bit late; then being forced to spend an arm and a leg on shitty airport food if you do get there early because there is nothing else to do, and no seats near your gate because they are all loaded up with the excess baggage nobody wants to check now that it costs 25 bucks a bag.

then there is the delightful "remove your shoes, belts, and jackets before entering the security checkpoint." um, great- forced public stripping!  since i am all waist and no butt, removing my belt always means that the next steps i take could result in gravity taking over and being pantsless in public! this kind of thing i like to save for special occasions, not being forced into it in a crowded airport. i also REALLY enjoy having my nice clean socks touch the grimy airport floor and then having to wear them for hours- so hygienic and fun!

perhaps even worse is "remove all liquids from your carryon and place in the plastic bins." you know, 'cuz the world really needs to be exposed to all the jams, jellies and potions in my regime de beauté. a security agent once asked me why i was carrying a little bottle of olive oil-  "it's in case i want to make an italian meal in flight, silly! but if you reaaaaally must know, it's to make my hair look shiny & healthy, instead of like a big dry bush on top of my head.  happy now, ma'am?" (btw, the olive oil trick works, especially if you have thick, porous hair like me, and it lasts longer than the moroccan oil being sold for 10x the price at your salon).

oh, and let's not advertise the internets on the tray tables WHEN YOU DO NOT OFFER INFLIGHT WIRELESS. it is in bad taste, and simply reminds people like myself about how much time we are wasting on your flight when we could be answering emails and conducting business! (and yes, i consider facebook and twitter  to both be business; just because they can also be fun, doesn't mean they aren't a business tool as well).  it's two-thousand-and-freaking-twelve, US airways- open up your tightass wallet and add internet as well as seatback television to ALL planes, like a civilized airline!

last to add insult to injury, this is what i enjoyed the entire time during my 4.5 hour flight. (i wish i could kick the chair you are sitting in to simulate the fact that in the brief moments when this child wasn't crying, it was pounding  on the tray table. i don't blame mother of the child for the crying- as a 5x uncle, i know that sh*t happens, and that sometimes a child just can't be calmed; but i do blame mom for the pounding on teh tray table- you can find another way to distract your child other than making my flight even more rotten):

still, miracle of miracles, i got to where i was going, and had a wonderful, wonderful, time in high point. i will be posting lots of pictures in future posts, so stay tuned. in the meantime, here's a cute pic jill seidner of the material girls, snapped of our high point antics:
moi with Ashlina of The Decorista, Crystal of Plush Palate & Rue Magazine, and Cassandra of Coco + Kelley, during cocktails at the glam oly studio showroom.

ps- richard says "hi". while i was typing this, he walked across my keyboard and left teh following question for y'all to answer:

drwerlrlrr,rr rrirrtrr rrrrrcrorf? 

love how he ended it with a grammatically correct question mark. smart kitty cat.

19 April 2012

i'm so excited! (high point market anticipation!)

m21 is super excited that in just a few days he will be again immersed in the excitement of high point market- can't wait to see new introductions and old friends! the sitter for the kids is arranged, and the bags are ... well, they ain't packed, but that will be sorted before take off!

if you are unable to attend this market, be sure to follow the #HPmkt hash tag on twitter, as well as maison21 on facebook, twitter, pinterest and instagram (@maison21)- it will be almost like you are there! (and you really should consider being there yourself in the fall- i can't tell you how great it is to see all teh new products in one convenient city-sized stop, and well as enjoy the incredible connections made across the industry. seriously, it all happens in HP.)

here's some highlights from last market to whet your appetite for what's to come:
a bevy of bloggers at the 4 hands showroom.

can't wait to see my friends at 220 elm!


michelle ginnerty of my notting hill relaxes in dwell studio

me and my girls, at sunset

the phillips collection
one of the MANY parties- this one at halo was a total blast! ('scuse the robot eyes)

global views

and if you are in high point for market, and you see a familiar bearded face across a crowded showroom, PLEASE say "hey!"- remember, high point is all about connections to products and people, so let's connect, peeps!

16 April 2012

i love LA! (inspired by house beautiful's "making it in LA")

good gosh- where does the time fly? i've had these photos sitting on my desktop in preparation for this post for over a month, and just realized tonight, that even worse, it's been almost two weeks since my last post of any kind! my apologies- two weeks without a post is an eternity in blog land, but all is well here at teh atelier, just busy, and thank you to every one for sticking with me during this brief recess. (and y'all know that you can always find me in the meantime on my other social media outlets, facebook, twitter, and pinterest, right? they are all much more immediate than my blog, and much less time consuming, meaning i can update them on the go, so really, if you just can't bear the pain of being separated from m21, please connect with me everywhere!)

anyhoo, back to the subject of today's post- y'all know i'm in a complete love affair with my city, right? warts and all (you know, warts like the traffic and pacoima), i just couldn't imagine living anywhere else but los angeles. between the near perfect weather, the beautiful people, the ocean, the year 'round green, and all the cultural amenities that a world class city offers,  sometimes it's just downright magical being here in the city of angels, and that is the subject of today's post (though we really aren't going to talk about any of those things).

what we are going to talk about is how inspired we were by an article in last month's house beautiful magazine by david keeps (LA's design writer emeritus) entitled "making it in LA", enumerating all the amazing design resources, current and past, that make this city one of the world's true capitals of design. if you don't have a copy of the magazine, particularly if you live in LA, go out and beg, borrow, or steal one from your dentist's office, as it is a near encyclopedic compendium of all the great people who manufacture and design here in los angeles. as i read it, it made me realize just how lucky i am to be in an interior designer in a city with so many amazing resources literally at my fingertips, and how it makes my job so much easier, as well makes my work so much better, to be immersed in such a fantastic creative environment.

i read the article during the height of westweek, the PDC's annual celebration of design, so i wanted to highlight some "made in LA" favorites also mentioned in the article that i was lucky enough to see in person during market...
brian ferrick and alex mason, of ferrick mason.
first, one of my LA favorites is local fabric house, ferrick mason, founded by brian ferrick and alex mason. their artisan fabrics are designed, hand screened and printed right here in los angeles, and i caught them as they in they were debuting new designs in the thomas lavin showroom.
lexington by ferrick mason
my favorite of ferrick mason's market introductions, "galapagos". curtains in this would be amazing!
a ferrick mason old fave, "criss cross"
right across the aisle from ferrick mason, also represented in the thomas lavin showroom is another "made in LA" favorite, kevin kolanowski's fuse lighting- again, 100% designed and manufactured here in los angeles:
a fuse lighting sconce so new, i don't think i got its name. sure is pretty, though!
(photo by jill seidner of material girls)

an old favorite from fuse, the acacia bookshelf light. so verstaile and chic. also comes in a sconce, table lamp and chandelier and as fuse is local, the possibilities for customization are limitless!

i have loved the bright and beautiful prints of raoul textiles for years, but until mr. keeps' fabulous house beautiful article, i had NO idea that they too were a "made in LA"  item. well, not technically LA, but sally mcquillan has been designing and printing her fabrics 2 hours north of LA in santa barbara for over 30 years, so raoul still qualifies as a local. no wonder sally's fabrics are so quirky and cool- it's easy to be inspired when you live in paradise!
colorful and bold- see why i like raoul textiles?
there are tons more manufacturers and designers listed in mr. keeps' amazing article so if you can still find HB on the newstand BUY it, if only for this amazing resource! if you can't find it, order a backcopy, or stalk it on ebay- it's worth it. thanks again to house beautiful magazine and david keeps for producing such a great feature on the city i love, and illustrating to the rest of world what makes los angeles such an important and vital resource for design.  truly, the most inspiring article i've read in a magazine this year! (ps- you can also find david keeps' local coverage in the LATimes at home blog)

speaking of "making it in LA", i wanted to briefly announce that maison21 is super excited to be designing a window display for this year's la cienega design quarter "legends 2012: windows to the world" event from may 9th to 11th. we are keeping the theme of our window local, and working with some great LA resources, like gina berschneider furniture, to make some items for our vignette, so it should be exciting!  we are still planning and finalizing our design (and searching for a local manufacturer to make us a folding screen- anyone have room in their production schedules for a quick job? so far, i'm striking out), and we are super-excited to be involved in such a great celebration of local design, including great los angeles based designers, manufacturers and retailers.  again, see why we LOVE our city? more posts to come on this in may!

02 April 2012

good morning!

the cure for the monday morning blues: dog breath!