26 November 2012

hooray for huppé! (a visit to 220 elm at high point market)

where has the time gone this year? i swear i just stepped off the plane yesterday from my bi-annual visit to the fabulous high point market, but here it is, 6 weeks later and i'm just now posting about my sponsor! and i haven't even sorted through all my photos of the rest of my favorite market finds. crazy. i have a feeling i will blink my eyes and wake up in 2013 (if, of course, the planet survives 12/21/2012). time needs to slow down for a second and let a fella catch his breath!
love how these modular storage units by huppé combine natural black walnut with bright, saturated color.
at high point market in october, as usual, one of my "must" stops was to see my friends in the 220 elm building. if you haven't been, 220 elm is probably the best place to get a concentrated dose of modern design while at market, especially if you are a furniture retailer- lots of retail friendly price points and manufacturers who can deliver in volume. i know personally as a designer, i draw lots of inspiration from the modern international designs showcased in the 220 elm building, and it seems there is always a new showroom to visit that i didn't know about before...
these bunching tables epitomize the sleek, minimalist lines of huppé's designs

this market, i was introduced to huppé furniture, a brand out of quebec that fittingly combines sophisticated & modern french styling with canadian practicality (ie- european style without the import price tag). huppé manufactures in canada, using a lot of american black walnut, making it a truly regional north american product, so ya gotta love that!  their designs are perfect for urban living, as they deliver deliver lots of sleek style at a budget friendly price point. their more up-market "up" collection really caught my eye, with beautiful natural finishes, and every piece has a finished back- so important for open-plan living!

a stand out huppé piece is this modern take on a bachelor's chest. love the graining!
and voila! it opens to reveal clever storage.
i wish every furniture company would finish the backs of things- sometimes you just gotta float stuff in the middle of a room!
i really loved huppé's natural finishes- you just want to run your hands over them.
perfectly proportioned.
digging the vertical lines of this media wall storage. most rooms in modern construction need vertical, not horizontal lines and the black and white graphicness of it all doesn't hurt, either! ;-)
a big thank you to 220 elm and huppé for a lovely market visit, and i hope you enjoyed my virtual recap. the huppé website has a much more complete view of their line, so i encourage you to visit!

ps- i titled this post "hooray for huppé" because hooray is the closest thing i could think of to rhyme with their name- "huppé" is pronounced something like "who-pay", not "hup-pee", as this ignorant american first thought- don't want you to make the same mistake! ;-)

**thanks to jill seidner of material girls, my #hpmkt partner in crime, for taking the opening picture for this post- she captured my "high point high" just perfectly!

18 November 2012

i love these guys.

ted just woke up, and wasn't particularly happy to find richard snuggling with him, but couldn't actually be bothered to snarl at him to go away, so he just resignedly sighed, and went back to sleep.  i love these guys- they always keep me smiling.

hope this helps your monday start with a smile too.

16 November 2012

2 things for the weekend (a post in grainy instagrams!)

yay! me in print!
1) you should run, not walk to the newstand to pick up the november/december issue of california home + design magazine. not only are my bath (above) and the rest of the glam spaces from teh small space big style showhouse featured, they've showcased some amazing homes from around the state with the theme of small space big style to round things out. it's a good one, so go buy it!  on newstands NOW!
again from the pages of the mag: moiself, with the dashing ron woodson of woodson-rummerfield, and the glamorous erin feher, editor of CA home + design, at the opening party for the showhouse. the local design community (like ron and erin) were all so overwhelmingly supportive of the showhouse, i get misty just thinking about it-  too many people to list here, but i appreciate the kindness shown by each and every one of you!
my talented showhouse co-conspirators, christopher kennedy & molly luetkemeyer, mingling at the magazine issue launch party. christopher is a new friend made through the showhouse, but i've been lucky enough to bask in molly's fabulousity for for years, ever since her since her sister julie bought a tchotchke from me on ebay a bazillion years ago. that random purchase lead to our eventual introduction and bonding over our mutual love of design and witty repartee (not only is molly talented, she is also wicked funny).
2) and for you los angeles residents, this is your LAST chance to visit the showhouse- it is open saturday and sunday from 10-3 but closes forever on sunday.  *sniff, sniff*.  it's been such an awesome experience, i am loathe to let it go (no more cramming peeps into my shower for a mirror photo op or glamorous parties in teh showhouse space) but all good things must come to an end, and i'm left with many fond memories. seriously, if you are in LA, do go catch it before it closes- it's worth your while, i guarantee!
here's my last hot shower threesome with annie crowninshield, owner of one of my favorite stores, empiric, on beverly blvd, and ginna christensen the marketing and business development genius behind marc phillips rugs, soon to open on la cienega.
thanks for putting up with my endless posts about the showhouse bath,  kids. it was a major highlight of this past year for me(one of many), so you'll have to understand why i wanted to promote it as much as possible. but we are ready to move on, and it's time to share more of the goodness of the past few months- we still have more posts about blogtour london, high point market and assorted other design goodness to cram in before the the world ends on 12/21! i better get cracking!

12 November 2012

it's the little things in life that make one happy...

it's the little things in life that make one happy...

like witnessing a barefoot woman inside starbucks carefully painting the soles of her shoes red. equal parts horrifying (eww- bare feet & her shoes on a table, in a place where people eat) and heartwarming (she probably had an important meeting or interview, and she wanted to look her best) but either way, it made me deliriously happy to witness on an otherwise uneventful monday morning.

hope your day was special too. ;-)

05 November 2012

luvocracy- a new *trusted* way to shop the interwebs

hey y'all- i wanted to introduce you to a new way to shop teh interwebs- it's called luvocracy, and it's all about buying products based on the trusted recommendations of your nearest and dearest friends (like me). think of it sort of as word of mouth meets pinterest meets amazon meets your own personal shopper/concierge meets frequent flyer miles (that's a lot of meets, right?) your friends (and you) simply post boards of products you trust and would recommend to friends to the luvocracy site, luvocracy saves your credit card info, and when you see something you like from a trusted person (again, like moi), simply click "buy", and luvocracy takes it from there, dealing with any shipping or return issues on your behalf like a personal shopper, and if someone buys a product *you* recommend, you get a lil reward. cool, right?

luvocracy just launched, so like any start up, it's still a growing work in progress, as are the boards of products i love that i've contributed to the site. also, like when pinterest first launched, it's invite only and they are slowly letting people join the site. you can request an invite via the site, or email me, and i'll hook you up.

below is a sampling of my boards so you can get an idea of what i trust and recommend to my new luvocracy friends; lots are items i've used in client's homes, so in a way in addition to all the "meets" qualities listed above, it's also like having your own personal decorator on call!

i *trust* you'll enjoy shopping with me and the new luvocracy experience!