24 March 2013

the last 7 days, part 1

i started my week by discovering that j.c. penney is now called jcp, and actually has cute stuff i want to buy. who knew? well, so cal social media superstar jonathan lo of happy mundane knew, as he has been pimping cute jcp stuff on his pinterest boards for ages, which led me to take note, and then discover that hot fashion daddy* nick wooster also knew, as he curated a clothing collection for jcp- of which i bought a couple pieces for practically free!

*hot fashion daddy is a phrase i never thought i'd type as those three simple words NEVER seem to go together, much to my disappointment ;-)
see? i bought this bow tie there, and was particularly proud of myself for successfully tying a bow tie for the first time in my many years on this planet. all my prior attempts ended in tears and frustration, so thanks youtube!  normally, i might just keep where i bought my twelve dollar tie to myself, but i'm proud to be able to support j.c. penney as they've been supporting me with their equality-focused ad campaign. love them for that, so please, if you are looking for somewhere to buy cute high-style yet mass market-priced fashion and housewares, find a jcp and spend away! 
i wore my equality tie to a couple of cool parties to kick off westweek, the pacific design center's annual spring market, including a soiree at the beautiful janet yonaty showroom hosted by my friends at california home + design where i laughed and gorged on prosecco and chocolate-covered strawberries. rough life, right?
i also attended another packed house at michael smith's jasper showroom the same evening. i was super bummed i didn't get a picture with teh delightful  amanda nisbet , who i had the pleasure of meeting for the first time that evening. she and i  discussed our mutual friend (and her former employee) the very talented maggie waltemath, of vibrance + chaos. maggie is a designer to watch, as though she is just starting out, i have a feeling i might end up working for her one day! and while i didn't get a picture with my new friend amanda,  i did get a picture of a woman in an awesome hat with crow's wings, so that was almost as good.
westweek is all about the introduction of new fabrics and merchandise from our favorite industry sources, and though these fab velvety outdoor chenilles from donghia aren't new additions to their line,  i still used my time wisely while in the showroom to pull a few samples for a future project. how amazing will these be as pillows on white chaise lounges surrounding a blue pool?  oh yeah, donghia also had a party to celebrate their sponsorship of this year's los angeles antiques show in october (at a new location!) so that is exciting too.  last year's show was great, so i can't wait for this year to be even better.
kneedler fauchere had a party to celebrate 65 years in business, and in-between ogling the hot waiters they hired, i was captivated by this hand painted and lacquered wallpaper from dessin fournir. the lacquering and layered painting and gilding technique really sets it apart from some of the other hand-painted papers on the market. always nice to have more options!
the PDC also has several art galleries housed inside, and i had to stop i to the see line gallery because this colorful and unusual canvas by christopher cichocki caught my eye. scorched earth reinterpreted in unearthly colors = my kind of thing.
this painting by tyler vlahovich at wharton + espinosa also grabbed my atttention as i was walking by. love.
one of my favorite things was installation of 5 large "optic cloud" sculptures in the lobby by local architecture firm predock frane. good job, john!
of course the week wasn't all art openings, fabric shopping, and parties, lots of boring paperwork in the office was accomplished as well (ick), but sometimes our work isn't so boring- like when we get to go an a field trip to warner brothers studio facilities to work with their production people on a furniture piece we are having made...
at warner bros, i didn't just look at art, i made some! (detail of a mixed media assemblage panel i'm conspiring on).  20 bazillion years ago, i went to art school to make furniture before i decided that being a craftperson was not my forte and switched to interior design... so to be able to make art, that will be turned into furniture, for an interior design project is a full-circle bonus moment, and i'm incredibly gratified. i may bitch sometimes, but really, my job is awesome. :-)
and of course, even with all this going on, there was still time to cuddle with teh ones i love. ted's little pink tongue is just the cutest thing in the whole wide word, innit?
stay tuned for the last 7 days part deux!


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Jennifer Boyd said...

Great post, so many beautiful images.

KMP Modern said...

Annie Wharton and John Espinosa are old friends of mine from my Miami Beach days. Love all your picks, and I'm intrigued by your JC Penny finds. I always love a bargain!

maison21 said...

kmp modern- what a small world! one of my friends also went to school with the artist from the other gallery i posted about.

Lynford Rozario said...

Great post...Loved those shoes..:)

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