Sunday, March 22, 2009

Ready for Spring....

At the first signs of Spring I change my bedroom. Goodbye winter bed with its warm soothing tones and textiles...

Armande Bed, Interieurs Esprit Collection

Hello fresh bright Spring colors...

Normally my favored palettes run to the neutral beige, brown, white and gray tones, but I still have a real soft spot for chartreuse greens.

In both my New York and L.A. Showrooms I strip these "poufs" of their winter tones of browns and beige and dress them with greens and brights
Casalis "Bonnet" stools and rugs

First Signs of Spring

Chartreuse green, the color of resurrected life that comes with Spring, is seen here in my Connecticut garden in the Euphorbias just now preparing to bloom.

Below you see "Snow Drops" now fully in flower. In the Northeast these beautiful flowers are the first heralds of the coming Spring.

I love a Chartreuse border. To create one, I use the following plants:
Annuals: Nicotania ("Havana Green"); Perrenials: Alchemilla Mollis (a Must), Euphorbias, Hostas ("Royal Standard"); Thymus ("Golden Dwarf"), Heuchera ("Key Lime Pie") mixed with Milium Effusum Aureum and Beris Gold Torch.

Below, from my friend Monique Duveau's book "Secrets de Cuisine," is a colorful spring salad of Escarolle, Dandelion, Chicory, young Spinach, Nasturtiums, Violets and Thyme blossoms. Monique recommends a curried Vinegrette dressing with shallots and garlic bread croutons. Enjoy!

Photo by Francois Goudier

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Western Interiors & Design - April/May 2009

The newest issue of Western Interiors & Design ("WID") has a short piece on my new West Hollywood showroom. WID is an extremely well produced design magazine that gives its readers high quality interesting stories and beautifully composed photography. I've religiously followed WID since its first issue.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

My pied-a-terre showroom in West Hollywood

Interieurs - L.A.
450 North Robertson Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90048

After years of working both directly with private Los Angeles based clients doing long distance design projects from New York and also working with L.A. designers and architects on their projects, two years ago I finally mustered the courage and began my search for an Interieurs pied-a-terre.

All I knew at the start was that West Hollywood had to be the venue. My search began on North La Cienega, an avenue I really loved with spaces that seemed to me consistent with the look and feel of my Tribeca showroom. For whatever reason, I couldn't seem to find the right space at the right rent so my plans went on hold until nearly a year later when, quite by accident, I found myself on North Robertson in front of David Jones' building and it was love at first sight.

Although the space is dramatically different from Interieurs' Tribeca location, it is entirely consistent with my product lines and has provided me with an ideal platform to demonstrate the universal appeal of my product lines as well as my interior design concept.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

My West Hollywood friends and neighbors

As you've seen from my last post, I love the ambiance of West Hollywood. The shops nearby are wonderful and the people who own and run them are warm and friendly. They have all welcomed me to the neighborhood in a way I had never expected coming as I do from New York.

The Dean of West Hollywood, David Jones, my wonderful friend and great landlord. David is Los Angeles' preeminent florist.

Ken Paves Salon who's stylists saved my life on Interieurs' opening night are renowned for their work in L.A.

"Hub of the House" is a great custom kitchen design store just across from Interieurs at the S.E. corner of North Robertson and Dorrington Ave. Hub's owners were the first to welcome Interieurs to WeHo.

Ed's Coffee Shop, West Hollywood's go to eatery, is open for breakfast and lunch. The owners are great people who love their customers - regulars and newcomers alike.

H. Lorenzo's new flagship store H.L.N.R. is a wonderful fashion store just up North Robertson from my L.A. showroom. Lorenzo is a fashion retail legend in L.A. and his wares are always breathtaking as is his stunning new store.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

West Hollywood in February

A few weeks ago I was in Los Angeles to visit my West Hollywood location on North Robertson. I love to visit L.A. in the winter because its such a refreshing change from New York which is usually at its deepest gray in February. Just seeing the palm trees and the bougainvillea around the neighborhood refresh my spirit and energy in a unique way.

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