One of my favorite restaurants in downtown Los Angeles is Bottega Louie, a crisp, white, cavernous restaurant that features a pastry and dessert bar that is the closest thing to Laduree that we have in LA. The plain white walls and brass features allow the pastel packaging and bright colors of the macarons and candies to pop. Every time I walk in there my pace slows down and my eyes open a little wider. It is not often I find environments that I could live in, but this is one that I wish I could transfer to my own home. I'm just not sure which room I would make it...the kitchen is too obvious. The restaurant was too crowded to get good photos of the scale of the room, but I did take a bunch of photos of the treats themselves which are just as inspiring. The colors of the macarons and cupcakes are so on trend right now....proof that interior design inspiration can come from anywhere!
Thursday, October 6, 2011
|Close-up of gold gilt chair and an ottoman I had made from a vintage embroidered fabric I purchased overseas. The mid-century chrome floor lamp with woven shade contrasts nicely with the ornate chair.|
|I didn't want to do both gold gilt chairs in the same color, but used the same silk velvet for consistency. A Kartell side table sits next to the chair, and a 'driftwood' console anchors the TV and artwork wall to the other side of the chair.|
|I painted my front door a high gloss blue. The built-in was already there when I moved in.|
|I hung a piece of fabric from Thailand over the bed in the master bedroom, and use a Moroccan wedding shawl as a throw on the end of my bed. The low platform bed and lamps are vintage from the 60s.|
|I took a Mexican rug and reupholstered a bench for the end of the bed. Hot pink ties all the fabrics and accents together.|
|The cream leather chairs are from Italy and have also traveled with me over the years. The lucite table was a major score for only $100 at a flea market.|
|The bowling pins don't really make any sense other than that I loved the neon pink band around them. I didn't have a wall to hang the pink Venetian mirror on so I propped it up on old leather luggage.|
|Sitting area in my kitchen which I gave a funky French feel with black and white and pops of neon pink again.|
|The mirror on the paneled wall was a lattice screen that I painted black, highlighted with gold on the inside edges, and backed with mirror tiles.|
|Close-up of the Asian-bamboo style console and coordinating mirror.|
|Close-up of one of my favorite lamps. I became obsessed with the color combination of blue and black because of this lamp seven years ago, and now I see this combination becoming a major trend.|
|Looking into a gold-leafed floor mirror you can see a view of my dining table which also acts as a center table since the dining room is in the middle of the home, and you have to pass through it to get to the other rooms.|
Posted by Kim Salmela at 7:16 PM
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
I have been traveling back and forth from LA to NY a lot lately. Some would consider that the best of both worlds. Personally, I can't complain. In LA I get the sun, the outdoors, hiking, the beach and a relaxed routine. NY represents energy and all that is hip, new, and chic...words which also describe my friends who live in NY.
On my last trip, some of those friends and I took a trip to the Paul Smith store in Soho to visit another friend, Jack, a visual merchandiser, and to do a little shopping. Because we were with an 'insider,' I felt comfortable taking out my camera to snap shots of the store which I have been in many times. I mean, I can't tell you how many pairs of Paul Smith socks I have bought over the years as gifts for the men in my life! (That doesn't sound right-that includes male friends!) Seriously though, if you ever need a gift for a guy, you cannot do any better than Paul Smith. Their socks are the easiest gift to buy for a guy...those multi-color stripes will elevate any outfit.
As we toured the store this time, though, I was able to look past the clothing and see the really great merchandising and store design. The store is set up like a home, and as you wander from room to room the vibe changes, yet, retains a vintage eclectic vibe everywhere you turn. You know a store has succeeded when they create an environment you would want to live in.
|The women's side of the store combines a rustic chevron patterned wood floor with 70s brass bookcases and classic French seating redone in bright floral fabrics. Throw a low, loungy velvet or linen sofa in this room and I would move in!|
|The mix of florals on this vintage settee is super cute, and I love the soft pinkish/purple color of the walls.|
|Over on the mens side, we have a similar antique brass cabinet and a similar eclectic mix of different vintages, but here everything is a bit more masculine and mid-century. The stone floor lends itself to being more retro than the ladies' side.|
|Close-up of a wing chair upholstered in a fashion stripe. Most fashion fabrics do not lend themselves to upholstery, but some fabrics can be backed to make them stronger.|
|The store merchandise sits comfortably against a wall covered in an artwork collage. Here are the socks I was talking about!|
|This photo in the window is supposed to resemble (or actually is-I don't remember) a view of a garden of one of Paul Smith's estates...or one he had visited. Don't quote me-I was ten steps behind because I was taking photos!|
|Upstairs is the wholesale showroom. Hopefully I don't get in trouble for posting any photos of product that shouldn't be seen! This photo shows the uber-creative sock display with fake grass and glass and acrylic table.|
|Another creative display.....scarves hanging from bungee cords.|
|This bag takes the stripe trend to another level as they apply a second trend-photography. The pattern on this bag comes from it being a photograph of a jacket that is on the bag.|
|A narrow wall in a small niche has a few rolls of eggplant colored paint to bring out the color of the gentleman's suit in the painting. The bare light bulb keeps the vignette 'easy chic'.|
|Lighting done casually, yet done so artistically|
Posted by Kim Salmela at 11:31 PM