White Fir Fantasy Furniture

Faux fur is back in style with a vengeance particularly the pure white (ten years ago the mottled browns were the rage)  I understand the allure--anything in white feels luxurious and elegant.  The fur adds a sexy yet comfy vibe.  When paired together I think we're psychologically drawn back to the comfort of our naked-baby-on-bear-skin-rug days and find the combination irresistible.

Our Elsa chair takes the lodge look out of the Appalachians and into Manhattan.


These Sylvan chairs stylishly  blend the minimal bentwood moderne vibe with the flashy/trashy bling vibe. Who would have thought??? and yet the pairing is so fresh.


Anybody remember the Hostess Snowballs in your lunch bag?

Posted by maite garcia on 12 January, 2017 0 comments | Read more →

Indigenous Christmas Chandelier

Every year we Americans spend monster amounts of money decorating our homes for Christmas ranging from magnificent old trees magically transformed into lighted silhouettes of white twinkle lights outside to the ubiquitous sparkling Christmas trees, poinsettias, garlands, and stockings hung on fireplaces.  Often however much of this decor is centered in the living room which isn't a daily throughway and the decor ends up being visited instead of encountered on a daily basis.

Years ago I began decorating chandeliers in clients' dining rooms and kitchens for the holidays and found them to be a unique, refreshing and yet utterly practical way to transform a dining room or kitchen.  The height and placement of a chandelier is already in a perfect visual plane and when it is festooned with ornaments,  garlands, and greenery alongs its lights, it literally commands center stage of the room.

This year, instead of snowflakes, pine cones or fir evergreens which manynative Angeleno have never even seen, I was determined  to use locally sourced, indigenous material that we, the drought stricken, sun drenched Angelenos, can relate to.

All I had to do was don sunglasses, sunscreen and clippers and walk the neighborhood.

First, of course, Bougainvillea, the queen of California color.  Originally from So. America, these tough thorny vines are at the heart of the taunt  "our colors are better than your colors", that west coast gardeners hurl at their east coast counterparts right around this time of year.



 Next Toyon,  which is a California native which birds love to feast on and provide us some traditional red color for the holidays.  I removed some leaves to give the branches a more ethereal  feel.


I also cut some Satsuma Mandarins for their fruity ornaments and leaves to provide some classic greenery and texture as well as succulents and orange hyacinth.



I knew the ornaments would reflect at night with the lights on, but was even more pleasantly surprised how the llglass ornaments glowed and the sparkles caught the natural light during the day.



Battery powered dew drop lights are the greatest Christmas innovation since  snow!  and made the chandelier look celestial when the bulbs weren't on.

I love the way this chandelier design came out and can't wait for February to start  my Valentines Chandelier. 



Posted by maite garcia on 05 January, 2017 0 comments | Read more →

Christmas L.A. Style

Traditional Christmas cheer is hard to come by in L.A., not because we are too pre-occupied with our wealth, fame and tans, but because we are backwards from the rest of the country temperature wise.  Not surprisingly, life in the city of the angels can be a paradox.  While the rest of the country is in winter wonderland Christmas mode, here we are barely scratching fall weather.  Is it any wonder we can appear noncommittal or anti establishment to the rest of the US?  When everywhere other Americans are sliding into each other on icy, frozen roads while here are  hanging ornaments on fully fruiting orange trees in tee shirts and sunglasses.

We Angelenos try to embrace the season and our beloved outdoor malls like the Americana are decorated to the hilt, but notice the tee shirt and shorts as the gigantic Christmas tree is loaded in.

 We dutifully buy the wooly, cuddly scarves we see in the Gap windows, but by midday we've yanked off the knitted cap and are down to tee shirts, needing to drink our peppermint lattes iced as temperatures crest 70 degrees.
I'm not gloating.  I would welcome some crisper weather to make the season more holiday.  We try to get in the holiday spirit, but it's hard, even a bit ridiculous perhaps.   The yards are covered not in snow, but orange and red leaves.  Leaves we'll have to clear off our outdoor dining tables and fire pits for the weekend brunch (really, I'm not gloating).
 Even at Disneyland, the overtly sunny, contrarian So. Californian winter gets a representation outside the Jungle Cruise.
In mid December instead of Tudors and Victorian houses festooned to the hilt with fir swags, and twinkling lights on naked birch trees, we tour open houses of historic Adobes decorated with luminarias  and  children pelting the Santa piñata.
The deer come down from the foothills to eat our California natives hungry from the drought, 
but at least they don't eat the succulents which provide our Christmas  colors in lieu of poinsettias.
And finally, pathetically,  we have to truck in snow to municipal parks to educate the children that there is good white powder in the world.   Yes, the banner is strung between two palm trees.  
Still, I remain ever hopeful with the optimism that New Year's brings. Maybe it will even be cold enough to light the outdoor fireplace...
Posted by maite garcia on 28 December, 2016 0 comments | Read more →

Gotta Build a Gate... So it got me thinking.

What makes a good gate? Sure, form and function, right? But the first thing you have to decide is the gate's purpose. Is it gonna keep the dogs in and bad guys out?


Is it supposed to welcome someone to your garden? Is it merely a giant testament to your wealth and privilege (and lack of taste)?



My head hurts. So here's some that I found in the hood that got me thinking. 


This big ole guy is kinda foreboding. I like the shape and the material, but it's so solid that it doesn't feel very welcoming, which is probably the point. I do like the little Judas trap though, and the hammered wood is cool. No doubt these guys are a week away from having their copper mailbox stolen and sold for scrap, copper is a bundle these days...

This gate is so ugly that it makes me want to punch a kitten. 

In the face.

Is it the brass doorknob on the faux wrought iron? Is it the because of the beige paint that looks like Satan's sallow complexion after a weekend bender? Or maybe it's the wagon wheel ovals under that cheap arch. Hard to say. But taken altogether this is a truly good example of terrible design. It's also on a big house in Glendale that's gotta be 3 million dollars. So, you know, at least it was expensive.

Good thing they dressed it up with a very attractive garden hose...



This gate is good looking. It's relatively understated, on a Spanish revival house that they have modernized a little bit to really good effect. It's a metal frame with tongue in groove slats. The cutouts on top are in steel as part of the substructure.

Here's a big antique (probably Indian) door on a Spanish revival house. These repurposed doors were huge a few years ago. This one is proportioned just right for the house but is maybe a little busy. I'm buying it though, I think the global vibe of the two ethnic styles is working.


I have to build three garden gates. They aren't super secure, although they will lock, and should be more cottagey than anything else. I want them to have arches and be of similar design but not exactly the same because they are all different sizes. Maite' and I will draw up some ideas and I'll post em as I get closer to building.

Posted by Daniel Kucan on 30 November, 2016 0 comments | Read more →

Get Your Tofurkey Ready, it's Time for the Holiday Season

Reposting this from a year ago...

Seriously. Dining.
Parties? Whatever. 
Presents? Keep em.
I'm all about the sit down dinner, kid. I want to rub elbows with obscure relatives and hear stories about cousins I didn't know I had that involve embarrassing family secrets. And I want to do it here:
Look at this traditional table. Look at those big, comfy chairs and wood legs and dark finish. I want to watch Aunt Gerty get drunk at this table and say things that make us all a little uncomfortable. 
I want to wake up, rub my eyes, and eat leftovers for breakfast right here:
I want to pack the whole, hungover family at this custom oak banquette and watch my good-for-nothing brother poke at his pumpkin waffles and mumble incoherently. I want to talk about going shopping, but then think better of it and instead have another mimosa.
I want to have dinner at this guy's house:
He serves really good scotch and his hot wife dresses totally inappropriately and always takes her shoes off after dinner and leaves them on the coffee table. He got these zebra patterned chairs because he wanted to stay "rock-n-roll" even though he's a corporate attorney and wouldn't know Dr. Dre from Dr. Phil but who cares, man, did you see his wife?? I love the leg on this table: the Queen Anne meets Elvira meets Elvis vibe of it. New Years at this guys house is off the rails, kid, trust me on this.
Big, traditional trestle leg monsters:
Post industrial, splatter punk artworks:
Modern re-examinations of urban green hipsters:
Dining tables are where it's at. You know how they say that the party always ends up in the kitchen? Well, yeah, but it always STARTS at the dining table.
Posted by Daniel Kucan on 23 November, 2016 0 comments | Read more →

Fool Proof Tips for Successfully using Prints (not involving a throw pillow)

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Custom Stained Glass Door--what a stocking stuffer!!!!

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Ending 2015 with the launch of our new web site.

Posted by jerod lazan on 27 December, 2015 0 comments | Read more →

Pillow Power!

Love your sofa....but just think something is missing? Or maybe you're falling
out of love with your sofa but aren't ready to commit to a new one.
Well here's a way to make the sofa you have look even better: pillows!
Whether it's color,patter,texture or size.....pillow options can pull a whole room
into focus.

Here's a beautiful beige linen sofa. It's perfect just the way it is. That said, if you feel the need to add a little " something" take a look at the following different pillow options and see just how big a difference they can make.

Take two sets of pillows and pump up the volume ( especially helpful for some people as this is a very deep sofa). See what a difference merely reversing the pillow order can make!

Next up..... a bold blue textural blue and white option. See how the color option lightens up the sofa and works so well with the beige linen.

And, lastly, add a dash of color and whimsy with a bold Guatemalan bolster. This makes the couch seem much longer and more streamlined, but still offers a splash of color.... as well as support.

So, dive in..... while it may only be a can help make a house a home.
Posted by jerod lazan on 17 November, 2015 0 comments | Read more →

Furniture Store Floor Model Sale for May everything from Contemporary to Vintage Home Furnishings

Summer is fast approaching ( unless you live in Los Angeles and it's always summer) and it's time to make room for our summer collections. Since we build many of our own furniture and upholstery pieces there is always a a constant flow of new products we like to display on our design floor. I took a few pics of new products on our floor. Many of the furniture pieces that we are going to mark down will be featured on our in-stock category.
Featured below is one of our reclaimed wood trestle dining tables we build locally. The runner on the table is hand made in Guatemala.

One of our most popular platform beds, the Helmut bed, is featured in salvaged wood,
although we build in almost any material. The nightstand is from Theodore Alexander, one of the premiere furniture builders in the world.

A classic 4 poster queen bed in a vintage dark stain, a great transitional piece which will work in almost any interior.

Lighting is one of our strong points and we are constantly bringing in new designs from contemporary to classic. Sometime in May we will be introducing salvaged industrial floor and table lamps, this will be a fun addition for the store.

Dining tables are our most popular furniture products we build. I don't think there is a design or material we haven't used (but we'd LOVE a challenge; let us know what type of table you would like us to build for you).

Every 2 to 3 weeks we introduce new vintage and antique Asian furnishings, perfect for any interior design setting.

The urban industrial look has continued to become more popular and we have recently begun making custom metal furniture. This dining table is built with 1/4" thick solid metal and a reclaimed wood top. Most of the tables are finished in rich, dark stains with a satin lacquer top coat.

One of the trade marks of our store and our design sensibilities is our love of eclectic
interiors. I promise you won't be disappointed.
Posted by jerod lazan on 17 November, 2015 0 comments | Read more →
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