Last weekend I took a quick weekend trip to Los Angeles.  The plan was to hit a bunch of shops for inspiration, meet with a few vendors, and do some vintage buying at the Rose Bowl Flea Market.  I packed in a ton of shops (and driving!) into 48 hours and fell in love with LA all over again – I had not been in almost 10 years.

I went straight from the airport to Hollywood at Home, the showroom owned by designer Peter Dunham.  I once planned my whole living room around this room that Peter Dunham designed, and I love all the textile designers they carry so I was pretty pumped.

Hollywood at Home via Golden & PineHollywood at Home via Golden & Pine

I also loved visiting Jenni Kayne in nearby West Hollywood.  She is a fashion designer that also carries a really curated selection of home goods.  Her aesthetic is clean and minimal in the warmest way possible.

Jenni Kayne via Golden & Pine

Nickey Kehoe was one of my favorite visits from the weekend.  They have mastered setting up a shop that allows you to slowly discover little treasures around every corner.

Nickey Kehoe via Golden & PineNickey Kehoe via Golden & Pine

Downtown LA’s Arts District was a fun neighborhood.  Alchemy Works has awesome shelves and a car in the middle of their shop!  Hammer and Spear was also a fun dark and moody shop.

Alchemy Works via Golden & Pine

In Venice, I parked right by Gjelina intending to eat but got so pulled in by all the boutiques that I never got around to it.  I loved The Piece Collective and Alternative Apparel (nothing related to home goods but I think I found my perfect basic t-shirt and sweatpant).  All of the stores in this area along Abbot Kinney were fun for browsing.

I also made the drive out to Calabasas to visit the Shoppe by Amber Interiors.  I pretty much think Amber Lewis can do no wrong when it comes to design, so visiting her shop was a treat.  It was textile filled, layered and super cozy.

Amber Interiors via Golden & PineAmber Interiors via Golden & Pine

At the Rose Bowl Flea Market,  I stocked up on some more vintage African textiles for the shop and also fell in love with these African beads.  I had a handful all ready to buy (wouldn’t they look great hung together on a wall?) and then learned they were $50-$80 each (not for the whole bundle) so I passed this time.

Vintage African textiles via Golden & PineVintage African Beads via Golden & Pine

As far as food, Joan’s On Third was a fun stop for breakfast and snacks.

Joan's On Third

I had a great dinner at Gracias Madre, a vegan Mexican restaurant that I had heard was delicious even for non-vegans (it was).  The restaurant was decorated by Wendy Haworth and it was so pretty!  There was a lot going on – patterned tile, striped furniture, reclaimed wood, leather, brick – but it all worked together perfectly.  It was probably my favorite space I saw all weekend.

Gracias MadreGracias MadreI had such a good time I’m hoping to make this a regular occurrence, you know, for the shop. 🙂

Photos:  All by me except LA Map via People I’ve Loved, Joan’s On Third via Sacramento Street and Gracias Madre via Wendy Haworth



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