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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As far as food, Joan’s On Third was a fun stop for breakfast and snacks.
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.
I had such a good time I’m hoping to make this a regular occurrence, you know, for the shop. 🙂