Legends of La Cienega

While waiting with a growing sense of desperation for spring to arrive on the East Coast, I escaped for a whirlwind few days in Los Angeles to participate in “Legends of La Cienega,” a three-day celebration of the city’s design talent and resources. Now in its ninth year, “Legends” is organized by the many shops and showrooms clustered on La Cienega Boulevard in an area known as La Cienega Design Quarter (or LCDQ) in West Hollywood. With the support of many sponsors, including 1stdibs and the Hearst Design Group, Legends included a wide range of fascinating panel discussions, tours of the finest of LA's extraordinary range of design houses, along with lively receptions and cocktail parties. There was something for everyone!

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Twelve Days of Christmas

We kicked off the holiday season in our shop celebrating the twelve days of Christmas. Here are some fun gifts for friends, family or even yourself!

  On the first Day of Christmas my true love gave to me - One scented seasonal candle. Kick off the holiday season with the scent of Cinnamon Leaves wafting throughout your home.

 

On the first Day of Christmas my true love gave to me - One scented seasonal candle. Kick off the holiday season with the scent of Cinnamon Leaves wafting throughout your home.

On the second Day of Christmas my true love gave to me - Two brass apples. Looking to add a “wow factor” to your desk? Look no further than these brass beauties.

 

On the third Day of Christmas my true love gave to me - Three French hens. These delightful guinea hens are the perfect accessory to any kitchen, dining or living room.

 

On the fourth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me - Four gardenia scented candles. Reminisce to warmer days with the clean and light scent of spring and summer in your home. They are perfect socking stuffers as well.

 

On the fifth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me – Five stone fruits! While you might not be able to bite into these festive pears, they make the perfect centerpiece!

 

On the sixth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me – Six sparkly pillows. It’s the time of year to add some glitz and glamour to your home!

 

On the seventh Day of Christmas my true love gave to me – Seven linen coasters with metallic trim! No need for marks or stain on your tables this season.

 

On the eighth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me – Eight vintage cranberry highball glasses.  Be the hostess with the best looking cocktails at this year’s holiday party!

 

On the ninth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me – Nine red candles. No holiday tablescape is complete without elegant candles adorning the table.

 

On the tenth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me – Ten embroidered stockings. These adorable and chic miniature stockings by Rebecca Vizard are perfect for storing small gifts or decorating your mantle and tree.

 

On the eleventh Day of Christmas my true love gave to me – Eleven blue seashells. These shells are a staple for every beach home.

 

On the twelfth Day of Christmas my true love gave to me – Twelve Beauville napkins. These napkins are perfect for year-round entertaining.

So Long, Sweet Summer!

Although our busy and overcharged lives don't always allow us fully to enjoy those lazy days of summer, I am always more than a little wistful when September comes around.  Back to school, back to routine, and as the French say, time for "La Rentrée" or re-entry.  

Here are a few of my favorite things about summer:

Hydrangeas in Bloom: One of my favorite flowers, these beauties are easy to grow and you get a lot of "bang for your buck." They are long-lasting, look gorgeous in their natural setting, and are just as pretty in a vase.  I love watching these plants sprout their first leaves in late spring.  After a long winter's nap, they transform from their twig-like appearance to the full, lush and colorful blooms, peaking mid July, and offering a wonderful range of color throughout the summer months.  They just plain make me happy!

 

Eating al fresco and enjoying summer's fresh offerings:  The delectable fruits and vegetables of summer make cooking and eating easier and more pleasing.  I love picking tomatoes, cucumbers and fresh herbs from my garden and making delicious summer salads and side dishes.  And when it comes to the main course, everything seems to taste better on a grill-- especially when it is alongside a frosty margarita!  During the cold, dark days of winter, I will miss the taste and colors of summer meals.

 

Long Days and Summer Sunsets:  I love the long summer days when the sun rises early and doesn't set until close to 8:00.  The long days make us more productive and energetic.  And a perfect end to the day is watching the sun go down at the shore.  The last, lingering lights combine with wisps of clouds to create a dazzling array of colors and raise my anticipation for the next day.  Here is a recent sunset on the Long Island Sound. 

 

Wearing sandals all summer!  What more is there to say?!?

 

 

Playing tennis in the great outdoors!  Tennis is a passion and there is something wonderful about working up a sweat and swinging a racquet under the sun.  It is great exercise and a perfect way to make new friends.  I try to take advantage of every chance to play, especially when I can play on grass courts.  A real treat!  But this time of year, I am setting aside time to watch what I know will be breathtaking performances at the U.S. Open.