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Issue № 3 SPRING 2011

Life is…


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a party!

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Contents Spring 2011

FEATURES

SMALL WONDER 20 A young family takes a personal approach to their diminutive L.A. dwelling. LOVING LAS VEGAS 46 Our desert dispatch offers a rather tranquil take on Sin City. NESTING INSTINCTS 81 In British Columbia, a cozy and contemporary abode is designed for work and play. A WORLDLY RETREAT 90 A bevy of heirlooms and travel mementos contribute to an eclectic and inviting home. SISTER ACT 98 Meet two siblings in San Francisco with plenty in common, but divergent decorating tastes. DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE 112 A not-so-mad tea party makes for a memorable tenth birthday.

Cover illustrations by JULIA DENOS

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DIVERSIONS

SURPRISE AND DELIGHT 32 Celebrate a special occasion with unexpected, creative gestures. FAMILY TIES 58 A father and daughter establish a business rooted in old-school craftsmanship. ORIGINAL SPIN 71 Peek into the lives of a pair of DJs, including their suggested party playlists. HOMEWARD

PATTERN POWER 40 An HGTV Design Star successfully blends two styles into one beautiful home. STRANGE BREW 66 Never drink another dull draft, thanks to a Brooklyn company’s DIY brew kits. IN EVERY ISSUE

EDITOR’S LETTER CONTRIBUTORS

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MAKING THE MAGAZINE 8 SHOPKEEPERS’ PICKS 10 MARKET REPORT

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CONVERSATION 14 Sara Hicks Malone of Party Perfect RESOURCES

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BY THE BOOK

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PRIZED POSSESSION David Stark

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SURPRISE and DELIGHT Produced by JORDAN FERNEY Photographs by AUBREY TRINNAMAN

Party planner, letterpress stationer, and all-around crafter extraordinaire Jordan Ferney sure knows how to mark a special occasion. On her blog (ohhappyday.com), she documents the celebrations—big and small—that she devises. Not surprisingly, Jordan also has a fair number of equally creative friends, like photographer Aubrey Trinnaman. And when these two combine forces? Well, the results can be pretty inspiring. We asked them to share and recreate some of their favorite ideas that they’ve executed for loved ones.

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IDEA NO. 1 ART INSTALLATION For less than $20, you can treat a friend to an unexpected sight: an art installation in their honor. Steps festooned with colorful streamers will no doubt make for a memorable birthday. Oranges help hold down the streamers, provide additional pops of color, and serve as hiding spots for folded notes. (Of course, you can pick something other than oranges.) When Aubrey originally set this up for her boyfriend Blake Henderson’s birthday, she started by asking his friends and family to write a note to him. She placed oranges on top of each note—“I always tell Blake that oranges remind me of him and his red hair,” explains Aubrey—to keep them from blowing away in the San Francisco wind (she selected stairs near the city’s Legion of Honor as the location). Color is key to this installation, she says, hence the plethora of streamers. “It was tickling to see strangers also appreciate the surprise as they went about their daily walks and jogs.”

Blake’s reaction: “I took my time going up the stairs. What impressed me the most was that Aubrey was able to involve virtually every person who I love. Here I was on my birthday, just me and Aubrey—but I was surrounded with the love of my truest friends and family.”


Pattern Power Photographs by TERI LYN FISHER Styling by EMILY HENSON

With the help of HGTV personality Emily Henderson, the Los Angeles home of our market editor Joy D. Cho now reflects her taste as well as her husband’s 40

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Easy Does It To keep the living room from being too feminine, Emily Henderson avoided furniture with any ornate features and opted for gender neutral accessories such as a vintage steel glove mold and apothecary jars.

“As long as it’s not a Christmas object, I’m more open to things with my name on it now,” says Joy of the Jonathan Adler-designed jar.

WHEN JOY and her husband Bob moved into

their Silver Lake apartment last summer, it had a lot going for it, including “amazing views and lots of light,” she recalls. “But it didn’t feel like us.” Joy’s love of playful prints and hues is well-documented on her blog (ohjoy.blogs.com), and is also evident in her stationery and wallpaper collections (the latter is prominently featured in her home). As a graphic designer, she says, “you’d think designing a space wouldn’t be tough for me. But my brain lives much better in 2-D than in 3-D. I can pick out some cool pieces, yet have no idea how to make them cohesively work together.” Enter Emily Henderson, the freelance prop stylist who won season five of HGTV’s Design Star competition. With her guidance, the couple now has a place that is “complete, cozy, and beautiful,” says Joy. “It’s an awesome blend of our styles—Bob with the wood, metal, and mid-century pieces, and me with the metallics, florals, and pops of color.”

Balancing Act The clean lines of the bar cart and rustic yet elegant carafes offset the glam painting and wallpaper.

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LOVING LAS VEGAS That version of Las Vegas that’s regaled in songs by everyone from Elvis to Katy Perry, as well as in movies à la The Hangover and Casino? It really does exist. Yet there’s another side to this desert destination. On a recent getaway to the gaming and entertainment capital of the world, I was determined to experience a calmer, gentler Las Vegas.

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The Coin Castle King greets visitors to the Neon Museum. Opposite: The Lady Luck hotel and casino, located downtown, is undergoing a $100 million renovation and will reopen in 2012.

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Let me start with a confession: despite having been to Las Vegas half a dozen or so times, I’ve never quite grasped the city’s allure. It always felt like a nonstop party—one where I just didn’t fit in with the other guests. I would begrudgingly tag along on trips at the behest of friends or family. As someone who isn’t a fan of gambling or velvet ropes, I often wondered: “What does Vegas have to offer me?” Well, it turns out, a lot. When I read that the CityCenter, the Las Vegas property that opened in December 2009, totals nearly 18,000,000 square feet, I thought it had to be a typo. Eighteen-million square feet?! But it was no typo. The über development consists of boutiques, casinos, a convention center, entertainment venues, restaurants, and hotels—all of which will convince you that this is indeed a city-within-a-city. You almost need a GPS to navigate through the buildings. Fortunately for me, photographer Jen Siska flew into town a day before and had the lay of the land by the time I arrived. A friend recommended that we stay at Aria Resort & Casino, one of three hotels in the

The structures that comprise the CityCenter are the work of several notable architects.

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A Day in the Life 9:30 A.M. In preparation for a late night at the club, Matthew and Sandy catch a few extra winks.

THE DJ: human encyclopedia of musical esoterica,

all-night operator of beat-making machinery, commander of movement on the dance floor. No, we’re not talking about technology-age DJs who assemble their playlists on iTunes and hit the “party shuffle” button. We’re talking about the DJs who drop a tone arm on a record to make some noise. The aura surrounding these old-school artists—compounded by their mixing and scratching skills—can be a little, well, intimidating. But anyone who is a DJ or knows one can tell you that behind that cool façade is just a person who really loves music. And having fun. This is certainly the case with San Francisco-based DJs EmDee and Sandy Davis Jr.—real names Matthew and Sandy Davis. In addition to their full-time jobs— his in advertising and hers in book publishing—the creative couple relishes the occasional after-hours DJ gig. Matthew got his start collecting vinyl while a student at the Kansas City Art Institute. After graduating, 72

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11:15 A.M. Using two Technics 1200 turntables, Matthew mixes tracks over coffee. He then organizes a couple of crates of vinyl for the night’s gig.

12:00 P.M. The couple walks down the hill to browse music at Streetlight Records on Market Street and find a bite to eat.

12:30 P.M. Lunch is at Super Duper Burgers in the Castro, where Sandy digs into her favorite: a veggie burger and garlic fries. A design addict, she can’t resist taking note of the cool pattern on the restaurant’s paper products.

1:45 P.M. Back at home, Sandy makes a final run through the records pulled for the night, perhaps to toss in a last-minute addition.

3:00 P.M. Matthew sneaks a quick kiss before he and Sandy head off to run a few pre-gig errands on their trusty scooter.


With a handful of albums and one of the coolest pieces of gear in their collection—a huge vintage boombox that actually plays records— Matthew and Sandy Davis take their love of music to the streets.

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It’s not all work—there’s some play—at Eunice and Sabrina Moyle’s San Francisco studio.

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SISTER These siblings and co-creators of a stationery studio may share a vision and aesthetic in the workplace, but their homes are another story Text by JENNIE NUNN Photographs by KELLY ISHIKAWA Styling by ROD HIPSKIND


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isters Eunice and Sabrina Moyle, founders of Hello!Lucky letterpress print and design studio, have in common just about everything you can think of. They’re business partners, best friends, wives, mothers, and authors (they’ve penned two books together, Handmade Hellos and Handmade Weddings). When Eunice moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1999, Sabrina soon followed suit. Today, they live less than two miles from each other, both love crafting, and, oh, they have nearly identical voices—or at least some think the resemblance is uncanny. Despite the almost two-year age difference, they’ve even been mistaken for twins. But take a good look inside their homes and it’s obvious the one way they vary is quite simply: decorating. “Sabrina loves [San Francisco shop] Lotus Bleu and has fabulous furniture from Jonathan Adler,”

Although originally intended as a more grown-up space, Sabrina’s twins Alex and James have turned the living room into “a big play area,” she says.

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Clockwise from right:

The backdrop behind the sofa was part of the stage at Eunice and Daniel’s wedding. “The Loo” sign is also a wedding holdover. A surprise resource for the mirror on the bedroom dresser: Target. The crepe paper flowers were wedding aisle markers.

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“Pretty much everything I own is from a flea market or from my travels.”


The artwork in the hallway is by various Etsy artists. Right: The chalkboard

menu is from Eunice and Daniel’s wedding reception dinner.

Eunice—who lives in a two-bedroom apartment in an Art Deco building in the Haight neighborhood with husband Daniel and their one-year-old son Jude—is a self-proclaimed flea market addict and Etsy junkie. “Pretty much everything I own is from a flea market or from my travels. I love everything from ethnic textiles and embroidered pillows to bits and baubles from Anthropologie, French antiques, and ruffles. I’m all over the map and a little sentimental,” she says. Eunice classifies her style as “sort of bohemian, eccentric, world-traveling aunt with natural curiosities scattered about.” Her apartment is outfitted with cheeky and even irreverent finds, like the jackalope hanging in the hallway (a gift from Daniel last Valentine’s Day) and a vintage Louis Vuitton steamer trunk that once belonged to Daniel’s grandmother. In the kitchen, original sunny yellow and lime green tiles create a playful backdrop for watercolor paintings done by Daniel’s mother, Hope, and a small table and chairs

from the flea market that Eunice repainted. Just off the kitchen is Jude’s nursery, which includes a white Eames rocking chair, a felt raindrop mobile (handmade by Eunice), prints by Lab Partners and Rob Ryan, and a modern crib by Oeuf. “This room was a bit of a crafting bonanza,” says Eunice. “I lined one wall with batting and muslin and tufted it with bright yellow fabric-covered buttons. Because our very nice neighbor shares a bedroom wall with the nursery, I wanted to at least attempt some level of sound proofing.” The most lived-in and high-traffic area—at least for Jude, anyway—might just be the living room. “I wanted Jude to grow up in a house with a magical, fairy tale, woodland creature vibe with lots of color,” says Eunice, pointing to a large, squishy spotted mushroom foot stool on the floor, a giant Alice in Wonderland-like wooden stage used at their wedding two years ago, a mini baby gate with a whale and pirate ship crest designed by Eunice and built by local firm Because We Can, 107


Eunice classifies her style as “ sort of bohemian, eccentric, world-traveling aunt with natural curiosities scattered about.�

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The Switzerland poster in the living room is one of three from Daniel’s childhood. Growing up, he spent winter holidays at his grandparents’ home in St. Moritz and collected the posters during his visits.

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