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New Year 2011 Every Issue Founder’s Letter 6 Contributors 8 On The Boards 13 Guest curator Janette Crawford
On The Town 37
Escape to Palm Springs!
Newsreel Trend Predictor 51 Caution, do not overdose
Darling and Daring 134 Our parting shot
Perfectionist 46 James Saavedra on Obelisks
In Search Of 130 Alexandra Robbins gets poetic
Wear The Room 132
Katherine Brown’s vintage Valentine look 3
New Year 2011 Features
That Day at the Ace 18 Standard visits the Ace Hotel
Rat Pack Retreat 60 David Jimenezâ€™s Palm Springs Getaway
Italian Ice 78 Winter at the Vigilius Mountain Resort
98 More Features Urban Mantuary 98 Jonathan Segalâ€™s brilliant renovation in San Diego
Beauty + Style...for Everyone 116 The Downtown Womenâ€™s Shelter in Los Angeles gets a transformative facelift
The letter THIS WINTER HAS BEEN PARTICULARLY BUSY FOR US. AFTER A BIG MOVE TO AUSTIN TEXAS, WE RUSHED THROUGH THE HOLIDAY SEASON (WHILE OFFICE-SHOPPING) AND THEN WOKE UP AND FOUND OURSELVES, QUITE SUDDENLY, IN 2011. FOR OUR FIRST ISSUE OF THE NEW YEAR WE ARE BRINGING YOU A BIT OF A WINTER BREAK BY WAY OF COLORFUL SPACES, WARM (AND COLD) RETREATS AND JUST A HINT OF JUVENILE BEHAVIOR.. I AM ESPECIALLY PLEASED TO BE PUBLISHING DAVID JIMENEZ’S PALM SPRINGS GETAWAY. AN ILLUSTRATION OF HIM JOINS ME ON THE COVER THIS MONTH—APPROPRIATE SINCE HE AND I WILL BE CO-HOSTING STANDARD’S SECOND TASTE MAKER DINNER, NEXT WEEK! I AM SO EXCITED TO MEET THE LOVELY GROUP OF PEOPLE THAT HE HAS HELPED TO CURATE IN HIS HOME TOWN OF KANSAS CITY. I’ AM ALSO VERY PROUD TO BE FEATURING A SPECIAL DESIGN FOR THE DOWNTOWN WOMEN’S CENTER IN LOS ANGELES, EXECUTED BY OUR OWN JAMES SAAVEDRA IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE LAUNCH OF HIS NEW PROGRAM, BEAUTY+STYLE FOR EVERYONE. THE IDEA THAT GREAT DESIGN CAN—AND SHOULD—BE ACCESSIBLE TO NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS HAS LONG BEEN A CORE BELIEF THAT JAMES AND I SHARE AND I LOOK FORWARD TO PLAYING A KEY ROLE IN HIS INCREDIBLE PROGRAM. A BIG THANK YOU TO THE ACE HOTEL, JANETTE CRAWFORD, JONATHAN SEGAL AND TO MY EDITORIAL ASSISTANT LILIANNE FOR HELPING TO MAKING THIS SUCH A FANTASTIC ISSUE.
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Contributors “This may sound crazy to those of you dreaming of beaches, but now that I've moved to San Francisco from the Midwest, I miss snow! I'd love to escape to a ski resort where my days are filled with clear skies a n d f r e s h p o w d e r, a n d m y evenings with crackling fires and back massages. And no laptops or smart phones! Okay, scratch that, I might have to tweet a few pics of the views and of me as a snow bunny...”
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“A jet-setting trip to the swiss alps or the Bahamas for some sun are appealing—but a real escape for me is much simpler. I love hopping in the car with a small bag packed and heading out to the desert. The Ace Hotel is my current favorite: amazing rooms, 2 pools, amazing food at the Kings Highway and plenty of great desert light. There I can read, swim and explore.” Laure Joliet, Photographer Beauty + Style for Everyone Page 116
Contributors “Where would l like to escape to? Nowhere! I love cold, gray winters.” (whistles while sidling away to an airplane) Alexandra Robbins, Columnist In Seach Of... Page 130
“Where would I escape? Simple question, simple answer: St. John in the Virgin Islands. Since, I live in the Midwest, the winters can be brutal. I long for the days were I see the sun and green botanicals once again! St. John, to me means, sailing, snorkeling, seafood, sun and sanity. I cannot wait to make this escape, fingers crossed !” Katherine Brown, Columnist Wear The Room Page 132
“This winter's escape is about rest and relaxation. No matter the destination, you will find me napping, catching up on a good book, enjoying a cocktail or two... the sign on the door clearly states ‘Do Not Disturb’.” James Saavedra, Columnist Perfectionist Page 46
â€œPerfect winter escape? A siesta, key as usual!â€? Dallas Shaw, Illustrator
"Staying at home and spending quality time with my family is my ideal winter escape." Rick Szczechowski, Photographer Rat Pack Retreat Page 60
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ON THE BOARDS: new 1finds, old favorites GUEST CURATED BY JANETTE CRAWFORD
o kick off 2011 on the right foot (and in the right pair of shoes) we asked the fabulous Janette Crawford of Fashion Loves People and Storenvy to impart her fashionista insight. She shares some of her hand-picked favorites and then talks to us about her devotion to finding well-made products that have a story to tell. 13
ON THE BOARDS: new finds, old favorites GUEST CURATED BY JANETTE CRAWFORD
Earthy Elements 1: Antique kilim rug pillows, about $24.99 and up (favorite eBay stores for pillows made from kilim rug remnants are Breeze of Anatolia and Melek Carpetâ€” both have a rotating selection of great finds) 2: Linen Napkins by Linea Carta, $14 each 3: La Tropezienne tote by ClareVivier, $320 4: Epaulet Josie Peeptoe clog, $185; handmade in a traditional Swedish clog factory 14
Sleek Chic 1: Blok Light by Workerman, $65; handcrafted in Minneapolis 2: Glass straws by GlassDharma, starting at $6.50; handmade in California with a lifetime guarantee 3: Wine bottle tumblers from BottleHood,Â $36 for four 4: Acapulco Chair by Ocho Workshop, contact for price; originally designed in Mexico circa 1950
ON THE BOARDS: interview with Janette STANDARD: Tell us a little about your personal spin. JANETTE: I love good design with a good back story; I love ethical fashion for the thoughtful process behind the goods; I love historical architecture for the cultural significance in its design; I love impeccably made goods from 20-somethings with a mission...I guess I'm just a romantic! I really love diving into the story of someone's’ creation and sharing its significance. STANDARD: On that note, we’re guessing there's a fair amount of overlap between your work with Fashion Loves People and with Storenvy? JANETTE: Definitely! My perspective on purposeful shopping has evolved over time, and expanding my interest in eco fashion to include the work of independent designers has been a natural progression. I got into ethical fashion after learning about human trafficking, which compelled me to make sure that my purchases only support practices and conditions I agree with. Once I learned more about manufacturing, I realized what a huge gray area there is out there, so I've shifted the bulk of my focus to something I know I can count on: buying from independent businesses and artists. Passion, creativity and entrepreneurship is what I want the dollars I spend to be encouraging. Supporting the little guys is so effective and meaningful! Enabling indie brands from all niches at Storenvy is an exciting way to see that belief through—and it naturally gives me exposure to awesome products I can feature 16
on Fashion Loves People. STANDARD: How can people be more ethical in their buying, for fashion and beyond? JANETTE: You know the things in your closet that you love and find yourself wearing constantly? Even for years? I encourage everyone to make those the vast majority of the items you buy. This means shopping for items that are versatile, high-quality, and timeless. It is also important to research the values behind the brands you love and make sure they align with your own. Buy vintage or buy items from independent businesses and designers (the same goes for purchases as big as furniture, or as small as groceries!) and have your clothing repaired when it is needed, rather than tossing it out. STANDARD: What do you think is in store for 2011, any companies or styles in particular that you are excited about? JANETTE: As you might expect, I'm excited to see support for indie design continue to grow and expand into mainstream consciousness. On the corporate front, I'm looking forward to how the up-and-coming Eco Index will effect labeling for ethically made goods. Is it too self-serving to direct you to FashionLovesPeople for my day-to-day picks? No? Whew. This year you'll see me featuring blazers with full-on shoulder pads (an easy-aspie thrift store find!) plus jewelry by Alyson Fox and Early Jewelry, tights by We Love Colors and LBDs from The Uniform Project.
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12:00 PM Check in at lobby. Take note of fun decor including taxidermy coyote (obviously a mascot of some kind as his silhouette appears throughout the place).
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Quick drop off of bags in the room turns into a mini dance party when we realize that there is a record player and vintage vinyl! Get down to Supertramp while we explore the room. Wonder what 3D glasses in the mini bar are for (we never found out).
Yummy lunch at Kingâ€™s Highway, which is attached to the hotel and used to be a Dennyâ€™s. Love the soft old leather booths! The food tastes like a trip back to the 1960s, when the pickles were sweet and the coleslaw was creamy... but with a definitive desert flare (aka SPICE!). What is pastry chef Chantal Thonton trying to do to us with that incredible cheesecake? Dios Mio!
Stuffed. Need a little walk. Discover that there are many options for entertainment: drinks, dog park, mud scrub, ping pong... and what is that trailer for?
Head to the spa for “Good Vibrations” a signature treatment that is meant to balance all things physical, mental and spiritual.
Tie-died sheets...interesting. Love Kyle’s choice of music—not your typical massage room tunes.
No idea what was going to happen, they remain mysterious before the treatment. Upon entering, I did notice a lot of crystals, feathers, and oils in the treatment room.
Kyle—trained in sixteen different types of healing treatments!
Marianne—fabulous with a very sweet French accent.
Lots of hands-on body work (awesome!) and a quick check in with the old chakras followed by some adjustments to open up the ones that were closed (via more body-work).
Chakra, chakra, chakra. With use of color flags and stones my chakra’s were opened—followed by a light massage. There was also essential oil, burning of sage, and the wafting of a feather while chanting.
Kyle asked me to let my body talk to him via an image in my head—which turned out to be a mountain—who he asked me to name (Claire).
She placed an onyx stone (which rids negative energy) on my chest and I felt energy vibe through me—wow!
Good (?)) Vibrations:
Freezing and in desperate need of the sauna, but feeling great!
Glowing with renewed energy!
Back to the room to freshen up. A bucket of cold beers is waiting for us from Dennis Hernandez (who’s official title at The Ace is “Guru”).
6:03 PM Over to the Amigo room for signature cocktails—which we take out to the pool to drink while the sun sets.
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Back to the Amigo room for Sissy Bingo with Linda Fabulous (who really is fabulous and, in spite of the fancy name, is not a drag queen...we donâ€™t think).
Having won nothing at Sissy Bingo, we console ourselves by exploring all of the outdoor fireplace lounges. Our favorite is the private one that we had on our own private patio (right).
Tucked in to the cozy beds, listening to The Rolling Stones â€œGimme Shelterâ€? on the record player.
Start the morning with some silly poses in the photo booth. Then hop on a pair of cruisers (free to borrow!) and head into town to check out the scene before saying adiós to the Ace and heading home.
THANKS FOR A ROCKIN’’ GOOD TIME! XOXO KELLY & LILY
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ON THE TOWN: Palm Let’s face it. Winter can be kind of icky and once the holidays are over it is really difficult to try to feign cheerfulness. Chances are, right now you are cold, wearing many layers and feeling a bit too dependent on your tin of balm (see Alexandra’s column for more on that).
At this time of year, we adore Palm Springs for a weekend-long-thaw-out. The winter weather is absolutely lovely (though it can still get cool in the evening, so pack a sweater, just in case) and it’s officially high season—so all of the hot spots on our list are open for business!
Perfect Pancake For a relaxing and leisurely breakfast, park yourself under the trellis and enjoy the view at Miramonte Resort and Spaâ€™s restaurant: The Grove Artisan Kitchen. We savored a stack of chef Robert Nyerickâ€™s Seven Grain Toasted Pecan Nut Pancakes with Orange Blossom Butter... they were perfection!
Bloody Mary Mother of God! We’re going to make this really simple. Get your booty to Cheeky’s for the best Bloody Mary you have ever tasted in your life. Not a sparkling enough recommendation for you? How about this: the food is incredible, fresh, inventive and beyond delicious. Also there are some evil cookies and deserts you can take home with you. Just be ready for a wait— its a very popular spot. There are plenty of local shops nearby to pass the time while you work up an appetite. 39
Whether you’re shopping for a staple piece of furniture or a quirky accessory to add a sense of humor to your decor, 21 First is bound to have something you’ll want to take home —and the shop is so bright and cheerful it can coax a smile out of the even most burned-out shoppers!
We love shopping for those unique pieces that make the right space feel youthful and energetic. At Vintage Oasis, this kind of shopping is made easy with jukeboxes from every era, vintage neon signs, 60s sputniks, mid-century amplifiers (for a jam session in your garage?) and funky flower-power art. Canâ€™t make it to Palm Springs? Not to worryâ€”their eBay store has all the goods! 41
Hey Old Timer! Right in the middle of all that is midcentury, the buildings in Village Green will take you even further back in time to enjoy a slice of Palm Springs history. The cul-de-sac-like set up on South Palm Canyon makes it easy to breeze in to any of the mini-museums for a quick visit (about $1 each to enter). We especially loved seeing Miss Corneliaâ€™s Home from 1893 (made of railroad ties!) and a museum fashioned to be a general store of the 1930s (left).
Color Me Vivant!
The shops at the Palm Canyon Galleria will be more than happy to surprise you with some truly fantastic findsâ€” everything from tulip tables to stone busts! Our favorite part? A wall full of sculptural colored glass at Bon Vivant!
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JAMES SAAVEDRA ON: OBELISKS Experience has taught me that, in design, there are very few fail-safe elements that will always work…and there are even fewer that make the Perfectionist’s list. Like the classic black v-neck tee shirt, the Obelisk is always in style. Whether perched traditionally in pairs atop a mantle or casually sitting upon the desk, this monolithic accessory never ceases to be just the right finishing touch. Historically erected as an homage to the Egyptian Sun God, Re, it is simultaneously timeless and dramatic. A sculptured form of architectural beauty that is, at once, modern and antiquarian. Go Forth And Make Perfection Happen!
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We pride ourselves on knowing which trends are going to be a mere blip on the radar and what fads will hit so hard that you’ll be sick of them in a matter of months. In this issue, we bring you three growing trends you’ll really want to enjoy in small doses...lest you find yourself wanting to wash the Deconstructionist British Pirate out of your eyes by mid-May!
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Talking about the British invasion in the American design scene is certainly more a trend watch than a trend prediction but with the announcement of a royal wedding...well, we just couldn’t help ourselves. As James Saavedra noted at the Los Angeles Taste Makers dinner, the upcoming 2012 Olympics has already begun shifting the focus of the world to Britain. Now the Queen—an ever apparent figure—has even started a facebook page, bringing new light to the life of the monarchy (though we doubt the royal lady is typing away herself).
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we predict MORE. MORE UNION JACK, MORE CROWNS, MORE QUEENS. LOOK FOR IT EVERYWHERE. THIS TREND IS ABOUT TO GO OVERTHE-TOP...WILL IT EVEN LAST UNTIL THE OLYMPICS?
We love romanticizing the idea of pirates; all feathered hats, eyeliner and drunken stumbling. But real piratesâ€”like the Somali crew of miscreants who have been terrorizing the coasts of the Indian ocean and Gulf of Aidenâ€”are not nearly as sexy as Captain Jack. Nevertheless, the world has pirates on the brain as they have become a constant in news reports this year (a special anti-piracy force is even being considered).
we predict THE FANTASY VERSION OF PIRACY IS THE ONE PILLAGING THE MINDS OF DESIGNERS. WE EXPECT THAT THE OLD-TRUNK-ASTABLE LOOK WILL MAKE A COMEBACK, AS WELL AS A GOOD SOLID HANDFUL OF PLAYFUL ACCESSORIES AND EMBELLISHMENTS.
environ mental breakdown More frequentlyâ€”and all over headline newsâ€” Mother Nature has been taking a toll on the environment. Hurricanes, tornados, floods, fires and earthquakes are quite literally rocking our world. But no need to escape to that homemade shelter just yet.
NATURAL MATERIALS, BEAUTIFULLY ASKEW, CAN BE VERY INSPIRING, AND ARTISTS TEND TO INTERPRET THIS BEST. WE SENSE A TRICKLE DOWN OF DECONSTRUCTION INTO DESIGN.
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Rat Pack Retreat
A sofa upholstered in Citron yellow velvet from the 70’s mixes with a Sciolari chandelier from the 60’s and a leather Chesterfield sofa from the 80’s. A vintage Flokati rug helps to anchor all of the pieces in the room.
avid Jimenez has always been an arbiter of taste and style—evidenced by his work with Gap, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware and now Hallmark Cards where David leads the way as VP of Visual Merchandising and Store Design. His Palm Springs getaway, designed by William Krisel and built in 1956 by the Alexander Construction Company is one of the "Alexanders": historic homes sought after for their unique design personality and original fifties detailing. Its bright, vibrant interiors are yet another nod to David’s stellar ability to curate a space. “I wanted a house that had a nod to the Rat Pack era of the 1950’s. The moment I drove up the driveway and saw this house, it was love at first sight” Jimenez told us. “From the butterfly roofline to the kidney shaped swimming pool and the quirky 1950’s details throughout, I knew it was the one for me —even though it was in desperate need of updating!” STANDARD: How did it evolve from that first viewing? DAVID: I worked on the house during my weekend trips, having a great time in the process. It took me about three or four months to complete the project and there were many late nights, but none that were sleepless. I thrive on the energy and excitement of setting up a new space, constantly moving things around until they feel just right. I crank up the music, pour myself a cocktail, turn the lights down low and have a great time going from room to room and moving furniture around. STANDARD: Which came first, color palate or key furnishings? DAVID: Some of the room colors and furniture placement choices were spontaneous. They just worked and I went with it. I found the yellow sofa at a thrift store and knew that it would be a great focal point. This was the first piece I purchased for the living room. I also loved working with the big wood mirror that creates drama and frames the Saarinen table, vintage lamp and blue painting. I enjoy using mirrors to open up a space and create lightness. I usually layer them with paintings, charcoals or photography to create a more casual and collected look (and avoid the perception of having a horrible case of narcissism!).
STANDARD: Tell us more about the color combinations that you chose. DAVID: Striking the right balance of light and dark colors in the house was important to me. I didn't want an all-white contemporary box and at the same time did not want a house full of color. I p a i n t e d t h e fi r e p l a c e (original to the house) a crisp white to create a bit of separation between the living room and dining room. I removed the original gas logs and filled the fireplace with black river rock for a more modern look.Â When it came time to paint the dining room wall, I started with a lighter color, but it lacked energy. The chocolate brown was a bold choice for a dining room but it works well paired with the white frames and vintage white and chrome lamps. I found the painting at a local thrift store and loved how the citron color tied into the colors in the living room. It was a serendipitous find that worked really well. I finished i t o f f w i t h a ch o c o l a t e quatrefoil print rug under the table and chairs.Â
S TA N DA R D : A l m o s t everything in the home is vintage. Were you able to find most of it in the Palm Springs area? What were some of your favorite spots for finding pieces? DAVID: I went to local thrift and antique stores in Palm Springs and found some great vintage pieces that I loved—the sofas, lamps, chandelier, artwork and accessories. Then, I paired these vintage finds with new purchases to create a nice mix of old and new throughout the house. Palm Springs is a treasure trove for wonderful antique shops and thrift stores. Some of my favorite haunts in are Modern Way, Palm Canyon Galleria Shops (especially Bon Vivant!), The Estate Sale, 20 First and HEDGE.
"I feel that houses have more soul, character and wit when the furnishings aren't all from the same era."
STANDARD: The master bedroom features some really interesting layered elements. Tell us about the inspiration and how you achieved the look. DAVID: I wanted it to be masculine with a 60’s, 70’s vibe. I was inspired by some of David Hicks’ rooms and wanted to achieve a similar contrast in textures and patterns. In fact, the wallpaper in the master bedroom is an original David Hicks design that I paired with graphic bedding. I used three hollow-core doors painted ebony to create the black headboard behind the white headboard. The black headboard anchors the bed and gives the room a sleek, modern aesthetic. Then, to add drama I chose an oversized basket-weave print rug in chocolate brown. I had a lot of fun playing with scale and color throughout the house. STANDARD: It shows! Layering seems to be a common thread in all of the rooms. DAVID: Yes, I wanted all of the rooms to be layered, comfortable and to have bold color accents. I love the way that layers help make a room look casual and collected over time. It's also a terrific way of creating warmth and making a space feel more personal.
Vintage lamps byÂ Sonneman create the perfect bedside lighting for tight quarters.
"None of the eclectic accessories in this room have a pedigree. They are pieces I found along the way that caught my attention and made me smile." STANDARD: In one of the guest rooms, we love how you’ve created a beautiful vignette of vases, art and sculpture. It feels like an art piece in and of itself. DAVID: All of the pottery, frames and accessories on the shelves are a mix of old and new pieces I found at shops in San Francisco, Kansas City and Palm Springs. I like the warmth of an eclectic wall of photos or accessories in a room. I added some framed prints and sculptures to the wall for scale and interest. None of the eclectic accessories in this room have a pedigree. They are pieces I found along the way that caught my attention and made me smile. STANDARD: And the bed in that room? DAVID: This bedroom is average in size but the actual bed area is a very small niche. I had the headboard built with wall-mounted drawers on each side of the mattress for storage. I found the lamps at a thrift store and fell in love with their bold color and retro design.
STANDARD: The rug and chair in the second guest room really define and add interest to the space. Was that a planned combination or did it happen organically? DAVID: I found a pair of these bright blue Regency chairs at a thrift store in Kansas City. I sent them to Palm Springs, thinking I would want to use them in front of the chocolate brown wall in the dining room. But when I got them to the house, I ended up placing one of them in the living room and the other in the guest bedroom for a pop of color. It mixed nicely with the Moroccan tile print rug and Morrocan-esque mirror on the bedside table.
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STANDARD: What’s a typical outdoor party like at David Jimenez’s place? DAVID: Nothing is typical, really. I designed the outdoor space to easily change to fit my entertaining needs. I had a twelve foot square cement pad of concrete poured in the middle of the backyard about 30 feet away from the house. My goal was to create something that could easily change from a seated lounge area with upholstered midcentury benches to chaise lounge chairs for sunning or a dining table and chairs for dinners with friends. I wanted the colors to flow from the interior of the house to the exterior. I used chocolate brown, yellow and blue as a way to create that transition. I use the space all of the time and it’s one of the best seats in the house at sunset.
STANDARD: You worked really hard to make the backyard such a beautiful and sleek space. DAVID: Absolutely! The pool is original and I like its 50’s kidney-shaped design so that was a good start. When I purchased the house, the backyard was covered in gravel, there was a chain-link fence that was falling over and there were a lot of dead fruit trees on the grounds. I replaced the gravel with grass and installed a fichus hedge in place of the fence. I painted the pool deck white, created an outdoor seating and lounge area, purchased vintage outdoor furniture for the pool deck, installed outdoor speakers and a hot tub to enjoy smart-cocktails late into the night with good friends. STANDARD: Throughout the whole home—indoors and out—the decor is about as perfect “Palm Springs” as we can imagine! DAVID: I wanted it to have a mid-century point of view that was true to the origins of the house but I also wanted the mix of furniture to be eclectic. I feel that houses have more soul, character and wit when the furnishings aren't all from the same era. STANDARD: What spaces in this home are your favorites? DAVID: Great question! I am torn because each room has a different vibe that I enjoy. I love the soaring ceilings and the openness and eclectic feeling of the living room but also like the masculinity and architectural lines of the master bedroom and enjoy late afternoon cocktails on the deck with friends. STANDARD: That would be a hard one for us to answer, too! It’s the perfect getaway. Thanks for sharing it with us!
A photo essay from the exclusive archives of the Vigilius Mountain Resort Story by Lilianne Steckel & Kelly LaPlante
The reception area embraces each guest with an open fireplace and cushions that promote impromptu lounging.
hile it is true that jetting off to warmer weather is not the only way to achieve a satisfying winter break, there are only a handful of places in the world where a pair of skis aren’t required to bridge the gap between cold weather and retreat. The Vigilius Mountain Resort in the Merano region of Italy is one of them: a place where the feeling is much more sanctuary than swoosh-swoosh. (Yes, you can rent a pair if the mood strikes.) Arrive by cable car—not a road in site!—and you’re already on your way to discovering what makes this place so special. A breathtaking juxtaposition between the horizontal modern architecture designed by Matteo Thun and the enchanting natural surroundings creates the exact magic you envisioned for your holiday—encapsulated in chic modernity made of clay, stone, glass and wood. Step into the lounge—known, of course, as the piazza—and instantly feel comfort (this is the soul of the experience settling in). The scent of larch wood, the encompassing nature—not to mention the lack of television and autos—makes each visitor delve into a personal reflection, revealing a unique awakening and sensuous rediscovery of life and nature.
This 100-year-old stove, a remnant of the original hotel, adds to the traditional fare and cuisine of Parlor Ida.
Snuggle in the library with one of many international reads or join fellow guests for a classic filmâ€” and make sure to write your own mountain story to leave behind!
Th e C a n a d i a n d e e r a n t l e r candelabra (right) in the entrance leads into the dining area with its 300-year-old wood gabled roof.
Dine at Restaurant 1500 with a panoramic view of the Dolomites. Guests can also make arrangements to sit at the kitchen team table and learn culinary secrets!
A free standing wall of stamped clay provides separation and heating in each guest room.
Saline spring water runs through the mountain and into the pool and spa, lending healing qualities.
The many perks of the resort include archery, yoga and a meditation room (left). This page: Relax after an outdoor yoga massage on one of the many terracesâ€” warm weather not required!
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ineteen-seventy-something. San Diego, California has a thriving textile business, complete with a strong union presence. The Golden Hill area, not far from Downtown and just adjacent to the freeway, is home-sweet-home to the union hall. Flash forward several decades. The textile industry has moved away, the union is defunct, the building has fallen into disrepair and architect Jonathan Segal has a vision. As owner/developer/contractor, Segal creates a series of diverse and affordable lofts—each featuring impressive private outdoor spaces and their own streetlevel entries. It is nothing short of a phoenix rising from the ashes of the old slump block building. On a (typical) sunny afternoon Segal introduces us to two of The Union’s residents—and their two spaces which are, at once, so similar and so different.
Architect Jonathan Segal i n s i d e o n e o f Th e Unionâ€™s workspaces.
This page: Sean Hauze, an architect, frequently works in his large private outdoor space. Right: Sushi chef Aki Yoshi reads in his lush outdoor patio. A grand pivoting glass door connects his indoor and outdoor spaces.
Surfer’s Havens This page: In Sean’s space, bikes and surfboards live under the steel staircase that leads to the three bedrooms on the second floor. Left: Aki’s staircase leads to a lofted bedroom. 18
A computer-generated image of Chuck C l o s e â€™s 1 9 6 7 s e l f portrait packs a fantastic punch above the red-felted table.
In Akiâ€™s space, minimalism and organic art forms define the style.
All outdoor spacesâ€”both private and street-frontâ€”are diverse, verdant and architectural
At the Downtown Womenâ€™s Shelter in Los Angeles, our resident Perfectionist introduces his special new program. story by James Saavedra, photography by Laure Joliet
Beauty + Style
n 2003, when I was working on TLC’s Clean Sweep, I had the opportunity to work with a woman named Cherie Tarvin —a single mother who was struggling to raise two children while educating herself in order to provide her family with a better life. When I asked Cherie how she wanted to feel when she walked into her home, she said “like a princess.” I’ll never forget the tears that streamed down her cheeks when she saw what I created from this request. That day was a game changer for me. When I reflect on how much great design can have a positive impact on a life, it seems so unfortunate that those with the toughest of lives are so rarely able to benefit from the therapeutic environments that designers can create. It is for this reason that I have spent the last few years developing Beauty + Style for Everyone (or B+SFE, as you will likely come to know it). This program, which will encompass unprecedented educational curriculum and thoughtfully executed design for nonprofit organizations, has become the heart and soul of all that I do. I was fortunate to be able to launch this program with a design for the new Downtown Women's Center here in Los Angeles. The debut was a space I designed for two deserving women who work tirelessly to care for the clients of the DWC...the women of Skid Row. You can imagine the fortitude it must take to work 14-16 hour days being the caretaker of a vast array of women with an broad spectrum of challenges—both mental and emotional.
A mix of bespoke furnishings and vintage finds are combined with castaways and orphan stock. The remnant of sea grass carpet was bound to make a large area rug and the drapery sheers are left-overs from a series of Saavedraâ€™s health care projects. Upholstery and pillow fabric was donated by Kravet. Saavedra's cleverly created division between the kitchen and living area was constructed by Pacific Hospitality Design. 119
Debut pieces from the Spring 2011 JAK Studio Collection include the Moreau Desk, Robertson Faceted Mirror and Kennedy Barrel Back Occasional Chair.
To see where these two Resident Managers formerly resided while on their 3 or 4 day work shift...well, you would consider yourself very lucky. Picture the office where you work, a mattress hidden behind a tall metal storage cabinet and an old fashioned tube television, complete with rabbit ears and tin foil. To say that their new space is worlds away from where they've come is an understatement! For their new abode I wanted these ladies to want for nothing—there is everything from Band-Aids to luxury Italian bedding. More importantly, these women have a graceful, quiet, approachable and highly efficient space. While it may be merely 300 square feet, I can assure you that there is nothing lacking, thanks to some clever designs and very smart space planning: an abundance of extra storage; the creation of a foyer; a coat closet; dual duty furnishings; remote controlled lighting, and a brilliant slat wall that I label "calculated privacy". With the support of fantastic donors such as Kravet Fabrics, Kneedler Fauchere, Nancy Koltes and Pacific Hospitality Design, along with the debut of signature pieces from jak Studio Collection’s spring 2011 catalogue—we achieved nothing short of a perfectly curated space (especially considering that many of the pieces were remnants, cast-offs and orphan-stock). At the end of each day these two women can come home, close the door behind them and simply indulge in the ease and comfort of beauty, style and a bit of luxury. After all, everyone deserves a life infused with beauty and style.
The Westbrook Channeled Back Corner Chair and Deleon Ottoman are from jak Studio Collection. The horn side table and accessories are from the designer's personal collection.
A slightly askew diamond shaped art work hangs above a dreamy demi-sofa from jak Studio Collection. The off-center placement serves to purposefully throw things out of scale.
Signed artist prints were headed for the trash when Saavedra rescued them. The stacked art draws attention to the soaring height of the ceiling (and away from the diminutive size of the bedroom). A custom-designed dresser and vanity help make the best use of precious space.
before it was she showed us that it could be
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THE MOST RESTORATIVE HEALING BALMS ALEXANDRA ROBBINS I may be one of the best-suited people to test healing balms. Every now and again (and again and again), I seem to acquire random, noreason, small itchy spots. They are slightly red, dry, and ultra-fashionable. Also, every winter my knuckles chap, which is highly attractive as well. So I was particularly eager to find an organic balm that might soothe my patches of awesomeness. And I did! Moreover, it turns out that healing balms are much more versatile than I had realized. A decent healing balm can replace a number of products! Note, though, that balms are sticky and don’t absorb immediately. So you wouldn’t want to rub balm into your hands and then, say, pat your dog. All of the following balms have excellent ingredients, moisturize at least a little bit, and come from responsible companies. Revolution Organics All-Over Body Balm Revolution wins the Most Fun award because it’s exactly like a glue stick. Except it’s bigger and has a pleasant citrus smell. Also, it’s not glue. It’s portable and a neat product to try. Apparently my husband thinks so too, because within days he hijacked my stick—not something he typically does with my beauty products. Dr. Bronner’s Magic All-One Naked Body Balm Dr. Bronner’s balm, which comes in a groovy little tin, boasts an unusual ingredient: cannabis sativa seed oil (which does not contain THC). Okay, doctor, you’ve certainly caught my attention. Dr. Bronner’s provides the same temporary soothing that most of the other balms do. 130
Balm Balm Rose Geranium Hand Balm Balm Balm’s is distinguishable by the scent of its rose geranium oil for those who prefer a perfume-like fragrance. I happen not to. Badger Unscented Healing Balm Badger and Burt’s Bees are generally considered to be the market stalwarts. Badger is the simplest of the balms I tested; it’s comprised of only olive oil, beeswax and castor oil. It does an okay job, but the tin proclaims: “Use it regularly and expect results”. So, perhaps it needs more frequent use than some of the other balms. Suki Body Butter Cream Healing Salve Suki highlights its active ingredient combination of lavender extract and cocoa butter, neither of which is unusual in a balm. Yet there’s something about Suki that makes it feel creamier than the other brands and it definitely softens even tough knuckle skin—an effect that lasts for several hours. Burt’s Bees Res-Q Ointment Burt’s Bees is one of the more effective balms, and the only balm I tested that wasn’t a cream or yellow shade (it’s more of a muddy green). The Res-Q Ointment tin is small, but it lasts a while. Brigit True Organics Magic Skin Balm In addition to using organic ingredients, Brigit also keeps its products free of gluten, peanut oils, and tree nut oils. Magic Skin Balm, which comes in two sizes of sticks structured like Revolution Organics’ balm, carries an extra kick: olive oil infused with St. John’s wort. So I’m psyched that my knuckles won’t be depressed. And how could they be, with an ultra-portable balm that I can fit in my pocket?
100% Pure Organic Healing Moisturizing Balm 100% Pure’s vegan product is sort of a cross between a balm and a cream; the jar indicates that this balm is meant as a facial moisturizer. I’ve found it works elsewhere and because it’s relatively creamy, it absorbs more quickly than other balms. Meaning you can pat your dog sooner without sticking to him. Elemental Herbs All Good Goop A cold has left my nose raw and irritated. About 30 minutes after I apply Elemental Herb’s organic balm, I realize that the sting is gone. Shortly afterward, the redness disappears, too. The following week, I acquire two quarter-size scabs on the inside of my elbows because of my participation in a badass extreme sport (okay...I went down a slide in a burlap sack at a festival). But lo! An opportunity to test healing balms. In one corner (left arm), I massage All Good Goop onto the scab and chapped skin. In the other corner (right arm), I try various other balms. The side on which I apply All Good Goop continuously heals more quickly. I switch elbows. Repeatedly, All Good Goop manifests noticeable healing powers. Geez, what else can this stuff do? I call Ryan Rich, Elemental Herbs sales director who tells me that All Good Goop was originally developed for the people who worked on its organic farm. Because the balm was so effective, they began selling it to the public as the company’s first product—they call it a relief for a variety of irritations such as cuts, sunburns, insect bites, chapped lips, dry skin, diaper rash, blisters, scars, minor burns, and cracked hands and heels. So far, I’ve had the opportunity to test only a few of those uses, but All Good Goop worked significantly better than the other balms. Goop rocks. So much, in fact, that I am inspired to write my first-ever ode to a product.
Ode to Goop It heals blisters caused by a stubborn shoe issue, Soothes nose redness from too many a tissue, – safe to stick anywhere (though you probably don’t wish to) – Is there nothing All Good Goop can’t do? If your babe’s got the rash of a prodigious pooper, If you’re scraped, due to grace of a vapid stormtrooper. Got shaving nicks? Itchies? Then be a Good Gooper! Is there nothing All Good Goop can’t do? All Good Goop, make me pancakes! And peel me a grape! Paint me a stunning New York cityscape! Erase that unfortunate videotape! Is there nothing All Good Goop can’t do? Goop, sing me to sleep with a sweet lullaby! Invent the environmentally friendly two-ply! Whoop! Out of Goop! Regenerate your supply! Ah. The only thing The Goop cannot do. © Alexandra Robbins
Alexandra’s Standard: Elemental Herbs All Good Goop Also Recommended: Suki Body Butter Cream Healing Salve, Burt’s Bees Res-Q Ointment, Brigit True Organics Magic Skin Balm, Revolution Organics All-Over Body Balm. New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Robbins’ next book, THE GEEKS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH, will be published in May. No part of this article may be reprinted without the author’s written permission. 131
Wear "e Room
Close your eyes and imagine that you are living in Venice where you cannot help but be inspired by the impressionable patterns, textures and colors. This Venetian bungalow, designed by Vanessa DeVargas, takes me right to that place (even though it is in Venice Beach, not Italy). It also takes me back in time and inspires a little “retro-chic” ensemble... just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Transformation to Wearable Style Alexandra Cassaniti Vial Necklace in Sand reminds me of the old “Love Potion Number Nine” movie! How versatile this piece is! Wear it out with the girls and a simple sheath or pair it with cargos on a hike with the family! Snatch it: www.alexandracassaniti.com 1950’s Poppy Print Halter Dress: With vintage dresses, it’s all about the a POP of color! The silhouettes may be simple, but it definitely shows an edge in your personality when you strut your stuff. I call this particular dress, “Enthusiastic for Life”. Be inspired by the color and the history behind the garment. Snatch one: www.poshgirlvintage.com Terra Plana’s ‘Rita’ Pump will have soles feeling OH so chic with the support of these modern day pumps! Wear them with rolled up organic cotton denims or with this flouncy frock! Uberflexible and lightweight, traveling along the streets will be a breeze! Ahem, the footbed is lined with memory foam (heaven on earth for your hard working doggies)! Snatch a pair: www.terraplana.com
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Published on Jan 12, 2011
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