parties and laughs:

legends of la cienega 2012

The La Cienega Design Quarter has some of the best home shopping and resources for interior design in Southern California.  Each year the members of this legendary district extend their hours and bring in talent from all over the country for some of the most invigorating and entertaining days of the year, the annual Legends of La Cienega.

This year’s theme was “Windows to the World” and focused around the inspiration of global travel. The entertainment started full blast.  On Tuesday evening, Keith McCoy hosted a lovely cocktail party introducing the new twist that Fortuny has interlaced into their fabrics.  The outcome has a new vibrancy while still incorporating the traditional techniques that were instilled by Fortuny centuries ago.

The cocktail party was followed by a small private dinner at Cecconi’s.  I had the pleasure of sitting among some of the best in the business and the evening was filled with laughter.  One of my friends is currently writing a new book titled “How to Hang your Decorator” – you can only imagine some of the laughs we had with that topic!

Wednesday was the Legends opening gala, at Rose Tarlow, with a garden full of beautiful people and new product lines.  The festivities continued into Thursday with one event after another, but Elle Décor’s power lunch in the beautiful gardens of Compas really stood out.

Thursday night was also a night filled with laughs.  The Legends Tribute Party, hosted by Traditional Home, was in the beautiful gardens of the Lee Stanton showroom.  It was a breathtaking setting, but, unfortunately, my 5-inch Gucci heels did not pair well with the gravel courtyard and my calves were paying for it the next day!

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After the Tribute Party, the DLD office team and I went out for dinner with Tony and Kevin, owner and showroom manger of Antonio’s Bella Casa Antiques on La Cienega.  They are fabulous people, and did I mention funny?  My Associate Designer, James, can be a little timid until you get to know him, and Tony was joking around with him and tugging at his tie to try and “loosen” him up – it was hilarious!

On Friday morning, Angela, my Director of Operations, almost ended up with no clothes for work!  A police matter near the office stopped her from being able to get to her car at the end of the evening, so she had to stay with a friend on Thursday night!  Without anything to wear, she went to Target in the morning to buy a dress – and she actually received quite a number of compliments from our design colleagues!  What do you think of her Deco-Print Target dress?

Next up was my panel discussion, Jet Set, at Szalon.  I had the honor to sit among a full house with Erika Brunson (who has some tales of working in Royal palaces), Natasha Baradaran (who is working on a project in Milan), and Jeff Andrews (who has done work for major celebrities, such as Ryan Seacrest and the Kardashians.)  It was enjoyable reminiscing on and discussing my vivid memories of projects in Taipei and Japan.

The whirlwind of events came to an end Friday night with the Final Celebration, hosted by Veranda, at Michael Smith’s showroom, Jasper.  I had the joy of chatting with Mary McDonald and Kathryn Ireland, both from the hit television series Million Dollar Decorators, at the final party.  Mary was out promoting her book on The Allure of Style and Kathryn was talking about the hilarious panel on designing in Cuba that she had been a part of.  I had a splendid time and a barrels of laughs, I only hope that I am able to get some rest in before next years Legends week!