Heading to the 6th Annual Unique LA Holiday Show this weekend, December 7 & 8? The largest made-in-America shopping event of its kind in the world, there will be amazing local-made shopping from over 350 vendors, a cafe, free snack and drink stations, free DIY crafts and lots more. If you’d like, especially for those seasoned-Unique-shoppers out there, download the Vendor Directory and Map ahead of time to plan your route. You don’t want to miss your favorite designers and artists! Have a great holiday season, we’ll see you soon!
Arts ReSTORE LA is a new initiative by the Hammer Museum that aims to re-energize Westwood Village with the creative force of local Angeleno artisans and craftspeople. From November 1 to 24, the Hammer will fill several empty storefronts in Westwood, donated by the property owners to this project, with an array of artisan vendors – many are our good friends such as Tanya Aguiniga, Iron Curtain Press, For Your Art, and Clarke and Madison. How are we involved?
UNIQUE LA is adding our perspective and hands-on touch by curating unique (and completely free) activities every weekend, which will be held at the Hammer Museum’s outdoor LAB. Every Saturday at 11:30am we are presenting an intimate Speaker Series called Meet the Makers, which is a great opportunity to come hear from LA’s top artists and designers such as the prolific Gary Baseman and the LA-based apron brand taking the country by-storm, Hedley & Bennett. We’ve kept space limited so the audience will be able to take part in the conversation, ask them questions and meet them! And every Sunday at Noon we will be hosting a fab DIY workshop, so please come get your hands dirty and enjoy the art of crafting something handmade!
Working from home can be hard at times… Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely perks – you can decorate anyway your heart desires and paint using whatever color you’d like, the commute is awesome, and if you get hungry, snacks are just a few steps away in the refrigerator. However having a home office can also be tricky. Home offices can easily get messy, there tends to be no definition between work and personal life, etc. We asked Rosa Beltran, founder of one of our favorite LA-based interior design firms Rosa Beltran Design, about her own home office. She not only works from home but has managed to create a chic, serene, inspirational space. Based in Silver Lake, Rosa draws inspiration for her interiors from the array of one-of-a-kind vintage pieces and incorporates them into her high/low aesthetic. We knew she would be a great person to ask about decorating a home office!
3. Your interior design style is eclectic, chic and unique… Who are your favorite designers?
I have a huge penchant for mixing high and low, modern and vintage, classic and eclectic pieces for that layered, collected look that makes you feel like a room is telling an interesting story. I don’t really like a purely modern aesthetic, but overly traditional is too stuffy and boring also, so you’ve got to strike just the right balance between the two. Some of my favorite designers doing this are Nate Berkus, Windsor Smith, and Nick Olsen.
*photography by BETHANY NAUERT
*We would say more but we’re buzzed from sampling all the cocktails…
If you you’ve taken a peek at my blog… you probably noticed how much I love myself some ethnic prints. I especially love it in small pops in a wardrobe and thought it would look great on the upper portion of this shoe. The steps are pretty simple and can be used on a variety of different shoe styles, maybe something that’s already in your closet. Here’s how…
In this 10 minute atmospheric short film Joel Bukiewicz of Cut Brooklyn delves into his personal philosophy on what ‘handmade’ means, how he arrived at knife making, what it takes for a ‘skill’ to become an ‘art’. Quite a touching film that had me wishing I was working in my garage studio and not at my computer… Created by the folks at Made by Hand a new short film series “celebrating the people who make things by hand — sustainably, locally, and with a love for their craft.”
Visit Cut Brooklyn for a selection of available knives from Joel.