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
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.
It’s off the chain! Our big project, THE UNIQUE SPACE, is going to a key part of the revitalization of Downtown Los Angeles. We couldn’t be happier about the new, exquisitely modern, limited-edition leather keychains for THE UNIQUE SPACE made specially for us by the supremely talented craftspeople at Los Angeles Leathercraft. Donate $40 to our Kickstarter campaign and you can get yourself one of these beauties… The gorgeous key fob has been branded with the Unique USA logo in this modern, vegetable tanned leather and finished with nickel hardware. Get yours before they sell out!
Attention, dreamers! Ever miss those glow-in-the-dark stars stuck on the ceiling of your childhood bedroom? So do we. Which is why we’re over-the-moon excited to reveal our gorgeously uplifting, limited-edition, celestial-themed poster — one of the many super cool rewards we’re offering as part of our Kickstarter campaign for The Unique Space. The rather stellar design was dreamed up by Vanessa Hernandez, founder of The Vaguely and graphic designer/typographer extraordinaire. Donate $40 to support our great cause and get your very own made-in-America, star-spangled poster as an inspiring reminder that we are all cosmically connected!
Set on a pale peach background, the ruby red hand hand-lettering pops against a starry-night shadow — you can keep your head in the clouds while remembering that the sky’s the limit if you stay focused on the enduring, important message: we’re all in this together! We love it when the stars align to bring a beautiful product like this into being. There are only 200 of them so they’re gonna go quick — get your celestial fix here before they sell out! Thanks to your incredible support and pledges for rewards like this one we’re on track to open The Unique Space this fall and can’t wait for things to take off at our official launch party on October 12th! See y’all there!
Did someone say it’s cocktail hour? Yep, it’s pretty much undeniable — artisanal spirits are having a moment. American-made small-batch and craft-distilled liquors have taken off in the last few years and, we gotta say, it’s made happy hour way happier. There are now hundreds of small distilleries who bottle their liquors in-house scattered throughout the nation. And these craft spirit makers are using top of the line, age-old techniques to come up with some of the most delightfully high-quality cocktail components we’ve ever tried.
A commitment to authenticity and tradition and the use of locally and sustainably-sourced ingredients are hallmarks of these distilleries and their loyal mixologists — self-proclaimed “cocktail geeks.” Our advice? Get your Side-car straight up and never look back. Among our favorite artisanal whiskies are Chicago’s Few Spirits and Hudson Whiskey of New York; we love gin by Green Hat and St. George; top vodka picks are Gerry Webb’s Moon Mountain vodka and Comb of Port Chester, New York, whose products are distilled from honey; and our go-to Tequila is Charbay, based in Napa Valley. We also want to give a shout-out to Fee Brothers and Jack Rudy – their bitters and other old-timey ingredients will help kick your drinks up a notch! Take some Southern Comfort (sorry, couldn’t resist) in the knowledge that your Old-fashioned can now truly live up to its name.
Music festival fans — listen up! We’re super excited to spread the word about the first-ever (pun intended?) First City Festival taking place Saturday, August 24th and Sunday, August 25th in Monterey, CA. They’ve got a killer line-up of indie rockers who are ready to take northern California by storm, including Beach House, MGMT, Neko Case, Passion Pit, Modest Mouse, Deer Hunter, Light Fantastic, and so many more. Um, we’re already swooning. And it gets better — we’re partnering with First City to kick-off this inaugural event! We’ll be setting up shop with 30 specially curated UNIQUE vendors and are gearing up to have a blast. We’ve also worked out a special offer for all of you UNIQUE folk — enter the code UNIQUEUSA when you purchase tix and you’ll get a whopping 50% discount!
Monterey has a rich history in the music world — it was the site of Janis Joplin’s first major public performance and in 1967 the Monterey Pop Festival was the beginning of the Summer of Love. Hey, if it inspired the first Woodstock, we think something special’s in the air over there. The festival’s “First City” moniker gives a nod to the city’s claim to fame as our first capital (home to California’s first theater, public school, newspaper), and Monterey has been home to tons of artists and writers through the ages. Among the many enticing festival offerings are unmissable after parties, carnival ride passes, VIP packages, and more. Be warned — this is a hot ticket! Get yours here before they sell out, and remember to enter UNIQUEUSA to get half off your purchase!