Category Archives: Design

The Viceroy

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During our recent holiday in LA, Gala and I stayed at the Viceroy. Located in Santa Monica and just blocks from the beach, it’s probably best known for featuring the interior design talents of Kelly Wearstler. Her touches throughout are just the right mix of modern and surreal: animal motifs, ornate shrubbery, an otherworldly canary yellow library, and chic poolside cabanas are just the beginning.


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Gala pooolside & the cabanas


The first thing that stands out about the Viceroy when you walk in (once you get past the baby head lamps and walls of plates) is the service. The second after you check in, you’re offered glasses of complementary champagne. After a few sweaty hours crammed on a plane, they know how to switch you over into relaxation mode! You think service like this would be standard at most boutique hotels but it’s surprising how icy the staff can often be. The Viceroy is not only warn, inviting and helpful but the lobby smells amazing. They have great service down to an art.


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nubby twiglet la viceroy 2012

nubby twiglet la viceroy 2012

There’s a ton of stylish seating throughout — perfect for entertaining.


Of course, for service like this, you do end up paying big time. Gala and I were definitely surprised at how small our room was compared to other places we’ve stayed but there’s definitely an element of escape from reality here and if you’re looking to get away from it all, this is your place. I would say that the Viceroy is great for that quick, few day escape but if you’re looking for something more spacious and appropriate for long-term, The Palihouse may be more your speed.


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nubby twiglet la viceroy 2012

Poolside cabanas with horse head details & there are plate-covered walls everywhere!


The Viceroy grounds are immaculate, the shrubbery and palms are perfectly trimmed and the setting is quite serene. But, there is one downside. On our last morning, I woke Gala up at the god awful hour of 6 a.m. with something to the effect of, “I can’t sleep. I’m hearing voices.” She must’ve thought I was losing it until, as if on command, we heard a loud, cartoonish “AH-CHOOOOOO!” from the next room over. The cartoonish voices and coughing continued back and forth for another few hours….I swear I have a point! THE WALLS ARE VERY, VERY THIN. (I’m not blaming Kelly because she’s an interior designer, not an architect). So thin that these characters lit up a cigarette and the smoke quickly seeped into our room. Gala, not missing a beat, said, “Excuse me while I go poison myself.” The smoking and voices subsided after that. Ahem! I mean…ah-choooo!


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nubby twiglet la viceroy 2012

I’m always working on something & when you get restless, decorate the dog lamp!


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My favorite place to lounge in the hotel was the canary yellow library, complete with shag carpet! Aren’t those book shelves amazing?


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The library was only the beginning, though. On our last night, we discovered the Wizard Of Oz-esque lobby bathroom, complete with checkerboard floors. Kelly Wearstler has a knack for color that I adore.


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Yellow chairs. Just because.


Viceroy Pros:

• It’s extremely close to the beach. A two minute walk and you’re on the sands of Santa Monica.

• The service. We had to call down to the front desk (which was pretty often) but each time, they were incredibly pleasant, wrapping up the call with “Have a magical day!” Really.

• The decor. Kelly Wearstler definitely added plenty of unexpected, special touches that you won’t find anywhere else.

• The room service. Gourmet desserts at midnight? Not a problem! Everything we tried was awesome.

• Complementary yoga! At 10 am on the weekends, you can do a full hour of yoga with an instructor out by the pool. They even provide the mats and mini bottles of Evian.


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• Poolside parties. On Saturday night, a deejay gets the party started around 10 pm. I’m pretty sure this is open to the public, as well.

• Staff that lets you take photos. We invited the Made U Look ladies over to our hotel and were shooting poolside and the staff didn’t interrupt or say a word except to ask about their vintage cameras! At almost every other place we’ve stayed, the staff shuts us down.


Viceroy Cons:

• It’s quite expensive for the room size. If you’re traveling through, I’d recommend staying one night at the Viceroy for the experience (and the pool) and then moving on to more affordable digs. There’s a ton of other nice hotels close by.

• The thin walls. You can hear everything. Sneezes, the TV and random giggles when you just want to sleep.

• The lack of signage. The front of the hotel is surrounded by tall shrubbery which adds to the mystery. I guess this makes the hotel an ideal escape for celebrities but for the rest of us, it can be a bit of a pain. We had to keep telling our visiting friends to “look for the shrubs.” Haha.


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Overall, if you’re looking for an escape from real life to the surreal and appreciate quirky, modern decor, you’ll love The Viceroy. Still missing Santa Monica (and the Viceroy) a lot…


The Typofiles #108: Le Labo

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While in LA last week, Gala, Mary Bee and I stumbled upon the magic lab of scents known as Le Labo. I’d first noticed the Le Labo branding a few days earlier at Lucky Scent and was intrigued. The location on Abbot Kinney resembles a vintage apothecary and perhaps the most interesting of all, there’s no stock on hand; all the perfumes are made on-site to order.


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To add to mysterious / cool factor, Le Labo has a manifesto of sorts:

In a world where luxury perfumes are mass-produced and sold in places that look like supermarkets, where advertising campaigns try to fool consumers into thinking they are unique even though their “one of its kind” fragrances are worn by millions across the globe, we believe there is another solution. As a result, Le Labo has decided to take matters — and perfume — back in hand…


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I love how their logo has an imperfect, stamped effect and their contact information looks like it was spewed from a typewriter, adding to the hand-done, manifesto-like quality.


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After exploring the stock and sticking our noses into every fragrance in sight, we spotted a photo booth in the back of the shop. We couldn’t believe it was free and took full advantage of creating some goofy strips. Amazing, uncommon scents, great branding and a free photo booth? Le Labo follows through to create an environment perfectly suited to their aesthetic and vision.

P.S. A special thank you to the perfume mastermind (above) at the Abbot Kinney Le Labo for putting up with us!


Pantone: The 20th Century in Color

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Today, I’m going to share my new favorite book with you, Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color. What makes this book so amazing is that it covers the evolution of color in our society over the last 100 years, from 1900 onwards. Each decade receives its own chapter along with corresponding images of art, fashion and decor representative of particular palettes that were popular during that period.


nubby twiglet pantone book

nubby twiglet pantone book

nubby twiglet pantone book

nubby twiglet pantone book

nubby twiglet pantone book

nubby twiglet pantone book

nubby twiglet pantone book

nubby twiglet pantone book

Excerpts from Pantone: The 20th Century in Color.


From the swatches of 1930s The Wizard of Oz (Silver, Straw and Lion) to 1980s Miami Vice (Pink Mist, Lavendula and Radiant Orchid) to 1990s Grunge (Coffee Bean, Faded Denim and Earth Red), the cultural movements of America and the colors they helped influence are all painstakingly covered. Students of graphic and fashion design as well as lovers of color theory will adore this book.


I Need Nice Things Posters

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When my friend sent me a link to I Need Nice Things, it was love at first sight. The site was created to make contemporary art collectible and yes, affordable. With an emphasis on simple, graphic prints, many of which feature type and brightly hued shapes, I Need Nice Things has the tastes of most designophiles covered. Now, I just need some more blank walls…


Drown Fragments Landslide Necklace: Abstract Beauty

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I have been following the style blog Sea of Ghosts for well over a year now. Alicia, a Melbourne-based jewelry designer chronicles an edgy yet accessible aesthetic in personal style that I can easily relate to. When she recently offered to send me a piece from her otherworldly debut jewelry collection, Drown, I was beyond excited. The pieces have a mysterious, intensely futuristic quality which comes across in the lookbook.


drown fragments landslide necklace

drown fragments landslide necklace


I love this statement from Drown: “Drown’s highly conceptual collections are more than mere adornments, designed to elicit a dialogue between the wearer and the viewer. Channeling inspirations as distant as the cosmos or as close as the road beneath our feet, Drown jewellery encourages individual interpretations by inspiring the question rather than representing the answer.”

Though ‘highly conceptual,’ I felt like the piece was still very wearable. While something may look cool in the box, I wanted to share how I worked the Landslide necklace into an every day outfit. It’s nice to have a change from my typical black acrylic typography necklaces! This is how I wore the necklace yesterday:


drown fragments landslide necklace

drown fragments landslide necklace

drown fragments landslide necklace


Along with the Landslide necklace, I wore:

Cropped sweater, knit dress and tights, H&M
Studded headband, Forever 21
Heels, Diana Broussard


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Simple yet edgy. Unique yet accessible. The craftsmanship and razor-sharp cuts had me enamored upon first glance and I am so excited to have a piece from Drown’s debut collection.


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Skylab

While roaming around Portland, there are a few places that I’ve been inside of that immediately took my breath away. I never really connected the dots until recently but they all seemed to have a few things in common: a very sleek, modern core containing a lot of glass merged with slightly rustic wood grain details.

When I first stepped inside North a few months ago, it was easily one of the coolest spaces I’d ever been in so I asked who’d designed the interior. Turns out that the honor goes to Portland’s Skylab Architecture. Here are some of my favorite projects of theirs:

Departure


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skylab

Departure Restaurant & Lounge, Portland, Oregon

North


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North Ad Agency, Portland, Oregon

Sugar Laboratories


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Sugar Laboratories Salon & Spa, Portland, Oregon

Flavor Paper


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week in pictures

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Flavor Paper Wallpapers, Brooklyn, New York

East


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East Chinatown Lounge, Portland, Oregon

Doug Fir


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skylab

skylab

Doug Fir Lounge Restaurant & Bar, Portland, Oregon


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