A Day in Little Tokyo / Art District

 

Last weekend we did a small walk in China Town, DTLA.  It’s quite amazing experience and we quite like the authenticity of China Town and cannot wait to go back to get some Dim-sum.  This weekend we decided to visit Little Tokyo to check out what life look like during Post-COVID19. 

Little Tokyo also known as Little Tokyo Historic District, is an ethnically Japanese American district in downtown Los Angeles and the heart of the largest Japanese-American population in North America. With roots dating to the 1880s, Little Tokyo is a major cultural and civic center for Japanese Americans living in Southern California.  It is one of  only three official Japan towns in the United States.   Before COVID-19, we often came here to visit museums, restaurants, bars and all kinds of art events.  Read on for our walking tour today in Little Tokyo.

 

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Tour An Ethereal New York City Loft With A West Coast Vibe

 

Home in West Coast is all about light, airy and coziness.  A pristine loft apartment with soaring ceilings and monumental windows in a historic 19th-century building in NYC  was just transformed into a cozy West -Coast-like home. Here are the highlights of our favorites.

 

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The loft is full of natural light. So the earthy elements such as wood panelings were introduced to anchor this light-filled space. We love this  mixed-media piece by Thea Djordjadze  over the console.  A stump stool is just adorable.  The take-away design lesson here is to have the master artwork and unique furnishings  in the entry to create that wow factor while using earthy elements to delivery an inviting and understated feel.

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Home Tour—A Moody Victorian in San Francisco

We came across this adorable house today when we searched for some inspiration—it has a classical form and  is bright, light , airy  and youthful with some fun colors and funky collections. This house is an exquisite 1890 Victorian with  adorned exterior, period molding, and original brickwork in San Francisco .  It is owned by candy store co-owner Alan Ledford.  Let’s take a home tour of some of our favorite spaces.

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day. We tried backyard picnic, backyard cocktails, backyard BBQ and ShabyShabu. So for this Mother’s Day weekends, we decided to try something special and different— charcuterie boards paired with some wines.  That way, we could really slow down, chill out and enjoy every small bite.

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A Beautiful Light-a-Light Event by David Monn

Guys, TGIF! It looks like that  we have been busier than our normal life before quarantine. Hope  you finally slow down and have some guilty pleasures such as doing nothing or having a cocktails with a little sugar on this Friday.

I always look forward to each Friday simply because I can spend more time in my backyard for meditation, stretching  or just laying on the grass listening  to some beautiful music.

And this Friday is quite special because we participated David Monn’s Light-a-Light event.   David Monn , the founder and CEO of David Monn, LLC, is  a renowned New York event master planner. Monn has been responsible for organizing and producing a variety of prominent events at locations like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library, Guggenheim Museum, among others. His work is truly breath-taking.

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Art for Home

There is a magical about art at home. It brings the unique meaning and energy to a room. It enlivens any space. And it can trigger a conversation.  Although art often is about a personal taste, sometime, we choose one for our clients thanks to their trust and confidence on us.  If so, we would love to consider the color scheme, scale and theme to either elegantly blend in the room, or create a nice contrast and some surprises. The purpose is always to please the eye, bring pleasure to the heart, encourage a conversation or deep thinking, inspire imagination or inject a fresh energy to the space. Or it can be something that is very special to our clients.  Believe it or not, sometimes, we just want to relax a little bit. There is no particular reason to choose this art over others. Maybe it’s the love at the first sight. That might be the magical of the art.

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Our Backyard Easter Celebration

Happy Monday!  Hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend.  As usual, we hosted another backyard cocktails last weekend.  But this time is for Easter. And yes, we had some eggs which we dyed them naturally by using blueberries and beets. Instead the bright typical Easter colors, we want sort of organic vibes.

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5 Celebrities’ Styles at Home II

We are continuing  our  5 Celebrities’ Styles at Home series today to start a whole new week. Today will be our episode 2—Tony Burch at Home.  You can click here to read episode I.

Tory Burch at Home

Tory Burch (née Robinson; born June 17, 1966) is an American fashion designer, businesswoman and philanthropist. She is the Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of her own brand, Tory Burch LLC.[1] She was listed as the 73rd most powerful woman in the world by Forbes in 2015.[3]

And here is a little bit more info about her on Forbes.

  • Fashion mogul Tory Burch’s preppy-chic lifestyle brand brings in $1.5 billion in sales from apparel, footwear, watches, accessories, and fragrances.
  • The art history grad worked with designers Ralph Lauren and Vera Wang before opening a boutique in New York City’s Nolita neighborhood in 2004.
  • In December 2018, Burch became executive chairman and chief creative officer of the $1.5 billion (est. revenue) fashion company that bears her name.
  • Pierre-Yves Roussel, a former LVMH executive and Burch’s husband, took over the CEO position.
  • In March 2019, Bank of America committed $100 million to her decade-old charitable foundation that has been helping women entrepreneurs since 2014.

 

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Artfully layered furnishings, each in vibrant shades of red, orange or green, sit by opulent wallpaper or deco-style monochrome walls. Prints—of flora and fauna, geometric, all ebullient—are recurring fixtures. So are artworks, both large and small, Chinese pottery and old collectables. The overall effect is a luxurious riot of bright hues and patterns. “It’s eclectic,” says Burch, “and very much me.”
“I’m not a big collector, not compared to them at least. What I have always liked about my parents is how they used to gather things together, and in the house, not because of their value but because of their style and beauty. I try to do the same with the items I purchase. I just love mixing pieces from different periods. The old with the new.”

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Tour Chelsea Handler ‘s Warm and Contemporary Bel Air Home

Chelsea Handler’s Bel Air home has a good location with a beautiful lush hillside landscape. Chelsea Handler bought this home  10 years ago.  And  she took a lot of efforts to modernize this home, bright it up by using a lot of light colors, and at the same time, make it warm, inviting and  cozy enough to entertain her friends and family here.  We are totally obsessed with the breath-taking California vibe she has crafted  throughout the years–soft, bright, airy, modern and relaxing indoor-outdoor style. She  has a lot of artworks in her house either she purchased by herself over the years or the gifts from her friends. And she said she usually doesn’t have any idea about those artwork until several years later. Isn’t that cute?

We summarize several design highlights we really like about her home below. So get ready for a cup of coffee, tea or glass of wine, sit back and enjoy.

1. Replace some of the walls with floor-to-the-ceiling glass windowpanes to bring in more nature light to create that typical California indoor-and-outdoor vibe.

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Tour Designer Thom Filicia’s New Inviting Yet Sophisticated Home

 

Thom Filicia is best known for an Emmy Award–winning television personality on shows like the original 2003 Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and 2018’s Get a Room with Carson & Thom, both on Bravo.  Eight years ago, Filicia decided to sell the SoHo apartment where he had resided for a decade and move to a neighborhood with a bit more breathing room.  A floor-through unit in a modern building designed by the South African architect Lindy Roy caught his eye, thanks to a layout with a strong separation between social and personal spaces.  After spending four months in construction redoing floors, bathrooms, lights, and counters, Filicia set about decorating the 1,800-square-foot, two-bedroom apartment. The rooms include a mix of his own pieces, both from his Thom Filicia Home Collection and his to-the-trade New York showroom Sedgwick & Brattle, along with vintage furnishings and the artwork he has collected over the years. “I’m a single guy, so I wanted it to be timely and timeless, sophisticated yet inviting,” he explains, adding that he loves to entertain.

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