22 March, 2010

The Duchess Pays a Visit . . .

Hollyhock, Maison Au Naturel 819

Hollyhock's Mrs. Walker's Sofa

The reconfiguration of the Duchess's parlor necessitated a weekend shopping trip to La Cienega Boulevard, home to many of Los Angeles's best design houses. The Duchess was very excited to peek into Hollyhock's brand new location on La Cienega, as it only recently moved from its long-standing Hilldale space. The new Hollyhock, formerly home to Jean de Merry, is gorgeous, with its old bank vault door and limestone courtyard. The cherry on top -- Ms. Suzanne Rheinstein was there herself on Saturday, arranging furniture and accessories with her right hand Priscilla. If only the Duchess could manage a redecoration process and still look as glamorous (and tiny!) as Ms. Suzanne.

18th Century Louis XV Painted Small Bombe Commode

For those of you who haven't paid a visit to Hollyhock, hurry over! Hollyhock stocks a well-curated assortment of pieces from other designers (lamps by Christopher Spitzmiller, furniture et al. from Bunny Williams's BeeLine Home, fabrics by Robert Kime, crystal from William Yeoward, and bits and bobs from maitre d'objets John Rosselli) as well as Ms. Suzanne's own furniture designs and fabric line, produced by Lee Jofa.

The Duchess picked up a copy of Bunny Williams's Point of View while sweating over that tidy little bombe commode. Hollyhock supplies all of the Los Angeles design community with decorator tomes and handbooks on interiors, gardens and architecture.
June Street Chair

The Duchess and Ms. Suzanne have a lot in common. For example, it was recently reported that Ms. Suzanne has never met a green she didn't like. The Duchess couldn't agree more, and Hollyhock's June Street Chair slipped in a divine green paisley doesn't disappoint. Elegant slipcovering is one of Ms. Suzanne's signatures, and many of her own designs are dressed accordingly, including the Edwardian Chair (below).
Edwardian Chair

Dear readers, get thee to Hollyhock!
927 N. La Cienega Boulevard
West Hollywood, California 90068
www.hollyhockinc.com

The Duchess also popped into the new home of Maison au Naturel 819, formerly of the Pacific Design Center. Maison is helmed by decorating legend Dan Marty, who was also minding the shop on Saturday (assisted by his beautifu dog Sam). Mr. Marty's aesthetic is a very naturalistic, serene and organic one but infused with a lot of worldly influences. All those grainsack pillows and industrial tables one sees at Restoration Hardware? Mr. Marty pioneered that look a long time ago. But his designs and offerings remain fresh as he refines that aesthetic.

Here's an installation view from Maison's old space in the PDC. A perfectly executed, traditional man's bedroom.

Maison Au Naturel from Pacific Design Center

A much-copied look.

Maison Au Naturel from Pacific Design Center

Love this Hampstead trunk for storing old magazines, winter blankets, party supplies, or as an occasional table/ottoman.

Hampstead Trunk
Those grainsack pillows the Duchess was telling you about? Mr. Marty executes them in the most lovely way.
Grainsack Pillow with Laurel Design
These Laurel dining chairs were used by Mr. Marty himself in his home's dining room, in that glorious persimmon color.
Laurel Dining Chairs

Maison sells off the floor, sells Farrow & Ball paint, and has an inspired collection of accessories, textiles, art and antiques. But don't take the Duchess's word for it, go see for yourself.

Maison au Naturel 819
819 N. La Cienega Boulevard
West Hollywood, California 90069
310.657.1002
info@maison819.com
(Web site under construction)

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