23 April, 2010

The Duchess Attends . . .

"Rooms to Inspire," Los Angeles Antiques Show

Yesterday afternoon the Duchess dropped in at Hollywood at Home for a book signing with Annie Kelly and Tim Street-Porter who have just published a new tome in their "Rooms to Inspire" series, "Rooms to Inspire in the City." The book features the homes of, among others, Peter Dunham (of H@H) and David Cruz of Blackman Cruz, and that of the delicious Tamara Mellon, decorated by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard.

Mr. Lawrence-Bullard is everywhere these days. He designed the entry tent for the Los Angeles Antiques Show, and he was on hand Wednesday evening for its fabulous preview party benefitting P.S. Arts. (The food was yummy and the wine was quite good.) The Duchess congratulated Mr. Lawrence-Bullard on his May Elle Decor cover (featuring the home of Ellen Pompeo) and his C Magazine spread showing the home of Cheryl Tiegs (also with photography by Mr. Street-Porter). Great photography, great work.

The Antiques Show provided the perfect combination of the Duchess's interests -- art, antiques, conversation and drink. The Duchess will not recap the evening's exhibitors and highlights (certain to be covered in full and splendidly by others). The Duchess will mention, however, that she would have preferred to see more local, Los Angeles area-based antiques dealers and arts purveyors. For example, the legendary Joel Chen. Mr. Chen has over 50,000 square feet of filled-to-the-gills antiques right here in Los Angeles, perfect for oohing and aahing over in person. Here are a few Duchess-worthy pieces at Empress-worthy prices:

19th Century Georgian Style Secretary

19th Century French Bureauplat

Diego Giacomett "Le Chat Maitre d'Hotel" (in bronze)

Perhaps next year.

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