We have a mid century home coming up for sale in Los Feliz and our sellers wanted us to give the yard a redesign with a cool looking patio cover. So we set to task finding the right look that complimented the home and that it made a statement in its own right. The point of the project was to bring focus to an area that had been somewhat neglected. We searched high and low for inspiration to make sure we obsessively had the highest and best for our clients and then we found this little beauty in one of the magazines and books we were searching through. It possesses EXACTLY the right amount of Mid Century authenticity with its lines and horizontal motifs, it brings a sexiness to the yard that was desired and finally, YES once we penciled it out it fits into budget YEAH! So she will be built and will be inspired by this blessed photo and we are all convinced it will be a roaring success. Hopefully so will the buyers!
Blessed be all who enter here!
5229 Saloma Avenue, Sherman Oaks
2169 Sq Ft/ 4 Bedrooms/ 2 Baths/ 7540 Lot
Saloma boldly proclaims who she is with just a hint of rebellious teenager and a potent thimble of attitude. Not one to blend in Saloma “struts” her stuff with the confidence of an Amercian Idol contestant infusing more than a hint of the Baleric Islands and the palpable atmosphere of the Spanish isles to boot. Chillin’ at the the pool you almost feel like you could snap your fingers and a barely clad server would whip up your blended desires in an Ibiza minute. Not such as stretch as the owners are both from Europe and have managed to transplant their authentic vibe in a manner the same as a heart surgeon with his scalpal as do they with their taste.
As the light changes into the golden afternoon glow so does she, now playfully wrapping you in a softer side and with a downward dog breathe out connotation. Open plan bliss with care and attention going into each corner of the home making Saloma your own personal national geographic volume. Make your pals gawk and ease into the groove as you sip on the perfectly chilled Pinot. Where are we again, oh yeah LA, that’s right, at Saloma she sends you to wherever you want to go with ‘blissed out’ state of mind as she she gives you a wink and a nod as she whispers – de nada!
Words Peter Lorimer
We have a rather large design project at PLG coming up and we decided to do several rooms in wall coverings. Well…. It tums out the ‘making the decision to use wallpaper’ is the easy part! What followed was an unprecedented psycadelic, Alice in Wonderland, experience as my mind was exposed to an endless battering by deliciously creative musings from wallpaper artists, Yes Wallpaper artists (It’s a thing apparently).
Wallpaper, back in my day, echoed of hideous mathematical shapes in equally horrendous patterns that never seemed to work with…. Well….anything. I remember in the industrial North of England, where I grew up, that wallpaper was a cheaper alternative to paint and it could engulf large areas with annoying little geometrics that felt like a bad video game on acid. Thus I was scarred for life! ….or so I thought. Then a designer I was working with dragged the previously banned word of ‘Wallpaper’ out into the light and with it my attached preconceived childhood prejudices. My pulse quickened with anxiety as she dropped the first book on the table and I prepared myself for the worst…..then….
…..as I was shown the first page I was pleasantly surprised, it was not the dark scene from ‘The Shining’ I had been expecting, it was in fact the miraculous moment when ‘The Wizard of Oz’ transformed from black and white to glorious technicolor. With this unexpected delight I was reborn!! I now plundered the various books and catalogs in my designers possession, devouring each volume in the same manner a starving shipwrecked sailor devours their trapped meat. It was on! I began to deeply respect the artistry and undeniable creativity of the collections and a whole new world of interior design was upon me. Even the dreaded geometric shapes had seen a 21st century twist and were not just palatable but were joyus. From historical Asian motifs to frightfully Britsh foxhunting, from a perfect purple tartan to a soft angelic ‘animals of the kingdom’ scene and every imaginable variation between.
For your reference I have included the papers that made ‘the cut’ here in a crescendo of opulent endulgence and I could not be happier. It took a while to root them out but if you are looking to totally transform a room, and furniture and paint just are not enough, try pulling back your own Wizard of Oz curtain on a few wallpapers and I am sure you too will soon be living in full, glorious technicolor too!
Words and Pix by Peter Lorimer
(For recommendations of wallpaper vendors hit me up and I will be glad to spill the beans)
For an upcoming design project PLG needed to find the perfect chair that emotes both cool, hip and function with just the right amount of badass for your ass. Well ’twas BRUTAL trying to find the elusive cheek cuddlers and we had all butt (sorry could not resist) given up and resigned ourselves to a more homogenous design. When like a bolt of lightning, shimmering in stardust, hit us upside the head like a loose disco ball flying off its chain, we discovered these little beauties designed by ,none other, than the DemiGod known as Lenny Kravitz! Yes LENNY FREAKIN KRAVITZ YO!! So we ran out and test drive them immediately and took the snaps you see here.
Seeing as “Are you going to go my way” by Master Kravitz we all agreed is one of the landmark rock albums of memory this added a rich, sweet layer of desire to our decision with just the right hint of “dirty”we needed to push us over the edge and commit. Ergo ’tis done! and it does in fact seem that we are “Going to go your way” after all Lenny, well our butt cheeks are at least.
The chairs come in the smokey nickel finish and a brass finish too and both are endulgent to boot(y). And the leather is thick and hand finished and does not feel flimsy or like it will wear out or tear anytime soon. Plus the chairs have some weight to them which we all loved and welcomed.
You can find them at good ole’ CB2 for the jolly reasonable price of $350 each. Take them for a test drive yourself and see if you think they are as badass for your ass as we do!
Pix and Words by Peter Lorimer
(Btw this is just our journal posts for more info on who we are go HERE)