Give me Shelter, Jonathan

Strolling Fashion Island in Newport Beach, one of my stops is always the Jonathan Adler store. Initially a pop up, rumor has it that a BIGGER location is coming soon. Right next to the Trina Turk, of course
But you will have to wait until August to immerse in all that is JA including a bigger selection of the Junior range.
Prepare for summer now- this Shelter Island Chair with iron base and hand woven rattan pops with orange cushions.  They also have a great catch all that matches to display all your juicy summer reading.

see the catch all at link  http://www.jonathanadler.com/product.php?cat=&productid=18048


Weekend Escape: Napa

Spring brings the need to refresh and on my calendar it also brings an anniversary, Mother's Day, and my birthday. All good reasons to plan a weekend a way without the offspring!
Ma(i)sonry in Yountville near Napa sounds like the perfect destination. Wine tasting, art, outdoor lounge area and vintage furniture in one spot. Even live music Saturdays in May.  
Alexandra von Furstenberg lucite furniture, vintage Danish chairs, and a glass of f*&ng merlot!

If you can't get there, view their vintage items for sale on 1st dibs http://www.1stdibs.com/furniture_search.php


Stem It To Me!

Many blogs have featured items from the recent Milan Design Week show but here is one I found intriguing and useful at the same time.
Peter Pless who is based in Michigan designed this indoor plant/ herb stand to allow easy growing at home which would eliminate excessive packaging of buying herbs at the grocery.
Makes sense when you think of the return of victory gardens, meals at home, and the sudden fashion of wall gardens - doesn't it!
He is looking for a manufacturer to take this prototype of plastic and steel to the market, so I am really hoping a company sees the genius in it and brings it to market. 
I want one!  no two, maybe three!  

image via www.peterpless.com


Modern Down Under

As I browsed my local Borders recently, I noticed they are now carrying one of my favorite Australian mags!
HOUSES, a unique source of information, featuring brilliant new houses and renovations. (their own description).
Larger photo layouts, floor plans, detailed product lists, as well as a time schedule for the project. All very useful for those renovating and decorating a modern home.
And I didn't even have to fly 14 hours this time! 

To see some sample pages


Hattenbach Residence

The Hattenback Residence, a Ray Kappe designed Mid-Century home in Santa Monica. Love this entry !
This home is currently for sale which means you can browse the interior photos on redfin and see the wonderful use of  glass, natural light, redwood, and open floor plan.  Great inspiration if you are doing a remodel.

Could be yours for a cool $2.4!


Pottery on Air

One of my favorite restaurants in Long Beach features pottery displayed in the front windows. The pottery and plants raised off of the ground makes a great visual picture, especially when viewed through glass. Great to duplicate in an atrium or entry way of an Eichler or MCM home. 

I plan to use if for herbs and lettuce and I won't even have to bend over to pick 'em!