I didnt want to mention this in my first post about LA- in case it didnt happen, but Erica and I were invited to visit THE HOLY LAND, design blogger Mecca, also known as Kelly Wearstler’s LA studio yesterday.
Im just going to give you the visual tour as I experienced it.
This greets us.
Im already star struck and really nervous. Why? I dont know. Its not like I thought anything bizarre would happen, but I had butterflies!
On the opposite side of the entry:
( I love how she layers the abstracts: No frame, traditional frame with matting, and then float frame.)
We wait in this conference room and Erica and I notice we are both carrying the same American Apparel Clutch and wearing my box braid bangles. I take off my bangle and put it in my bag. I also contemplate that painting and how much I love it:
On the other side of the room:
(From Lonny Mag, my pic of this side of the room wasnt great)
The view from the entry to the main area… I absolutely love those doors…and dont even get me started on the floor. More people should do floors like this.
This is the other conference room. There were actually people conferencing in it while I was there so I didn’t get to photograph it on my own:
Now we enter the main work area:
AHHHHHH!!!! My brain is going to explode from the awesomeness.
You know what those are? Her VIBE TRAYS! I want to go touch everything in those vibe trays. But I resist.
Everything in this studio is so lush… the brass is heavy, the fabrics are thick, the wood is textured… its amazing.
You wouldnt even believe how gorgeous those stools are in real life.
This is where Kelly and her staff meet to go over projects:
All that is vintage of course. Everything in the studio is either custom or vintage. Duh.
The studio consists of a staff of about 15, and everything happens under this roof- the china lines for Pickard, the accessories for Bergdorf, the ready to wear collection as well as all of her interior design projects of course! Plans for a new flagship store are strewn about along with rug samples and wood flooring… Im also told that she is currently working on her next book.
And Kelly still personally picks out every thread and doorknob in every project she does.
Of course I mentioned that as a consumer, I would LOVE to see some of her products at a lower price point… Im not saying low end (although how SICK would a Target collaboration be-as long as they dont crud up the quality of her stuff!) but you know, an under $500 range would be perfect. Way to tell an uber professional how to do their job, huh?
Anyway, aside from the massive design library that you see lining the walls, the back of the studio also has an artfully displayed collection of fabrics, wallpapers and trims all stacked in lucite boxes. And there is also tiny little nook of a kitchen, that is so amazing. Heavily veined book matched marble backsplash(and its black!), gray cabinetry and a black and white flag shaped marble flooring…the other side of the wall is covered in antiqued mirror. My fave.
One more look around:
(I wanted to snatch some of those objects de art right off that table and take them home with me. Of course, they are all solid marble or brass so they mostly weigh a billion pounds each.)
Even as I sat waiting in that orange conference room, I wasnt entirely sure that I was going to be able to meet Kelly… but to my surprise, she was there working and more than happy to meet us. Apparently she has seen my blog, and get this: She and her staff have all seen my paintings and supposedly she loved them!
Also, you know I wore my neon orange DIY necklace and that of course when she complemented it I said- “I MADE IT!I MADE IT!” like a big baby… And you know I admitted to her that I am a borderline groupie- right? Yes, I actually used those words… I know all this fawning is getting ridiculous, but seriously, the woman gave a complete face lift to interior design… and she is also totally down to earth and so gorgeous.
Also, she is excellent at posing while I look like I am wearing a Phillip Lim diaper:
But I gotta post a picture right? Because as Maison 21 said a few nights ago, if 5 bloggers meet at The Chateau and no one takes a picture: did it even really happen?