With Fall temperatures dropping, now's the time to head to sunnier skies that inspire you to get outside and move. Los Angeles fits the bill nicely; besides its thriving restaurant and arts scene, fitness is front and center as part of the city's draw. There's no shortage of juice bars to satiate your thirst, yoga studios to get your Downward Dog on, or running paths to help you hit the road. And if it's the latest fitness trend you're seeking, it's got that too. In the latest edition of Work Out Like a Local, find out where LA residents are getting their sweat on and then get ready to join them!
When Parisian artist Alix Soubiran, the founder and creative force behind wallpaper company Princes & Crows, first discovered the Los Angeles neighborhood of Los Feliz, she knew that she'd found her perfect spot in the sprawling metropolis. Alix told me, "I felt I could live happily in LA when I discovered Los Feliz. It is an eclectic and vibrant community with charming houses in a green and hilly neighborhood. It is also the home of coyotes, skunks, squirrels, and hummingbirds. I am able to walk to the magazine stand, have a croissant at Figaro, go to Blue Rooster Art Supplies, get lost in time at Skylight Books, and watch a movie at the Los Feliz 3. It is like living in a village."
Extensive renovation of a Los Feliz bungalow, which Alix describes as "mid-century California meets 18th-century France," has provided the perfect home for Alix, her boyfriend Joe Mauceri, their daughter Monica-Moonshine, and their rabbit Mr. Pikapou.
Keep clicking to tour their home, and to hear more about Alix's wallpaper company, her history as an artist and muralist, and the story of their home.
Photos courtesy of Michael Robinson Chavez
If rumors are to be believed, John Galliano may be joining Hedi Slimane as a resident of Los Angeles in the near future.
According to a story in The Hollywood Reporter, a kilt-wearing Galliano was seen lunching with Katherine Ross — a former public relations executive for LVMH who now works as a consultant for Balenciaga — in the City of Angels late last month. The next day, he was overheard telling friends that he and his partner Alexis Roche — who worked as a style consultant at Dior during Galliano's tenure — are looking for apartments in Los Angeles, intimating that Roche wants to start a career as a celebrity stylist.
Roche's Twitter account was silent for most of July and as of yet has not offered any updates relating to the rumored move. In March, LA-based jewelry designer Markus Molinari tweeted at Roche, saying that it was "GREAT seeing you and John and that little dog of yours at lunch!" In April, Galliano was spotted breaking bread with Grace Coddington in New York, and just last month he was seen meeting with Anna Wintour in Paris during Couture week.
Most people don't immediately associate the words "eco home" with modern chicness, but after touring Lisa Ling and Dr. Paul Song's Santa Monica, CA, home, perhaps they'll start to. The home is the first energy-neutral residence in the city of Santa Monica — essentially meaning that the home produces as much energy as it uses. It's also LEED Platinum certified, the highest environmental rating a home can be awarded.
You may recognize Ling for her work as a correspondent on The Oprah Winfrey Show and a contributor to CNN's Planet in Peril, among many other television journalism feature positions. Ling's husband is a radiation oncologist in Los Angeles and president of Cytotech Labs, which does cancer research. CelebStyle editor Melody Nazarian attended an open house at Ling and Song's amazing home and reported back to us on the space. Keep clicking to take the tour and see why eco-chic luxury is all the rage.
Photos and interview courtesy of Melody Nazarian
Unlike most creative directors at French fashion houses, Yves Saint Laurent's Hedi Slimane won't work in Paris. Instead, he'll design YSL from his current home base, Los Angeles.
YSL will keep its atelier and offices on Avenue George V in Paris open, and Slimane will do fittings for shows there. But the bulk of the creative work will be done in LA, where Slimane has lived since he left Dior Homme in 2007.
Slimane, who took over for former YSL creative director Stefano Pilati in March, isn't the only designer who lives and works in two different places. Phoebe Philo designs the French label Céline from London, and Pucci's Peter Dundas commutes from his apartment in Paris to his office in Florence, Italy, several times a week.
The Hottest Spots in the World For Design Inspiration: Morocco, Britain, Cuba, and Two Other Amazing Destinations
We're thrilled to present a post from Ashley Read at SFA Design. Ashley recently attended the Los Angeles design event, Legends, and reported back to us on the latest trends and inspirations from the event.
Named "LA's premier destination for home design" by House Beautiful, the La Cienega Design Quarter is chock-full of the hottest interior design studios, showrooms, and galleries. Until recently, this chic neighborhood has been a trade secret among design professionals, but with the 4th Annual Legends of La Cienega event coming to a close, it seems that the LCDQ is a secret no more!
For those not yet in the know, the Legends event is a who's who gathering of the top designers, design publications, and vendors, similar to the West Week events, but in a more relaxed, neighborly setting. Each year comes with a relevant theme: last year celebrated art, and for 2012, Legends designers shared their international inspirations via "Windows to the World," complete with panel discussions and window displays depicting an exciting array of location-based inspirations from Abu Dhabi to Antarctica, Kenya to Côte d'Azur.
Attending all of the amazing panel discussions was a real eye-opener and definitely caused me to add a few new spots to my "travel bucket list!" Check out a few international inspiration tips we picked up from the A-list Legends panelists, and instead of Paris or Tuscany, try looking to Fes, Morocco, or Vietnam as your next design muse . . .
Take a Design World Tour Without Leaving Los Angeles, Thanks to the Windows at Legends of La Cienega
Los Angeles's annual Legends event in the La Cienega Design Quarter blends art, fashion, design, and culture, and this past weekend, a variety of programs and events celebrated this year's Legends theme of important design destinations across the world. To reflect the theme, designers used global destinations such as Berlin, Rome, Morocco, and Athens as the inspiration for their window designs. Today, we're sharing an incredible, detailed look at the windows from the event. Prepare to be absolutely inspired by the amazing work from the designers. The windows will be up until May 18, so if you're in Los Angeles, be sure to stop by the La Cienega Design Quarter to take a whirlwind world tour in person!
All photos courtesy Andreas Branch Photography
Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor have just sold the second house in their Hollywood Hills estate for $2.6 million.This second, smaller house, is a generous 4,062 square feet, situated on less than a third of an acre.
The entire compound, which included the Spanish-style home, another house, and a guesthouse, was put on the market over two years ago for $12.5 million. Since that time, the larger home was sold to Jason Statham last year for $7.32 million.
The entire compound features a one-bedroom guest house, a lovely pool, outdoor living and dining areas, and a lushly landscaped yard, full of palms, succulents, and full-grown trees.
Let's take a look at the compound, which is truly a gorgeous piece of real estate!
With the recent release of her new book, Vintage Remix, interior designer and shop owner Kishani Perera can add author to her formidable list of accomplishments. Perera's book is an absolute visual feast for interior design fans, with gorgeous photos of homes that mix modern and vintage elements, high, low, and custom pieces, and beautiful art and textiles. Perera is the founder of the LA-based design company Kishani Perera Inc., where she has worked with many celebrity clients including Molly Sims and Gary Oldman. Last year, she also opened her Los Angeles store, Rummage, which showcases her eclectic and sophisticated design style in the form of unique decor and objects.
Perera recently spoke with us about her new book and design philosophy. Keep reading for a peek at the new book and to get some great tips for decorating your own space.
I've fallen in love with green, urban venue SmogShoppe in LA. But for those of you not planning on celebrating any events at the refurbished smog check center, there's still much to glean from this hidden gem. Take a cue in your own home from SmogShoppe's blend of vintage furniture and modern design with both industrial homages to the spot's past life and a smattering of desert-plant greenery. And with all its eco-friendly features, it'll have you seeing green in more ways than one. Check out my slideshow to be inspired.