Dec 16, 2010

Gift for the Senses

I've experienced just about every luxury candle out there and I admit to having a very short list of favorites. There is a new addition to my closely guarded list and I am excited to share it with you!

Baroness Monica Von Neumann introduces a truly extraordinary line of luxury candles inspired by her very own travels around the globe. Think earthy sandalwood, soothing jasmine, and exotic red amber. (You won't find a french vanilla or apple cinnamon scnet in this collection.) The complex and sophisticated fragrances spoil the senses and the elegant packaging is absolutely gorgeous making them a wonderful gift for the holidays and a staple for your gift closet.

Baroness Monica Von Neumann is no stranger to luxury and is considered an authority on fine living. Described as "one part Martha Stewart and another part Wendy Williams" this aristocrat-turned-lifestyle-expert lives her life with the utmost elegance and just a touch of Detroit Soul. My kinda' gal!

Order online at http://www.baronessmonicavonneumann.com/
Retail: $38.50 each - I recommend the set of four for $154.00


Nov 21, 2010

A few of my favorite things...

Over the next few weeks I will be channeling my inner Oprah by sharing some of my favorite things for gift giving and to spruce up your home for the holidays.

First on my list of things to buy and share is a sophisticated new take on the traditional dog bed by my pals at Fleabag Beds. Designers and co-founders Sabina Vavra and Chelsea Hernandez are the minds behind the swanky new line of dog beds that will wow even the most discriminating urban hound. Out with the boring old plaid and fleece and in with fresh new designer fabrics by Kelly Wearstler, Windsor Smith, and Trina Turk to name a few.

Washable and durable, the beds come in a variety of shapes and sizes ranging from $68.00 to $108.00. Shop online at http://www.fleabagbed.com/


Next up - You don't have to be a fan of Barbra Streisand (but who isn't?) to appreciate the tremendous amount of energy and meticulous detail invested in the design of her 3 acre coastal estate consisting of four seperate structures which she describes as "the mill house, the barn, grandma's house, and the main house". Beautifully illustrated in her new book "My Passion for Design" this exclusive tour of the sprawling retreat can be appreciated by fans and design enthusiasts alike making it a perfect gift for the holidays.

Purchase a copy from your favorite on-line retailer or local bookseller. A portion of the proceeds from Barbra's book benefits women's cardiovascular research. Barbra will match the contributions of others, dollar for dollar up to $5 million. To learn more about The Barbra Streisand Women's Cardiovascular Research and Education Program at Cedars Sinai Medical Center visit http://www.blogger.com/www.crowdrise.com/barbra

Sep 22, 2010

When the worlds of Fashion and Interior Design collide, beautiful things happen.

Check out my latest editorial contributions from the current FALL issue of Beverly Hills Magazine on newstands now. Also available on line at http://www.bhlmag.com/fall10/

The following story can be found on page 40 and my "Global Views - Design Guide" can be found on page 30-31.
Iconic Claridge’s Hotel has collaborated with legendary fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg to bring her signature style and elegance to a series of guestrooms and suites. For more than a century, Claridge’s, considered the Art Deco jewel of Mayfair, has stood as an emblem of timeless elegance in London. Von Furstenberg, one of the world’s most celebrated designers, is the namesake to a global luxury lifestyle brand and is no stranger to the importance of tradition, preservation, and sophistication. All key elements in the design process which transcends fashion and interiors.

A loyal guest over the past three decades, von Furstenberg has a very personal connection with Claridge’s which has played a large role in her design vision for the project. DVF’s exclusive textile collection sets a contemporary yet refined tone for each room. Hand made campaign style furniture and Murano glass light fixtures pair seamlessly with animal prints and bold colorful patterns creating a chic yet timeless space filled with inspiration. Creating a modern day aesthetic while preserving the Art Deco heritage of the hotel requires a delicate balance of creativity and restraint. “Claridge’s is the most glamorous hotel in the world, “says von Furstenberg, “hotels like this don’t exist anymore and the legacy must be respected.”

Interior designers have credited the fashion industry for years as a catalyst for inspiration and there is without a doubt a crossover that occurs between the two arts. This is more than fashion inspired interior but rather an homage to design. The stars have aligned and the results are stunning.
Rick Campos for Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine

Jul 29, 2010

Designing for a Cause

Many of you recall my recent blog post about the ASID Community Services project benefitting Girls Hope Orange County. Being the chairman for such a wonderful design / community service project was truly an honor and a blessing.

We recently re-dedicated the house with the help of HomeAid Orange County and we were pleased to share the day with contributing vendors, donors, volunteers, and local press. Here is a little video footage of the days events: http://fullertonstories.com/2010/06/

Jul 15, 2010

Beat the Heat with these amazing Designer Resources in Palm Springs

A recent trip to Palm Springs turned into an unexpected shopping experience filled with hip modern, post-modern, and vintage finds.

My journey started at 20 First Modern & Vintage Furnishings – 1117 N Palm Canyon Drive. The bright orange iron chairs perched curbside stopped me in my tracks. I snagged a free parking spot in the ample parking lot behind the store (so not L.A.) and inside I found the most amazing collection of vintage table lamps, in pairs no less! Every sofa, chair, and case good (whether vintage or new) were in showroom quality condition and ready for delivery. Service is taken to a whole new level in sunny Palm Springs. Upon sharing a tile design dilemma with owner Glenn Clarke, I was quickly referred to a neighboring showroom without hesitation. I love this town!

Stepping into Modern Home – 2500 Palm Canyon Drive, is like stepping into a candy store for interior designers. This is not your average tile showroom. Only the most unique and sophisticated products are featured in this hyper organized showroom which is truly a treat for the senses. My favorite thing – their textured mdf wall panels in a variety of exotic textures and finishes. This product is my new secret weapon and is manufactured exclusively for Modern Home allowing for a variety of customization options and more importantly, local quality assurance. Showroom manager Brett Davis was an absolute pleasure to work with and I will not hesitate to return to the desert to source cutting edge materials for future design jobs. http://www.shopmodernhomes.com/

The K-9 greeters at HOUSE 849 – 849 N Palm Canyon Drive, won me over the moment I walked through the door. Nothing says welcome like a wet nose and a belly rub. HOUSE 849 is best described as a warehouse size maze of meticulous vignettes that vary from antique to modern and everything in between. The one stop shop offers up to the minute designs by Christopher Guy, vintage art-deco, asian inspired, post modern, and an amazing collection of art & sculpture. I recommend shopping on a Friday before the weekend warriors hit the strip. I shopped on a Monday and the store (as well as others) was littered with sold tags attached to amazing finds waiting for pick up. True to form, the staff was friendly and readily available for questions without hovering. http://www.house849.com/

The next time you're in Palm Springs make time to shop and be sure to check out these and the many other design and home furnishings showrooms. Remember, it's cooler inside the stores!

Jun 19, 2010

Beverly Hills + Life + Style


Check out the sculptural form of the Croissant Sofa by Janus Et Cie and a whole lot more of what's HOT this summer for outdoor living and entertaining in the new Summer Issue of Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine. http://www.bhlmag.com/summer10/ Pg. 32-33

Entertaining has officially moved out of doors and the key to sophisticated outdoor style is a seamless blend of form and function which flows from the indoors out. Every aspect of living has been reinterpreted for outdoor living and entertaining including stylish seating options, designer fabrics, chef’s kitchens in all of their stainless steel splendor, and even flat screen televisions that are virtually impervious to moisture. From retro-chic to contemporary modern, the options are endless.


Rick Campos - for Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine

May 7, 2010

Christopher Guy brings X-appeal to Beverly Hills


Check out my latest contribution to Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine - the hottest new luxury lifestyle publication on the market. View the entire issue online at www.bhlmag.com/spring10/ and be sure to read my Hollywood Glamour Guide on page 44-45.

The allure of classic Hollywood glamour continues to intrigue and inspire an ever growing league of innovative interior designers. Their distinctive styles resonate among the mass of designers clamoring to make their mark in the industry with a branding iron. For decades, Christopher Guy has embraced the essence of glamour and sophistication in his line of exquisite home furnishings. The trade secret is out and this line of extraordinary furnishings is now at home in the heart of Beverly Hills in a breathtaking 2400 square foot showroom filled with Christopher Guy classics and brand new signature creations.

Born in Britain, raised in Spain and France, and now living in Singapore, Christopher Guy is a lesson in international style and appeal. His trans-continental flair is evident in every line and curve of his flamboyant line of furnishings. Defined by the singular design philosophy of timeless elegance, every piece evokes the glitz and sex appeal we’ve come to know as Hollywood Glamour.

Christopher Guy is all about scale and proportion. The rules are respected and embellished upon to create captivating silhouettes which define his signature look. High back chairs and massive wall mirrors provide no apologies drama. Curvy tables and his signature Chris-X (kris-kros) legs are in a word, sexy. Try as you may, Christopher Guy can not be placed in a box. A favorite among celebrity designers and high end resort hotels, the brand transcends class and culture.
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Apr 22, 2010

Labor of love and HOPE






After months of planning and fundraising the ASID Orange County Community Services Team began an 11 day renovation and installation at the Girls HOPE house in Fullerton which acts as a safe haven away from home for 6 displaced high school girls allowing them to focus on education and their future impact on society. After learning about this amazing program I knew that this is
the home I wanted to work with as the 2010-2011 ASID OC Community Services Chairman. In September of 2009 I quickly assembled my dream team committee of design associates (most of whom are also fellow IDI Alumni) and we began our journey to improve the quality of life for the very deserving and talented young ladies at Girls HOPE.


Partnering with HomeAid Orange County was our first step in planning a successful project. With their help we were able to connect with NAWIC (National Association of Women Independent Contractors) who worked on the house ten years ago. They were pleased to participate in our plan to renovate the house and they provided much of the contract work necessary to achieve our vision.


Our next step was to reach out to all of our favorite design industry partners, artists, and associates. As a result, a tremendous amount of furnishings, fabric, and accessories were donated to the project. Next, my committee of 8 began calling in favors and soliciting donations to the tune of over ten thousand dollars in a matter of weeks.


On April 1st we began demo while the girls left for Spring Break. We had 11 days to fulfill our vision which included full bathroom renovations, kitchen renovations, electrical enhancements, tile, countertops, carpet, paint, artistic murals, artistic plaster finishes, and two truckloads of furniture and accessories. It was the most intense 11 days of my design career... filled with sweat, anxiety, and emotion.


On April 11th I high fived my team and I literally wept on the drive home. We left a camcorder for the staff to record the girls reactions and watching that video changed my life. There has been a shift in my attitude and my approach to life has forever changed. I've said it before and I will say it again... "everyone deserves the luxury of interior design" and I mean everyone.


Thank you to all of the vendors, donors, and volunteers that helped make this project come to fruition. To see more images of the project from start to finish please join our facebook fan page "asid orange county community services"


The PR and media exposure has already begun, most recently with a video clip from one of our vendors Hart Concrete Design who documented the production process of an amazing custom dining table exclusively for Girls HOPE. To view the video click the following link http://vimeo.com/11097033


Feb 26, 2010

RINEK Wallcovering - not for the faint of heart.

This amazingly artistic line of wallcovering is my new secret weapon for that unique client who is willing to take a risk. Dana Agamalian and John Rinek have created an eclectic line of photographic wallpaper bringing ordinary walls to life with the uncanny realism of barbed wire, peacock feathers, fish eyes, and beds of roses. What, were you expecting me to say bed of nails? They have that too.

To call the line avant-garde is an understatement. Dana and John describe their venture as an opportunity to “challenge the interior design industry with endless originality”. I accept that challenge.

If the fish eyes don’t stop you in your tracks, the Andalucia Collection will. The graphic quality of this print tile collection brings color, texture, and sophistication to any room making it my favorite of the various collections.

Check out the entire collection at http://www.rinekwall.com

Feb 7, 2010

Go directly to Finca Home, do not pass go....


In a time when we are seeing more and more of our favorite little home stores and boutiques closing up shop, it is in a word “refreshing” to see a new storefront filled with beautiful furnishings, art, and home accessories. Now some of you may be asking yourself “is he really promoting somebody else’s home boutique when he has one of his own?” Well, the answer is yes because after a two year run I have retired the retail aspect of my business and I am focusing strictly on interior design. My new go-to hot spot for instant gratification is FINCA HOME in the Newport Plaza Shopping Center. The meticulously edited display of goods can be summed up in four words: Modern, Minimal, Rustic, Revival. On a recent visit I spied a chic persimmon wing chair, modern striped throw pillows, my favorite VOLUSPA candle (Baltic Amber), and my associate literally had to pry the new Louis Vuitton collector’s coffee table book from my hands. As much as I would like to keep this little trade secret to myself I am compelled to share this one with my friends and associates because I know that Maria and the rest of the staff at Finca Home will undoubtedly greet you with the warmth and gratitude that we have all come to expect from our favorite little boutiques. While it pains me to say “out with the old and in with the new”, welcome to the neighborhood Finca Home.

Finca Home is located at 1000 Bristol Street in Newport Beach between Jamboree and Birch. P: 949-863-1900 For more information visit http://www.fincadesign.com