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!