I wanted an overall "designer glam '70s" vibe to the store, to remind parents of the way things looked when they were the age that their kids are now. If I could have sprung for lots of Milo Baughman and Pierre Cardin I would have, but small businesses have small budgets, so I just accented with Lucite and chrome wherever possible. From The Hip (August 18th post) had two great stools that we use behind the register and for parents waiting outside the dressing room. There's another Lucite stool in one of the fitting rooms (eBay).
I knew I wanted wallpaper, so I started by mining the vintage wallpaper links here and there. Not so easy going…it was hard to find a large enough volume of anything (the wall is 27' long and 12' high). There were a couple companies in Europe that had quantities of what looked like great vintage rolls, but I couldn't risk the shipping time and potential disappointment of getting real-life colors that were completely different from the computer monitor's after all that time and expense. The July 14 post on Walnut Wallpaper was a lifesaver! What a treat to have access to that gorgeous paper. I chose a "new" design by Osbourne and Little called Volte. It's actually a re-do of one of their '70s designs, updated in fresh colors.
I painted the rest of the walls Benjamin Moore China White (well, actually, that was mostly Francisco Sanchez and his crew…until he moved on to painting John Tesh's house). I can't find the post that sang the praises of this Benjamin Moore pre-mixed white with the tonal depth of porcelain (maybe it was ATNY). But it was perfect when we painted the house a year ago, and it was just right for the store now. It's bright, neutral, and yet has some warmth.
After seeing Project Runway contestant Laura Bennett's kids swinging on those hanging chairs in her audition video, I knew I had to have one for the store. I have a lounge area with trashtastic magazines on a whale-shaped coffee table (eBay), a Fatboy lounge (April 20), and a chrome tube and canvas chair (eBay again), and the hanging chair was the last piece. So, I posted the question, and AT came through within an hour. Thank you, Turquoise! I must not have been the only one with this idea, because the chair wasn't in Burbank, Tustin, Carson, or Covina. They must not watch PR in Costa Mesa, because that warehouse was fully stocked.
And thanks to AT as well for teaching me to not be afraid of Ikea any more. I made my first Ikea purchases in the '80s when the quality was sketchier, and hence wrote them off. About a year ago (hey, is that when I started reading AT?) I gave them another look, and now I know that Ikea does some things better than anyone else. And besides, can there be a Silver Lake gift/clothing/lifestyle emporium without an Expedit bookcase? I think it's in the zoning. Thanks, AT! See you at Juvie….
2395-C Glendale Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90039