Design Q&A with Peggy & Tessa Platner of Platner & Co.

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Peggy and Tessa Platner, the mother and daughter duo behind Platner & Co., are known for the detail and sophistication they bring to their residential and commercial projects. Having worked on everything from large estates in Malibu to a restaurant in Venice Beach, their style embodies the casual, off-hand elegance of Southern California living. After years of integrating custom furnishings and architectural details into their work, the duo has launched a collection of fine furnishings and a luxury fabric line, the Peggy Platner Collection by Gaetano.


For their window at Sherle Wagner for this year's Legends of La Cienega event, which runs from May 7-9 and takes as its theme "novel interiors", the Platners chose Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist. As they explain, "This book can be turned to for eternal guidance and inspiration. The story ignites us to pursue our passions and dreams, with courage, and to be present in each moment of our journey. As Coelho puts it 'Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.'"

What inspired you to choose the novel/book you have selected for this year’s LCDQ Legends of La Cienega event?
We were inspired by the The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho because of its empowering and timeless message to always follow your heart. The wisdom Santiago gains on his journey spoke to us especially as designers. The story reminds us to be present, look for inspiration at every moment — especially in nature — and to trust our instincts. We imagine our window as a space to meditate and contemplate our dreams and goals. Here's our inspiration board!

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What novel to movie adaptation got the production design/set design right? Please give an example of one that got it wrong, too!
Best: Breakfast at Tiffany's

Worst: Alice in Wonderland

Designers love to feature fashion, art and design books in their finished rooms. What are some of the best hardcover novels to display?
I love my vintage Catcher in the Rye I found at a garage sale. The red horse on the cover really pops, and the distressing begs you to pick it up and read it again.

Everyone loves a great deal. Tell us a quick story about the best bargain you’ve ever found at a vintage store or flea market.
Many years ago I found a trunk filled with floral prints, tapestries, and a painting from artist Carl Oscar Borg to his mistress. It was everything from their journey to finding love. I knew when I opened it that it was special. I sold it to Stern Gallery and I wish I still had it in my collection. I do have the beautiful prints framed in my home today. It was really a treasure chest in every sense of the word!

Excluding fresh flowers in abundance, what is your favorite styling trick?
You can make a room looked lived in with books, throws, antique objects, and pets. I invite my clients to choose the treasures that speak to them.

Sometimes even the clients with the biggest budgets fall in love with an affordable item from a popular catalog or online store - what is one of your best affordable finds?
The Rich Brilliant Willing LED Floor Lamp from Design Within Reach.

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