Friday, April 13, 2012

california design love

if you've been following along for a bit, you have probably read my ramblings about my love of california and also mid century california design.  i have lived here for almost 16 years and i am constantly amazed that i am so lucky to live in a city as awesome as los angeles. we moved a lot when i was growing up and this is the first place i have ever felt like i belonged.  i recently visited a couple of my favorite places in LA and a smidge out of town, designed by great modern architects.  i was channeling my inner japanese tourist on both visits and thought i would share a few photos with you.

above is the groovy ceiling in the elrod house, designed by john lautner.  one of my design school friends and i took a little road trip to palm springs recently just to visit this beauty and it really is amazing to see in person!  i just had to share photos with you in case you haven't seen it already.
 i knew when we entered the very groovy front door, with the most beautiful patina, that i was in for a treat!

can we talk about the groovy bright yellow chihuly glass floating at the top wall separating the kitchen from the living room???

and the cool the views from the house...

talk about a living room with a view!
palm springs print dress & modeling my groovy brass necklace while enjoying a bedroom view

i think i prefer the view from this bathroom to the one i had in nepal
anyone who has traveled with me has witnessed my extreme dislike of having random people in my photos where they don't belong... yes, i love taking photos of interesting locals living their lives on the streets of india, rice fields in vietnam and other far off places... even on the streets of LA.  but for some reason the folks in a shot like the two below just bum me out.  perhaps if they were in better outfits i might not dislike it as much? maybe looking like they were meant for a 1960's or 70's slim aarons photo? perhaps then i could get over it? the elrod house was so packed that day and the only way i could get a photo of the full room was with the people in it.  and my friend and i waited forever to see if the room would clear out... it didn't.  if you want to view the most amazing photo from the outside in, without people obstructing it you can go here.  that is the view i dream of experiencing in person someday.
 this is the original kitchen from 40 years ago. proof that amazing design really does stand the test of time.
and the fact that the house is built around these massive boulders is really cool.

love this door handle

yard art taken to a whole new level...
shortly after my return home from palm springs, i visited my fave eames house for the bazillionth time.  the living room currently resides at LACMA as part of a California design exhibit so it's looking a little empty right now but i still love it...
who wouldn't want a groovy doorbell like this?
and a super mod elephant toy in the yard for kids of all ages...

and don't you just love a stylin' spiral staircase?

hope you enjoyed my little detour from regularly scheduled blogging and you don't just feel like i'm that person.. you know, the one boring you with lame vacation photos while you have a smile pasted on your face and your eyes glazing over...  hopefully these little pics induced a real smile on your face.

for those of you just tuning in and wanting to know more about me you can by going here... and if you didn't already know... i created a facebook page... check it out and "like" it! and follow me on twitter and you can even follow my boards on pinterest too!

until next time...

the (formerly almost) 40 year old intern

oh, and before i forget... we stopped to visit a few old friends on our drive home from palm springs... you might recognize them from their starring role in pee wee's big adventure...


  1. I had to chuckle at 'random people in photos where they don't belong'. Brought back memories of our trip to Italy and trying to get just ONE picture that you liked in the ruins. And you accosting all the various tourists (of varying heights) to take the photos :)

    Can't you just photoshop out those random people?

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