As a designer Kelly Wearstler has conquered nearly every category imaginable. From magnificent residences, hotels, resorts and restaurants to fabrics, rugs, tabletop, bedding and home accessories, she has brought her signature style of modern glamour to the masses. Last Fall she added fashion designer to her list of credentials with the launch of her first ready-to-wear collection and stunning retail boutique in West Hollywood which serves as a showcase for the world of Kelly Wearstler. The 2,800-square-foot shop on Melrose brings her fashions, home goods and interior design together under one roof and, of course, Kellly designed every inch of the store’s interior and exterior spaces. Outside, the grey facade features brass porthole-style windows, a precious jewel encrusted door handle and a giant, shiny brass ball that sits atop the roof as a shining beacon of her design empire. The store’s interior exudes glamour and drama with loads of antiqued mirror, brass, marble, leather and an abundance of artwork and sculptures. She chose an ebony and ivory color scheme to allow the pops of color from her fashion collection to stand out. Aside from her clothing, jewelry and home goods, all of the furnishings and accessories that adorn the space are available for purchase. I was lucky enough to pop by and take some photos of the store during my visit to LA in December. It truly is a design lovers’ paradise and walking inside invoked sensory overload. There was so much to look at, touch, feel and experience. I loved getting a chance to see her her entire fashion assortment so perfectly curated. My favorite pieces were the brightly colored silk blouses in dip dyes and tie dye as well as her brass necklaces and rings which are insanely beautiful. I wanted every single piece! Have a look at the photos below and if you’re in the area, walk, don’t run to Kelly Wearstler on Melrose. It’s flourishing with inspiration!
Kelly Wearstler Flagship Boutique
8440 Melrose Ave
West Hollywood, California 90048
There was major decor porn inflitrating twitter this past weekend thanks to blogger/photographer Jamie Beck of From Me to You and fashion blogger Kelly Framel of The Glamourai who spent the weekend at Kelly Wearstler’s Malibu beach house shooting a new campaign for Wearstler’s ready to wear collection for the 2012 Resort season. The pair posted several photos of their amazing weekend on Instagram including some beautiful shots of Wearstler’s home. Check it out:
In this weekend’s edition of T: The New York Times Style Magazine there’s a great profile on interior designer Kelly Wearstler which included this photo of her 10,000 square foot warehouse where she stores her furniture finds collected from all over the world. Yes, you read correctly – that’s TEN THOUSAND square feet! This goes way beyond the idea of having a simple storage unit! Could you imagine what a treasure trove of goodies this place must be?! All those gorgeous chairs! A girl can only dream! To read the T Magazine profile, click here.
Newly appointed chief editor of Town and Country Stephen Drucker and the magazine’s January 2010 cover featuring interior designer Kelly Wearstler.
Major shakeups in the publishing and interior design worlds today! Stephen Drucker, Editor-in-Chief of House Beautiful since October 2005 has just been named Editor-in-Chief of Town & Country. He begins his position on April 20. He succeeds Pamela Fiori who has been EIC of Town & Country since 1993 and will now become Editor-at-Large and work on Town & Country books and editorial projects.
Newell Turner, left will become the new editor-in-chief of House Beautiful
When Drucker steps down to take over at Town & Country, Newell Turner will become Editor-in-Chief of House Beautiful. Turner has been Style Director at House Beautiful since January 2006 and was previously EIC of cottages & Gardens Publications (which publishes Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, Palm Beach Cottages & Gardens and Connecticut Cottages & Gardens.) He also held posts at House & Garden and Metropolitan Home.
Former Domino Style Director Dara Caponigro is Veranda’s newly appointed Editor-in-Chief
At Veranda, Dara Caponigro will take the helm as editor-in-chief succeeding Lisa Newsom who was the magazine’s founding editor. She will begin her new role on April 15. Like Fiori, Newsom will also take on an editor-at-large role and oversee Veranda branded books and editorial projects. Caponigro, was a founding editor of Domino magazine where she was Style Director from 2004 until the magazine folded in 2009. before Domino, she spent 12 years at House Beautiful where she held a variety of posts.
I have a feeling Town & Country, which already publishes two special home issues per year will beef up it’s home decor content. I hope that Caponigro will bring a fresh, more youthful point of view to Veranda. And at House Beautiful, it will be interesting to see how Turner’s vision will shape the magazine’s editorial content. one thing’s for sure is that change is good and I can’t wait to see how these new appointments shape the growth of these three well-established publications!
pillows and throws to cookware and candles, here are 21 chic gift ideas
for the lover of all things home…and they’re all under $100!
Personalized items always make a great gift and these pillows from Jonathan Adler are available in letters A-Z! Letter Pillow $98 at Jonathan Adler.
This is the chicest cheese plate I’ve ever seen and will certainly wow your guests when you’re entertaining. Agate Cheese Plate – Small, $65 for and Large, $75. Available at Jayson Home & Garden.
Looking at the package you’d never know this elegant vessel was actually a candle! L’Objet is the maker of these gorgeous candles which also serve as beautiful works of art. This luxurious candle has a pink
champagne scent and is encased in Limoges porcelain jar
with 14K gold plate accents. The vessel can be used forever after the candle burns down. Gold
Elephant Candle $85 at Bergdorf Goodman.
You can never go wrong with a beautiful coffee table book as a gift. These two inspiring books are at the top of my wish list and I think any design junkie would enjoy them too. Kelly Wearstler’s newly released book Hue gives us a peek inside her high profile design projects and focuses on the use of color in interiors. Style and Substance celebrates 20 years of Elle Decor and provides a closer look at the most memorable, beautiful and timeless interiors featured in the magazine over the past two decades. Hue by Kelly Wearstler, $32.97 and Style & Substance: The Best of Elle Decor, $29.70 are both available at Amazon.com.
I think Nate Berkus’ line for HSN is very well done. Above are his Amethyst Napkin Rings and Branch Candlesticks which would add a bit of style and glamour to any table setting. Set of 4 Napkin Rings, $59.95 and Branch Candlesticks, $19.95 at HSN.com.
To me, blue and white porcelain is timeless and classic. Traditionally, these porcelain pots painted with the Chinese symbol for Happiness were presented to newlyweds to wish them happiness in their marriage. This one from Wisteria can work as a beautiful vase or a decorative jar. Happiness Vase $59 at Wisteria.
I absolutely LOVE tastemaker and designer Michael Devine’s beautiful fabric collection and recently he incorporated his stylish fabric designs into a collection of signature trays which make a wonderful holiday gift! Small Petite Fleur Bowl and Small Tray, both $30 at Michael Devine Home.
Laguiole’s cheese knife set is a great gift for the cheese aficionado. These beautifully handcrafted French cheese knives feature red resin handles with stainless steel blades. Cheese Knife Set from Laguiole, $39.95 at Sur La Table.
I really love this stemless wine glass and decanter set from CB2. It’s chic and modern and incredibly affordable…always a plus! 6 Piece Botella Set, $23.25 at CB2.
A dutch oven is an essential piece for anyone who loves to cook. It’s great for making stews and soups as well as for braising or roasting meats. The heavy enameled cast iron locks in flavors and creates the most tender and moist meats you’ll ever taste. It’s also great for making everyday dishes on both the oven and stove top. Mario Batali 4 Quart Chianti Red Dutch Oven, $89.95 at Sur La Table.
Another book high on my wish list is The Craft of Baking which emphasizes the use of seasonal ingredients to create simple yet decadent desserts. There are also plenty of tips on how to adapt recipes to make them your own. The Craft of Baking: Cakes, Cookies and Other Sweets with Ideas for Inventing Your Own, $23.10 at Amazon.com.
You’d never guess that these pretty little spoons are actually measuring tools! Dining Room Measuring Spoons, $24 at Anthropologie.
This elegant cake stand from Williams-Sonoma serves a dual purpose. If you turn the dome over onto the inverted base, it doubles as a punch bowl, so it’s like giving two gifts in one! Glass Domed Cake Stand/Punch Bowl, $30 at Williams-Sonoma.
I’m obsessed with the new online sample sale site for your home called One Kings Lane. The site features a selection of designer home items at deeply discounted prices and a series of new sales are listed every day. Get your home obsessed loved one an E-Gift Card to OKL which is always foolproof…she can pick out exactly what she wants. E-Gift Gard, available at One Kings Lane.
These comfy throws are perfect for snuggling up on a cold winter’s night. Organic Cotton Knit Throw, $39 at West Elm.
I’m loving these beautiful brass ashtrays from Vivre. They would make a stylish addition to any tablescape! Brass Bakush Ashtray- Small, $12.50 and Medium,$22.50 at Vivre.