TOUCHING DOWN IN LA FOR LCDQ LEGENDS 2016

by Marisa Marcantonio

I touched down in LA and headed straight to West Hollywood to take a look at all the window designs coming together for the upcoming La Cienega Design Quarter's Legends event that begins on Tuesday. I made my way to a few of my favorite spots which I share below. Over the next few days,  I will be participating in Legends, as a social media ambassador and moderating a Keynote panel. Follow along on my Instagram @stylebeatblog to see the best moments of the week. I will share the highlights next week, fueled by strong coffee and creative inspiration brought about from the design community gathered in Southern California.

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First stop: the newly expanded Harbinger Home to see my friend Joe Lucas. I ran into Molly Luetkmeyer and Malcolm James Kutner putting the finishing touches on their Harbinger windows. 

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I got to catch up with Brian Paquette, in from Seattle for LCDQ, on this very cozy sofa  

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Next stop! Hollyhock. Suzanne Rheinstein is the original saloniste of the Los Angeles design scene. No one entertains like Suzanne, and her shop offers the best in classic decor with beautiful antiques and stunning decorative accessories found on her travels.

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Designer Tammy Connor created a lovely window around a flora and fauna theme, with a handpainted flower adorned wall and blooming tree. I can't wait to see the finished window from the street.  

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Then I headed next door to Mecox Gardens. You can count on the Mecox locations around the country for the latest colorful accessories, trends and materials, merchandised like a well-styled home.

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One of the newest additions to the La Cienega design shopping scene is Maine Design. Katie and Jason Maine, LA-based interior designers, have opened a store that captures their love of statement antiques and one-of-a-kind unique pieces in  unusual materials. 

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Jason was hard at work preparing for their upcoming LCDQ debut

LA IS WHERE IT'S AT: DON'T MISS EDITOR AT LARGE'S LAUNCH SUMMIT AND MY LCDQ LEGENDS 2016 KEYNOTE PANEL

by Marisa Marcantonio

Los Angeles is where the design savvy head the first week of May.  Kicking off a bevy of design events and parties on Tuesday night, LCDQ's Legends 2016 is an ode to all things One of a Kind. This year, you can get a jump start on listening and learning, by joining Editor at Large for their first ever LAUNCH Summit on Monday May 2nd. Called Launch, it features a roster of design experts discussing key areas of design, the "greatest hits," including billing practices, pitching magazines, licensing, branding, marketing, networking and contracts. These are topics I always like to learn more about to stay up to date on best practices. Register here by April 28th as a Stylebeat reader and get $100 off by entering the promo STYLEBEAT1

It's going to be an inspiring day, and then on to LCDQ!

LCDQ LEGENDS 2016: ONE OF A KIND: May 3-5th 

I am so thrilled to return to LCDQ's Legends for my 3rd time as a Social Media Ambassador, and am honored to have been invited to moderate a keynote panel again this year, on a hot topic: Are You Part of The Social Media Establishment, or Are You Too Established for Social Media? It promises to be an engaging conversation with my panelists, Anna Brockway of Chairish, designer and author Justina Blakeny and interior designer Trip Haenish. This esteemed group will be a lot of fun and we will share tips and tricks along with the upside and downside of having an Instagram presence. Join us for a great conversation at 11am on May 4th at Laurel and Wolf, 708 N. Croft Avenue. See you in LA! 

A FEW HIGH POINTS FROM THE 2016 HIGH POINT FURNITURE MARKET

by Marisa Marcantonio

Just back from a few whirlwind days of furniture market. When Editor at Large asked me to weigh in on my favorite items from High Point Furniture Market, there was no shortage of options. I was captivated by the large amount of raffia and linen wrapped coffee tables, vintage inspired pieces, high glam moments and white finishes. Here are a few pieces worth putting on your radar screen. More soon! And for a  more comprehensive look, order my High Point Trend Report. Leave a comment to get in touch. 

Charlotte, North Carolina-based designer Barrie Benson for Highland House was one of the best introductions this market. Her vintage-inspired collection had great upholstered pieces done in cool color combinations that were just the right scale. Proportion is so important, and she really got that right with this collection of unique pieces that are perfect for city apartments. 

 I have come to rely on Bernhardt for a standout bed each market. Bernhard's new Palma Bed would look great in an ocean-side setting. The mix of cerused grey wood and woven raffia make it feel breezy and relaxed.

With a nod to classic architectural elements and an 80's vintage vibe and a little Gio Ponti thrown in, Mr. and Mrs. Howard's brass console for Sherrill was amazing.

John Robshaw for Duralee furniture was another noteworthy introduction. This scalloped ottoman brought the charm and whimsy we expect from a Robshaw collection. 

This bi-level octagonal coffee table from Century with a glass top has ample storage and a fresh graphic quality. It keeps things interesting.

Following up a talk of the town collection debut with EJ Victor last market, Kate Spade New York delivered with this Palm Beach-ready chair with a bamboo x-back. The crisp white mixed with natural bamboo makes it resort town ready.

I could not get enough of this beautiful round mirror from Palacek. Made from pieces of shell, the flowering arms branch off from the sunburst shape giving it a lovely feminine yet graphic quality. I would love to see it against a brightly colored wall.