by Marisa Marcantonio

This past May,  the interior design world took to the design district in West Hollywood, Los Angeles to celebrate all things design at the annual event, LCDQ Legends of La Cienega. Frequently referred to as "summer camp for interior designers," it is a gathering like no other. Filled with inspiring lectures, launches, book signings and cocktail parties, these gatherings provide inspiration to last the whole year long. It was an honor and a thrill to be selected again this year to represent the event as a Blogger Ambassador, and champion the festivities. Every year, the selected designers construct over 60 unbelievably creative window vignettes around a theme. This year, Your True Colors was the guiding premise, which brought out the most original, daring and creative sides of the participants. Passersby convene on this stretch of La Cienega,  the Design Quarter, to ooh and ahh over the theatrical and imaginative transformations while they are up to enjoy.  The best time to take in the scene is illuminated under the cover of darkness, when the details can best be appreciated. Ahead, the standout windows that brought the Hollywood theatrics to life. 

Photos courtesy of Grey Crawford

Photos courtesy of Grey Crawford

Austin-based interior designer Meredith Ellis and James Showroom owner  (who was once based in LA) turned one of Hollyhock's windows into The Explorer's Journal. She used an amazing backdrop of Jennifer Shorto's mural wallpaper.

Dallas-based Michelle Nussbaumer subscribes to the more is more theory of design, and I love it. She created this tented fantasy with Quadrile prints in the window of Dragonette. 

Designing a Hijabdashery in Harbinger's window, New York-based design duo Tilton Fenwick made a welcoming statement with a give-back component. They had 7 Hijabs made of colorful prints and displayed them to represent the original countries in the Muslim ban. For every social media post with hashtag #hijabdashery, they made a donation to benefit a refugee center. 

Linear rainbow stripes with matching monochromatic leather-upholstered side chairs extended across the window of Nick Olsen's design for Harbinger. It was mesmerizingly bright and graphic. Go bold or go home, right Nick?


Capturing island style, Amanda Lindroth designed a window in Marc Phillips filled with wicker and woven accents. Just the spot to relax with a Gin and Tonic. 

Deceptively simple, David Netto created classic scenics in both of McKinnon and Harris that possessed a classic sophistication

Schuyler Samperton celebrated the launch of her new textile collection with a festive Bloomsbury-meets-the color wheel seating area in Hollywood at Home's window

Eclectic and energized, fashion designer Libertine's Johnson Hardig took his Hollywood at Home window to the next level with color, pattern and flair. 

Linear and restrained, David Kleinberg looked to the master of Modernism, Piet Mondrian with red, blue, white and yellow puzzle pieces in Richard Shapiro

Surf chic never looked so polished, thanks to Betsy Burnham's fresh catch a wave style in Serena and Lily

Abstraction and color blocking take center stage in Molly Leuktemeyer's takeover of Maine Design's Home House Co-op window

Playing with one pattern, covering everything in it, the Charleston designer Angie Hranowsky that I finally got to meet in person,  showed the power of prints in Reborn Antiques. And how cool are these white wicker pieces she found? Retro a go-go! 

Studio Tim Campbell brought personality and spare perfection to his Waterworks vest-pocket of a window, showing less can be more. A few Soane pieces is all you need.

Personality wins the day here, Annette English makes the medium the message in her Lee Stanton window

Amy Meier charmed us with her Hollywood at Home window in 2015 and this year, she brought monochromatic, classic serenity and purity of form to Hollyhock

I love when spaces pull you in, and you can imagine the dialog about to ensue, like a scene in a play. New York's Hernandez Greene made the imagination run wild with it's turban-wearing protagonist

If you appreciate fonts as much as I do, then you will enjoy architect/designer Bill Ingram's graphic take on an architect's work flow with a giant banner in red and white serving as an eye catching backdrop

Dinner for 2 in  Farrow and Ball? Sure, I would like to be surrounded by lemon trees and crisp details by Cathy Kincaid

Thrilled to see LA based Parrish Chilcoat of recently launched Cameron Design takeover both windows at Elizabeth Eakins. Venetian plastered walls, a printed headboard and seating area grounded by a purple linen sofa with great art make this window move-in ready.

An ode to David Hockney with color swaths from Philip Gorrivan in Remains 

Another great idea: Dragonette's design supported Habitat for Humanity with Color My World by Doug and Gene Meyer. A who's who of designers participated, and over $25,000 was raised for the charity. Well done! 

Not for the color- averse, New York designer Alexa Hampton brought her take on Hollywood glamour with purple, blue and mixed metals

There is no doubt art inspires each and every designer in some way. Here, Andrew Brown, a new traditional designer from Birmingham set teh stage with art suspended against a vibrant red fabric backdrop. Andrew, we will meet, if not this year in LA, then next year in LA!

Culling the best of the best in an understated glam moment, Clements Design showed fewer, better pieces can make an impact

Sand for floors and shingled walls captured island style in Mecox Gardens by LA's Lara Nesburn

A blanket of Claremont velvets patchworked together by Nickey Kehoe, Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe, cool cats of the LA scene, had a handcrafted graphic element to it. A suspended mirror added an enigmatic quality.

LA-based designer Kim Alexandriuk incorporated cool elements and ages in her Christopher Farr window, where she also got to showcase her new rug design.