Out and About in L.A.
When I travel, I love exploring the neighborhood markets where the locals shop. That's brought me to the souq in Jerusalem, the corner produce market on the Piazza Signorelli in Cortona, Italy and the sidestreets of the 6th arrondissement in Paris. Although exotic and inspiring, these locales differ tremendously from the Melrose District in Los Angeles. When I went to L.A. for the Design Bloggers Conference several weeks ago, my friend, fellow designer, blogger and Angelenos, Jennifer Mehditash and I set out to capture what this neighborhood offers.
First stop, the Melrose Trading Post, on the crossroads of Melrose and Farifax Avenues. We spent the morning there, barely scratching the surface of what's offered. I nicknamed it "Brimfield West," comparing it -- in style, but not size -- to the famous antiques market I frequent over the summer in Massachusetts.
Melrose Trading Post, all photos by Laurie Gorelick, unless otherwise mentioned
I'm a fan of vintage couture clothing (ever since I snagged a Scaasi dress that fit me perfectly for $80 at Brimfield). This Italian jacket caught my eye, but didn't justify the $350 price tag.
Two things I would have definitely bought if I lived locally: this Picasso look-alike and this 1970s chrome and glass table.
That table would make such a great starting point for a dining room!
After the Trading Post, we headed to West Hollywood. Our first discovery -- the newly-opened Cisco Home store. This retail location for Cisco Brothers furniture, a family-owned, environmentally-friendly, made-in-the-USA furniture brand, features many of Cisco's signature upholstery pieces. Jennifer snapped this picture of me taking one of their chairs for a test drive.
Photo courtesy of Jennifer Mehditash
Some of the lighting fixtures on display were outstanding. I loved these pendants made from what looked like vintage mixing bowls.
This over-sized pendant below would look great over a round limed-wood dining table in a coastal or country home.
After Cisco Home and lunch, we happened upon my absolute favorite clothing store in L.A.: the Ron Herman boutique at Fred Segal.
Any self-proclaimed fashionista who does not visit Ron Herman when visiting L.A. does not deserve the title. The level of style is unmatched. Everything is basically . . . to die for. I took one picture of amazing pants before I was told "no pictures, please."
Next stop, a cool little street market in the vicinity of famed Melrose Place. My favorite find there: this clothing boutique in a truck.
Maybe there's an idea here for a roving design studio?
From Melrose Place to Melrose Avenue, Jennifer and I browsed in some of our favorite clothing stores.
I thought about buying this blazer at the Kelly Wearstler boutique (which is stunning, by the way) but didn't. My birthday's next week, so I just may treat myself.
The acrylic console below in the window of Joie caught my eye. Wouldn't it be fabulous in an entry foyer!
Our last destination -- the design district on LaCienega Boulevard. It was Sunday, though, and everything was closed. My parting shot was this magnificent dress in the window of Monique Lhuillier. From one flagship flea market to a flagship salon, our day was complete.