Sunday, April 29, 2012

elza's geos

this concludes our three day roundup of elza sunderland's textile designs 
(that kind of sounded like a public service announcement. serious business...) 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

elza's florals


yesterday I posted some of Elza's conversationals from the 40's and 50' it's florals, tomorrow it's geos :)

so many good ones!

Friday, April 27, 2012

elza's conversationals

I fell deep into the archives of Elza Sunderland's textile designs on's online collection. I just couldn't resist posting more of her work. Most of these are from the 40s and 50s. I'll post a roundup of her floral and geometrics designs over the weekend, I hope you enjoy!

have a nice weekend!

*how good are the colors on the beachy design? and that ferret (?) print is crazy in the best way.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

april color pick | light blue

every month we send out a newsletter with color inspiration, swatch of the month and other fun things like what we're listening to and what galleries we want to visit. It's also a good way to know when we will be in your area if you are ever in need of a vintage swatch or two.

pleased to meet you: elza sunderland

one | two | three | four | five | six | seven | eight

Elza was born in Hungary, educated in New York and was highly involved in the apparel industry in LA in the 40's and 50s.  
I recently came across Elza's work while trolling the digital archives of the LACMA museum. Her body of textile design is extensive (over 2,000 designs in her nearly 40 year career), I encourage you to go take a look. I'm a sucker for a good conversational print and her designs have lots of fun ones.

I have a couple upcoming posts lined up to share some of my favorites from her body of work. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

spring flower social

awesome photos by brian.

spring flower social

this past weekend Missi and I hosted a spring flower social. we thought it would be fun to get together with friends and arrange flowers and eat food (everyone's gotta eat, right?). we went up earlier in the day to the LA Flower Market and bought lots of pretty flowers. if you live in the LA area it definitely worth a trip. lots of fun stuff to choose from! we also got a little crafty and made little vases for our arrangements. some wrapped their vases in different color twine (loved the neon string), fabric and ribbon. oh, and of course spray paint was involved. 
brian also took some amazing photos of the arrangements that I'll post later on today...a part II if you will.

well done ladies! a successful start to spring.

*I grabbed some images from instagram accounts. hope you don't mind! :)

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

a little bit of lately

1. desk accoutrements 
2. new treasures from the rosebowl
3. rug shopping at the Long Beach flea
4. Brian's birthday at Il Garage
5. Bon Iver at the Fox Theater
6. a print that reminds me of bubbly

I hope everyone had a nice weekend! 
Missi and I hosted a spring flower social and it was lots of fun. I hope to post a few pictures later.

happy monday!

Friday, April 20, 2012

polka party


1960s ad

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Lenore's studio

while we're on the subject of Lenore (1907-2007), I had to share pictures of her studio. I don't know about you, but I love peeking into other people's work spaces. I believe these were taken in 1994.

pleased to meet you: lenore tawney

portrait | one | two | three | four | five | six

I've been on the lookout for a nice wall hanging...I think hers would do just fine.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

inspiration station

so fun to be featured on one of our favorite blogs, the design center!
they have such a good collection and it's such a treat to have it available to view online.

wardrobe wednesdays | coachella


did anyone go last weekend (or the weekend before that) ? how was it?
I watched some of it live here...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

i'll take him

I was cleaning out my photos and came across this cute little pup I saw at the Rosebowl flea market.  
the cutest.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

pleased to meet you: Leo Lionni

portrait | one | two | three | four | five | six

Leo Lionni (1910-1999) was a Dutch born artist. During the beginnings of WWII, he left Europe for New York. Without formal training in design, he landed a job at a top advertising agency, N. W. Ayer & Son and became one of America's top art directors. During his professional career at the ad agency he coined the slogan "Never underestimate the power of a woman", used in Ladies Home Journal and pushed for new and exciting imagery commissioning Alexander Calder, Saul Steinberg, Willem de Kooning and the young Andy Warhol. After retiring on his 50th birthday, he moved to Italy to pursue his own creative interests.

I'm always on the lookout for cute children's gifts to give friends with kids. Leo illustrated a few great books later in his life and Swimmy and Little Blue and Little Yellow are two of my favorites.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Monday, April 9, 2012

a little bit of lately

1. painted roses at the nursery
2. cloudy LA views from the Observatory
3. macaroons from Bottega Louie
4. circle crazy
5. a friendly reminder
6. beach days! 

Thursday, April 5, 2012


Many of you may already be aware, but Miss Moss does an amazing job of mixing street style photos with famous works of art. I think her approach is so inspiring and fun. (the colors in the first one are great, don't you think?)

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

wardrobe wednesdays | let's get outta here

after spending one glorious sunday by the pool last weekend (followed by a mild sunburn...oops)...I've been thinking nonstop about a longer getaway. where, oh where shall we go?

do you have any fun vacation plans coming up? do share! we can all live vicariously through you.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Monday, April 2, 2012


1. a lovely Vera Neumann scarf snagged for inspiration
2. vintage marionette box (with 3-D nose!)
3. vintage labels from our collection
4. ...etc
5. twiggy doin' her thing
6. mini gold guard dog on my desk

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here's to a good week ahead!