California Dreamin’

On this rainy NYC morning, we are looking back to our eventful trip out west to Los Angeles last week. We packed in tons of shopping, antiquing, a photo shoot, and our first trip to Legends. Check out some of the highlights from our trip!

After an inspiring Legends chat with Elle Decor’s Michael Boodro and one of our favorite designers and taste-maker Suzanne Rheinstein, we stumbled upon Ten Over Six, one of the coolest shops on Melrose.

A trip to LA isn’t complete until we’ve had our fill of fresh and delicious ceviche from Neptune’s Net. It doesn’t hurt that dinner entertainment includes watching hot surfers and motorcycle gangs.

On our only free afternoon, we shot up the PCH to the gorgeous city of Ojai. This place is unbelievably gorgeous!

The sunset, view, and architecture at the Getty Museum capped off a perfect Saturday evening. The Herb Ritts exhibition was a bonus!

And We’re Off…Happy 2012!

We are back to work after two weeks spent with our families and dear friends enjoying the holiday festivities. The past year has brought us much to be thankful for: fantastic clients, interesting projects, fun buying trips, challenges that have made us better at what we do…and we’re looking forward to seeing what 2012 has in store for us! In looking back at the hundreds of photos we’ve each taken over the year of everything that has inspired us-or that we just loved-here are some of our favorite images from the past year. Clearly we love nature in all its many forms….can you tell!? Throw in some cute puppies in the window, great art, to-die-for furniture, a trip to the beach, yummy food and drink and we’re pretty much as happy as we can be. Here’s to a healthy and prosperous year ahead!

New Galleries at the Metropolitan Museum

We are so smitten with the newly updated wing celebrating the Art of the Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia, and Later South Asia, recently unveiled in November, that we have already been back twice. A beautifully conceived and executed space, the fifteen galleries contain many wonderful examples of the art of this region of the world: intricate textiles, ceramics, vibrant works on paper, exquisite jewelry, Persian rugs, metal work, and much more! Here is a short video which showcases the lengths the Met Museum went to in creating the space, as well as a few of our favorite pieces from the collection currently on display.

Finding Inspiration at the National Museum of the American Indian

This museum has been on our to-do list for a long while and this past weekend we finally found ourselves down on Wall Street and decided it was time to mark it off the list. The museum entrance is flanked by several of these large scale sculptures. They are beyond beautiful and we spent as much time outside admiring them as we did inside looking at the exhibitions. The design and craftsmanship of these textiles and pieces below made us sorry we hadn’t visited sooner. They are truly timeless in their appeal.

We’ll close with one of our favorite portraits in the collection. This little fellow made us smile the minute we saw him–his outfit is perfection and his poise and hint of sass makes it even more brilliant.

‘Birds of America’

Holy smokes! Who says a bunch of birds aren’t a good investment? Today, John James Audubon’s “Birds of America” became the world’s most expensive printed book. Sold to anonymous bidder for 6,500,000 pounds ($10,270,000), the 19th Century masterpiece’s 435 hand drawn images are some of the major original contributions to the study of natural history. Each illustration measures more than 3 feet by 2 feet. Excuse us while we wipe up our drool…

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