May 29, 2019


In: Favorites, Travel

La Cienega Design Quarter hosted its 11th annual Legends of La Cienega second week of May. It’s one of those events we look forward to every year, and this year was no exception!

Opening evening of LCDQ Legends 2019 at Fig & Olive, LA.
From left to right: Linley, Ellen, Sarah, Sandy and Abby at the opening night of this year’s Legends. Photo source: Legends 2019 Photo Gallery.
There were 69 sessions at Legends 2019 that involved discussing, celebrating, and engaging with fellow participants on all things design! It was great to hear the wisdom of Bunny WilliamsSuzanne RheinsteinEmily SummersSuzanne Kasler,Margot Shaw and catch up with our design friends from around the country.

Lucas Eilers team mingling at Legends 2019.
From left to right: Ellen, Abby, Linley and Sarah. Photo source: Legends 2019 Photo Gallery.
Some of the fun things about Legends are the window displays of the member LCDQ shops and showrooms, created by designers from around the world. This year, our friend Cathy Austin won the competition, with her window display honoring her favorite design icon, the late Paris-based designer Alberto Pinto. Kudos to Cathy!

Exotic window design popping with color and intricate pattern; by Catherine Austin for Janet Yonaty. Photo source: Legends 2019 Photo Gallery.
Exotic window design popping with color and intricate pattern; by Catherine Austin for Janet Yonaty. Photo source: Legends 2019 Photo Gallery.

It was an eventful week, but we weren’t done just yet!

Aside from participating in keynote presentations, luncheons, and parties hosted by brimming showrooms, we made sure to stop by our favorite shops and showrooms to see their new pieces and get some inspiration.

The Harbinger Showroom never disappoints.

Inspiring hand-sculpted wallcoverings at MJ Atelier, LA..
A stop at MJ Atelier to see their creative hand-sculpted wallcoverings was truly inspiring.

Our trip ended with a visit to Ojai, the idyllic town at the foot of the Topatopa Mountains (just 80 miles north of L.A.) 

Views from Ojai Valley Inn, CA.
Above & below: Ojai Valley Inn
We stayed at the historic Ojai Valley Inn, which is a great spot for California Dreamin’.

Brooke & Steve Giannetti's Patina Farm
Brooke & Steve Giannetti's Patina Farm
Above: Patina Farm
An invitation to Patina Farm, the incredible home of Brooke and Steve Giannetti, to celebrate the launch of their newest book “Patina Living” was the perfect excuse to venture North from LA. This sequel to their earlier publications, “Patina Style” and “Patina Farm”, illustrates how they entertain and live on their idyllic farm surrounded by their miniature goats, sheep, chickens and donkeys. 

The house, gardens and outbuildings of Patina Farm are simply divine. It was the most delightful day soaking up the sun and European flair of the lovely designs. We look forward to seeing Brooke & Steve in Houston in the Fall!

The inspiration from everything we saw and experienced on our West Coast tour has had us working overtime since we returned, but we are still “California Dreamin'”!

“Stimulate imagination, evoke emotions, bring pleasure or do nothing.” – Alexander Girard


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