Los Angeles Written by Jaimee Rose
Kymberley Fraser appreciates the charm of an antique French flower cart, or a vintage piano harp, or the patina of an age-old vellum book. Her collection of grain sack upholstery and linens is the authentic version of a beloved trend. Everything here has character — including Fraser herself, an accomplished interior designer.
28875 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, CA
818.874.9092 SEE MORE >
Big Daddy’s Antiques
How about a bench made from a pummel horse, or a vintage foosball table for the game room, or an orchard ladder to punch up the library? The finds here are each chosen to be the thing everyone talks about when they visit your house. Pay attention to the lighting made from old machinery, the leather chesterfield sofas — and the well-priced reproduction pieces, too.
3334 La Cienega Place, Los Angeles, CA
310.769.6600 SEE MORE >
Those Europeans have enough marble fragments and architectural antiques, so we’re quite pleased that Charme D’Antan offers these treasures, too — and all imported from the continent. Look for marble fountains and limestone benches, along with a stash of exciting vintage building materials like terra cotta floors.
29963 Mulholland Highway, Agoura Hills, CA
818.889.0229 SEE MORE >
Downtown is the hallowed vintage furniture playground of the world’s leading decorators — Kelly Wearstler and John Saladino among them. The elite frequent Robert Wilson and David Serrano’s shop to find Paul Laszlo sofas, Maison Jansen armchairs and pristine Murano chandeliers that come in pairs at four feet tall. This is furniture as art and entertainment.
1325 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
Wouldn’t it be fun to be a kid these days? We’d have wish lists at Eggy, where there are mini white Eames chairs that have us considering adding to the brood. On the shelves: organic cotton outfits both soft and stylish, and dresses with sweet little pockets.
8365 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA
323.658.8882 SEE MORE >
Celebrated decorator Suzanne Rheinstein combs the world to find the luxe furnishings and objects that occupy the celebrated shop she opened over 20 years ago. Newly ensconced in the La Cienega Design Quarter, Hollyhock boasts a mix of 18th and 19th century antiques, modern accessories, and a collection of design books perfect for gifts.
927 N. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Welcome to mecca. Design goddess Kelly Wearstler’s sprawling new store is filled with her own fashion, jewelry, and home designs — each unlike anything we’ve seen. The color-blocked dresses, malachite necklaces, and brass-edged clutch bags are exciting enough, but then you’ll realize she also designed all the furniture and slowly lose your mind.
8440 Melrose Place, West Hollywood, CA
Every time we need the perfect gift for a girlfriend, we wish to teleport to Limonaia, where John Derian trays and Giada de Laurentiis cookbooks share space with pretty picture frames and stationery galore. Yes, all the feminine joys are within.
8365 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA
323.658.8882 SEE MORE >
Pom Pom Interiors
The Pom Pom creators are from Belgium, where this gray-farmhouse-linen trend came from in the first place. Three shop locations are now filled with vintage wood tables, gilt-edged settees, filmy linen duvet covers, and twinkling crystal chandeliers. Go, note the celebrities, and imagine your new life as the mistress of a Belgique country estate.
1401 N. La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
323.851.1342 SEE MORE >
Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture
The headquarters and originator of white linen slipcovers, vintage tables warn just so, chippy pink china, and crystal chandeliers is still one of our favorite places to feel comfortable and inspired. Our current cozy homes all owe Rachel Ashwell a (pastel floral) thank-you note.
1013 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
310.394.1975 SEE MORE >
Room At The Beach
If we lived in Malibu, we too would decorate using only the color palette of the Pacific Coast and hire Liz Lamont to work her cozy-posh magic. Lamont’s shop, Room at the Beach, has us dreaming of afternoons on deep linen sofas, leaning against overstuffed pillows in ocean hues. There are handmade vases by local artists, white four-poster beds, and beautiful glasses to hold California wine, of course.
3835 Cross Creek Road, Malibu, CA
310.456.9777 SEE MORE >
Imagine silver vases filled with rosemary and alabaster candles atop glass candleholders: find everything you need to set your table here, including gorgeous fresh floral centerpieces. Stephanie Grace creates the kind of parties and events that inhabit blogs and dreams. In her shop, those big dreams are take-home ready.
912 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica, CA
310.458.6010 SEE MORE >
Strange Invisible Perfumes
Appreciated across the globe, here’s how Strange Invisible Perfumes explains their story: “We make narrative perfumes with certified organic, wildcrafted, biodynamic, and hydro-distilled essences. Our fragrances are designed, hand blended, and bottled within our own natural fragrance house in Venice, CA.”
1138 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA
310.314.1505 SEE MORE >
Urbanic Paper Boutiques
Entering this shop is like walking through Pinterest: gold polka-dot stationery, journals that look like Parisian chocolate labels, brass pencil sharpeners . . . you get the idea. We squealed upon discovery. And then spent many dollars and many joyful minutes within. Oh, and there are gold chevron placemats. Yes, we know.
1644 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA
310.401.0427 SEE MORE >
The Hollywood elite are besotted with Kathy Delgado’s French Farmhouse shop, filled with home decor finds both vintage and new, and always tres francais. You’ll leave with treasures steeped in character and love — the best kind of shopping.
7928 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA
323.932.0451 SEE MORE >
Wallpaper addicts will need a half-day to spend sighing over all of the offerings at this treasure. Vintage papers (oh, yes) mix with all the heavyweight manufacturers, which would be enough — but Walnut also carries paper by independent designers and small-scale manufacturers. This is how to get what everyone else hasn’t even seen yet. Yum.
7424 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
Food + Restaurants
Foodies across the country make pilgrimages to busy, buzzy Gjelina for the dense, diabolical butterscotch pot de creme. We also know that if you leave without trying the mushroom toast, your foodie friends will have you for supper.
1429 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA
Coffee freaks speak of Intelligentsia in hushed and reverent tones, admiring the beans and the flavors and the baristas. This hipster hangout has a cool industrial vibe, too. We love the affogato: coffee poured over ice cream, of course.
1331 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA
310.399.1233 SEE MORE >
Joan’s On Third
The gourmet shop to end all others: cheese, cupcakes, the best chocolate chip cookies, olives charcuterie, and long wooden tables beckoning you to sit down. Order turkey meatloaf for lunch, or an omelette for breakfast. And did we mention that you need a treat to go?
8350 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA
323.655.2285 SEE MORE >
These are Beverly Hills chocolates in every sense of the word, and by that we mean incredibly rich, gorgeous, and with as little sugar as possible. You know, ‘cause everyone’s on a diet.
9606 Santa Monica Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA
We always leave feeling full of good food, good company, and good vibes. Local 1205’s gourmet marketplace stocks pressed juice, cheese, flowers, coffee and fresh produce. Dinner means oysters and wood-fired pizza. Don’t miss the watermelon juice.
1205 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice, CA
310.396.6663 SEE MORE >
From Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton, Mozza should top your LA list. At the more formal Osteria, you want to sit at the mozzarella bar. At the pizzeria, we live for the white bean bruschetta and the fennel sausage pizza with scallions. And the butterscotch budino, which requires curse words to properly describe.
800 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA
A cool industrial vibe and baked crab dip? Yes, please. We love the burgers and the jidori chicken — in a sandwich, fried, whatever. (But especially fried.) There are sweet potato waffle fries, too. Have one of the cool cocktails and an ice cream bar for dessert.
1800 Sawtelle Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
310.288.6500 SEE MORE >
Retro cakes with sweet style and big temptation make this a don’t-miss spot at the Original Farmers Market in L.A. Oh, for a bacon-cheddar croissant. Baking goddess Nancy Silverton has her fingerprint on this, too, along with Hourie Sahakian and Amy Pressman, which means you can have Silverton’s signature cubed Italian salad for lunch.
6333 W. 3rd Street, Stall #316, Los Angeles, CA
323.761.7976 SEE MORE >
Son Of A Gun
This really isn’t fair: nautical-chic decor with fried chicken and lobster rolls on the menu. Son of a Gun comes from the team behind the runaway hit Animal, and greatest hits also include the Italian hamburger for dessert, which only sounds strange. Caramel is involved.
8370 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA
323.782.9033 SEE MORE >
The Pie Hole
Pie offerings both sweet and savory are handwritten each day on charming rolls of kraft paper hanging from the wall. You’ll want to take everything home: the chairs, that paper, and every single pie. Gratefully, pies are sold whole and by the slice. Mexican chocolate and maple custard are our favorites. We keep praying for meringue lessons. And crust classes.
714 Traction Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Ethereal food by the gifted Suzanne Goin, served in a light-filled temple designed by Jeffrey Alan Marks. Could Tavern be the perfect restaurant? We love stopping into the attached Larder afterward for eats and treats to enjoy later. (Dear Jeffrey Alan Marks, could you please sell those porthole windows “to go” as well?)
11648 San Vicente Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA
310.806.6464 SEE MORE >