victorian weird curiousities bash 30 October, 2010

Even thought I don’t have any fun plans these Halloween weekend (except SPOOKtaculart AutoCAD!), I imagine my dream party to be something of a mixture of Victorian Naturalist and traveling Gypsy with all of the weird curiosities involved.

I love how these black and white wallpaper prints transform the whole room in an instant, making a regular room look like a mysterious place while the trompe l’oeil effect adds to the weirdness factor. 

The details are very important: cloches, vintage botanical/animal prints, collectibles and lots of velvets.

And the food, of course. I love these fun ideas of transforming everyday dishes into BOOtiful treats.

<images via Butterfly clip-art , old shack dining, peacock garden, bust candles, all thing weird, eggs print, fungus tart>

rhode island wedding 27 October, 2010

Rhode Island was my first glimpse of America 6 years ago when I came visiting with my friends for the summer. So when I saw the coverage of this all-girls-dreamy wedding in RI, I had somewhat nostalgic feelings. With an amazing scenery of bays and ocean views, RI was THE place to be during the Gilded Age of the late 19th century. And with all of the newly born New York aristocracy flocking in, there has been some magnificent architectural pieces created which we can marvel at today.

Ocean House is the one of those and is a perfect back-drop for the most special day.

I love how stylists from TRUE Event incorporated the color palette of the building into the wedding decor, it looks so effortlessly chic and natural.  Deep turquoise and citrusy yellow are so fresh and vivid together. Click here to read the full story behind this day.

<images by Olive Juice Photography via>

chateau marmont asid party 6 October, 2010

Last Thursday I was lucky to attend the ASID Installation of Chapter Officers and Chapter Awards Party at Chateau Marmont. Besides the pleasure of mingling among the Board members, design professionals and industry partners over wine and hors d’oeuvres, the settings were quite ah-spiring. Hidden behind the greenery this classic has a long history of celebrity inhabitants and there everybody is somebody. Having spent a short time in lobby helping with the party guests to check-in I came across John Malkovich and even threw in a few words with Sharon Stone, who is even more stunning in reality.

But the real culmination was the Penthouse Suite where the Party was hosted. The 3,000 sq.ft suite features 2 bedrooms, full kitchen ,dining room, large living room and 1,500 sq.ft patio (seriously, that’s the size of most people’s apartments) overlooking the whole Hollywood. Since I forgot my camera (bummer!), thanks to my friend Denise Pan who kindly took the pictures of the suite so I can share them with you.



Rex Reed and Raquel Webb on the terace of room 64


And here’s me and Mia Porter, the president of out ASID UCLA Ext. Student Chapter as well as the newly elected Student Rep. chair in the ASID LA Office. Congrats Mia, you well deserved it! <images via and>

legends of la cienega 12 May, 2010

Finally have a moment to breathe in after the intense weekend with all the design fabulousness here in LA. Legends of La Cienega is a 2nd annual two-day gala of interior design in the heart of West Hollywood sponsored by Elle Decor, featuring lots of board discussions, book signings, cocktail parties and what not. But the real show stopper is  the window displays of all the showrooms on La Cienega which are decorated by interior and set designers to channel a certain theme/idea. This year inspiration is Hollywood movies. Jill from Material Girls did such a great job capturing all of those, so I won’t be redundant and post a few pics of my own of the discussions I had a pleasure to attend.

East Meets West Panel: Pamela Jaccarino, Editor in Chief, Luxe Interiors + Design; Virgil McDowell,architect;  Mary MacDonald, interior designer; Joe Nye,  interior designer; Lisa Fine and Carolina Irving of Irving & Fine.

Design Diaries Panel: Alexandria Abramian-Mott, Editor in Chief, Angeleno Interiors; Gregory Han, Apartment Therapy LA; Cassandra Lavalle, Coco+Kelly; Joy Cho, Oh Joy!; Janet Hall, Remodelista.

Setting the Mood with hilarious Robert Verdi

Most of the discussions looked like this for me as I was constantly late to grab a front spot since I couldn’t stop browsing through amazing showrooms.

Vintage Lineage Panel: Margaret Russell, Editor in Chief, Elle Decor; Chris Barrett, interior designer; Catherine Malandrino, fashion designer; Cameron Silver, founder of Decades. <images via me>