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Harmonious Living with Nature in Malibu with Alexander Design

Although Vanessa Alexander started her career in the entertainment industry—working in the field for several years—it is not by chance that she took the leap into design. Alexander honed her great taste and creativity from a young age: Her mother was a passionate art collector and the designer’s international experiences gave her the opportunity to discover varied aesthetics.

From the start, Alexander was motivated to shape the perfect home for her family. Now at the helm of her Los Angeles-based design studio, she and her team create residential, hospitality and retail projects for clients all over the country.

“We want to foster a lifestyle and tell the story of an individual, family or business through a comprehensive design that begins from the moment you step onto the property,” she says. “Our style employs a blend of contemporary, custom/bespoke and vintage pieces from a variety of periods, creating a layered feel that is rich in texture and influence yet functional and elegantly effortless.” When designing a new project, Alexander never forgets the first step:

“We draw influence first and foremost from context and surroundings.”

Then she identifies a specific, practical lifestyle that her design must honor. “We are,” she says, “inspired by the way that our clients live or want to live, by light—both natural and curated—and by the rhythm and flow of space.”

Alexander, her husband and their three sons previously resided in a home located on this 2.6-acre plot in the exclusive enclave of Malibu’s Serra Retreat. The family lived in the original structure—a ranch house—during the three-year period of design and permitting before the new structure, created by architect Michael Kovac, took shape. “Living so close really helped understanding the light and land, and was a huge advantage in the design process,” Alexander explains.

Made of two boxes linked by a glass structure, the new, six-bedroom house offers a seamless connection between interior and exterior, made possible through the installation of large glass doors in the living room that fully open up to the garden. Outside, the pool and its cabana, the fire pit and outdoor kitchen with pizza oven allow the family to enjoy an alfresco lifestyle.

Inside, everything was designed with the family in mind. An L-shaped sofa provides comfort; soft colors and textures (sheepskin rugs, linen curtains) add warmth; and metal windows frame beautiful views. Upstairs, the couple’s wing is separated from the kids’ rooms by a catwalk. Leading to a Zen garden with an outdoor shower, the master suite comprises a bedroom, a dressing area and a bath, with each of these areas divided by curtain walls.

Airy and welcoming, peaceful and contemporary, this project reflects Alexander’s vision, and puts lifestyle first. alexanderdb.com

design your home like a chic hotel

Design Your Home to Look & Feel Like a Chic Hotel

Imagine lolling away the day in a residential high-rise, all the while feeling like you’re on vacation at a chic hotel. That experience is becoming more possible every day throughout L.A., as many of the city’s top developers are enlisting the help of famed interior designers behind some of the world’s most high-end boutique properties to recreate the same sensibility and aesthetic in their multifamily projects.

Think inviting hotel-inspired environs replete with sculpted furniture that calls out for photo opportunities, local art, plentiful areas for conversing and relaxing, and of course, luxe amenities.

“Developers seem to be most inspired by Ace Hotel and The NoMad Hotel in Downtown L.A.; The Roosevelt, Proper and Kimpton La Peer hotels in West Hollywood; and Viceroy in Santa Monica,” says Alan Tzvika Nissel, principal of Wilshire Skyline, developer of The Line Lofts, a recently opened hotel-esque residential building in Hollywood.

“All of these establishments bring an eclectic and fresh design sensibility to the table that people naturally want to emulate within their home.”

Lending her hospitality expertise to the new Zoltan Pali-designed residential project was Gulla Jónsdóttir, known for her work on the La Peer, Roosevelt and The Mayfair hotels, as well as the Getty Center. Tasked with recreating the feel of a chic hotel, the Icelandic-born interior designer played an instrumental role in designing The Line Lofts’ lobby and common areas, fashioning refined light-filled and earthy spaces by sourcing elegant furniture pieces and artwork from small production designers outside Milan.

Residents also have the chance to furnish their studios and one- and two-bedroom lofts and flats (going for $2,500 to $7,000 per month) with contemporary furniture packages hand-selected by Jónsdóttir.

“You only get one chance at a first impression, so similar to the aesthetic of a hotel, the entrance of The Line Lofts had to look and feel inviting,” says Jónsdóttir, who worked with aesthetic stylist Guerin Swing to custom design a three-dimensional art installation behind the concierge desk to draw all eyes immediately upon entry.

An oversized canoe bench imported from Italian furniture brand Bianco-Bianco occupies the opposing wall and sets the stage for a photo opportunity, while lobby tables and chairs lining the front windows serve as an ideal spot for a cup of coffee, work or conversation.

Armed with the belief that art plays a foundational role in shaping any hotel-inspired aesthetic, Jónsdóttir brought on Hollywood’s own Jesus Banuelos to produce exclusive black-and-white photos of the building’s surrounding neighborhood to serve as a focal point throughout all of the common areas. In the pool lounge, she used an original piece of art and stunning abstract floral photography from the Eric Buterbaugh collection and enlisted a painted mural from Londubh Studio for a pool wall.

The designer also was sure to provide ample gathering areas, with The Retreat featuring a kitchen, library and cozy seating area that opens to the pool and spa deck, and The Sky Lounge presenting panoramic views of the city, a bar for entertaining and reading nook—all with the goal of making people feel relaxed and delighted by the environment, just as they would in their hotel of choice.

“Gulla spends as much time finding inspiration for her work as she does channeling it,” Nissel says of the result. “She curates each project individually, paying careful attention to draw from local talent and tastes. Her furniture tends to be more sculpted than linear, and as a result, warmer and more welcoming.

Her designs cultivate the kind of hotel you’ve dreamed of living in—perfect for residential developers looking to draw on her hospitality experience and apply it to the residential real estate market.”

 

Schuyler Samperton puts her stamp on the design world

Touted tastemaker Schuyler Samperton puts her stamp on the design world—and an exuberant textile line

L.A.-based interior designer Schuyler Samperton never had a master plan, but always followed her instincts.

“When I was little,” says Schuyler Samperton, the lilt in her voice as lovely as the story she tells, “I would play decorator with samples that my father, an architect, brought home from his office.” Design has always been part of my life.”

Cut from the same cloth as her father, Samperton studied art history with thoughts of a career at Christie’s or Sotheby’s before segueing into the music business and working as a publicist for Fox. Then she met designer Michael S. Smith and he offered her a job.

Two weeks later, she inherited design projects; four years after that, Schuyler Samperton (by then a design manager at the firm) left to start her own company with a co-worker. In 2007, she went solo, and her work has been splashed in the pages of Vogue Living, Elle Décor, Architectural Digest and more.

Celebrated for the elegant, easy aesthetic she employs to transform high-end residential and commercial spaces from coast to coast, Samperton’s comfort zone exists somewhere between these geographies.

Originally from Washington DC, she maintains a house on an island in Maine, a tiny apartment in Miami, and heads her firm in Los Angeles; she designs in all vernaculars and brings a heightened sense of multidimensionality to her work, allowing a project’s specific environment to dictate its character.

Samperton has never fully shed her East Coast side; in fact she rather flaunts it, a Sister Parish for the modern day, with the grand dame’s sensibility for curated flourish.

“I love wallpaper. I love worn rugs. I love pattern on pattern and creating a mood with beautiful lighting—that’s what really feeds my soul,” says Schuyler Samperton.

“I love spaces like that,” particularly if the space is a cozy library.  “Oh, that’s sort of my favorite little spot,” she adds, drawing a picture in words. “Wallpaper, a nice fireplace, a pretty rug, tons of art on the walls, a bunch of pillows—that to me is like heaven.”

A version of heaven is exactly what Samperton creates for her sophisticated clientele. “I went through a point where I had a lot of single men as clients,” she laughs. “It was quite an adventurous bunch for a while, which was really fun because they sort of let me do whatever I wanted. I remember saying to one, ‘I’m just feeling a total Big Sur moment, and he said, ‘I love it, just do it.’”

 

In 2017, the designer launched Schuyler Samperton Textiles with eight patterns in rapturous colorways. Her mother’s scarves inspired some motifs; one is named for the street of her childhood home. Not one to be in a holding pattern, Samperton is currently at work on a 1920’s remodel in Los Feliz, a place for a prominent TV show actress, an apartment for the screenwriters of American Graffiti and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and a jewelry store showroom. It’s a lot, she concedes, but like the spaces she designs, “always something different.” samperton.com

Nomadic Creativity

With an international background and a true passion for traveling, interior designer Sara Story masters the art of creating atmospheres throughout bold interior spaces

Written by Karine Monié

Being a citizen of the world is not only the result of living in several countries and experiencing different cultures. It is also, and above all, a state of mind. New York City-based designer Sara Story embodies this idea: Born in Japan and raised in Singapore and Houston, she describes her style as “eclectic and constantly evolving.”

“My aesthetic is contemporary but it always makes reference to the past,” says Story, who, since founding her eponymous design firm in 2003, has created a diverse portfolio of residential and commercial projects worldwide.

Among them is an elegant Singapore house featuring traditional black-and-white colonial architecture, and interior spaces adorned with ebonized ceiling beams, antique chairs, Art Deco side tables, vintage lighting and porcelain urns. In New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood, Story transformed a 2,400-square-foot industrial space into a modern loft with brick wall, oak plank floors and blackened metal windows.

In her own weekend ranch in Texas, she found the right balance between vintage and modern furnishings, and contemporary artwork. Mixing styles and textures, Story is fascinated by the scale and details of Asian aesthetics, and passionate about art, fashion, and pattern. This combination of influences and sources of inspiration has led her to design two wallpaper collections, the first transforming traditional Asian motifs in a contemporary way, and the second inspired by her travels.

Situated in Aspen, Colorado, this contemporary house is the perfect family refuge for a couple and their daughter. After living in New York City for several years, the family decided to relocate to a quieter place. The greystone floors, Venetian plaster walls and blackened steel highlight beautiful mountain views.

An art collector herself, Story shaped the interior spaces around her clients’ impressive collection, creating dialogue between the pieces of art and design throughout the house. Paintings and sculptures by Damien Hirst, Fernand Léger, Alexander Calder, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami—among others—make this dwelling visually impactful, while the neutral palette of the rest of the elements, combined with wood and stone, generate a feeling of coziness and warmth.

Creating “crisp, elegant and comfortable gestures that thoughtfully balance multiple elements of good design for an everyday, polished life,” says Story, reflect her vision, in everything she does, with no fear of adding touches that are surprising or audacious.

The Rise of the Dual Master Suite

Properties boasting a duo of spacious master or en-suite bedrooms offer the ultimate amenity to L.A. homebuyers

Written by Wendy Bowman

When it comes to having a space of their own, Angelenos have long clamored for high-end properties offering separate his-and-her sinks, toilets, and closets. Now the trend includes residences that also feature dual master suites, a luxurious and stylish amenity not only meant to oblige household members with their own personal space, but ideal for guests and in-laws as well.

“Today’s buyers of significant properties are extremely savvy, and no longer is it just about square footage,” says Stephanie Anton, executive vice president of Luxury Portfolio International, a global network of independent luxury brokerages. “Today, a smart, usable floorplan, fabulous outdoor space and spectacular amenities like dual masters are driving sale price, allure and desirability of the best properties. Dual masters are just one of the latest ways developers can offer a differentiator in a world where bigger isn’t always better.

“It’s also worth mentioning, though, that this isn’t just a trend at the very high end of the market,” Anton adds. “Many dual masters are being offered in properties at the lower end of the luxury price point—not as a true, second master, but as an en-suite at the level of the master to accommodate guests or even as an in-law suite.”

According to Richard Stearns, a partner with Pacific Union Los Angeles (formerly Partners Trust), several scenarios have necessitated the move toward dual masters. Among them: households with visiting family members, often parents; families with split heads of household, including brothers, sisters and cousins; and those who buy a home with a partner to save expenses. Having a second master suite also can be a luxurious way to treat guests, as well as a great vacation rental attraction.

In Stearns’ current portfolio, for example, is the Little Holmby estate of producer Peter Samuelson at 10401 Wyton Drive (now on the market for $5.495 million). Inside the 7,371-square-foot residence, one will find two master suites with dual baths. “People are intrigued that the upstairs master is a traditional conventional master with a sitting room and separate baths and closets,” says Stearns. “Meanwhile, the lower master is almost like an exotic spa, with garden windows, an in-ground Jacuzzi and huge bathtub.”

Dual masters also are prevalent at The Liddel, a modern boutique collection of 56 residences on L.A.’s Wilshire Boulevard that offers dual masters in its two-bedroom units, with prices ranging from $1.6 million to $2.4 million. “When a unit has two masters, it increases desirability and broadens the buyer pool,” says Don Heller of The Agency, the property’s exclusive listing agent. “It increases privacy for all, and for people who want roommates, it increases the lease-ability. It also allows for better guest or relative accommodations. Having this option at The Liddel has been very popular and of great interest to buyers.”

Luxury Portfolio’s Anton says she began seeing the dual master trend about two to three years ago, and with price points in L.A. reaching the $350 million and above point, she expects this extra-special amenity is here to stay. “Ultimately,” she says, “we are seeing a significant uptick in wealth in our most affluent population, and as a result, this is driving the high-end real estate market because the affluent love investing in fabulous homes. With that has come a push toward a need for ever more over-the-top amenities.”

There is room for significant customization when it comes to dual masters,” she adds. “We have seen properties where the masters are connected by outdoor space, or even a common room/office/lounge area between the two. We also have seen a ‘her’ master that featured elegant, gold-leaf-painted furniture and a spa bathroom, while ‘his’ room mirrored a boardroom with wood paneling. The rooms ultimately reflect the personalities of the owners, and therefore, are unlimited in their creativity.”

The Magic of Light

The work of industrial designer Lindsey Adelman radiates a subtle visual tension through exquisite lamps and objects

Nothing seemed predestined when Lindsey Adelman became a tastemaker in the design world. After studying English, she started her career as an editorial assistant at the Smithsonian Institution. While touring the fabrication department, a chance encounter with a woman carving french fries out of foam for an exhibit changed the course of Adelman’s professional path, and her life. Fascinated by the industrial designer’s work, Adelman returned to school to learn more about this discipline. At the Rhode Island School of Design, she discovered her enduring passion for light.

After 10 years working with other designers including David Weeks, with whom she founded the design collaborative Butter in 2000, Adelman took the plunge and launched her eponymous studio in her hometown of New York City. “Our studio’s signature aesthetic was born with the release of our very first product: the Branching Bubble chandelier, which combines the organic nature and blown glass with more rational, machined components,” she says. “Since then, we have explored that visual tension throughout a range of products and disciplines.”

Being an artist, always trying new things and working with intangibles motivates Adelman daily. While lighting design is at the core of her work, she also creates other objects and products, such as concrete tiles, wallpaper and jewelry. Adelman has a team of about 40 people and a small network of local artisans both in Manhattan and, more recently, in downtown Los Angeles, where she opened an 8,000-square-foot showroom and fabrication facility. She experiments with a range of materials to maximize the effect of lighting and capture the ephemeral beauty of nature in a sensual way. Sculptural and elegant, her blown-glass and brass chandeliers now adorn a great number of homes, hotels and commercial projects worldwide.

“THE INFLUENCE OF TRADITIONAL JAPANESE AESTHETICS—WITH ITS EMPHASIS ON MINIMALISM, DISCIPLINE OF LINE AND THE RIGOR OF HANDCRAFT—SHAPED MICHIKO’S PERSPECTIVE EARLY AND CONTINUES TO GUIDE HER APPROACH TO GLASS TODAY.”

“Our globes are made in New York City by Japanese-born glass artist Michiko Sakano and her team,” Adelman says. “The influence of traditional Japanese aesthetics—with its emphasis on minimalism, discipline of line and the rigor of handcraft—shaped Michiko’s perspective early and continues to guide her approach to glass today.”

Along with her former business partner and mentor David Weeks, the pioneering Adelman has paved the way for New York City’s boom of young designers in the field. Today, she is renowned on the international scene, with Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen and film director Nancy Meyers among her prestigious clients. Some of her pieces were exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York and others were designed exclusively for Nilufar Gallery in Milan, which promotes her work on a global scale.

For Adelman, designing and producing lighting is “easy” in comparison with furniture, for example. It’s also “fun,” “spontaneous” and gives her a lot of “freedom.” At the same time, the evolution of technology challenges and motivates her, and her team, to constantly invent new ways of doing things. “We worked closely with local machine shops to engineer and fabricate each part in metal,” she says. “We are driven by a desire to expect more from the hardware while using an economy of material and energy.”

All of Adelman’s creations, which are born from her keen observation of the natural and human worlds, captivate not only with their perfect proportions but also, and above all, because they embody an understated harmony between spontaneity and rationality, handcrafted elements and machine-made parts, pure beauty and necessary functionality. No matter how one describes her—designer-artist or artist-designer—Adelman is a virtuoso of light.

Woman of the House

Actress and aesthete Diane Keaton shares her “Dream Home”—and the inspirations behind it—in a ravishing new tome

Whether introducing a new sartorial insouciance through her character’s much-loved wardrobe in Annie Hall, writing memoirs filled with remembrance and ephemera, or restoring home after home, Diane Keaton is a one-of-a-kind style icon with a celebrated artistic sense, a woman so at home with herself that “home” is the subject of a her new book, The House That Pinterest Built (Rizzoli).

Fireplace in Diane Keaton home, for the book The House that Pintrerest Built

Drawing inspiration from an artsy-cool assemblage of pins and palette that she collected via the wondrous digital universe of Pinterest, Keaton set about designing her “Dream Home,” which occupies canyon land on the peripheries of Brentwood. And thank heavens. Because Keaton, a compulsive pinner with an unerring eye and a passion for preservation, architecture and design, outdid even herself with this outrageously beautiful build—her first foray into ground-up construction that proves her equally adept at creating a rich, nuanced character in a home as well as onscreen.

Filled with photos of both Keaton’s abode and the references that inspired its spaces, The House That Pinterest Built is, like its author, delightfully unpredictable—a how-to, a style resource, a visual treasure, but always a glorious treatment, full of fantasy, image and, mostly, a good deal of solid design. As study in Keaton’s sensitive and informed aesthetic, her house is a repetitious tapestry of textures, line, material and décor. Underscoring it all is how Keaton has come to define the meaning of home for herself.

Dexter’s seating area in Diane Keaton home, for the book The House that Pintrerest Built

Library in Home of Diane Keaton for the book The House That Pinterest Built.

 

Fresh Perspective

Interior designer Lindsay Pennington brings her classic Southern sensibility to the contemporaria of California

Written by Jenn Thornton

“It certainly has been a trajectory, although it hasn’t been a straight line,” says Lindsay Pennington of her transition into interior design (Kentucky to North Carolina to California, to be precise). Hers is an atypical path, but hardly improbable. As a girl, Pennington followed her mom, an interior designer, on jobs (wallpaper samples in the back of the car). Her father was a landscape architect, her grandfather worked in the building industry, other family members were architects. Design is in her DNA.

But the academic Pennington excelled in school and was awarded a scholarship to Duke University. There she earned a law degree and met her future husband, a native of Utah, who, upon expressing his desire to return west, prompted Pennington to think, “I don’t know what you could possibly mean by ‘out west’ other than Los Angeles.” So that’s where they moved. Pennington found work as a securities litigator in DTLA and loved it. But the work became less academic over time, there was seemingly no end to it, and she traveled a ton. She also had two kids. On business trips in New York, she would invariably end up in some antique shop or interior store.

“I just reached my natural limit with it,” Pennington says. “I knew I didn’t want to do it for the rest of my life. But I didn’t go to design school, so it was a pretty risky enterprise for me to strike out on my own.” (Not technically, perhaps, although one could argue Pennington’s youth qualifies as an education.) It was at a family funeral in Kentucky when, “It just hit me—how short life is, how quickly it goes,” she says. “ I knew that I had to give it a shot, because I wanted to live my dream.”

In 2013, Pennington launched Lindsay Pennington Inc. Since, she’s worked on local projects from Studio City and the Hollywood Hills to Laurel Canyon and Los Feliz across the country to New York. Though raised in the romantic Southern ideal (“You could eat off the floor of my grandmother’s house” and “I didn’t see an Eames chair until I was 25,” she says), Pennington’s sense is to create classic spaces with a contemporary cool that are “comfortable, warm, and cozy.” She’s more likely to use luxurious velvet opposed to less durable linen, for example, but always in an interesting way.

Putting a high premium on functional beauty, Pennington prefers playing with color and pattern (a stripe, a floral, ikat) in spaces with a neutral palette for flexibility and a modern freshness. “People don’t really call me for the all-white room,” she says. “I tend not to approach things from that perspective, because I’m thinking about how a rug will last. Will the kids spill something on it? Will the dog track on it? That’s the emotion.”

To Pennington, a home is a “living, breathing thing” with its own energy, so she loves a “collected over time” look that she uses family heirlooms and vintage pieces to achieve. She distrusts design without books, gravitates toward a good gallery wall, and creates space to “sit down, read a book, have a drink.” Pennington’s purpose-driven approach is also the engine behind her latest venture, LP Ltd., a bespoke decoration service for couples curating their first home. Intended as a more thoughtful way to combine possessions than the randomly assembled registry, the launch adds beauty and cohesion to one’s home. “We’re not just buying furniture,” she says. “We’re establishing an atmosphere and a mood. Because it has to be personal.”

For Pennington, design is—and has always been—personal. A place where she finds herself by creating for others. These days, that’s Los Angeles, where the city’s indoor/outdoor lifestyle comes “naturally” to her. She has a pool, dogs, people running in and out of her house, beauty beyond the window. “It’s a very different place than Kentucky, of course, but I couldn’t imagine living someplace else.”

LindsayPenningtonInc.com

Artistic Vision

Santa Monica designer Christine Markatos Lowe creates au courant interiors with a classic touch 

Written by Jenn Thornton

“Work of art” might be considered a fairly rote turn of phrase these days, a maxim expressed from enthusiasm, but all too abundantly, it seems. Not everything is a work of art, surely. Unless you are interior designer Christine Markatos Lowe with a background in studio art, an M.F.A in Sculpture from the Art and Architecture School at the University of Pennsylvania, and mentorships with several industry giants—then you’re an artist whose work qualifies in earnest.

Trained in drawing, sculpture, and printmaking, it was Markatos Lowe’s transformative post-grad position in architect Peter Marino’s office that exposed her to a breadth of design she had never previously imagined. “I was hooked,” says Markatos Lowe, who spent several years with “Mr. Marino” before moving on to engagements at top design firms across the country, including that of White House designer Michael S. Smith, in Los Angeles. With a wealth of experience under her belt—and it must be said a great deal of confidence in her own vision— Markatos Lowe set up shop with her eponymous practice, Christine Markatos Design, which she founded in 2005. The Santa Monica-based firm now services clients on both coasts.

Bringing a bright, sensitive energy to her projects, Markatos Lowe visualizes elegant, expressive spaces. Hers is a perceptive aptitude; one potently applied, but filtered through a sophisticated eye. There’s the lovely sense of ease. Opposition and cohesion. The full run of color—using its spectrum, “from whisper soft to super saturated,” is a bedrock of her style. Each of Markatos Lowe’s designs, though singular, hinges on setting and sensibility. Does the project fit the client’s lifestyle? Is it appropriate to the architecture?

Primary to her approach is detail. “As an artist, I was taught to look at the entire composition, including the negative space rather than just the individual elements,” says Markatos Lowe, also a mother of two. “This point of view influences how I visualize my projects and ultimately edit the spaces.” Highlights of this lustrously designed array is a recently finished estate in Santa Monica; a residence at the Four Seasons Hualalai; a duplex in Greenwich Village; the Katherine Kidd Boutique in L.A; and the recent remodel of a 1940’s house in Malibu with sweeping views of the Pacific. Markatos Lowe also references an endeavor that taps into her penchant for palette; a home with a circular floor plan that allows for rooms surrounded by gardens, the colors of the which complement the hues of the rooms in “breathtaking” fashion.

With a rainbow of creative influences, Markatos Lowe says, “I find inspiration everywhere.” In fashion, fine art and form in nature. In the work of branded maximalists Tony Duquette and Renzo Mongiardino. And right outside the window. “To me, Southern California design is defined by the special quality of light and the lush landscape,” she says. “The projects I am most excited by allow me to play these assets off of each other in ways not possible in other geographic locations.” She’s made doing so an art. MarkatosDesign.com

Keeping Up Appearances

Blowouts, lashes, and make-up—oh my! An all-in-one beauty lounge opens in downtown Manhattan Beach

Written by Joclene Davey | Photography Courtesy of Paul Jonason

Downtown Manhattan Beach has never been prettier. This August, Primp Lounge unveils its flagship beauty lounge—an upscale, one-stop beauty shop offering hair, lashes and make-up services.

Along with meticulous blowouts and trendy braids in the hair category are elegant updos; all start with a relaxing wash and scalp massage integrating decadent products from Amika. Lash extensions are tailored to each client and performed by seasoned lash experts. Primp offers high-quality silk and mink lash extensions and services including new sets, refills, and removal; one-night false lashes, meanwhile, can be added to any service. Finally, Primp artists offer professional make-up application in a wide array of options, from airbrush cosmetics applied with top-of-the-line Temptu Air-pod systems for a flawless finish to HD primers for a camera-ready face. If short on time, swing by for a smoky eye or a light full-face make-up application in just 20 minutes.

Primp Lounge is the brainchild of local Manhattan Beach resident Michelle Patterson-Klutka. While managing family life and a career in interior design, she struggled driving long distances for quality lash extensions, blowouts and professional make-up. So she decided to bring all of these services under one roof to make life a little easier for women seeking multi-service grooming performed in one place, at one time. “With Primp Lounge, I wanted to offer every busy woman the ease of having these specialty services that we drive all around L.A. for, in one stop, and at a reasonable price,” shares Patterson-Klutka.

Now getting primped before a fun night out on the town or an important event is easier than ever. Located at the corner of 12th and Highland, the salon is upstairs, conveniently near the parking garage. Best of all, with Primp’s Membership Packages, one can take advantage of big savings on all services and special promotions up front.

Equally lovely is the space itself. Designed by Jigsaw Design Group in Manhattan Beach, and built by Chris Escarsega Construction, the salon is light and modern with a beachy yet sophisticated feel. Relaxing oceans views provide the perfect backdrop for the modern meets nautical aesthetic. Crisp white walls and bleached wide plank wood floors by Peake Construction are bright while decorative accents in black and navy lend chicness to surrounds that cultivate an ideal ambience for a spectacular party, from school “party-book” fundraisers and birthday and bachelorette parties to corporate functions. Primp Lounge will arrange all details for a seamless event.

THE PRIMP LOUNGE

1148 HIGHLAND AVE. (SECOND FLOOR)

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA 90266

866.734.8183 | THEPRIMPLOUNGE.COM

Super Shades

Paint color is a powerful tool for attracting homebuyers

Did you know that a fresh coat of paint in the right hue could help sell a home for more cash? 

According to the 2017 Paint Color Analysis by Zillow—which examined photos of more than 32,000 homes sold nationwide to determine how certain paint colors impacted their average sale price compared with similar homes sporting white walls—properties with walls painted in shades of blue or light gray were found to sell for as much as a $5,440 premium. Walls painted in other cool, natural tones—including pale gray and oatmeal—also were prevalent in top performing listings. Meanwhile, residences with a beige/gray exterior brought in $3,496 more than those with brown or tan stucco exteriors, and properties with dark navy blue or slate gray front doors sold for $1,514 more.

The Zillow analysis also found that homes with some hues, such as terra-cotta, may actually deter buyers, and sell for $2,031 less.

And a home with a lack of color may have the biggest negative impact of all, going for an average of $4,035 below similar properties. Here in L.A., local interior designer John Linden of Mirror Coop reports that indigo blue is huge, along with some other bold shades.

“Many of my clients have been requesting a vibrant color scheme lately, with blue, sea-foam green and shades of pink,” says Linden.

 

“High-end homeowners typically are a bit more daring when it comes to design, so paint choice is no different—and I’ve seen tons of bold and vibrant greens, blues and pinks in 2017.”

Linden, who regularly works with affluent clients who are preparing their houses for a sale, always advises against dull atmospheres. “People who are buying an expensive home want it to feel like their own,” he says. “Cookie cutter interiors, and boring decoration and color, just don’t cut it for someone spending over a few million on a house. Anything that feels dated is also a no-no. White walls, if not done recently, can just look sterile and boring.”

According to F. Ron Smith of the Smith & Berg team at Partners Trust, which completed $236 million in sales in 2016 and is a leader in the Westside market, homebuyers are asking for rich accent colors that demonstrate thoughtful design work.

Take, for example, this home at 169 N. Canyon View Drive in the Brentwood area designed and built by Smith and his wife, Tracy. Currently on the market for $7.489 million, the residence not only sports a striking beige exterior, but it also features elegant interiors rife with shades of gray and blue.

“Paint is the least expensive way to obtain the highest return on new construction or a remodeled home,” says Smith. His top tips for achieving the perfect look primed for sale?

Paint one wall in a room an accent color for impact (Copley gray, navy blue or steel gray), and brandish a ceiling in the office, library or dining room with a cobalt gray or matte black for intimacy and accent. Bold strokes, indeed.

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