We had so much fun with Garrett’s family in California–hiking Runyon Canyon, watching Willy Wonka at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery (such a cool experience!) and enjoying an amazing meal while watching the sunset over Laguna Beach–but what really made me ready to say ‘West Coast best coast’ was a pilgrimage to Hollywood at Home.
Recently relocated to a larger showroom in the La Cienega Design Quarter, Hollywood at Home is the brainchild of one of my very, very, favorite (we’re talking top 5 here!) interior designers, Peter Dunham.
I’m oblivious to celebrities, but would have been completely star struck if Peter had been in the shop during our visit–and probably would have been too shy to express my admiration for his work!
There are interior designers who create beautiful rooms, and then there are interior designers who are able to perfectly capture a sense of person or place; whose interiors create an atmosphere and make us feel something. Peter Dunham is one of the latter.
What I love most about his interiors is how expertly layered they are. You could study each project, but the combination of art, antiques, and fabric he employs is entirely singular and inimitable.
Collecting fabrics for a project is by far my favorite part of the design process. I’m happiest in a showroom with notepad and pencil in hand, and leaving with a bag full of memo samples feels like a present waiting to be unwrapped (or, more accurately, spilled all over my desk!)
The best part of the large showroom is seeing the fabrics and furniture come to life in the styled vignettes throughout the space. It’s the next best thing to stepping into one of Peter’s interiors from the pages of a shelter magazine.
I was pretty much the happiest upon entering the back room bedecked in Fig Leaf–how couldn’t you be?! Normally I’m the first to be ‘over’ a fabric when it starts to become too played out, but as ubiquitous as Fig Leaf has become, I think it’s transcended trend and entered into timeless. There’s just something about those leaves that seems to be universally appealing and surprisingly versatile.
I’m so glad we were able to pop in during our visit to LA and hope you enjoyed the virtual tour!