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Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Guest Post: Designing a Succulent and Herb Garden on the Patio


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Elana Joelle Hendler of EJH Brand made it her summer goal to shape up her patio along her patio along the Venice, California canals just in time for summer. Here’s how it went down:

The goal: Decorate my beautiful flagstone patio with lively green colors, fresh herbs and fragrant aromas.
Theme: West Coast casual chic.
Additional goal: Appease my utter obsession with succulent decor by adding arrangements lining the house and in accent pots.

Succulents: When I moved to Venice, I was so inspired by the succulent decor you can find practically everywhere around here that I started incorporating it into the branded look for my business, including a live EJH succulent wall. I haven’t looked back since. They are an excellent patio choice because visually, they are fascinating, offering a variety of shapes, textures, colors, and sizes. They are also very low maintenance.

How I used them: First, I bought large pots in three different sizes to create a sense of high and low. This is a great way to break up the monotony of a space. I planted several different types of succulents with different shapes and colors to create elements of a dynamic dessert garden on my patio. Then, I used the same varieties and planted them on the border of the house and covered the dirt with red and white rocks to hide the dirt and add texture.

Herbs: By complete coincidence, I choose plants that are actually accounted for as essential oil candles in my EJH Signature Candle Collection. When shopping the nursery, I was immediately drawn to the Greek sage. From a distance, it looked like lavender but as I came closer I could see the beautiful soft and fuzzy texture of the leaves with pretty purple flowers.

Benefits of sage: Beautiful seasonal flowers, pretty leaves, medicinally used for centuries to cure so many ailments from skin to memory loss and is also great for culinary enthusiasts. Grab a few leaves and throw them into your fresh soups and meat dishes. If you’re not going to cook, you can always just enjoy how lovely they look on your patio on a warm summer day.

Next, I headed over the rosemary and lavender.  There is no better way to make your patio feel like a spa retreat like lavender. Not only does it add a chic rustic look, they smell wonderful and promote calm. Cut off a few sprigs and tie them together with a string and place them around the house next to the bathtub.

Table Top: Last, I planted some fresh oregano and chocolate mint leaves in shiny silver pots to decorate the patio table. I’m not one for overly ambitious patio table decor, so for me, the fresh herbs and a lavender candle to light on summer nights is all I need to enjoy the summer at home, in style, on my patio!

What’s on your patio this summer?

Shop all of Elana’s creations at EJH Brand

All photos by Elana Joelle Hendler


Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Take Me There: The Dream Downtown in NYC


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A couple of years ago on a work trip out to NYC I was booked into the Dream Hotel in Manhattan.  At the time, I had never heard of the hotel, but the girl who made my travel arrangements told me it was, and I quote, “A totally cool, modern, sorta trippy hotel” that I would love.  She was spot on – I photographed my way through the hotel to the point where my Facebook friends called a moratorium on hotel photos.  Well, it seems that Dream Hotels have recently expanded and now have a second location in Manhattan, this one even cooler than the original.

The building was designed in the 1960’s by Albert C. Ledner for the National Maritime Union, and is appropriately dotted with portholes.  The Dream Downtown was given it’s modern twist by the team at Handel Architects who decided to keep the portholes and incorporate other awesome features like the glass-bottom pool.

I particularly love the lobby lounge and garden walk which are outfitted with teak wood, and allow light in from the glass-bottomed pool above.

You’ll find the Marble Lane Restaurant sunken in the middle of the lobby, dotted with what seems like a never-ending supply of globe-shaped lights.

And then, there are the rooms.

I just love the incorporation of the portholes into the design of the room – every room is different and you’re not quite sure what you’re going to get.  I think I’d request a corner room like the first photo in the room section above to get as much light as possible!

What do you think of the Dream Downtown?  Would you stay here?

Photos 2, 4, and 5 courtesy of Bruce Damonte.

All other photos via the Dream Hotel.


Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Get Personal with the MASH Studios LAX Storage Platform Bed {Video}


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Happy Tuesday DP Peeps!  Looking for some early-week inspiration?  I’ve got to say, this video from our friends at  MASH Studios totally made my day.  Remember a while back we told you about their new, awesomesauce storage platform bed?  Well, not only do they make these awesome, kick you-know-what products, but then they go and make videos like the one below. As if we needed anything to make us want this bed even more!   How great is this?

If you haven’t checked out the new MASH Studios LAX Storage Platform bed, then you definitely should.  While you’re there, check out the gorgeous LAX headboard to go with it (also pictured in the video, above).  You won’t be sorry!


Monday, February 13th, 2012

Brand Spankin’ New: MASH Studios Storage Platform Bed {$100 Giftcard Giveaway}


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Do you like what you see above? Me too. This is the MASH studios LAX series storage platform bed. If you’re a fanatic about modern design you’ll not only like this platform bed for it’s simplistic appearance but also love the fact that there are 8 built-in rolling drawers. Say goodbye to scary under-the-bed chaos!

Now, if this were my platform bed, those drawers would be filled with various items. PAJAMAS, duh! My second thought was that every time I put shoes on while getting ready I’m sitting on my bed so I would definitely relocate my sock drawer. For the days I plan to workout at 5am (ha!) I’d have a drawer filled with exercise clothes. Some other items I thought would be helpful to have bedside are extra blankets, medicine and a flashlight. As you can see, this platform bed will free up space in your closet and dresser and help make your life more convenient and organized!

Also, this platform bed can fit a queen size mattress with a little over-hang as seen in the picture, but has a major bonus for all of you leggy-types – it also fits a California King mattress! Of course, then you won’t have the sexy platform surrounding the bed but hey – you can’t have it all!

Each drawer is 22 inches long—that’s 4 drawers on each side that are almost 2 feet long. That’s seriously like having 2 extra dressers worth of storage! You won’t know what to do with so much room!

For all of you design buffs, we have an exclusive bonus for you – the first 10 of these gorgeous storage platform beds that we sell will be signed by the designer himself – making this piece a collectors item!

Go check out the MASH Studios storage platform bed and get one for yourself before Spring cleaning sneaks up on you!

$100 Design Public Giftcard Giveaway

Leave a comment here telling us what would you fill your platform bed drawers with and you will automatically be entered to win a $100 gift card to Design Public! One entry not enough for you?  Pin the MASH Studios Storage Platform bed above to Pinterest and leave us another comment with a link to your profile and you’ll get a bonus entry!   Tweet about this contest with a link to this post OR share this contest on Facebook for yet another entry (and be sure to leave another comment letting us know).  That’s a grand total of 3 ways to enter – and this contest will only run for a week  – so hurry and tell us what you would do with all of that storage!

(Contest ends at 11:59 pm PST on February 27, 2012.  No purchase necessary to enter.  Winner to be chosen at random and contacted on or before February 29, 2012.  Please leave a valid email address so that we may contact you if you win.  Your email address will not be shared.  Winner has 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.)


Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Around the Web This Week: 5 Links That Lifted Us


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1. A Makeover That Gives Me Hope: I just love how this office on Apartment Therapy went from frumpy to super chic. With just a few moves it was completely transformed from ’80s ucko to something that looks kinda like a kate spade photoshoot set styled by Mrs. Lilien. Plus, we sell that super-chic Ghost Chair.

image via Apartment Therapy

2. Interviews with Architects: Love this! Thank you so much to the awesome ArchDaily for the tipoff about this, it’s really fun the way it’s been put together. My favorite cliche question? “Less or More?” I was shocked that the more won out over less in a landslide victory!:

Between February and August of this year, Luca Farinelli met with some 20 architects, critics, and historians and presented them with an identical sequence of questions, recording each meeting on video. Conversations with Emilio Ambasz, Peter Eisenman, Steven Holl, Bjarke Ingels, and Thom Mayne can be found in Log 23.

3. Be Aware of the Upcoming Venice Beach Modern Home Tour: If you live in Venice Beach, or if like me, you’re a Californication fan who is annoyed that they never seem to shoot there this season, head to this tour coming up on February 18 of 9 fabulous homes. We hope to share more about this tour in the future.

4. Speaking of quintessential L.A.: I hate to say “I’m swooning” due to overuse, but literally, this Sofia Coppola-directed ad for Marni at H&M gave me goosebumps. I’m not sure if it was the commercial (I love her eye), Bryan Ferry taking me back to the thought of some 8th grade crush, or being able to score some Marni somewhere outside of Jeffrey, at a reasonable price. Thank you for the tipoff, Refinery 29.


5. Oh just click on this. You won’t be sorry.