MAD ENTERTAINING: 3rd ANNUAL EASTER PARTY

What is this crazy thing we're holding?  A giant paper mache Easter egg. Duh.  

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DJ Biz Caj doing his thing...

It's become one of my favorite traditions to host a fun afternoon party for us big kids on Easter.  I hosted this year's festivities at my house along with my party planning posse Molly and Riss.  The three of us love to host parties together and always tend to go a little overboard with the food and decor.  This year we tried to "scale it back" but that didn't happen at all because we just can't help ourselves.  Oops.  We spent the better part of 2 days cooking a full brunch spread including salmon latkes, quiches, and all the deviled eggs we could possibly fit in the refrigerator.  And to get the party hopping (haha) we hired the cutest bunny bartender to mix up some easter- inspired drinks, and had our favorite DJ (aka my musical soulmate) playing tunes all afternoon and evening.  We capped off the day with an egg hunt just for the adults, because what everybody reeeaaaally wants is a little booze in their easter egg am I right?

Many thanks to Victoria Wall Harris for these photos,  to our incredible DJ for the afternoon, Joel Englestein a.k.a. DJ Business Casual, and our bartender bunny Jenny Boley.  Of course I can't forget the rad group of friends who came out to celebrate with us. What a fun day!

CLIENT PROGRESS: HAYVENHURST GUEST BATH

GUEST BATH DESIGN PLAN

We are rapidly getting close to completion of this guest bathroom, so I thought it would be a good time to post a progress update.  When it came to the design plan for this project, my clients were very concerned with the resale value of their home.  They decided that the house is an investment and they were not going to be living there more than a couple years, so the overall style of all the rooms needed to appeal to the majority of buyers.  I also wanted it to reflect the subtle mid-century architecture of the home, so I chose very classic finishes like walnut for the custom vanity, carerra marble for the countertop and tub surface, and chrome for the fixtures.  

THE PLAN:

The existing bathroom had basically no style, (unless ugly is considered a style.)  It was pretty generic, the materials were cheap, and looked very dated. Everything in the room needed to go so that we could start with a blank slate, but the floorplan was functional so we kept the sink, tub, and toilet in their existing places.  

PROGRESS

Once the room was gutted, the contractor framed out the new tub, prepped for new shower fixtures, installed new handmade ceramic subway tile and floor tile.  

The contractor also custom built the vanity out of American walnut wood.  We needed to have a custom made vanity because of the angle of the wall, (which isn't really visible here but trust me it's a wonky angle).  The different size windows bothers the crap out of me, but ultimately we decided to leave them the way they are because of budget.  I tried really hard to change them but sadly lost that battle.  

That floor though.....

I wish I had worn cooler shoes that day, but still needed to snap a photo of that floor! I love the chevron pattern and the subtle variation of color.  It really adds the perfect amount of interest to the space, while still keeping the timeless vibe we were going for.  

Stay tuned for the finished bathroom photos.  I'll be posting the complete house tour very soon!

all photos and drawings by Meadow at Dusk.

CURRENTLY COVETING

 

1.  Naomi Wall Hanging by Sarah Perez  //  2.  Terra Pendant by Cedar and Moss  //  3.  Jensen Grain Chelsea Booties by Acne Studios  //  4.  Wishbone Pave Ear Hook by Kat Kim Jewelry  //  5.  Moon Phase Calendar by Paris Francine Miller - available at Shop Altwood  //   6.  Anouk Dress via La Garconne  //  7.  Kaishi Chair via CB2  //  8.  Vintage Turkish Anatolian Rug via Etsy  //  9.  Banana Boob Pot via Sister Golden Shop 

MAD ABOUT: MATTHEW WARD CERAMICS

Beautiful ceramics always excite me, and these hand thrown jars and vases from Matthew Ward are no exception. I spotted Matthew's work over on Rue Magazine and immediately began obsessing over all his pieces. I just love the playful patterns and artful shapes he creates .  You can check out more of his work and purchase over at Uprise Art, which is an online art gallery specializing in original contemporary art.  That black and white polka dot vase has my name written all over it. 

images via Rue Magazine and Uprise Art

THE MAD LOOK

Someone recently asked me to describe my design style and I fell short for words.  "A little bit modern? A little bit vintage? Kind of minimalist? Some mid century thrown in?  Also some Scandinavian influence?  ...I don't know!"  I decided to make a little mood board of images that speak to me because I communicate best visually.  And because I'll do anything to avoid using the word "aesthetic".  

all images via Pinterest

MAD ABOUT: MINERAL WORKSHOP

I recently discovered the work of Carrie Crawford, the textile designer behind Mineral Workshop.  Somewhat of a artistic scientist, Carrie uses natural indigo to create these stunning wall hangings and pillows.  It takes several processes to capture an array of darks and lights, layered with natural dye.  Each one of her pieces is an expression of the topography of the land near Carrie's studio in Fairfax, CA.  You can see more of Carrie's work on her website HERE.

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POP UP SHOP!

So excited to announce that I am hosting a Pop Up Shop with some very talented makers. If you are in the Los Angeles area this Saturday January 30th, join us in Silver Lake from 11-4pm.  The Shop will feature handmade pillows and home goods from Meadow at Dusk, unique jewelry by BeanAndBean, artwork by Oulipo Studio, and mid century inspired sculptures from Melinda Forster Ceramics. Swing by for some sunshine, music and refreshments.  We'd love to see you!