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MODERN VINTAGE DOMICILE – PART II

MODERN VINTAGE DOMICILE – PART II 520 780 admin

“I try to greet my friends with a drink in my hand, a warm smile on my face, and great music in the background, because that’s what gets a dinner party off to a fun start.”
– Ina Garten

PASADENA - DINING ROOM - BEFORE

BEFORE – DINING ROOM

Coming out of the dark!  The previous owners dining room was gloomy even on a sunny day.  With grey walls and heavy drapes, coupled with a tight configuration of large furniture, the space felt cramped and very dated.  When we sat down to plan this room, the wheels started churning on how to elongate and brighten the space so it could be filled with curated treasures.

PASADENA | DINING ROOM | DESIGN BY D.L. RHEIN, PHOTO BY AMY BARTLAM

Hard to believe this is the same room!  By placing the new dining table vertical instead of horizontal we were able to double the space allowing for plenty of storage and surface areas for serving.  Painting the walls all white from top to bottom makes the furniture and art work pop and adds to the illusion of the room being bigger than it actually is.

PASADENA | DINING ROOM | DESIGN BY D.L. RHEIN, PHOTO BY AMY BARTLAM

This hutch tho!  I found this antique European beauty a year before our clients moved in and knew it would be the perfect piece to anchor the dining room.  In amazing condition with hand carved details stained in black, you know those lion heads put me into a frenzy.

PASADENA | DINING ROOM | DESIGN BY D.L. RHEIN, PHOTO BY AMY BARTLAM

I have a serious love for vintage throne chairs and snatch them up as soon as I find one on the hunt.  These beauties have different details that add to their whimsy and charm.  Stripped to their natural wood to make them less fussy, and reupholstering in Turkish silk velvet, made these eclectic chairs cohesive around a vintage farmhouse table we stained in black for a dramatic contrast.  A sisal rug adds some texture to the light wood floors leaving the furniture the stars of this room.

PASADENA | DINING ROOM | DESIGN BY D.L. RHEIN, PHOTO BY AMY BARTLAM

A pair of vintage brass lamps look good as new after some TLC and new custom shades to modernize.  Wooden troughs turned planters flank our favorite brass top decanters.  A double bistro sconce is a fun way to add height to the room.

PASADENA | DINING ROOM | DESIGN BY D.L. RHEIN, PHOTO BY AMY BARTLAM

Who loves a good bar cart?! We do, we do!  Solid brass and faux ivory are a win win combination.  Set beneath antique wallpaper renderings (we scored these from a one of a kind textile dealer), this cart is ready to rock and roll at their next party.  See what we did there? wink, wink.   Stay tuned for the next part of this Modern Vintage Domicile.

XO,
D.L.

LA TIMES HOME AND GARDEN – D.L. RHEIN’S NEW DESIGN ANNEX

LA TIMES HOME AND GARDEN – D.L. RHEIN’S NEW DESIGN ANNEX 2048 1365 admin

We are over the moon to have our new Design Annex featured in the LA Times online Home and Garden section today, which will run in print this Saturday, November 25th in honor of Small Business Saturday.

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For the full article and picture gallery, click here.

Mention this article this Saturday, November 25th to receive 20% off your purchase for Small Business Saturday.

XO,
D.L.

PERFECT PRODUCTION – V

PERFECT PRODUCTION – V 520 347 admin

“The best executive is one who has sense enough to pick good people to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them
while they do it.” – Theodore Roosevelt

BEFORE - EXEC LOUNGE

BEFORE | EXECUTIVE LOUNGE

After an amazing experience remodeling an entire floor for a fab production company, we find ourselves at the denoument of this project.  A large alcove within the office was begging to be transformed into a useable space.   With great thought given to every detail in the entry, kitchen, communal living room, conference room and brainstorm room, the partners needed a space to unwind or meet with clients in professional yet relaxed setting.

BEFORE - SWIVEL CHAIRS

BEFORE | SWIVEL CHAIRS

These swivel chairs had seen better days.  But that didn’t stop us!  The perfect size and shape, we knew these beauties could be given new life in a yummy tufted velvet.

Executive Lounge | Downtown LA |Design by D.L.Rhein |Photo by Amy Bartlam.

With variegated grey carpeting in all of the office spaces, a giant white hide breaks up the monotony and adds texture.  Airy and open, this room welcomes visitors with a comfy place to enjoy a cocktail after a long meeting.  A pair of marble and chrome coffee tables can be moved apart when needed for additional surfaces.   A pop of yellow brightens a grey sofa in our Turkish silk velvet textiles.

Executive Lounge | Downtown LA |Design by D.L.Rhein |Photo by Amy Bartlam

Navy is one of my favorite colors.  Classic, yet bold, this hue of blue always rings true.   These armchairs were so thrashed we immediately sent them for reupholstering, but picture that they were covered in burlap, yikes!  Antique brass nail heads outline the frame of these dreamy seats.  The softest alpaca pillows you’ve ever felt add some extra cush for your tush.  A single wall was painted blue to bring some dimension to this very long room.   We loved this vintage NY times print in their old office, and found it a perfect home in the exec lounge.

Exec Lounge | Downtown LA |Design by D.L.Rhein | Photo by Amy Bartlam

I’ve been mildly obsessed lately with stripping vintage furniture of any stain or paint, and leaving the natural raw beauty to shine.  It adds interest and keeps everything from looking too sleek and matchy-matchy.  This marble top round table was just the right size for sketching out the next great idea, or just doodling to unwind the mind.  We put plants throughout the office because we always love a touch of nature indoors, and with limited fresh air, these beauties help purify the space.  This was one of our most exciting projects to date.  Nothing brings greater joy than knowing your clients love every inch of a redesigned and renovated space.  Seeing these creative minds in action, is nothing short of extraordinary.  This really was, a perfect production.  Finis.

XO,
D.L.

 

PERFECT PRODUCTION – PART I

PERFECT PRODUCTION – PART I 520 347 admin

“The eagle never lost so much time, as when he submitted to learn of the crow.”
– William Blake

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BEFORE | ELEVATOR LOBBY

When one of our favorite client couples approached us to design their new production office, we flipped at the chance.  With a company continuing to grow, it was time to move out of their now cramped quarters and into a big open space to fit their needs.  One of the things we love about them is that every thing they choose has meaning, both in its aesthetic and function.  This philosophy is reflected within their work space and what they present to their clients.  Two months later, we collaborated and curated not just an office, but a creative environment that would ensure that every one feel at home whether visiting or coming to work each day.  No detail was without great thought, and it began with the first thing you see when entering their offices.  read more

ARTFUL LIVING ROOM

ARTFUL LIVING ROOM 520 347 admin

“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up.”
– Pablo Picasso

Living Room | Cheviot Hills | D.L. RHEIN

This living room was a blank slate, waiting to be filled in with texture and color.  With a family room on the other side of the house for tv watching and game playing, we wanted to create a grown up space for when the Mr. and Mrs. entertain their friends.  With white walls, a wood mantle and a single Shabby Chic white couch, this room was open to endless possibilities to update and sophisticate!  read more