Born in Detroit: Grit and Grace from Regina Andrew

What do you get when you combine a stylish artist with a musician in a city full of soul and manufacturing prowess?  Regina Andrew!

Regina Andrew Founders James Andrew Slaven and Carla Regina Zajac

Founded in south Detroit (the Paris of the Midwest, as they love to say) over twenty years ago, this talented couple has created a very personal collection full of classics with a an edge (modern, rock and roll, funk), so you can use them over and over again, no matter how often you move.

Their first product – a designer doghouse for a charity fundraiser – speaks volumes to their commitment to living a well-lived life and to supporting the local community.  They’re also super passionate about the environment.  Regina Andrew’s headquarters and warehouses are 100% solar powered, they use as much recycled cardboard as possible, and they transform reclaimed objects into beautiful things.

Here are some of our favorite looks:

THE CLASSICS

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L.A. MODERN

 

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THE NEW SOUTH

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MODERN GLAM

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Explore the entire Regina Andrew collection here, and enjoy free shipping on all orders over $75!

Inspired by Nature: Elegant Entertaining with TarHong’s Acrylic and Melamine Dinnerware

Have you seen the latest in melamine dinnerware?  Many of the newest collections from Los Angeles-based TarHong are inspired by natural materials, so they’re perfect for indoor dining.

Escape to the wine country with the Marin and French Oak melamine collections:


 

Their Pewter platters are substantial, but lightweight:

TarHong Pewter Melamine Oval Platter

TarHong Pewter Melamine Oval Platter

 

Carrara plates mimic marble, but won’t scratch your tabletops:

Carrara Marble Melamine Dinnerware

Carrara Marble Melamine Dinnerware

 

And copper chargers bring warmth, but will never need polishing.

Copper Melamine Chargers by TarHong

Copper Melamine Charger

 

Drinks look their very best when served from the Cabo Acrylic carafe.

Cabo Acrylic Carafe

Cabo Acrylic Carafe

 

And for a bit of whimsy, bring in the colors of the sea with the Cube Double Old Fashioned.

Cube Acrylic Double Old Fashioned

Cube Acrylic Double Old Fashioned

Like these?  Explore the entire TarHong collection here.

 

Always On Vacation: Fine Art Photographer Gray Malin

Living in Los Angeles, we can’t help being drawn to anything that reminds us to spend more time outdoors.  And whether it’s in Beverly Hills or Lake Como, images of folks on vacation always make us smile.

Gray Malin and his fine art photographs will do the same for you.  The series which shot him to fame, Prada Marfa, is Marfa, Texas (known for its modern art installations) like you’ve never seen it:

Rainbow Cowboy Hats I (Prada Marfa) by Gray Malin

Let’s dismount and go shopping:

Window Shopping I (Prada Marfa) by Gray Malin

Aerial photography is his strength.

Gray Malin on a shoot

Gray Malin on a shoot

Often starting work at 6 a.m. to shoot these, Gray stumbled upon his now-signature aerial pieces on a road trip to Las Vegas in 2011, where on a Saturday morning, he got up early to photograph the pool below his hotel room.  The pictures went viral and the rest, as they say, is history.

Here’s what he saw flying above a beach in East Hampton … perfect in a pool house.

East Hampton (A la Plage) by Gray Malin

And here he is in Lake Como … #vacationgoals:

Wooden Boat Lake Como (A la Plage) by Gray Malin

Closer to home, we love his series at the Parker in Palm Springs:

Always Welcome at the Parker II by Gray Malin

And here’s a retro look at the Beverly Hills Hotel:

California Cruising Beverly Hills Hotel by Gray Malin

And for all those days when you need to get away?  Sometimes this is all it takes:

 

The “I Am Busy” Tray by Gray Malin

Hope we got you smiling!  Want more?  Click here to view our full collection of Gray Malin’s photographs, trays, coasters, and beach towels. 

The Editors’ Favorite: 6 Ways to Use Clear Acrylic Furniture

With streamlined silhouettes, acrylic furnishings are functional and add no visual weight. Also known as Lucite or Plexiglass, these pieces are clearer than glass and quite a bit lighter. Cleaning is a breeze: just use a soft cleaning cloth and warm soapy water, rinse with clean water, and allow to air dry.

Here in L.A., you see them used at a lot of homes in the Hollywood Hills, Malibu, and in more traditional settings to help lighten the overall scheme or create contrast against more vintage pieces.  In New York, almost every new high-end development has them in their model units.  And editors at design magazines like Elle Decor and Architectural Digest love them.

What we know for sure: if you stick with well-made pieces, they’ll give any space an instant boost of glamour.  Here are some of our favorite ways to use them:

Image courtesy Interlude Home

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The Instant Decorator: Poolside Project

Inspired by Gray Malin’s photographs at the Coral Casino Beach and Cabana Club in Santa Barbara, we styled a collection to help you dress up your poolside in minutes.

Coral Casino Beach & Cabana Club by Gray Malin

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