L.A. Style File – Design Digs About Town

Los Angeles seemed such a long way to go for just the two days of the Design Bloggers Conference, so I was thrilled to go a couple days early and tag along with designing friends Suysel and Anne of Tilton Fenwick while they did a bit of client shopping. While it was a tad disappointing to discover that many of the charming West Hollywood shops are closed on the weekend, we still managed to visit several chic outposts of L.A. style.

Cain Modern is a well respected source of mid century and modern classics. Open to the public as well as the trade, they offer full design services as well as their curated collection of investment grade furnishings. I loved this custom designed side board with Greek key detailing. Hand painted in brushed silver and applied gold, it would be a fabulous statement piece in any room. The gorgeous Karl Springer brass pedestals are intended to be used for a dining table but I think their anthropomorphic shape would be stunning as occasional tables as well.

Lawson Fenning home design store in Los Angeles


Lawson Fenning is all about distinctive design combining a love of vintage with a respect for craft. Merging mid-century and Scandinavian inspiration with contemporary styling, their capsule collection, all made locally in Southern California, includes versatile pieces that have a chameleon like quality. Their chic Madison Desk for example could function fashionably in a bedroom or library, adapting to traditional or modern decor. Available to match a wide variety of standard paint colors, the chic lacquer finish is a designer’s dream.

Dragonette is an eclectic emporium of design finds occupying a coveted spot on the desirable La Cienega strip in West Hollywood. From art and collectibles to seating and lighting to vintage and runway jewelry, this airy establishment has it all. Spanning decades and disciplines, this shop is feast of eye candy.

1) A large folk art piece anchors a wall display  2) A fabulous collection of jewelry kept me occupied for a large portion of my visit  3) The elegant Lauren chair is designed in house and is a custom order requiring 3 yards of COM fabric  4) A beautiful vintage Dorothy Draper chest is a change from the ubiquitous gold trimmed design  5) Who knew that the handsome actor Alain Delon designed furniture? He created this incredibly chic chrome, brass and copper backgammon table for Maison Jansen c. 1972.

Merely the tip of the iceberg, I wish I had had more time to explore the many inspired design offerings on La Cienega and West Hollywood! But do stop back for more from my L.A. style file!

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17 Responses to L.A. Style File – Design Digs About Town

  1. I would have thought everything in LA would be open on the weekends…odd. Love that quilted griffen chair above looks like you had some fun.


  2. I NEED that backgammon table!

  3. Nice finds! I couldn’t get away early because of my Rome trip, but next year I will plan on it!

  4. chic coles says:

    Thanks for a fantastic tour. We are crazy for that backgammon table. Have a great weekend.

  5. I am obsessed with game tables, and this one is perfection.
    Glad that you got a chance to get around LA. Beautiful shops here.
    Have a happy weekend.

  6. The jewelry quickly caught my eye. Gorgeous. I am supposed go to in LA for a day for work in a couple weeks, but your shopping tour is making me wonder if I shouldn’t extend my stay for a few days!
    Have a lovely weekend!

  7. Hope fun to tag along with a couple of girls who certainly have an amazing eye. Can’t wait to see their window at Lillian August next week for the launch of NYC&G! Hope you’ll be there, too.

  8. The Zhush says:

    So jealous! To shop around LA with the Tilton Fenwick duo just sounds like the best time! I’ve decided your having too much fun and you really need to knock it off! (#bitter?me?)

  9. stitchfork says:

    Laughing at Sue, the Zhush’s comment! I want to wear that jewelry while lounging on the quilted Griffen chair!
    xo Cathy

  10. pve says:

    Love to meet you in Tarrytown one day as there are wonderful shops there with great finds. One has to scout a bit, but the hunt is worth it when one finds a treasure! Thanks, I am ordering a few things from Haus for my new studio…..
    Next I’ll be on a plane to get that backgammon table….ha!
    Happy weekend,

  11. Serious photoshop envy is seeping out of my pores. The game table is off the hook, I’m pinning it momentarily. Come by and see my post on Casa Contessa, Dawnridge Garden and my cute little guest digs–died and gone to heaven.

  12. Carla Aston says:

    So many great things to see and buy! LA has such a treasure trove of goodies. Thanks for the peek!

  13. I want to put a piece of glass on that game table and turn it into my vanity. It is amazing.
    One would think I’d be all over that modern shop but Dragonette has me swooning.
    We popped over to So. Cal for the weekend but I’m afraid the only shopping I’ll be doing is of the junking variety.

  14. designchic says:

    So much to love here…adore the backgammon table and bamboo chair!! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend ~

  15. Whew, add me to the list of swooners–swoonees?–over the game table. I wouldn’t have thought Mr. Delon had it in him! And of course, I can totally imagine you trying on ALL of that jewelry. :)
    Bon weekend, Stacey!

  16. Agree that the Karl Springer brass pedestals would make wonderful side tables! Dragonette is my kind of store!! And, yes… that backgammon table – fabulous, and the jewelry and all!! ox

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