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cross-pollination 9/29/12

Annette and Gustavo Gutierrez hosted another “Cross-Pollination” on Saturday. These get-togethers were initiated by garden designer Dustin Gimbel, who’s already hosted a couple dinners, and are a hybrid between a revolving conversation society and garden party. There was just enough time before nightfall for a few photos.

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The tantalizing aroma of Gustavo’s paella permeated their 100-year-old, two-story Craftsman (see Apartment Therapy’s tour here), while in the garden off the kitchen plumeria poured its scent into the warm night air. The Hollywood sign in the nearby hills, visible from the deck, along with the ring of palm trees encircling their street, are the kind of party props you just can’t rent.

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photo from Apartment Therapy.


Annette Gutierrez and Mary Gray, at their Atwater Village shop Potted, are providing Los Angeles a much-needed source for modern, vibrant options in outdoor design. (Now, via online sales, everyone else can get Potted too.) At home, Annette mixes many of Potted’s furniture and signature pottery with vintage chairs, built-in banquettes, tile-top tables by Tracey Reinberg’s line of Kismet cement tile, showing how bright-hued Fermob and Bend chairs and tables co-exist beautifully with other materials and styles.

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It’s wonderful to see a love of strong color and pattern spill out into the garden, bringing together an outdoor space that, instead of being considered an afterthought, is as personal, idiosyncratic, and irresistibly welcoming as what’s inside the house. Maybe more so. Where else but at a garden party can you be entertained by a dog eating avocados falling from the tree?

Thank you, Annette and Gustavo, for hosting a fabulous evening of Cross-Pollination.
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small space big style: Potted shows how it’s done

You’ve gotta get over to Potted’s blog to see their before-and-after photos documenting Potted’s contribution to the California Home+Design showhouse at The Hollywood Lofts.

Follow Potted’s step-by-step photos to find how they arrived at this:


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And this:
(Note the debut of Potted’s City Planter in white.)

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Annette and Mary mix modern and bohemian like nobody else.

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Congratulations on this amazing transformation to an open-air, outdoor room showcase at the Hollywood Lofts for CH+D.
I’ve got until November 18 to see it in person. Reservations can be made here.

Showhouse hours:
September 14 – November 18, 2012; Friday, Saturday & Sunday Only.
Friday: 10am – 2pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10am – 3pm

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Dear Chair, oh, how I love thee! I scored a couple garden chairs on sale recently, which pitched my low simmer of constant chair love back into a full boil. These are mostly photos of chairs and benches previously posted from garden shows, garden tours. Where the designer and/or setting is unknown, no attribution is given, making this a chair tear sheet. At the end of August, with temperatures hopefully cooling, some of the best chair weather is still ahead.

Fermob at Dunn Gardens, Seattle, Washington
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Recliners on the High Line, New York City
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Venice Home and Garden Tour 2012
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Bend Seating
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Maarten Baas plastic chair in wood
Maarten Baas plastic chair in wood

Emeco Broom chair by Philip Starck
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Venice Home and Garden Tour
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From Damian Velasquez’s Half13 collection, Dwell on Design, Los Angeles 2012
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Bend Seating
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Chairs at Villa Mundo Nuevo, by Jarrod Baumann of Zeterre Landscape Architecture
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Chaise at Villa Mundo Nuevo, by Jarrod Baumann of Zeterre Landscape Architecture

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Long Beach Antique Market
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Loll Designs, 100% recycled plastic
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Fermob, South Coast Plaza Spring Garden Show 2012, garden designer Dustin Gimbel
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South Coast Plaza Spring Garden Show 2012
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San Francisco Flower and Garden Show 2012
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Battery Park, New York City
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Battery Park, New York City
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Garden of Katherine Spitz and Daniel Rhodes, Mar Vista, California
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Sue Dadd and James Griffith’s “Folly Bowl,” Altadena, California
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Venice Home and Garden Tour 2012
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private garden
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San Francisco Flower and Garden Show
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private garden
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San Francisco Flower and Garden Show 2012
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Venice Home and Garden Tour 2012
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Rancho Los Alamitos, California
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The California Look 2011

The Los Angeles Times L.A. At Home section has been asking for readers’ input in a poll to determine the “California Look” for 2011.
Results of the poll can be found here.

Offered as inspiration for the poll is this 1951 Los Angeles Times Magazine cover.
(Why, oh, why did my mother prefer early colonial imitations?)

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Included in the article linked above are further links to the categories, which include patio planters, outdoor lamps, outdoor fabrics, fire features, room dividers, side tables, outdoor chairs, indoor chairs, rugs, pet beds, candle lanterns.

Here’s a fetching number in the outdoor chairs category. The Loop Chair from Downtown.
One can never have too many chairs.

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The Bend Seating collection is also well worth a look.

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