The La Cienaga Design Quarter (LCDQ) Annual LEGENDS Event is the most highly acclaimed event on the national design calendar, and I was incredibly honored to attend as an ambassador this year.
This year’s LEGENDS theme:
your true colors
The three-day event meshes together major interior designers, trade representatives and owners (everything from lighting to furniture to rugs to wallcoverings to window treatments to textiles to one of a kind antiques… the list goes on), major design magazine editors, and industry professionals alike to gather for 3 days of creative buzzing, knowledge, empowerment, networking, admiring, acknowledging, instagram-worthy showroom windows designed by 53 unique designers, and of course plenty of food + drinks! Seriously though, my creative juices were pumping through my veins and being surrounding by like-minded designers made it one of the most inspiring weeks of my career thus far.
Since the three days sparked so much in me, I wanted to share what we did, and more importantly, everything that I gained by attending. I could talk about design and new trends forever, so let’s get into it!
Selected as 1 of 9 interior design influencers/tastemakers from across the nation to participate on a panel in playing a fun game of LOVE IT OR HATE IT and discuss current design trends at the 9th annual Blogger Breakfast. Because the panel consisted of design influencers from the East Coast to the Mid-West + South right here to our West Coast, it was very interesting to see differences in opinion and well as which design trends were a collective YES; regardless of geographical representation, particular design taste, age, or gender. Here’s a snippet of some of my current design trend LOVES versus HATES that we discussed:
VINTAGE PORTRAITS // love
MILLENNIAL PINK // love
VINTAGE RUGS IN THE KITCHEN + BATH // love
JU JU HATS // hate
BASKET WALLS // hate
THE SECTIONAL // generally hate – love if I custom design it
INTERIOR NEON SIGNS // love
BALLOON CURTAINS // hate
MEMPHIS STYLE // hate
SLIDING BARN DOORS // love
OUTDOOR RUGS // love
TOILE // love
CROWN MOULDING // love
We kicked off the event with the gala opening party at Fig & Olive hosted by 1st Dibs + Benjamin Moore’s new ‘Century’ collection. Of course I wanted to stay on theme with the design of the venue and feel of the party, so I dressed accordingly. I wore a NA-KD pants suit in silk and accessorized with Giuseppe Zanotti gold simple strappy heels. It definitely vibed — and I was able to snap a few of my fave outfits from some ever-fashionable designers over champagne + strawberries:
I’VE ADORED FIG & OLIVE SINCE THEY VERY FIRST OPENED THEIR DOORS ON MELROSE PLACE–
FOOD TO DECOR: SO MUCH YES! & TOOK OVER THEIR SECOND FLOOR FOR MY 25TH BIRTHDAY DINNER
The first full day of the event started with the Blogger Breakfast, which I was on the panel for. The panel was hosted by the Nate Burkes (who is just as adorable and emits such a genuine energy in real life) + the co-founder of Chairish, Anna Brockway, (whose eye for fashion is just as stylish as her eye for beautifully unique interior pieces) and was covered by California Home + Design magazine (one of my absolute favorite sources of design aesthetic!). Lots of laughs, lots of loves, quite a few hates, and a reality check for everyone following along that might be spending a little too much time on Pinterest…! 😉
From there, I stopped by the stunning photo booth/wall designed by Zio & Sons (fellow ambassador!) and then headed to the first keynote: Off Color: Demons and Disasters in Design — how refreshing to hear successful designers with established businesses of 20+ years share their mistakes in design — and fun for us to make light of those obvious situations where someone clearly did NOT hire a professional — everyone needs a designer!
The Elle Decor power brunch gave me major inspo over at Waterworks (kitchen/bath remodel, anyone!?) and the TLC forum: Walls of White, Breaking Down a Dominant Color was greatly informative. I spent the rest of the afternoon checking out new textiles, antiques, wallpaper coverings, and the Surf Shack book signing (v mermaid in me!) before wrapping up the day over at one of my F A V O R I T E young/fresh design shops: Serena & Lily for cocktail hour, hosted by House Beautiful magazine. More fashionable interior designers to love pictured below!
TLC Forum: The Power of Pink: Femininity in Design — major nod.
How thoroughly appropriate to not only the ‘millennial pink’ we’ve seen recently take over and beautify some major designs, but also empowering the current femme movement. After that, there was a discussion called Teamwork: Collab or Catastrophe — which was hosted by California Homes Magazine and was another great opportunity to hear from very successfully seasoned architects, builders, and designers on the process of building a new home — and so much behind the scenes that client is never aware of but important to ensure success of the finished project.
Keynote: The Business of Creativity was so necessary! When you consider yourself an artist, and make a business of it, the list of challenges, in my opinion, can be about infinity times longer than your average business. Sometimes creativity can carry us away and we need to be grounded by being reminded that designers are in fact, running a business. I definitely downloaded both of Keith Granet’s audiobooks immediately after. (I swear by Audiobooks, btw; every morning! Game-changers! Try it for yourself!). This was followed by a Veranda Magazine Cocktail Party at Herbinger – HELLO INSPIRATION EVERYWHERE! I then had to take a thirty minute siesta and change (obviously) for the finale party which was pretty much a BE. approved D R E A M at Woven Accents. I literally died over the draped rugs, candlelight everything, and of course the giant size olive tree dead center — so gorg, and the perfect ending to a beautiful event!
takeaways and favorite notes:
Other than the panel and mingling with so many lovely creatives throughout the three days, one thing I took away from the event was how generally stylish interior designers really are. I appreciate fashion — and the crossover that it makes into the design world, so I loved drooling over the outfits I noticed each day. Very detailed, very chic, very pleasing to the eye — such incredible fashion mixed in with everything else. We all can agree that this event allows designers a moment to pull away from sourcing via the web in sweats, and step out in clothing that expresses their fashion AND design game. I left every conversation even more grateful for being in an industry full of hearts filled with a passion for what we do.
Lastly, I appreciate that… dare I say it!… this neutral obsessed chick (moi) walked away with a craving to add some color into my life and projects. Of course neutrals/the absence of color altogether: W H I T E will forever be my favorite, but I can’t wait to see what I do with color — thank you LCDQ, for inspiring me with the theme of this year’s event to explore playing with the rainbow a little bit more! It’s an amazing feeling when you feel yourself separating yourself from your comfort zone — it’s growth, which I’m all about.
until next year. . . !