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BMID In LA: Taking Inspiration From Where You Sleep

When ever I find myself in LA, my must do is touring the latest boutique hotel interiors. This is where designers can push the boundaries to create unique environments to draw the hip crowds, especially when your in a city with the population and cache of LA. Taking these cues can help inspire you in creating your own spaces and, more importantly, show you how it is possible to make an interior relevant to its exterior without making it a restoration.

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Our first stop was the beautiful new Palli House Property in Santa Monica. The spectacular Moorish-influenced, Mediterranean revival architecture has been retained and enhanced. Designed to be more a exclusive club-residence for the guests with opulent, unobtrusive service. The lobby has deep teal walls with stencilled exposed beamed ceilings. It’s full of vintage furniture and contemporary pieces with a wink to the past; then layered with a myriad of decorative objects including, my favourites, taxidermy and porcelain animals. The rooms are more like small apartments with kitchens and sitting rooms that contain a masterful blend of furnishings and fabrics. Toiles, florals, plaids and velvets are all at home here. A must do for an extended stay in Santa Monica.

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interior design, LA, Los Angeles, Brett Mikan, Brett Mickan Interior Design, interiors, decorating

interior design, LA, Los Angeles, Brett Mikan, Brett Mickan Interior Design, interiors, decoratingNext stop, Downtown LA. This area is full of beautiful architecture that has been long neglected. Downtown is now pumping. The Hotel de jour is ACE Hotel, Downtown LA. Situated in the historic United Artist building, this is a renovation that highlights the existing architecture and, at the same time, creates a visual platform for the artists involved in designing the interior.

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Having only opened this year, it is the place to introduce yourself to the hip crowd at the fab restaurant and pumping roof top pool bar. I love the cleverly inserted art pieces throughout the common spaces. The back wall of the lobby desk is clad in wool and a sketch artist has been commissioned to do intricate pencil sketches intermediately around the walls and ceilings in the public areas. A collection of the old chains and pulleys from the buildings original days as a theatre have been used to make a cool installation above the pool bar. Love it, but this is not a place to find seclusion and quiet.

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interior design, LA, Los Angeles, Brett Mikan, Brett Mickan Interior Design, interiors, decorating

Our final stop for this trip was the LINE Hotel in Korea-town. This mid-century building had had some connection to the old train line, hence the name. Now this is a creative use of materials by the first time hotel designer Sean Kibb. He has definitely played upon the theme of the original structure with travertine floors and exposed concrete walls. Like the ACE, artists have been commissioned to incorporate interior elements that are more like art instillations. Behind the lobby desk that is clad in burgundy coloured metal, is a beautiful sculptural piece made from recycled plastic bottles.

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The lobby furniture, predominately formed from a mauve stained wood veneer with matching velvet upholstery, resembles a mountain landscape that meanders around the space. Punctuated with hessian covered arm chairs with orange piping and, perhaps the most creative use of materials of all, a ceiling made of decoupaged T-shirts painted in accent colours. Also love the gold balloon installation above the bar, where you must order the house drink called the penicillin. Delicious!

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interior design, LA, Los Angeles, Brett Mikan, Brett Mickan Interior Design, interiors, decorating

Like all the latest venues, this hotel also has the mandatory pool deck, restaurant and bar. I love the concept for the restaurant. There is some alfresco dining and the rest of the seating is in a glass house like structure; ready for all weather conditions. The styling is casual / industrial. The rooms follow the theme of raw industrial meets mid century with a killer floor to ceiling view over the hollywood hills. Furniture in the rooms is either mid-century or custom designed with a definite deconstructed style. This hotel is like nothing else you will see and will definitely open your eyes to creative uses of materials. Be inspired.

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interior design, LA, Los Angeles, Brett Mikan, Brett Mickan Interior Design, interiors, decorating

Californian Fun For The Whole Family

Have you been California dreaming? Then, this is the list for you, the top places to visit in this West Coast State with the kids.

Disneyland

First up we have Disneyland, the happiest place on earth is obviously at the top, walking down Main Street will put a smile on your children’s faces and bring back memories of magic and imagination you probably haven’t seen or felt in some time. Walt Disney really knew how to create a Kingdom; each land has its own identity, with rides relating to certain animated classics such as Peter Pan, Snow White, Toy Story, Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin and many more. This will be a day you and your family will remember forever, to make the trip even more special purchase an autograph book from one of the numerous stores around the Kingdom and plan ahead to be at the Disney character meetings. And remember ‘Today’s special moments are tomorrow’s memories’.

SeaWorld

Second on the list is SeaWorld, San Diego, not too big of a drive from Anaheim where Disneyland is situated, if you hire a car, without traffic the journey is close to an hour and a half…but worth it! This marine mammal filled sanctuary will teach you more then you ever knew about creatures of the ocean, watching the impressive animals in shows filled with dancing and tricks. Then, if you are in the mood for a thrill take the helicopter ride for a Wild Artic experience or jump on the flume roller coaster. The day will be a well-spent one, in the sun.

Universal Studios Hollywood

What would be a trip to LA without a day with the stars? Universal Studios Hollywood is the perfect outing for your family to see how the movies are made, with a studio tour taking you behind the scenes to different sets of your favourite’s, you might even catch a glimpse of the most famous and feared animal from the big screen, Jaws, or get caught on a train line with King Kong! Look out!  But the fun doesn’t stop there; characters will be roaming the park all day, and the rides are endless. You can choose to venture into the historical world of Jurassic Park, or condemn yourself into the underground with the Mummies! There is really something for everyone, it a not to be missed attraction.

Knott’s Berry Farm

Lastly is a theme park for the older kids, or shall I say adults but kids at heart? Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park was first opened in 1940 and remains one of top amusement parks in California. It is home to some of the most entertaining rollercoasters due to their height and speed. The most famous is the Silver Bullet, well-known for its appearance in the Seth Rogen film ‘Knocked up’, this thrill trip takes its riders upside down six times at almost 150 feet from ground level. The food is not to be missed either, if you are wanting some classic American greasy dishes, head to the renowned Mrs Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant, here you can find tasty deep fried chicken, US style biscuits and gravy, and a cherry pie for desert. Be sure to make a reservation though, with more than 1.1 million guests annually, this place books up fast!

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By Amy Miller

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