What happened to August? Feels like it melted away. It started out with a business trip to Vegas, where we were greeted by the Las Vegas Design Center pictured above, setting the tone for the month.
August was oppressive. I know, my east coast and southern friends, I have no right to complain about southern California weather. But remember, most of us here don’t have A/C. For me … not in the house, the shop or the studio.
It’s hard to be productive when you’re uncomfortable. But after a week or so of wallowing in the heat, I decided to “give in to the sweat”. I cut my hair and went for minimal makeup. I beefed up my walking and hiking regimen. I purged, reorganized and painted my home and office. I tackled multiple pallets stacked mile high with boxes full of purchases from summer buying trips. I figured, if I’m gonna’ sweat standing still, I might as well make it worthwhile and get stuff done! Although my creative productivity was at a low (hence my infrequent posts an updates), I emerged from August actually sort of refreshed. After all, sweating is detoxifying, right?
That said, now I’m more than ready for the mercury to drop. A clean slate and cool temps should encourage lots of creativity for the upcoming holidays. Stay tuned!
//Photo: Jennifer Price
Eleven years ago this week, 309 South Cedros Avenue was abuzz … delivery trucks unloading, display cabinets being installed, artwork going up, computers booting … excitement was in the air! SoLo was about to open its doors!
SoLo was the brainchild of Carole Carden, owner of Del Mar’s beloved and sorely missed Esmerelda Books & Coffee. Carole and I had boutiques in the Cedros Trading Company, which was a collective of about forty merchants, previously occupying the building that houses SoLo now.
In 2000, the building was sold and the Trading Company dissolved by spring of 2001. The new owner of this 10,000 sf warehouse enlisted the services of acclaimed architect Jennifer Luce to “gut” the warehouse and build it out to accommodate his landscape design studio and a retail operation to front the space. He then approached the owner of his favorite bookstore, asking her to bring an outpost of Esmerelda to Cedros Avenue. But with the book business suffering, Carole had a better idea. Take the standout merchants from the Cedros Trading Company (all looking for new outlets), bring in a few notable newcomers, and form a more selective collective of about eight merchants to offer a truly unique and diversified shopping experience. The result is SoLo, the standout of the bustling Cedros Design District for eleven years now!
The 4,000 sf space is anchored by Carole’s perfectly curated art/design/architecture/lifestyle book selections. SoLo offers diverse styles of home furnishings and accessories, antiques and art, cards and gifts, soaps and candles, toys … something for everyone. Most of our core group is still intact and I’m so proud to be a part of the talented and creative team that is SoLo!
Cheers to our eleventh anniversary! Love ya’ Carole!
And for a bit of insight into how I got started in this business, check out this recent post from Grafitti Beach.
// Photo: Jennifer Price
Racing season is in full swing here in Del Mar, so it was perfect timing finding these cool antique books of racing forms! Picked up in Paris, Kentucky, these bound volumes archive races from all of the active racetracks during 1909-1912 … Churchill Downs, Pimlico, Juarez …
Any horseracing or history buff will treasure these classic “Charts of American Racing”. Available here.
//Photos: Jennifer Price
When I need to take a breath, I walk around the corner from my home studio to a tiny canyon rim park where, among the coastal desert plantings, the Del Mar Garden Club installed beautiful stone benches engraved with inspirational quotes.
//photo: Jennifer Price
The striking home of one of my good clients was featured on the cover of the Los Angeles Times Home Section recently. David, a doctor, and his wife Linda favored the clean lines of vintage medical, laboratory & industrial furnishings. Throughout the remodel, I sourced 1940′s architect’s stools (all a little different), early medical lighting, military surplus tables, industrial cabinets, hutches & shelving units. All my finds were meticulously refurbished and reworked to adapt to their contemporary Del Mar home.
It was, most definitely, a successful operation!