Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Art of Wreath Making

By Erin Ferucci
Celebrity Lifestyle Designer

I was decorating a few of my client’s homes for xmas last week, when I came across the ACTUAL process of wreath making, at 6 in the morning!! (while the rest of the world sleeps)
A wreath artisan stands at a work station with a machine that resembles a sewing machine; there is a foot pedal on the floor to operate the machine. The artisan places a special wreath form on to the table and begins to load the desired greenery into the prongs. There are many different sizes and shapes of wreath forms. After the artisan carefully arranges the leaves in a creative display he/she pushes the foot pedal and Viola!!! The wire clamps down, holding the leaves on the wreath in place permanently. This wreath is lush with beautiful bay leaves.This beautiful citrus and eucalyptus wreath was custom made for a fancy hotel in Los smelled divine! I thought the whole process was fascinating!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Decadent Last Minute Shopping

By Erin Ferucci
Celebrity Lifestyle Designer

Where do shop when you need a last minute gift that is the ultimate in decadence? Well if you are looking for exquisite, unique gifts of the highest caliber you need to shop the 5th floor of Barney's.
If you need ornaments the selection is lush.

If fur is appropriate for your recipient, there are some lovely choices....

This rabbit throw retails for $1300 and is sumptuous.

Or these remarkable abalone hammershell infused frames, the taste level is exquisite.

There is something exclusive for everyone on your shopping list.

How about a lovely shagreen, tiger eye and bronze stool/side table?

Or a spectacular set of architecture books for the art lover on your list.

But shop fast the clock is ticking.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Malibu Market & Design

By Erin Ferucci
Celebrity Lifestyle Designer

If you saw my recent Blog about Dayna Decker candles then you know that I am a fan. I got an invitation the other day for a Dayna Decker Trunk Show at a lovely shop, Malibu Market & Design, located at 25001 Pacific Coast Highway.
Who could resist? Hands down this is my favorite store in Malibu and certainly in my top 5 for all of Los Angeles. I have to admit that I don’t get to Malibu on a regular basis. But if you are in the neighborhood, it is worth stopping in!

The shop is huge, ginormous, really. It has 4 levels and is built up into a hillside…stunning, stunning, stunning!!! I always say I need to wear my hiking boots to see everything.
They feature indoor and outdoor goods from all over the world. The inventory is always changing as they get in new items from South Africa, Italy, India, etc… The top floor features modern Italian and French kitchens. This is my dream table all 14 feet of it. The middle floor showcases world travels; there is a real Africa exotic flavor with a hut and a wide variety or outdoor furniture from Europe and Indonesia. On the ground floor flowers, plants, candles and gifts are sold. I love these hand blown Italian glasses. My favorite is this amazing powder room sink, Italian, of course!I love the taste level on all three floors.
Put on some comfortable shoes, clear you schedule for a few yours and check out Malibu Market & Design for yourself.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Holiday Shopping at COLCHA

By Erin Ferucci
Celebrity Lifestyle Designer

As a Lifestyle Designer one of the many things I am called upon to do, especially by my Celebrity clients, is Holiday Gift Shopping. Frequently clients will ask me to find that exclusive, tasteful gift that is perfect for a manager, agent or studio executive. I love this kind of assignment because I know it will take me to the door of one of my favorite shops: COLCA.
COLCHA is a quaint neighborhood shop in Venice owned by Sue Cowie. It is filled with lovely, unique gift items that are both exquisite and surprisingly affordable.