Wiggling its way through the intersection of Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue is La Cienega. This design mecca is a popular hangout for top celebrity designers through to budding home decorators.
For more than half a century, the La Cienega Design Quarter has been a destination for the finest quality designs for home – and nothing has changed in the recent years as many still flock the area.
The vitrine showrooms have a common theme of well-heeled, classic aesthetics with a touch of boho chic. Alongside the design mecca is an assemblage of bistros, fashion boutiques and salons – confirming the notion that shopping in La Cienega is indeed, a one-stop destination for all.
One-of-a-kind antiques & reproduction from Europe, Asia and North America
Not only is this a furniture shop offering vintage and custom furniture, lighting and home décor – Big Daddy’s Antiques is also a warehouse-like studio where you can spend the whole afternoon “oohing and aahing” over the antiques and mid-century pieces. With nearly 20 years of expertise in the interior decorating & landscape design fields, it is no wonder that the showroom attracts markets of interior designers, set decorators, architects, photographers and of course, design and art loves.
A touch of mystery
The Hallworthy Gallery is like a sinister pad – shabby-chic, old world charm furnishings are deeply layered with earthy tones. You will find that every piece is accompanied by the ghost of its past. Don’t let the moody showroom put you off though, the place is filled with curiosities and intriguing pieces that you’ll only have to see in its flesh to believe.
One of LA’s most sought after design destinations
When Harbinger opened its doors in 2008, it was a modest retail shop showcasing trend-resistant and traditional finds with a mix of edgier pieces like acrylic bookshelves and modern art. It is now renowned for representing over 40 lines of chic fabrics and wallpapers, furniture, lighting, carpets and decorative arts from the US, Milan and London.
A quaint cottage offering 18th and 19th century furniture
Originally opening an unassuming, founder Suzanne opened Holly Hock to sell things for the home that couldn’t easily find in Los Angeles. Fast-forward 25 years, this charming cottage in La Cienega is now an exclusive resource for designers and discerning shoppers. Suzanne expertly chooses every item with a touch of quirkiness that can’t be found anywhere else. This includes an assemblage of 18th and 19th-century antiques mixed with home accessories, art, contemporary furniture and books.
Modern California home décor and textiles
The go-to destination if you’re thinking about revising your abode with modern Californian décor. Hollywood at Home offers design-savvy customers with an extraordinary collection of interior textiles, custom home furnishings, and vintage pieces. The choice of textiles is simply stunning – with fabrics from renowned brands like Peter Dunham Textiles, Zak + Fox, Lake August, Carolina Irving Textiles, Lisa Fine Textiles and Peter Fasano.
A hotspot for design aficionados
For over decade, Lucca Antiques has been a hotspot for design aficionados – designers and celebrity clients seeking pieces that are unique in scale, composition and origin. It is no wonder this furniture store is sprouted across various design districts across the city. Founded by enthusiasts who appreciate fine antiques, architectural elements – with a passion for creating designs from old materials and found objects, Lucca Antiques is the best spot to bag a piece you won’t find anywhere else.
For the quintessential outside in lifestyle
Mecox is the numero-uno place to go for all your garden furnishings. The famed garden boutique carries an expertly curated mix of some of the finest shabby-chic antiques, furniture, home décor and art – as well as a sizeable collection of outdoor furniture clad in bold bright hues to sophisticated pieces. These gems are sure to blend in with your modern patio or garden.
Show-stopping style trends
We were completely overcome by the alluring mix of show-stopping style trends – from edgy to eccentric. It is evident that Opening Ceremony brings lesser-known brands to the scene. In addition to stocking both iconic and emerging local designers, every year OC showcases the spirit and merchandise of a visiting country, transforming each store into a marketplace for exotic souvenirs and international talent.