2015 was Great!

Looking back, so many wonderful things had happened in 2015.
 
– A lovely young lady that I met through work decided to go back to school to study interior design after we chatted a couple of times. This brings me so much joy! I can’t stress enough about the importance of education. Soon, I will gain another brilliant design colleague to collaborate with.
– Back in May, a student came to the UltraGlas booth and we started talking. I found out she had years of experience in writing for television and encouraged her to use her skills to gain work opportunities with designers. Weeks later I referred this student to my graphic designer friend Susan Leinen who was looking for a writer to help her interior design clients. When the student and I saw each other again in October, she had developed a unique services catering to the design industry.
– I consulted on design of a brand new showroom this year. It will open in 2016. This is probably the most fun project that the client is open to all ideas I had.
January
First time attending Design & Construction Week in Las Vegas. It was convenient to attend multiple trade shows in the same city.
February
Waited in line for one-and-a-half hours to tour the Hollyhock House by Frank Lloyd Wright at its re-opening after extensive renovation. My last visit was near 20 years ago.
March
Volunteered for “Let’s Bake A Difference” charity event along with fellow members of Conejo Association of Professional Interior Designers (CAPID). It was indeed very SWEET!
May
Working two trade shows in one day is no easy task. I am so proud of myself for handling it well! It was an honor to present UltraGlas to local designers. Thankful for the opportunities from Conejo Association of Professional Interior Designers (CAPID) and National Kitchen & Bath Association, Central Coast & Valleys Chapter (NKBACCV).
July
First time going on an out-of-town trip with Eleanor Schrader as our guide/organizer. I learned a great deal and is so grateful that I work in design.
August
Finally had the chance to visit the famous Sheats-Goldstein Residence.
September
Cut off 17″ of hair and donated to Wigs for Kids. This is my 6th donation. I may attempt to do it again!
November 
Wonderful connecting with childhood friends from Taipei Christian Children’s Choir. We got on stage and sang at the L.A. concert of one of our former members. Singing on stage with my friends once again was a blessing. Can’t believe it has been over 30 years.
December
2nd Le Vert thé tasting party was a success! Tea brings people together.

Hollyhock House at Barnsdall Art Park

On February 14, 2015, I visited Hollyhock House by Frank Lloyd Wright at Barnsdall Art Park as part of its celebration of reopening after years of restoration work. For one night only, the admission was waived and photographs were allowed.

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Just got in line.

It was 9 a.m. when I got there. It was a beautiful clear day! After waiting for a little over an hour, I made it to the entry.

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Getting closer.

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Almost there!

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Built between 1919 and 1921, Hollyhock House was Frank Lloyd Wright’s first project in Los Angeles commissioned by Aline Barnsdall.

The Dining Room was on the left immediately after the Entry. And the Kitchen is beyond the Dining Room.

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Hollyhock House

Dining Room

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The hallway has low ceiling and opens to the Courtyard. IMG_8585IMG_8587

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The focal point of the Living Room is of course the fireplace. The custom carpet was interesting.

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I love books!

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Library

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The Courtyard and the areas adjacent to it are my personal favorite.

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IMG_8562A few photos from the outside of the house.

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Visitors were only allowed in the common areas of the first floor. That was a little disappointing. The parts we were allowed to be in all have low ceilings. Not so comfortable. Maybe that’s the way to keep the line moving.

I am not crazy about the house. It is not my style, and I can feel it tries to control me. (No doubt Frank Lloyd Wright was a control freak.) I do appreciate the attention to details, and brilliant design ideas. It was still very inspiring to see how everything was well thought out.

If you are interested in visiting Hollyhock House yourself, please click HERE.

Click HERE for a photo tour of the entire house.

The Bridge Bible Fellowship Missions House

Back in June, after learning that a local church The Bridge Bible Fellowship was remodeling their Missions House and could use some design help, I jumped at the chance to organizing this community project for IDS LA/Ventura Chapter.

The beginning of the story (from the church’s blog) can be found HERE.

I was able to gather four volunteer interior designers quickly. The project had already began when we got involved. Unlike projects our designers are used to dealing with, this one comes with many limitations. The design team had to make many compromises, and many design suggestions had to be altered. Although the finished work is not Architectural Digest worthy, but we feel great that we were able to give back a little to our community.

I was amazed to see these four designers work so harmonically and efficiently together. (Maybe I will start calling them “Fab-4” from now on.)  Personally, I want to thank these four ladies for volunteering their time and talent and tolerating me as an inexperienced coordinator.

Judi Doling of JA Design

Jennifer Hutton of Jennifer Hutton Interiors

Eva Olip of Olip Interiors

Renee Ridosh of IntenDecor

The project could not have been done without the contractor Kiko Castro and his team. FunTime Cabinet Factory fabricated the kitchen and hallway cabinetry at a extremely low price. Joanna Forbes of Closet Factory made the master bedroom closet more efficient and functional.

Update of the project (from the church’s blog) can be found HERE.

Thank you for reading all the details. Enjoy the photos!

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From the Front Door

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Living Room

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Dining Room

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Dining Room

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Dining Room

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Kitchen

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Kitchen

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Master Bedroom

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Hallway

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Hallway

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Bedroom 2

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Bathroom

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Bathroom

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Bathroom

Los Angeles Central Library

Months before the Downtown Los Angeles Architectural Walking Tour, I had the opportunity to tour the Los Angeles Central Library. This was also an outing with members from Conejo Association of Professional Interior Designers (CAPID).

Selected by flavorwire.com as one of the 25 Most Beautiful Public Libraries in the World, the Los Angeles Central Library was built in 1926 with a new addition finished in 1993.

We started the tour from the “Spine” in front of the library. As you approach the library from the street, the “Spine” take you through the evolution of written communication. The pyramid on top of the library and the overall design of the building demonstrate the heavy influence of the ancient Egyptian culture in the 1920’s.

Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library

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Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library

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The Children’s Literature section is absolutely beautiful with painted ceilings and murals on the walls. The carpet subtlety depicts characters from the Rotunda murals.

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Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library

 

Los Angeles Central Library

Los Angeles Central Library

 

The library does offer guided tours (http://www.lapl.org/central/tours.html). The library also prepared a printable Self-Guided Tour (http://www.lapl.org/central/guidedtour.pdf) for those who are not able to join a guided tour.

Additional Resources:

Los Angeles Public Library: Art & Architecture in Central Library: http://www.lapl.org/branches/central-library/departments/art-architecture-central

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los_Angeles_Public_Library

L.A. Conservancy: http://www.laconservancy.org/tours/downtown/library.php

Lalalandlibrary: http://lalalandlibrary.wordpress.com/2011/05/17/4/

Rotanda Murals – KCET Depatures:  http://www.kcet.org/socal/departures/landofsunshine/writing-on-the-wall/central-library-murals-are-also-80-years-old.html