midcentury living room makover: robert’s unbachelor pad reveal

My BFF Anne and I aren’t strangers to the idea of harebrained collaborations. (See: Light Lab.) So I can’t even remember how or why the idea of working on my brother’s new place came into being, but, needless to say, we were excited about it.

Robert is an incredible writer, director, editor, filmmaker, bread-maker and has a keen sense of style. For his first time living alone, he wanted to create a gender-neutral take on a bachelor pad. An unbachelor bachelor pad, if you will.

For starters, we began with chose a sofa from the Rowe Modern Mix Collection, covered in Crypton Home Fabric, and a Huntington House button tufted chair in Crypton Home Fabric‘s Nomad weave. We’ve been long-time lovers of all things Crypton — their fabrics are stain-resistant and so easy to clean, which gives us the confidence we need to take the plunge and invest in those lighter colored pieces.

A slat bench from Lulu & Georgia was our go-to in lieu of a coffee table, as it brought diversity to the lines of the room, and doubles as extra seating areas for those times when Robert has a lot of friends over to his tiny space. That fabulous vintage Moroccan rug from none other than Coco Carpets brings the pink and helps the room truly feel gender-neutral.

A mini-upgrade with a modern ceiling fan from Lamps Plus and two Schoolhouse Electric wall sconces were elements Robert installed himself. He says he only got electrocuted once! That brass floor lamp in the corner and the Schoolhouse Electric abstract shapes print that hangs over the fireplace are the Midcentury nods that we needed to really secure the direction of the inspiration.

That tiny penguin drawing is a Jayden Lee original. Jeez, I love him. He’s so good at it!

One of the other main things Robert wanted to include in his makeover was his own photography. Simply Framed did a stunning job with the custom framing, and all of the natural and black gallery frames are from them.

Sheer striped curtains and the pink’y fun Lulu & Georgia cushion continue to bring the feminine energy, while striped kilim pillows anchor the sofa and haul in the masculine. Robert is a plant-lover, (and a very responsible caretaker, so you know they’ll live long past the shoot date!) and so the textured planter and hanging planters in the space up the color and texture moments in the room.

The Unbach Himself! PS: he’s single.

The room is on the small side, so the hairpin leg table was the perfect middle ground to tick the ‘dining table’ and ‘desk’ boxes, and the blue bentwood chairs we paired it with it really continue in the Midcentury theme.

Since Robert loves film so much, he also included a projector on the ceiling and wanted one of the large walls in the room to be ‘flexible’ so that he can easily remove the pieces and have a full-wall cinema experience within seconds. I won’t lie, he’s a handy brother to have around! We’ve already had lots of movie nights at his place, and now that he has comfy furniture to sit on, we can’t wait to have lots more.

Be sure to check out the timelapse vid that Raj made of the room’s transformation! We’ll be back to show you more on our very own home makeover soon, too. xo!

Photos and music in the video by Jayden Lee for Echo and Earl, who continues to be the wonder-worker of this team.. constantly supporting and creating from dawn ’til dusk!

wedding gathering at the ace hotel dtla theatre with the flashdance

A little over 6 years ago, when we were fairly n00b’y in the wedding world, we heard rumors and whisperings of a magical being called the Flashdance [AKA Michael] and the notorious parties he spun for and produced around the world. Really.

Then, we went to Vegas and experienced one of his said parties, and got what it was all about.

Fastforward for a sec, and we’ve now been to 6 of his 7 annual world-altering parties that are called Lazers and Blazers. And our friend Nate might have photographed all of them here. But prepare yourself. Those photos aren’t for the faint of heart.

Anyway.

We really love Michael. He’s become a dear friend. A mentor. A co-stage-sharer at Way Up North in Rome earlier this year. A serial-business-beginning cohort. He’s the good kind. The really good kind.

This past winter, right before Field Trip began, when all of the very best people and wedding photographer colleagues in the galaxy all descended upon Los Angeles from their various corners of the globe, Michael brought us all together at the Ace Hotel DTLA. And not just generically at the Ace, but on the stage of the Theatre at the Ace, for dinner.

There were florals. Friendly faces. A string quartet.

There was a magician doing card tricks. Divine dishes and drinks. It was bliss.

I kept thinking how rad it would be to have a wedding on that stage … and apparently you can. Oh, and you can also hire Michael to spin at your wedding, and you should.

We had to end the night fairly early just to be in sane shape for Field Trip and the days that followed, but this is not a night we’ll forget. We feel awfully lucky to get to collab and cohort with the likes of Michael in a city like Los Angeles. So here’s a little #lovesong for our people + place. xo

PS : photos by Aga!

June 4, 2017 - 11:15 pm

Andrew Very strong images throughout, nice stuff!

June 1, 2017 - 2:54 pm

the flashdance boy i sure do love you guys. blushing.

walk of frame: leslie + eric’s smogshoppe wedding

Yesterday was the glorious wedding of Leslie + Eric in LA at the stunning green-filled SmogShoppe, so we’re keeping with our Walk of Frame habit and sharing a few faves from the day!

getting ready at Palihotel.

the bride.

the groom.

the smiles.

the newlyweds!

the dancin’ shoes.

the sunset stroll.

the cat-toss. [bouquet tosses are so 2016.]

the get down.

So much love for you gorgeous people. Thank you, L+E, for welcoming us into your world and letting us share in your celebration! xo

two girls, one kit: the graphic tee from dazey LA

If I could tell you how many compliments I get on today’s look, you’d be here for a very, very long time. Strangers stop me on the street to tell me they love it, and they don’t even know how out-of-my-mind comfy I am! Meet the team…

The Amazing: Dazey LA.. female-owned, LA-made tees with delicious graphic design. Let’s be real, we all need a good stash of comfy, unique tees, and Dazey knows what’s up!

The Common Piece: the Equ-all-ity Tee and all of its soft, 100% cotton, made-in-LA goodness

My Take: the Ultra Violet Woman Jumper in Desert Paint

First of all, these overalls are my GO TO. I wear them endlessly. In fact, when I put this outfit together, I asked Jayden, “How does this look?” and he said.. “It looks like you on a normal day!” AKA, this is really me. How I actually dress.

Next, know this: these babies are ON SALE and goin’ v fast, so SNAG THEM. They are a steal! You will not be sorry.

Also.. the Ozma bandana from a few weeks ago, Top Shop shoes from a few seasons ago, and that feline tote that just GETS. ME. This ensemb is winning in my book, and I cannot lie!

Anne’s Spin: Chic, classic and a little bit business.. Anne shows up in a consistently mature-yet-playful pairing that proves tees can be taken to all kinds of heights!

Be sure to hit her post to read more about her pieces and inspiration behind her look.

In other news, this is the very last post in the Two Girls, One Kit series! It is a bit bittersweet to finish something that has been so much fun, but I’m excited to adventure more into the realm of ensembs and inspiration, so stay tuned. This isn’t the end of me! xo

two girls, one kit: the tie-neck blouse in onion skin by osei-duro

Oh man. Am I allowed to pick favorites? Is that a thing that we’re OK to do? Cuz I really try not to, and then today’s outfit happens.

Meet the Amazing: Osei-Duro. Based in LA with textiles and garments produced in Ghana, Peru and India, these guys work to support local apparel industries in becoming sustainable. They’re all about respecting rights and aesthetics of local makers around the world, and so their pieces utilize natural dyes, batik, brass-casting, and other fascinatingly rad techniques.

Our Common Piece: the Tie-Neck Blouse in Onion Skin was an easy choice for both Anne and myself. Soft and supple, with slight variations in color due to the natural dying process — literally using onion skins — we were both taken with the feminine elements and the striking silhouette. Anne knows I love a good pussy bow!

My take: the Veronica Trouser in Jughead, AKA the pants I am wearing right now and might wear all summer long. I love a good print, and a good one can be so hard to find! When I first fell in love with Osei Duro, it was because of these beauties, and they really haven’t let me down. High waist? Check. ’70s flare? Check. Literally, this cut is my dream pant. And I don’t get to say that enough!

I paired my look with my go-to Thacker le pouch bag and nude platform sandals from Topshop (that I happened to snag for Anne’s wedding).

Don’t forget those stacked Geo Rings, also an Osei-Duro staple, and my favorite-favorite Chloe sunnies.

Did I mention I trimmed my own bangs just minutes before this shoot? Haha. Oh yes, my life.

 

Are you ready for Anne’s Spin? the Sola Panel Dress in Onion Skin and Round and Ridge Bangles

Anne went for a onion-on-onion, which is actually so dope to see an example of how different natural dyes can look in one space. My blouse next to her blouse and dress are all so subtly different even though they’re technically the same, and that brought us a whole lotta joy, I’ve gotta say!


Anne’s neutral-on-neutrals and her love for shapeless flowy things never ceases to amaze me. She makes it work in a way that I never could, but I just love it on her! 

New wedding ring addition, nbd.

So what do you think? Which look is more ‘you’?

We sure do love this series and the chance to show you a bit of our adventures in wardrobe land. See you again next week! xo

Photos by Jayden for Echo and Earl.

May 3, 2017 - 1:43 pm

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