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05.01.15

AMSTERDAM TRAVEL / PART 1

where do i even BEGIN?! if you are , you probably have noticed that i completely fell in love with amsterdam. i might even go ahead and say it’s my favorite european city that i’ve visited. it’s charming, it’s easy to fit right in with all of the english that is spoken here, there is tons of amazing design and style, the apartments are cool, it feels clean and safe…i could go on and on, really. i’m also a huge fan of paris and berlin, but amsterdam feels like the perfect combination. i’m so happy i finally decided to come here!

ok, so i’m going to break down my trip into a couple of posts, and they are gonna be loooong, let me warn ya. but i wanted to show you guys everything i enjoyed so far. i still have 6 days here, so i can post more at the end. as far as recommendations, i got them from all over. i came here with no plans at all. i asked , my blog, my friends, my airbnb hosts, and a few locals. i ended up at some pretty great places…

i posted the inside of the first airbnb i rented right here. the neighborhood is the hip & trendy . i took an uber (yes, they have here too. so convenient) from the airport to my apartment and i was so excited as i looked out the windows at the new sights. we pulled on to a tiny little street with a bar, a few little shops, and an adorable barber shop underneath where i was staying. the street is pretty quiet, but everything was very close to walk to. seriously, ideal location.

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04.14.15

SAYING HELLO

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i am laying on the couch in switzerland, in a little town called , looking out at lake geneva and the beautiful mountains. after 7 days of moving all around france…

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04.03.15

TASTEBUDS TRAVEL / LA!

i really love living in los angeles, i can’t really picture myself moving anytime soon (or maybe ever!). it’s so fun to travel to different cities but coming home is always great because this city is so familiar and comforting to me (i’ve lived here 9 years now.) i love having visitors in town and showing them all of the hidden gems. there are certain local places that just get skipped when you visit a new city, unless you have the inside scoop. that’s why i love what jessica and krissy are doing with their show . they’re traveling to eight cities across america and giving everyone the inside scoop on the local faves.

i took part in the LA episode and we went to one of my favorite little shops, . the owner, whitney, has great taste and stocks both vintage and new. it’s not far from where i live. i love wondering in on a saturday and checking out her finds.

you can watch the whole episode below. which also features some other fun LA spots (one that i didn’t even know about!). check it out!

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03.11.15

CALIFORNIA SITTING STILL

this is one of those shoots brought to you out of pure inspiration. i got together with two of my friends, floral designer  (remember this?!) and photographer , to bring to life these gorgeous california inspired still life shots. all three of us are wildly inspired by florals, fruits and this wonderful state, so this is a post dedicated to all of those things. hope you enjoy! here’s amy…

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california florals | designlovefest + amy merrick + chantal anderson

As a floral designer and art freak, it’s hard to not feel the pull of classic 17th century dutch master still life paintings as a source of rock solid inspiration. Since I’ve been traveling all through California, I noticed the very same sense of natural bounty that my favorite dutch painters captured also reflected in my beloved Hollywood farmers market, local flower stalls and shell shops. I couldn’t help but pay homage to the painterly still lives of the past by putting through a the rose colored glasses of a Southern California sunset.

california florals | designlovefest + amy merrick + chantal anderson
california florals | designlovefest + amy merrick + chantal anderson

California produce is my ultimate kryptonite as a snowbird New Yorker. Pink lemons, enormous artichokes, blood oranges, papayas, dates- a stop at the year round farmer’s market always astounds me that the most beautiful, delicious things on earth are available for purchase for just a few dollars. I love the idea of setting a big tablescape in your house of produce that celebrates the season. Look for heirloom varieties with variegated or unusual colors.

california florals | designlovefest + amy merrick + chantal anderson

We can’t talk about the natural beauty of California without mentioning her greatest asset of all- 840 glorious miles of Pacific coastline. The ocean is California’s fairy godmother, granting her pink glows every sunset and the best beach towns in America. I have fallen so hard shell collecting as of late, both huddled over tide pools and all out splurges at local shell shops.

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It’s hard to imagine that each of these little treasures was once a home, so bring that inspiration back to your place by using shells in a modern way. The dutch masters loved painting shells, so collect a variety and see how well they pair with ocean inspired graphic plants- palms, proteas and papyrus grass.

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Flowers run through California like blood in the veins, the year round growing season is impossible to argue with! I created a painterly arrangement full of California’s best- ranunculus, succulent flowers, geranium leaves, kumquats and fritillaria. Spikey wild cucumbers were foraged from a hillside fence in Mt. Washington along with fan palms and bougainvillea.

Using a footed compote vase (like this I designed in collaboration with West Elm) really amps up the old world drama, but using bright colors and a wild, asymmetrical shape keeps the whole effect throughly modern.

florals by:  – see our last collab here!
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02.04.15

WE ARE HIRING!

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hi there! we are expanding over here at designlovefest and looking to hire a new member to our team right away. some of the main job responsibilities will be managing the giveaway and dress your tech columns on the blog (so good taste is necessary) and looking through submissions for new content. this means the new person will need to have an aesthetic that aligns with the current brand, and also have great communication skills. we are still a small company, so there are a lot of opportunities to be a part of various sides of the brand. (helping with workshops, photo shoots etc.) we are looking for someone to jump right in and be a part of the DLF family! our studio is located in downtown LA and i’d love the new member of the team to be in the studio with us 2-3 days a week. is this job for you? i’d love to hear from you! and please spread the word if you can…

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company: designlovefest | Los Angeles, CA

job title: managing editor

tasks include: we are looking for someone who has experience in both the administrative and creative side of a business. knowledge in photoshop and wordpress is a big .

more details: we are seeking a new addition to the DLF team. someone who is eager to learn and contribute to the studio and brand. this person needs to be a fast learner, have excellent taste, articulate communicator, highly organized, detail oriented, forward thinker, and able to easily prioritize tasks. this is a part time paid position (with opportunity to be full-time in the future). must be available 2-3 days a week and have a car.

: please send portfolio with social media links and a little bit about yourself to: [email protected].

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