Inspiration Close to Home…

Living in Los Angeles I am constantly inspired by the architecture and design that it has to offer. There are so many hidden treasures here, from intimate lounges to boutique hotels! Just recently I was hired to do a redesign for a bed and breakfast and have found myself looking for inspiration around the world but also to designs much closer to home!! Today I want to share with you the adorable, unique Palihouse Holloway.

The design and development was overseen by the Paligroup who’s founder and creator is Avi Brosh. The Palihouse was opened in 2008 in the heart of West Hollywood! There are so many aspects of the design that I admire. As you walk into the Palihouse, it is as if you have been transported to France. Intricate details on the furniture give an added touch of European flair. I love the combination of the contemporary design with a well-traveled look. The building was inspired by the people and places that you encounter while traveling. The open floor plan was carefully designed to bring guests to connect with each other. There is plenty of opportunity for mixing and mingling with the cafe, rooftop deck, lounge and courtyard brasserie.

Each bedroom suite is designed with slightly different style and furnishings to really give each guest an intimate one of a kind experience. Their suites are equipped with luxurious kitchen and bathrooms with a simplistic design to them.

The theme of the building is carried throughout the entire space, with a French inspired menu and cocktail list to complete the mood. Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner in their four star restaurant or grab one of their signature cocktails!

It’s residential style gives guests a taste of both a hotel and a home. There are so many positive things to say about the Palihouse Holloway but words do not do it justice. Go see it for yourself at 8465 Holloway Drive in West Hollywood.

Our Nod To Los Angeles’ Modern Restaurants

According to author Chris Nichols, ‘googie’ design expert, architectural guru, and Associate Director at Los Angeles Magazine, Los Angeles is home for amazing modern restaurant design and architecture dating back to the mid 1950s and 60s when modern and post modern architecture swept the design world by storm. To date many of these restaurants still exist and flourish with the surge of economy in the last sixty years (not counting the recent devastation) and have only grown drastically in admiration and aesthetic quality. Modern restaurant design today though beautiful to the eye and swanky in feel, have all been influenced in some way, shape, or form by these designs that pioneered what we now know as cool, modern architecture and design. We hate to state the obvious, but design has come a LOOONGGG way since these buildings were the “it” buildings by architectural standards, but we have to admit that Los Angeles would not be the same without the authenticity and integrity of these restaurants. Its for that reason that L.A. natives, tourists, and designers just can’t resist giving them the ‘nod’ they deserve.

FRED 62 designed by fred sutherland and chef fred eric in 1997

CHIPS RESTAURANT designed by harry harrison in 1957

BONAVISTA LOUNGE designed in 1967 by john portman

ENCOUNTER RESTAURANT designed & built in 1961 by welton becket, luckman and pereira and paul williams architects

FORMER HOLIDAY BOWL COFFEE SHOP designed and built by armet and davis architects in 1957

MEL'S DRIVE IN by lane and schick architects, designed in 1962

STANDARD HOTEL'S '24/7 RESTAURANT' modernly designed by cloud beelman in 1955

NORMS RESTAURANT designed by eldon davis of armet, davis, and newlove architects

THE DONUT HOLE designed in 1968

THE WORLDS OLDEST MCDONALDS designed in 1953 by the famous stanley c. meston

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