Home Notes: Our Guide to Fall Lighting

It’s the spookiest month of the season, and while autumnal foliage is sparse in Los Angeles, pumpkins have indeed appeared, so fall is definitely in the air! The days are getting noticeably shorter, but we know just the way to keep the early twilight blues at bay – and the answer lies in lighting. A strategically placed lamp is certain to brighten your evening and update your space for the season. Good lighting is so important and we are passionate about design, so we thought this a perfect opportunity to curate a selection of lamps and pendants that we admire and hope you’ll enjoy. Keep on reading to find design inspiration for your home this fall!

Ceramic Lantern by Morgan Peck

We already mentioned how much we love the sculptural practice of Los Angeles-based artist Morgan Peck. Her newest collection of functional ceramics is equally enchanting, and includes gorgeous cylindrical lamps that feature cut-outs, a design that will produce a magical, shadow-play effect when illuminated.

 

Scandi Lighting Ideas

Nordic designers traditionally don’t get much sunny weather so they are pretty great at conjuring warm interiors with light – here’s to coziness of hygge and elegant simplicity of lagom. We love this clever rocky table lamp by Jonas Edvard of Copenhagen:

 

we also find this sharp lighting-shaped pendant by Lotta Lampa of Stockholm quite delightful:

and we are big fans of this luminous glass lamp by Norwegian Duo Domaas/Høgh

 

Italian Illumination

Italy has a long-standing reputation for excelling at both lighting and glass design. A case in point is this dainty lamp, a sphere in hand-blown white satin glass, elegantly suspended within a thin metal structure, designed by Francesco Librizzi:

Cosmic Wonder in Your Living Room

And last, but not least, of our design picks today is another Angeleno designer: Brandon Ravenhill takes on the familiar mid-century modern sputnik shape and reworks it into an inspired chandelier that resonates with celestial beauty that would look stunning in every interior, whether your home is a Craftsman Bungalow in Silver Lake or a contemporary home in North Hollywood. 

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Best of Silver Lake Awards – Cast Your Vote for Tracy Do

So grateful and excited to be nominated for The Best in Real Estate category in the annual Silver Lake Awards. Silver Lake is where it all began for us 18 years ago, and it’s been an awesome and humbling honor to be a part of this vibrant community as it grew and evolved. A neighborhood of creative residents, beautiful architecture, and unique spirit, Silver Lake deserves only the very best – and we spare no effort in delivering exactly that. If you haven’t yet voted, we hope you’ll cast your digital ballot for the Tracy Do Team!

Head here to cast your vote: https://slcc.typeform.com/to/iG2hdT

Thank you for your support!

 

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Start Fresh: Brand New Homes in North Hollywood

What could be more exciting than living in a home that is brand new? How thrilling it is to be the first to cross the threshold and dwell in a place that none have called home before you, surrounded by all fresh paint, gleaming floors and brand new systems. The blank canvas is yours alone to customize as you like, and then fill with events and memories of your making.

Beyond the obvious feeling of emotional satisfaction of living in a new home, there are very tangible practical reasons to purchase one. Modern building practices provide greater efficiency than older homes, and new appliances mean you will enjoy years of service and comfort before needing maintenance. An added bonus is the contemporary style and design that comes with new construction – designed for modern living, these homes often offer the open layout flow that complements contemporary lifestyle in the best way.

Intrigued by the benefits of living in a newly constructed home? Keep reading to learn about our newest communities in North Hollywood, Palmea and Morrison 14! And head here to learn more about the other new homes we represent in Valley Glen and Eagle Rock.

PALMEA

8 Single Family Homes in North Hollywood

Open Saturday & Sunday, 2-5pm

3-Story | 2+ Bed | 3+ Bath | Up to 1,799 sq ft | From $809,000

Palmea is your opportunity to own a beautiful new home in the heart of LA’s fast-rising entertainment hub, North Hollywood. The limited collection of 8 detached, single-family homes is located on a quiet residential side-street just a few blocks from the popular NoHo Arts District, a lively village of shops, restaurants, theaters and night life. Burbank, Glendale and Studio City are easy to reach, along with three major Hollywood Studios and the Metro Red Line. The homes are currently under construction at 5131 Cartwright Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601

Offering lots of space, stunning design and an earth-friendly small footprint, Palmea is modern living without compromise. Designed and built with pride by Planet Home Living.


MORRISON 14

New Single Family in the NOHO Arts


Open House Sunday from 2P-5P

3-Story | 3 Bedroom | Roof Deck | Up to 1,800 Square Feet | From $899,000

Newly built by WCH Communities. Contemporary architecture on a residential street, just minutes away from coffee shops, hot spots and cultural happenings in the heart of the NoHoArts District. The structurally-independent, transit-oriented home has three levels of living space plus a private roof deck. The second level combines the living, dining and gourmet kitchen which is filled with natural light. Carefully-curated finishes include oak plank flooring, custom tile work and designer fixtures. Find expansive views of city lights, sunsets and mountains on the stunning roof deck. This eco-friendly residence features state-of-the-art green technologies and is located  around the corner from Joe Coffee, DogHaus, Idle Hour, Federal Bar, TeaPop, the Laemmle NoHo, a weekly Farmers Market and more. Prime location just a few blocks from The Metro Red Line.

 

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September in Los Angeles – Wonderful weather and plenty of events

September may mean the end of summertime to some, but here in Los Angeles we are lucky to have the blissful sunny weather all year long. Here are some local happenings to look forward to this month, especially if you want to keep that summer mood going as you get busy with work:

Silver Lake Picture Show
Sep 13 2018

© The Silver Lake Picture Show

One of our favorite Silver Lake events happens on Thursday nights, when members of the community gather at the Sunset Triangle Plaza for outdoor film watching. Enjoy this wonderful event every other week through September – remember to bring a chair and stop by a local eatery (so many to choose from in Silver Lake!) to grab your snack – then unwind in front of the big screen. What’s playing? Crowd pleasing all-time favorites and new shorts by emerging local talents.

Glendale Open Arts & Music Festival
Sep 15 2018

We love Glendale – it’s a wonderful neighborhood with fascinating history and amazing food (we can never resist the mediterranean fare at Elena’s Greek Armenian Cuisine – the chicken kabob is too delicious!). Get to know Glendale by catching this free community festival that will feature music performances, arts markets, beer and wine gardens, and a warm and cozy vibe. If you already know and love Glendale, check out our listing at 3520 Fallenleaf Pl and contact us if you are interested in touring this spacious home.

 

Grab your wheels and celebrate LA with CicLAvia and LA Phil!
Sep 30 2018

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This year LA Phil starts off the season on a rather exciting and unexpected note: it joins forces with CicLAvia for a car-free, music-filled fest that begins in DTLA at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and sprawls all the way to the orchestra’s summer abode at the Hollywood Bowl. You’ll be able to bike, wheel, skate or walk between Downtown L.A. and Hollywood as more than 1,800 musicians, artists and dancers will perform at six pedestrian hubs across the eight-mile route. Your trek will be rewarded by a grand show at the Hollywood Bowl, where Gustavo Dudamel will lead the Los Angeles Philharmonic with performances from Herbie Hancock, Kali Uchis, Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) and more.

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Los Angeles, a city of artists: Spotlight on Ceramics

Clay is Here to Stay

Did you know that in recent years Los Angeles became a Ceramics Mecca? There are so many local artists working in the medium today, and many of them are truly exceptional. The LA Times weighed on the phenomenon the other day, proposing that it is the prevalence of the digital in our everyday’s lives that contributed to the resurgence of interest in ceramics, a craft that is sensory and filled with touch.

Two New Ceramic Biennials

Another sign that ceramics are “hot” right now is two LA museums recently announcing ceramic biennials, following the footsteps of the Scripps College Ceramic Annual which has been running for full 74 years. We look forward to seeing ceramic works in CAFAM’s new biennial, “Melting Point: Movements in Contemporary Clay.” The other biennial, also steamily titled “Fahrenheit,” will be launched by the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona.

Art in Your Home

We are delighted that Los Angeles ceramics landscape is expanding – because what’s better than a collection of beautiful ceramic objects to adorn one’s home? A great aspect of the medium is that it combines both functionality and aesthetics, which means you can find something that’s practical and sculptural at once. With that in mind, we wanted to share some of our very favorite artists that work with clay, keep on reading to discover their beautiful work:

 

MORGAN PECK

Makes sculptural ceramics that are filled with whimsy and witty references to art history, from Ancient Greek amphoras to Matisse’s collages.

© Morgan Peck

© Morgan Peck

© Morgan Peck

 

BEN MEDANSKY

is a talented ceramic artist whose sculptural work recalls Brutalist Architecture with a hint of Sci-Fi. Ben’s magnificent mugs are certain to make your morning coffee special every single time.

© BEN MEDANSKY

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RUBY NERI

is celebrated for wonderful figurative work that is both humorous and profound.

© DAVID KORDANSKY GALLERY

 

© DAVID KORDANSKY GALLERY

 

© DAVID KORDANSKY GALLERY

BARI ZIPERSTEIN

Has a fluid practice that includes objects, large-scale installation, site-specific public sculpture, and a line of functional ceramics – BZippy & Co. Bari’s work often engages ideas of consumerism, propaganda, and the built environment. We love her 2018 series, Propaganda Pots, which “references 1980’s propaganda posters from former Eastern Bloc countries”.

© BARI ZIPERSTEIN

 

© BARI ZIPERSTEIN

 

© BARI ZIPERSTEIN

 

PILAR WILEY

Is fluent in the language of pattern – her ceramic vessels delight the eye with intricate details and organic forms.

© PILAR WILEY

 

© PILAR WILEY

 

© PILAR WILEY

 

 

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The Hidden Gardens of Mt Washington

August seems to be an international OOO month, but if you haven’t decided where to travel, staycation is always a good idea. There are so many beautiful places to discover in Los Angeles, and the city is large enough to make you feel that you’ve traveled far and wide without actually leaving town.  If the summer finds you in Northeast Los Angeles, may we suggest visiting the serene grounds of Self-Realization Fellowship – one of our favorite spots in beautiful Mt. Washington. Perched on a hilly street, the park is an oasis of calm – and has a fascinating history of all its own.

A Glamorous Hotel in the Golden Days of Hollywood

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“Where in Los Angeles can one obtain a veranda view of 100 miles of ocean frontage, 100 miles of rugged mountains, three emerald valleys and several cities? On Mount Washington, where you can live and be immune from dust, mud, smoke, noise, fog and frost! “– The Mount Washington Eagle (an advertising insert in Los Angeles Times), April 18, 1909

The developer, map maker and Athletic Club board member, Robert Marsh, had long been enchanted with Mount Washington. Partnering with a fellow enthusiast and electrical works manufacturer, Arthur St. Claire Perry, Marsh purchased 565 acres of property on the mountain.

As the pair began developing, Marsh and Perry decided to build a short funicular railway to take visitors up the mountain to its main attraction, the three story Mission Revival Mount Washington Hotel. Opened in 1909, the elegant hotel attracted visitors with its observation deck, tennis count and Japanese garden, and was often frequented by the moviemakers that worked in nearby Highland Park and Edendale early movie studios. Though the hotel and the railway are a thing of the past, you can still catch the aura of history by visiting its mission style station at the corner of Avenue 43 and Marmion Way.

The Home of Paramahansa Yogananda

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It’s hard to believe, but there was once a time when there were no yoga studios to be found in Los Angeles. Paramahansa Yogananda is credited to have been one of the gurus that brought the teachings of Eastern Philosophy to the West  in the mid-20th century; he came to LA in 1930’s and founded the Self Realization Fellowship monastery. In 1950, he made the former site of Mt Washington Hotel his home, and as yoga gained increasing popularity by the late 60s, the SFT became more and more well-known. Legend has it that Elvis Presley visited the center in Mount Washington in search of advice – luckily the monks advised him to continue his singing career.

Today, the contemplative garden is still a part of a working monastery.  Filled with native flora, it’s a wonderful space for quiet reflection while taking in the gorgeous views of downtown Los Angeles. There are lots of spots to perch and meditate within the garden surrounding “Yogiji”‘s original home, and we especially love the space that is known as “The Leaf Temple”– a beautiful sunken meditation garden beneath the boughs of Oak. Stop by to take a break – and if Mt. Washington neighborhood has you enchanted, come visit our beautiful listing around the corner from the garden – 4617 Cleland Ave will be Open this Saturday, 2-4P.

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Tracy Do in Real Trends

It is our greatest pleasure and honor to be #119 in Real Trends, the annual real estate ranking released by The Wall Street Journal. We are thrilled to be among the great realtor teams that make up the prestigious ”Thousand” and, most importantly, we are immensely grateful to our amazing and loyal clients who continue making our job so rewarding every single day.

We are committed to sparing no effort in helping you meet your homeownership goals and are so thankful to be a part of all the vibrant and inspiring communities we work with. We love you, Los Angeles!

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Things to do in Los Angeles on the 4th of July

 

The Independence Day is just about here, with all the sparkle and flavor that it brings. We can’t wait to watch the fireworks and tuck into some pie and barbecue! If you haven’t yet made your 4th of July plans, worry not – here are some ideas.

THE PIE

First things first: no matter if you are spending the day at the beach  or around the grill, you need to get yourself a pie. So many great spots around town, but we are rather partial to Gjusta with its amazing peach pie, and are great fans of Knowrealitypie in Eagle Rock with its mouthwatering boysenberry and Cognac coconut cream creations. If you need a pie fast – the Pie Hole never disappoints. Go for the Earl Grey variety – it’s our recent favorite.

FIREWORKS

No Independence Day is complete without a proper fireworks show lighting up the sky. There is no shortage of places to go and catch one – here are some suggestions on where to enjoy the annual extravaganza!

If you are staying on the Eastside, AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl is a brilliant celebration of all things white, red and blue. The all-day festival is a local classic, with lots of rides, games and crafts to keep everyone amused for hours. The light show starts at 9P, and is usually visible from all around the Arroyo and Pasadena areas – Colorado Bridge being one of the favorite locations to take in the fireworks spectacular.

Watching the fireworks reflected in the water is a special delight. Head to Long Beach to see some colorful explostions above the horizon –  you don’t need to be aboard the Queen Mary to see the show, it’s visible from just about anywhere along the waterfront. Locals enjoy observing the works from the nearby Shoreline Park, Los Alamitos Beach, or the Belmont Pier.

The Dodger Stadium always puts on a delightful show – a special perk if you are planning to attend the game of Pittsburg Pirates this Wednesday evening. Parking can be tricky, so get on the free (with your game ticket) Dodger Stadium Express at Union Station. Or, if watching baseball is not quite your cup of tea, climb the hill and check out the fireworks from Chavez Ravine or nearby Chinatown.

ART IS ALWAYS A GREAT IDEA

 

In the mood for something different? Take advantage of the national day off and visit a museum. Although the majority of  Los Angeles museums are closed on July 4, the gorgeous Getty Center will stay open from 10 am to 5:30 pm. The Norton Simon Museum will keep open hours from 12 pm to 5 pm, and contemporary art at The Broad will be on view from 11 am to 5 pm. Alternately, pack a picnic and head to East Hollywood to watch fireworks in Barnsdall Park. Set atop a hill, this beautiful park – home to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House – offers great views of multiple fireworks displays. Wishing everyone a fun, sun-filled and safe 4th of July!

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The Origins of Lummis Day

If you spent any time in Northeast LA lately – and there are lots of reasons to visit, whether for a breakfast at Kitchen Mouse in Highland Park, or a hearty lunch at Patio Burger in Habitat in Eagle Rock – you’ve no doubt seen the colorful signs proclaiming that “Lummis Day” is fast approaching. An annual neighborhood event, Lummis Day Festival celebrates the arts, history and ethnic diversity of Northeast Los Angeles with educational and cultural programming that brings the community together. We are pretty excited about the festival, and seeing the banners got us thinking about all the fascinating local history. We dug a little deeper and found that the event is named after Charles Lummis – read on to find out more about this writer, builder, mythmaker and an all around fascinating personality active in NELA a century ago.

A studio photograph of Lummis taken by an unidentified photographer around 1890. Courtesy of the Southwest Museum, Los Angeles (N42477).

The Tramp Across the Continent

Charles Fletcher Lummis was born in Lynn, Mass., in 1859. In 1884, Charles Fletcher Lummis, a Harvard dropout (he was a classmate of President Theodore Roosevelt), set out to walk from Cincinnati to Los Angeles. He was offered a job as a reporter at a new paper out West, the Los Angeles Times, and thought it would be fun to write about his “tramp across the continent” in a series of dispatches to newspapers. Lummis had no shortage of adventures on his 143 days hike, developing a deep affinity for the natural beauty and cultural diversity of the Southwest along the way.

Land of Sunshine

After several years at Los Angeles Times, Lummis became the editor of Land of Sunshine magazine, a periodical that played a big part in popularizing the idea of California living. In the magazine, Charles went on to publish work by famous authors – the likes of John Muir and Jack London – that extolled the virtues of California, celebrating its natural beauty and spirit of adventure.

Civil Rights Activist

Photograph of Charles F. Lummis at his desk, El Alisal, Los Angeles, California, early 1900s, cyanotype, 4 1/4 in x 6 1/4 in. | Image: Unidentified photographer; courtesy of the Braun Research Library Collection, Autry Museum of the American West.

Charles Lummis was a passionate activist for civil rights for minority groups. He was particularly active in pushing back against the mistreatment of American Indians, with whom he lived for several years in the Pueblo Indian village of Isleta on the Rio Grande River.

In 1902, Lummis formed an Indian rights group called the “Sequoya League,” after the noted early 19th-century Cherokee leader who developed a written alphabet for their language. The organization was dedicated to protecting Indian rights, opposing the unjust policies of the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs. Lummis used his personal relationship with President Theodore Roosevelt to force the Bureau to change some of its ways – he helped reverse  policy that led some U.S. government agents to forcibly cut the hair of Indian men.  Eventually, Lummis’ activism became too much for the regressive mores of his time, and he was was barred from the White House.

A devoted appreciator of Native American culture, Lummis used pioneering technology of the time to capture its musical and oral expressions by recording them with wax cylinders. He also advocated preserving “native American industries”. “The beautiful, artistic and valuable handiwork they used to do, which every educated person recognize as art-work of very high rank, would make the Indian people better off than to make them ashamed of all this, and teach them in its stead to play the mandolin, play football, wash dishes, sew overalls, and the like factory industries of factory minds.”

El Alisal

Photograph of El Alisal under construction, circa 1900, gelatin silver print, 6 1/2 in x 8 1/2 in. Handwritten caption on verso: “SOUTHEAST CORNER, ALL TO HAVE TILE ROOF.” | Image: Charles F. Lummis; courtesy of the Braun Research Library Collection, Autry Museum of the American West.

During his time as an editor of  Land of Sunshine, Lummis built a home “to last 1,000 years” in the Arroyo Seco portion of Los Angeles, a handmade castle of stone he named El Alisal.  The residence became a center of the burgeoning artistic and bohemian community in early Los Angeles, where Lummis entertained countless famous visitors, calling his lavish parties “noises”. 

Following his departure from Land of Sunshine, Lummis took the position of the first head librarian of the Los Angeles Public Library, and served on the committee to open the Southwestern Museum, in operation to this day.

Today, the El Alisal castle and grounds are a lovely, secluded public park – a number of events during the upcoming Lummis Day festival will take place there, so if you haven’t made a visit, this weekend would be a great time. Head over to lummisday.com for the  full schedule of the events – hope to see you there!

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Tracy Do in LA business Journal – and the much awaited opening of The E.R.B.

What a brilliant week it has been, filled with new projects (one of them is about to open this weekend – keep reading to get the details!) and some truly great news. We are so proud to announce that Tracy Do is ranked in the top 25 realtors in all of Los Angeles County by the LA Business Journal. All of us at Tracy Do Team are deeply grateful to our amazing and loyal clients who made this possible, and who continue making our job so rewarding every single day. We are so happy to be making a difference in people’s lives – and are totally committed to sparing no effort in helping our clients achieve all their real estate dreams and desires.

 

This past week also saw us in Curbed.com – the national edition this time – as Tracy Do was asked to contribute her expert realtor opinion on the subject of home prices in Los Angeles for a piece by Patrick Sisson, “Homebuying today: Fewer homes, higher prices, and faster deals”. Read the story here.

 

The E.R.B.

And finally, we finish the week on a most festive note – we are very excited to welcome everyone at The E.R.B. homes as we host our Grand Opening!

Join us this Saturday and Sunday May 19th and 20th from 2 to 6 p.m. After a successful run of pre-opening sales, the innovative new development is greeting the public with three very stylish model homes and a festive opening weekend. Food will be served and there will be a rooftop concert by a local jazz trio on Saturday beginning at 3 p.m.

The E.R.B. is unique in that it offers single-family and mixed-use residences, providing owners with the opportunity to live and work with zero commute. Four distinct floor plans provide 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and up to 2,500 square feet of living space. Each has a private two-car garage and rooftop deck, offering the perfect spot to entertain friends against an Instagram-ready backdrop of sunsets, city lights and the San Gabriel Mountains. Prices start at $826,900.

“We’re so excited to open our doors at The E.R.B.,” says Tracy, “where beautiful design and rooftop decks come together in an amazing location. Buyers shopping for new small-lot homes have options, and they should consider who the builder is. Warmington brings over 90 years of experience, with tremendous dedication to quality and customer care.”

The E.R.B. is located at 4326 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles, 90041. Grand Opening May 19th & 20th. For more information head to www.theerb.com or call 323-716-5505.

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