Home Design? SURE; this is a Lifestyle Blog, so it doesn’t always have to be cooking and travel, right? I took a field trip on the Metro to the Convention Center in Downtown LA to Dwell On Design. I have five cool things to show you.
Heated Outdoor Furniture by Galanter & Jones. At first blush, it makes no sense to own this in sunny Playa Vista, California. UH, YEAH IT DOES! Look around here and see plenty of scary fire-blasting outdoor heaters. Now, just flick a switch and be warmed through and through without singed hair. (Fido will obviously LOVE it, too.) There is a tiny drain hole so you don’t sit in a puddle. My previous car had heated seats which 15 years later, I still miss. Now, my yard can do the job. Meet Aaron Jones, co-founder (above).
No lie, everyone who walked by this display stopped to look at Stikwood, “the world’s first peel and stik solid wood planking.” Reclaimed weathered wood, gorgeous. Plenty of choices to suit any style from rustic to contemporary – not everything would result in looking like a Big Bear cabin. Pick a little space in your place that could use personality, or go nuts with a big room. But BEWARE renters – it is pretty darn permanent… better do some piece of furniture, then.
Not sure why the Kitchenaid all-black matte stand mixer won’t be launched until 2016, considering they have the design down pat. But all I could do was envision the Santa List of HIPSTERS. But it really is eyecatchy cool, and people literally petted it.
Artificial turf is here to stay, California. We’ve turned the corner, due to droughts. More than one company displayed (above was Easy Turf). Get up close, and DAMN, this looks real. A little brown-edged lower grass inside the higher green blade grass. The trick, I came to learn, is related to DOGS – you need underlying layers of the right stuff to wick urine. The new Playa Vista dog park has artificial turf installed by Southwest Greens Grass Solutions and the doggies ought to love it.
An LED backyard parasol with fabulous lighting options by SLIK Outdoor Living. The pole has buttons and touchpads to adjust varying illumination levels and warm/cold tones — light up a table, a patio, a yard. Even closed, it can glow and cast light onto outdoor living. It was SUBSTANTIAL in terms of heft and would take a lot to blow this guy away. The Sunbrella fabric tells me that the investment ought to last for some time. If I owned a restaurant, I’d illuminate the patio with this… and also heat my patron’s fannies with those fun chairs, above.