2011 Legends of La Cienega: Celebrate Art

I don’t write much about Dustin’s design firm, but I wanted to share some work he just completed for the 2011 Legends of La Cienega.

What is Legends of La Cienega? In their own words:

Legends of La Cienega is an annual celebration of design that brings together VIPs and tastemakers from the worlds of interior design, décor, art, fashion, and architecture for two days of receptions, keynote panel discussions, cocktail parties, book-signings, personal appearances, trunk shows, and special exhibitions.

In its third year, the 2011 Legends event is presented by the LCDQ’s 50 member businesses which include the city’s most prestigious design showrooms, antiques dealers and home furnishings retailers located along La Cienega Boulevard (from Santa Monica to Beverly Boulevards), Melrose Avenue and Melrose Place.  This year’s calendar of events is produced in association with the nation’s most prestigious shelter publications including ELLE DECOR, House Beautiful, Traditional Home and VERANDA.

In MY words, it’s a chance to see the work of very talented designers showcased in a perfectly succinct window display in LA’s leading design district.

Dustin and John chose Robert Rauschenberg as the inspiration for their display. Dustin visited a Rauschenberg exhibit at the Guggenheim while in college, and has been a huge fan ever since. Here’s a peek at their style sheet.

(Dustin’s handwriting has to be some of the best out there, no?)

Let me just tell you – this window installation took the main stage in regards to our family time for the past couple of weeks. While the windows were tall and visually striking, the depth of the display was only 42 inches. Not much to work with while placing furniture and such, and it presented some challenges. CHALLENGES I HEARD ABOUT ON MANY, MANY OCCASIONS. Like during dinner, the kids’ bath time, weekends at the park, while drifting off to sleep…you catch my drift.

I wasn’t sure if I would get the chance to see the finished product for myself, so I was over the moon when Dustin informed me that he was going to whisk me up to LA for the Opening Night Gala hosted by Michael Boodro, Editor-in-Chief of Elle Decor at Thierian. (Wheeeeeeeee!)

Let’s stop for a second and bring it back to what matters most here. MY PARTY OUTFIT. (Oh, I kid, I kid.) (Not really.) The minute I found out about this party, my highly predictable shit-it’s-a-cocktail-party-I-have-nothing-to-weeeeaaaarrrr spiel started immediately. In fact, on the day of the event, I was still shopping 2 hours before we needed to leave. People, why do I do this to myself EVERY time? Whhhyyyyy? As my wise mother reminds me on a weekly basis, I’ve always thrived under pressure, so I guess shopping is included. Did I need a new outfit? Probably not. However, you would be proud to know that I only bought one item of clothing for this party, and it was an Anthropologie skirt marked 50% off.

Sweater- Madewell, Skirt- Anthropologie, Clutch – Banana Republic from like, 1994, Bracelet- vintage, Ring- Juxtaposition, Heels- Jessica Simpson (I know!)

Onto the party! It was very lovely, although it was hard for me to mentally move past the delicious French 75 cocktail and yellow fin carpacchio I had at Fig & Olive beforehand. (Good lord, so very delicious.) After a few glasses of bubbly and some highly entertaining conversations, we set out to see the pièce de résistance!

The display looked simply marvelous. I’m so proud of Dustin for being included in such a talented group of designers. Bravo!

  1. Torrie @ a place to share...

    May 18, 2011 at 11:23 am

    GORGEOUS. (his work AND your outfit)

    *His handwriting seriously needs to turned into a down-loadable font. Perfection.

  2. Home Sweet Sarah

    May 18, 2011 at 11:27 am

    He DOES have the best handwriting! I would expect nothing less; I mean, wouldn’t it be weird if he wrote chicken scratch?

    Anyway, sounds like a fun night and bravo! indeed.

  3. stickyheels

    May 18, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I had that clutch until some horrid roommate stole it from me in college. wah.

    Congrats to your husband!

  4. Merrick

    May 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    What a gorgeous display…I love me some Robert Rauschenberg. And I would die for your husband’s handwriting.

    Also, your outfit is beautiful.

  5. Lisa

    May 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Beautiful!! Nice work Dustin!

  6. Mama in the City

    May 18, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    I would get him to hand address and sign all Christmas cards from now on. Can’t get over that T!

  7. Amanda

    May 18, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I have that clutch, too! Same color. I really need to use it more often.

    Cheers to your husband!

  8. Roxanna

    May 19, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Thank you for sharing Dustin’s work with us — seriously the internet needs more pretty!

    By the way, your outfit was PERFECTION.

  9. bishOp stu tu

    May 19, 2011 at 7:53 am

    Now here’s a gOOd boy PACKED with talent! The sky is not the limit…it’s somewhere way beyond.

    kudOs, da bishOp

  10. Maggie

    May 19, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    I showed Dustin’s work to Chris and we both admired it. Outstanding.
    Your outfit was super cute too.

  11. Angella

    May 19, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    You are as hot as EVER, my friend. SO proud of Dustin – that man of yours is seriously talented.

  12. kat

    May 19, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    love your outfit. LOVE the design window. all the little details (like the shoes) are so great. and the handwriting! SO neat.

  13. Kristin

    May 20, 2011 at 5:27 am

    Love your outfit! But where are the gold sandals? ;)

  14. gorillabuns

    May 20, 2011 at 8:56 am

    so wonderful!

  15. Alice

    May 23, 2011 at 8:27 am

    1) Your husband’s handwriting should be a font.
    2) gorgeous displays!
    3) You look hawt! :)