Thursday, July 15, 2010


That is the english translation for PERGOLINA,

it might be small in scale but it is big in soul! 

 In Toulca Lake, Ca. there has been a family store

in this location for 48 years.  It started as


a husband and wife team who carved out

a nice loyal flower business.  Twenty-eight years

into it their daughtet Paulana decided to join the

team and spice it up a bit with the things she loved.

Anthony and Rose retired along the way and  the

name changed and the look was totally Paulana.

A gift and garden boutique that boasts a delicious range of

international products A hidden gem that redefines gift store

chic with a modern European flare.  I will take you for a tour

She excells at unique and different ways to display

and always changing.  One week these

pajamas and a week later she had

changed it to SCENTS AND FEEL towels and tablecloth

A ordinary ladder does not look ordinary here.

There is a large wood and glass jewelry case that I

should have taken a picture of, but I guess I

was more focused at what was in it.


Now everything is displayed on old books, next

time it might be old maps

I love when someone can take something

and use it fo something entirely different than it

was intended like this vintage bottle holder.

At Christmas she dressed these beautiful ladies

in fabulous customs

Beautiful hand painted masks from Italy

A small select collection of French linen dresses, tops

and sweaters.  That navy and white stripe piece in the

middle of the rack came home with me.

The talent does not stop with Paulana, her husband

STEVE CUCCINELLO is a designer and contractor

of fabulous kitchens

Sunday, July 11, 2010


I have seen some nice FERMOBUSA

displays in my travels lately both unexpected

 and expected.  A few weeks ago when we were

in the Central Coast we went to

have lunch in San Luis Obispo and

much to my pleasure when we walked out

to their beautiful patio there was an

abundance of Fermob.

The combination of the red chairs

with the green tables was very striking.

On another patio they did a mix of colors

and took advantage of Fermobs great color pallet.

In the waiting area they used the Dune chair

in several colors.  I give the designer credit for

not playing it safe when it came to color.

In the California Starbuck's they

are replacing their worn outdoor furniture

with the Luxemborug in Anodic Grey

This one is in  Santa Barbara,

the employees had to put up with 

me telling them all about  the great features

of their new furniture.

One of the first places I saw FERMOBUSA

in a commercial setting was at when I

started selling the line was

Catherine Malandrino's beautiful store

and cafe in Los Angeles 

The Luxembourg chair in my favorite

color Verbena made me slam

on my brakes when I first spotted it.

At the  DWELL MAGAZINE event

VIESSO a very modern furniture store in

Santa Monica displayed the very traditional

Bistro set in red, which turned it contemporary

NATHAN TURNER  the noted West Hollywood

designer did a nice combination of color

The Cobalt Blue Luxembourg chairs matched

with the Anodic Gray table is a sophisticated look.

EMPTY VASE  took the very French classic

1900"s set and gave it an update with color

A very cute bench in Peony Pink gives it

a feminine look.

Two popular colors Carrot and Aniseed Green

were great choices.

Too much of a good think can be wonderful.
                                     Mae West