O’Neill House In 1978, Directly on 507 N. Rodeo Drive, Art Dealler Don O’Neill began the construction of this beautiful house built as homage to Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi. In a seeming tribute to its muse, it was not fully finished until after O’Neill’s death in 1998. Today we can all enjoy gazing at its facade and imagining the wonders the interiors must have.
Spadena House or The Witch’s House
At the corner of Walden Drive and Carmelita is this very special site, The house was designed by cinematic art director Harry Oliver. Built in 1921 in west LA as offices for a film studio, it could have been a set piece of Oz. The entire structure was moved to its present location in 1934 by the Spadena family.
Honorable Mention There were two spots we ran into randomly and really enjoyed. We didn’t get to spend enough time at either to get a full vision, but they both brightened our day. If you’re in the area, they are definitely worth a look.
Hennessey + Ingalls Art + Architecture Bookstore
An excellent and inviting selection of Art, Architecture & Design books set in a very friendly and well organized space.
Santa Monica Store:
214 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Mon-Sun: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Space 15 Twenty 1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd., Suite 8
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Mon-Fri: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Sat & Sun: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Chan Darae Thai Restaraunt
We stumbled into Chan Darae hungry, bordering on cranky. We took a chance on Thai after our myriad of New York City experiences where the majority of Thai food is saturated with old oil. To our pleasant surprise it was succulent, light and non-greasy, while allowing us to happily keep exploring L.A.!
1511 N. Cahuenga Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028 (North of Sunset)
Mon-Sun: 11:00am – 11:00pm
8440 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069, United States
Originally built as an apartment complex in the 1950’s The Mondrian is now part of the Morgan’s hotel group (inc. the Hudson, Morgans, Royalton, Delano….). Originally designed by Philip Stark in 1984, the building facade was then painted in color blocks like a Piet Mondrian canvas. A further redesign by Benjamin Noriega Ortiz from BNO Design brings the hotel into its present state. The lobby and Lounge areas on the ground floor are softly touched with color changing LED Lights and a splattering of beautiful designed furniture, creating the perfect diorama for the good looking patrons that visit the hotel.
The pool area is the star of the show, surrounded by day beds, giant ottomans and tanned bodies. In the evenings it is transformed into an attractive scene with some simple, yet effective furniture moves. The restaurant is surrounded by fantasy, with giant planters and fairly lights in the surrounding trees.
The rooms are ample and comfortable, if a bit cool in atmosphere. Pluses for hidden plasmas and the expansive balconies. If you stay here, ask for a balcony room looking over the pool & city.
The staff was attractive and amiable for the most part. The exception being the Night Bouncer at the pool lounge. He was unnecessary, over-forceful and turned what should have been a glamourous setting into a something akin to a popular nightclub.
(1) 323 – 245 6400
6400 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90028, USA
( Downtown Hollywood)
10:30 am – 11:00 pm Monday – Saturday
11:00 am – 9:00 pm Sunday
In this day and age where digital music is daily increasing its reign – there are still a few places where the music lover can go and enjoy the physicality of CDs & LPs. Rising above any music store I’ve ever been to is the Los Angelas Branch of Amoeba Music. Since 2001 it has been a mecca to music lovers, a complete departure from today’s corporate chain stores and online retailers. Here you can find any rhythm in any movement from all epochs and every corner of the world. From obscure and underground beats to mainstream pop, tribal grooves, jazz, classics this is the place to discover your next favorite!
On top of all the wonderful new, used and vintage CDs, DVDs and Vinyls, Amoeba Records is also a record label, a blog and hosts a series of in-store concerts. An absolute must on any visit to Los Angeles.
There are three stores, the original in Berkeley (created in 1991 by Marc Weinstein) as well as the one shown here in Hollywood and another San Francisco branch. Of the three, LA is definitely the best – not only for their endless amount of content but also the atmosphere. There you can browse for hours, go to the listening booth, browse some more or just allow your eyes to delight with the amazing collection of rock posters and t-shirts that cover every visible space. The real beauty is that during all your glorious music perusing hours, no one will interfere with your selection rhythm.