L.A.'s New It Interior Designer Hillary Thomas Shares Her Fab Yet Frugal Home Finds
Chic Shop, her recently opened store in Brentwood (11973 San Vicente Blvd., Ste. 101, 310-472-2206, chicshopla.com), features wallet-friendly home decor, including needlepoint brick covers, Asian-inspired lamp finials and custom bedding. Considering Thomas' sharp eye and bargain-hunting prowess, we asked her to share her favorite cheap, chic, local shopping sources. Here is the scoop:
What are your most trusty spots in L.A. for well-priced home decor? "I always love hunting at Wertz Brothers(11879 Santa Monica Blvd., 310-477-4251). The prices are dirt cheap, and you can find everything from cool dining tables and chairs to sideboards and coffee tables. Rubbish Interiors (1627 Silver Lake Blvd., 323-661-5575, rubbishinteriors.com) in Silver Lake houses a trove of amazing vintage furniture and lighting. CB2 (cb2.com) has the best Lucite tables, and Kier Design (15260 Antioch St., 310-459-0980, kierdesign.com) in the Pacific Palisades stocks great vintage lamps and unexpected accessories. My favorite spot is the Rose Bowl Flea Market. I never leave empty-handed!"
What projects are you currently working on? "I'm designing an incredible house in the Bahamas in a private club called Baker's Bay (bakersbayclub.com). It's going to be out of this world. I also just had the most amazing shopping adventure on Dixie Highway, in Palm Beach, buying vintage home furnishings for my upcoming One Kings Lane container sale (onekingslane.com). I found so many unique treasures that I am going to reupholster, refurbish and breathe new life into for the sale. Expect lots of yellows, greens, pinks and turquoise--all my favorite colors! There's no set sale date yet, but be on the lookout for it!"
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