Vivier and Bentley In Silver Lake

Handbag designer Clare Vivier and jewelry designer Kathryn Bentley teamed up to launch a storefront and shared design studio in Silver Lake this spring, aptly named Vivier and Bentley. This place is seriously dangerous shopping territory for me. It’s as if someone has been watching my dreams and created a shop based from my fashion fantasies.

Before I checked out Vivier and Bentley in person, I scoped out Bentley’s jewelry and Vivier’s handbags online, but seeing their work in person was truly exceptional.

The storefront is actually tiny, but only a small part of the overall square footage is used for customers. The rest functions as a studio/workshop space. You can peek around the corner and see gorgeous, brightly colored leather stacked high, ready to be transformed into chic handbags.

Bentley’s jewelry is divided into two lines–the refined but still slightly tough Kathryn Bentley line, which uses precious stones and even diamonds, and the more accessible and organic Dream Collective. Prices range from around $50 to $2,500 for more serious pieces.

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4455 Los Feliz Boulevard #207 In Los Feliz

4455 Los Feliz Boulevard, #207
Los Angeles, CA 90027

1 BR, 1 BA
Sold for $330,000 on 8/2/2011

Check out my new listing in Los Feliz: a completely remodeled corner condo from ModOp Design, located in the Los Feliz Towers. It features a flexible floor plan with 9-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows, beautiful acacia walnut floors, and a balcony to enjoy the views of the Los Feliz hills.

Built in 1966, the unit has been carefully renovated to preserve its mid-century modern design aesthetic.

There are lots more pictures after the break. And check it out in person at the Open House on Sunday from 2pm – 5pm!

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1815 San Jacinto Street In Silver Lake

1815 San Jacinto Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026

3 BR, 2.5 BA

This charming and spacious mid-century home is located on a great street in Silver Lake.

The large living room features high ceilings, fireplace, nook for a desk, wet bar and balcony with views of downtown LA. The 2,051 square foot home includes central A/C and heat, hardwood floors, security system, copper plumbing, and a two-car attached garage.

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Wallace Beery House By William Kesling

947 North Martel Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90046

3 BR, 2 BA

Designed by architect William Kesling in 1936 for Academy Award winning movie star Wallace Beery, this residence is considered a jewel of Streamline Moderne architecture, with striking horizontal lines, round edges, flat roof, and wing-like Pergola gates.

A tiled fountain leads visitors to the hidden front door, opening to a dramatic living/dining room with ten-foot ceilings. Kesling’s steel frame windows provide the home with abundant light and frame views of the expansive, beautifully landscaped backyard.

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Cookbook In Echo Park

Shopping at a giant supermarket chain can be pretty bleak. Navigating the parking lot alone can be a crazy-making experience! Heading to the corner store means you can walk, but it might also mean dinner is a 711 hot dog, which is probably not organic…

Green grocer Cookbook in Echo Park is the perfect answer. Owned by Marta Teegan (trained chef, master gardener, and author of Homegrown: A Growing Guide for Creating a Cook’s Garden) and Robert Stelzner, Cookbook sells local, responsibly grown vegetables, meat, cheese, bread, fruit, herbs, coffee, chocolate, and other goodies. Even though the shop is small, they have everything you need to put together a perfect meal, plus some decadent extras.

And for lazy people (me included), there’s fresh pasta, sauce and sandwiches from Heirloom LA, and a daily selection of prepared foods from featured cookbooks, hence the name!

Have you been to Cookbook in Echo Park? If so, let me know your thoughts in the comments section!

1549 Echo Park Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90026

(213) 250-1900
Open daily: 8am – 8pm

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2410 West Silver Lake Drive In Silver Lake

2410 West Silver Lake Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90039

4 BR, 3 BA

Built in 1957, this two story mid-century home has been cared for by the original owners since it was built by architect Gilbert L. Leong. This is a trust sale and the home is not staged, so you will have to use your imagination to picture its potential after a few changes.

It’s in a prime Silver Lake location and is a great opportunity for someone… Maybe you?

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265 South McCadden Place In Hancock Park

265 South McCadden Place
Los Angeles, CA 90004

4 BR, 5 BA

Built in 1929 this Mediterranean estate in Hancock Park features grand stairway entrance with hand painted ceilings, stained glass windows, and many more embellished details throughout.

The 6,082 square foot home offers large scale rooms, grand gallery walls, and a fantastic outdoor living space with a pool and hot tub.

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2149 Bay Street In Downtown

2149 Bay Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021

4,826 Square Ft., 3 BA

Located in downtown LA, this sprawling studio residence has towering 23-foot ceilings with handcrafted wood and steel beams, and pivoting glass and steel walls that open to the expansive outdoor living space with a fireplace and firepit.

The residence is sited on a 10,933 square foot lot–one of only a handful of freestanding buildings in downtown with a Certificate of Occupancy. There are no HOA fees and parking for eight.

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The Pilates Bodyshop In Silver Lake

I’ve been going to The Pilates Bodyshop for a little over a month now and I am totally hooked. I’ve always wanted to take lessons, but Pilates seemed a bit intimidating–all those leather straps and torture device-looking machines. But I had a feeling The Pilates Bodyshop was the place to try it out. They have a well-organized website where you can schedule appointments online, which is a must for me! And after my first lesson, I was hooked. Totally befuddled, but hooked. Pilates challenges my mind and body while stretching out muscles that are overworked from running. (I always knew my hamstrings were tight, but now I know exactly how tight.) The teachers at The Bodyshop are a major reason I’ve had such a great experience–they’re extremely patient and positive, and the studio is well run and organized. I just can’t say enough good things!

Owner and teacher Kerri Campbell sat down with Take Sunset to answer some questions about Pilates, how she decided to open a studio in Silver Lake, and where she goes once she takes off the “black unitard”. Plus, don’t miss a special Pilates Bodyshop discount just for Take Sunset readers!

Take Sunset: How did you get started in Pilates?

Kerri Campbell: I first experienced mat Pilates on a bare linoleum floor in college. The class was made up of professional dancers and me, the lone writing student who couldn’t touch her toes. It was more then a little disheartening, but I loved the work. During my junior year I was hit by a car and had multiple injuries to rehab, so I sought out a teacher who could train me one-on-one. After three or four lessons, I was moving better then I had since my accident.

TS: How did you start teaching Pilates?

Kerri: When I moved to Los Angeles, I couldn’t find a teacher with the depth of knowledge I was seeking, so I enrolled in my first teaching program with the goal of teaching myself. But after my student teaching was complete, I realized I wanted to pursue Pilates as a career.

TS: For the uninitiated, can you give us some Pilates basics?

Kerri: Pilates is close to a hundred years old and is based on the work and teachings of Joseph H. Pilates. It’s a movement practice where you use your mind to move your body, thereby creating deep and meaningful changes. Pilates can be done on both specially designed equipment and without, as in Pilates Mat. As Fletcher would say, “Movement is like life. You get out of it what you put into it.”

TS: Speaking of which, at The Pilates Bodyshop, you teach Fletcher Pilates. What makes this style of Pilates unique?

Kerri: Fletcher Pilates® is a trademarked lineage of Pilates that was created by our teacher Ron Fletcher who brought Pilates to LA in 1972. It not only encompasses the original Pilates repertoire, but also has many innovations and additional elements, such as Fletcher Towelwork™, Fletcher Floorwork™, Fletcher Barrework™, and Percussive breath. We look at Pilates as a movement practice, an art, and a science. This isn’t just “working out” or trying to beat the body down–we’re trying to teach the body to move better and thereby look better.

TS: Who can benefit from Pilates?

Kerri: Anyone who has an interest in exploring their body’s full potential. This work is open to all–the young, the old, the hip, the injured, those in great shape, and those with no shape. It’s our job to help you develop a practice that works for you.

TS: I love your attitude. I can speak to the fact that you create a very welcoming and laid-back atmosphere while also being very serious about Pilates. Can you talk about why you wanted to open your own studio?

Kerri: I wanted to be instrumental in creating a positive and open space for people to explore this work. Having worked for some great business people–and some not so ethical people–in the past, I wanted to take all I had learned and try something a little out of the ordinary. My first studio is in Atwater Village inside The Paddock Riding Club and is a private studio for riders. Once we had a few more teachers complete the Pilates Program of Study, I wanted to expand so we could offer this work to a wider group of people. The goal was to have a large, fully equipped studio where we taught as a team and all of the teachers had the same education, so our clients had a seamless experience and progress with each lesson.

TS: What makes The Pilates Bodyshop different from other Pilates studios in the area?

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Broome Street General Store In Silver Lake

If you’re not careful, you could cruise right by Broome Street General Store in Silver Lake, but that would be a major mistake. This sweet little bungalow on Rowena (the former home of Freight and Zanzabelle) just opened at the beginning of the month and it’s drawing the neighborhood crowd to it’s 30-seat patio and store for a cup of coffee, treats, housewares, and more. It’s easily walkable from the Reservoir path and the surrounding neighborhood, making it the perfect spot to pick up a meal to-go or to unwind on the patio.

Owned by Peter Graham and Sophie Esteban, Broome Street General Store is a throwback to general stores of old, but offering the most sought after staples of modern day, like New York’s Gimme! Coffee, gourmet pantry items from Morris Kitchen, kitchenwares, sundries, and even furnishings, jewelry, and vintage finds.

Plus, there are prepared foods from Heirloom LA, Valerie Confections, and Cake Monkey, including salted caramel croissants, blueberry vanilla bean handpies, cheddar bacon scones, and lunch/dinner options like seared steak sandwiches, roasted veggie sandwiches, and roasted carrot salads, just to name a few. More food options are coming this summer, including Fried Chicken Fridays starting in July.

Gimme! Coffee is proving to be a major draw at Broome St. General Store. The New York-based company is known for their high-quality beans, artisan roasting, and dedication to sustainability. In NY, they have a half dozen shops, but Broome St. General Store is the only spot in California where you’ll find these beans. And from what we hear, New Yorkers marooned in LA are thrilled to finally find their beloved cup of Joe (and bag of beans) here on the West Coast.

Broome Street General Store
2912 Rowena Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90039

Monday – Saturday: 8am-8pm, Sunday: 9am-6pm

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