Whether it is pottery or pantry essentials you’re after, these independents are for you
Words by ANUSH J. BENLIYAN, LESLEY McKENZIE, KELSEY McKINNON and JESSICA RITZ
SOMEWHERE IN CARMEL specializes in coastal-inspired lifestyle pieces. Photo by Willow Vogt Photography.
Somewhere to Be
Anne Freeman is no stranger to retail. After co-founding the elevated skateboarding and lifestyle boutique Huf in San Francisco in 2002, the Carmel native and her baker husband, Dave Ransone, have set up shop in her hometown. Called Somewhere (a tongue-in-cheek reference to Carmel’s lack of formal addresses), the boutique features a curated collection of everyday essentials that fit Freeman’s definition of “California cozy”— think Gregory Parkinson Surround bedding, Aloha to Zen pillows, ceramics by Helen Levi, and, come fall, kitchenware edited by Ransone. “But everything is elevated and can exist in even the most luxurious lives and homes,” says Freeman, who also tapped into her skateboard clothing manufacturing background to make a soft and comfy Somewhere apparel line. “Everyone gets to Carmel and is instantly looking for a sweatshirt because it’s often colder than expected,” she says, adding with a laugh, “I wanted to make sure they left our town looking cool.” San Carlos St. between Ocean Ave. and 7th Ave., Carmel-by-the-Sea; somewhereincarmel.com. L.M.
“It’s my version of a global marketplace,” says JEREMIAH BRENT of his new brick-and-mortar, ATRIO. Photo by Stu Photography.
Hall of Wonders
Atrio, Jeremiah Brent’s new lifestyle and home boutique in Culver City’s Platform complex, is a culmination of various lifetime aspirations. “I’ve wanted to have a store since I was a kid,” says the AD100 interior designer (and husband of Nate Berkus), who maintains studios in New York City and Los Angeles. Meaning “atrium” in Portuguese, Atrio is an homage to Brent’s grandmother’s heritage and the special spot in her home that sparked his early love of design. The immersive space features his eclectic picks keyed to all five senses, ranging from his favorite olive oil to bedding to fresh flowers, plus a private-label furniture collection. Next up: Juliet, a restaurant he’s designing next door. 8888 Washington Blvd., Ste. 100, Culver City, 424-766-1633; shopatrio.com. J.R.
Designers AMY KEHOE and TODD NICKEY stock HOUSEHOLD BY NICKEY KEHOE with hand-selected goods by makers near and far. Photo by Sam Frost.
Amy Kehoe and Todd Nickey fancy themselves as modern-day hunters and gathers of uncanny beauty, which translates to eclectic, richly layered interiors for their discerning clientele. Now they are sharing the fruits of their labor with the opening of Household. Next door to their busy Nickey Kehoe interiors shop, Household offers a sophisticated spin on the old-fashioned community general store. Shelves are lined with a treasure trove of elevated everyday items for the kitchen, pantry, garden, mudroom and laundry. Think potted handmade paper geraniums from Green Vase, tinctures from Flamingo Estate and Nickey Kehoe’s own wabi-sabi dinnerware collection. In other words, all the items that make a house a home. 7270 Beverly Blvd., L.A., 323-384-6870; nickeykehoe.com. K.M.
A treasure trove of new and vintage decor at the L.A. boutique of AD100 designers PIERCE & WARD.
Louisa Pierce and Emily Ward believe in the art of more. The self-taught decorators and kindred spirits behind Pierce & Ward—who first met at a bar in NYC one fateful night in 2012—have transformed the abodes of such A-listers as Leonardo DiCaprio, Dakota Johnson and Kate Hudson with their cozy, glamorous and maximalist-inclined interiors that layer Old World comforts and whimsical charm. With the debut of the design duo’s brick-and-mortar shop in Los Feliz last fall, admirers can now take a piece (or two) of Pierce & Ward home, be it a vintage dresser, upholstered loveseat, textiled tissue-box cover or pottery. Also in store is a pop-up with England’s House of Hackney (through December) featuring a limited-edition collaborative collection of wallpaper, lampshades and more. 1956 Hillhurst Ave., L.A., 323-522-3070; pierceandward.com. A.J.B.
The 5,000-square-foot BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE spa and retail space in L.A. takes cues from the brand’s Ambassade in Paris.
Peer into the medicine cabinet of any elegant European woman of a certain age, and chances are you’ll find a bottle of Biologique Recherche’s famed P50 exfoliating lotion, the crown jewel of the storied French brand’s highly concentrated skincare line. Now, for the first time since Josette and Yvan Allouche founded the company in France over 40 years ago, the brand has opened its first U.S. Ambassade on Melrose Place. The two-story “embassy” houses six treatment rooms, a large VIP suite with a private entrance, a diagnostic room, a hair salon for scalp treatments and a retail space where customers can purchase the full range of products. Like the historic Biologique Recherche Ambassade on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, designer Joanne de Lépinay employed a palette of brass, ivory and navy with custom millwork and European furnishings throughout—the most serene setting for an official envoy. 8461 Melrose Pl., L.A.; biologiquerecherche.com. K.M.
Feature Image: Kitchenwares at Household by Nickey Kehoe. Photo by Deborah Jaffe.
Portions of this story originally appeared in the Fashionable Living 2022 issue of C Magazine.
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