The east side of Los Angeles is a hot spot of fabulous design stores, exciting new restaurants, and cutting-edge fashion. There are beautiful walking streets, the Silver Lake Reservoir, and Griffith Park.

Design ShowcaseLegends of La CienegaThe windows at La Cienega Design Quarter are about to take on a new life for the seventh annual LEGENDS (check out our sneak peek here).

1. Who is your biggest role model?  Albert Hadley—he had the most incredible way of combining the past with the present that was at the same time both classic and modern.2. Which movie or play do you wish you could have designed the set for?  I am waiting for the sequel: Fifty Shades of Beige.3.

This piece originally appeared on Design Milk.We’re virtually visiting Los Angeles today, spending some time with PJ Roden and Katerina Gabbro, owners of Matters of Space, a design firm and boutique located in Highland Park.

As Los Angelenos know, location is everything.

1. Who is your muse and how did you come to that choice?Vance Burke: My muse is Albert Hadley.

1. Who is your biggest role model?When I consider all the amazing people making a difference every day, it’s hard to name just one, but when I think of who motivates me as a designer, who I quote daily, and whose innovation changed an industry, I think Coco Chanel.

Los Angeles architects have opened their homes to the public in a series of tours under the auspices of the AIA LA. Up this Sunday, April 19– Michael Rachlin of Rachlin Partners.

Check out the full story in the Spring issue! NEAT ON THE ROCKSWhen is a nice guy also a wise guy? At the new LA restaurant The Nice Guy, the h.wood group envisioned a clubby eatery that channeled the glamour of an old-fashioned mob hangout.

The Los Angeles design firm of Blackman Cruz has curated an amazing collection for this very special sale at Wright in Chicago. Preview it in Los Angeles until April 21.

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