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Designers House
Please, step right into Thom Filicia's living room

Nothing beats a home-decor deal, from flowers to fabric-covered ottomans. But go too cheap, and you end up in a dangerous situation.  

Our new happy place is Designers House, a collection of mini boutiques at Culver City?s H.D. Buttercup furniture store that?s all about the finer things in life.

Featuring six rooms decorated by some of today?s most happening designers, Designers House is a chance to experience world-class interiors outside the pages of Elle Decor. And the best part: Everything?s for sale. The inaugural vignettes were outfitted by bigwigs like Celerie Kemble and Aerin Lauder, and more designers will participate in the future.  

Each room is distinct (Santa Monica-based Jeffrey Alan Marks?s is beachy cool while Atlanta decorator Suzanne Kasler?s skews über-feminine) and offers a tactile tutorial on what makes fine furniture so worth it: The heft of Kemble?s Lucite-and-brass coffee table ($6,475), the leather and nail-head details on Thom Filicia?s dining chair ($995) or the too-luminous-to-photograph gold leaf on Lauder?s picture frame ($175). (A wall-mounted iPad is on hand with pricing information.)

Yes, these pieces will cost you dearly--but when you amortize future generations? love for them, what could be a better investment?

H.D. Buttercup, 3225 Helms Ave., Culver City; 310-306-8100 or

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