L.A. Interior Designers Are Opening the Best Gift Shops
Next time you’re shopping for a hostess gift or just browsing for your own home inspo, pop into one of these expertly curated shops that reflect their proprietors’ great taste…and the neighborhoods across the city they call home.
Santa Monica: Tim Clarke Supply
To get a piece of the beachy-cool style that’s found west of the 405, head to decorator Tim Clarke’s sunny shop, where natural wicker, hammered brass and cerused oak lighting and furniture share space with marble salt and pepper cellars and charming vintage barware. You’ll find the kind of unique gift that will impress any host with your casual good taste.
2630 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica; 310-452-8374 or timclarkesupply.com
Fairfax: NK Shop
This 3,200-square-foot space is like a project by designers Todd Nickey and Amy Kehoe that’s come to life. There’s the bedroom area with globally sourced textiles and beckoning soft pillows; vintage seating and tables dinged just enough to look charming; and a kitchen area with distinctive Italian speckleware and French glazed earthenware. Nothing looks overdone—it’s the kind of lived-in look every decor geek strives for.
7221 Beverly Blvd.; 323-954-9300 or nickeykehoe.com
Calabasas: Shoppe Amber Interiors
A luxe farmhouse with loads of texture and muted color—that’s the vibe you’re getting when you walk into Amber Lewis’s Calabasas boutique. A pioneer of the laid-back white-walled California aesthetic, her shop is the place to splurge on a llama-wool throw for your patio or purchase a gorgeously rough-hewn Ethiopian hand towel for the powder room. A piñon pine and selenite crystal tied with cord makes a great housewarming gift.
23528 Calabasas Rd., Calabasas; 747-226-3898 or shoppe.amberinteriordesign.com
Palms: D.L. Rhein
Interior designer Deborah Rhein runs her interior design business from the back of this delightfully crowded boutique, where tables are overflowing with ever-rotating collections. Atray of brightly packaged hand creams might be next to an urn full of handcrafted jewelry, say, sitting by a chair groaning under a rainbow of folded textiles. Wit, creativity and friendliness are hallmarks of this designer, whose way with repainting and adding fresh upholstery turns meh vintage furniture into showpieces.
3303 Motor Ave.; 310-280-0474 or dlrhein.com
Silverlake: Rubbish Interiors
Designer Scott Mangan can shop an estate sale like nobody’s business, and his knowledgeable eye is in evidence at his antiques-filled multi-room storefront. Here you’ll browse vignettes of sitting areas, living rooms, bedrooms and dining rooms, with modernism next to Regency next to Asian styles. It’s always worth stopping in for a look to find that little obelisk or statue that your shelfie needs, or to discover a pair of newly acquired chairs just waiting to flank your hearth.
1627 Silver Lake Blvd.; 323-661-5575 or rubbishinteriors.com
DTLA: Hammer and Spear
A leather-and-tobacco-scented candle from France. A cocktail muddler hand-carved from American hardwoods. Lava rock potpourri in a hand-forged steel box. There’s a rough-hewn yet sophisticated vibe in the edit of home furnishings, apothecary items and jewelry at this store, an early pioneer in the formerly gritty arts district, run by husband-and-wife interior designers Scott Jarrell and Kristan Cunningham.
255 S. Santa Fe Ave.; 213-928-0997 or hammerandspear.com