That’s so 2018! Design trends to ditch this year.

With only a couple weeks left in the first month of the year, there is no better time to ditch some of those 2018 home trends. While certain statement pieces will last through the seasons, the round-up below are so last year! So read below and start off fresh in 2019!!

1. Gallery walls

Photo by Tim Barber Ltd Architecture 

It’s time to cool it with nailing 20-piece photo collages onto our walls. Instead, make a bigger splash with one large piece that leaves an impression.

“I love family photos, but the stark black or blond wood frames—thank you, Ikea!—that we’ve put up on the wall are a little, well, not trending,” says Los Angeles home designer Kim Gordon.

A wall full of little frames, Gordon says, fails to make a statement and ends up being overlooked and ignored. Plus, those frames will just accumulate dust and fingerprints.

In the new year, Gordon says the tedious clutter will give way to “big, potentially colorful, and absolutely impactful” art that wows—think charcoal sketches or watercolors—“anything to relieve some of the monotony.”

2. Industrial kitchens

Photo by PowerSmith Design 

Three years later, and we’re still ringing the closing bell on this exhausted look. It seems old habits (and Edison bulbs) die hard.

So, we’ll say it again for the people in the back: Industrial chic is played out. It’s time to flip the switch on cage lighting and aggressively exposed pipes and beams.

“More often than not, [this look] fails and lacks the authenticity the designer is ardently trying to create,” says David Shove-Brown of Washington, DC–based architecture and design firm //3877.

Industrial kitchens are “not the most inviting place to be the heart of your home—more like living in a Costco,” O’Neill adds. “So, unless you are a professional chef, let’s retire this trend.”

Make the swap for lush, opulent hues in the kitchen—deep (almost black) greens and blues, and dark woodwork—and lean on matte metallics for contrast, recommends Debbie Schamberger of Elite Kitchen & Bath.

“Gold is strong for hardware, faucets, and lighting fixtures—a soft gold, like Champagne,” she says.

3. Boho accessories

Photo by We Are In Our Element 

We can already hear the boos and hisses on this one, but Portland, OR, designer Justin Riordan isn’t having it.

“Boho has to die,” he says. “It’s totally flippin’ over.”

You know what we’re talking about: The macrame wall hangings, the waxy-fake succulents (“You’re not fooling anybody,” Riordan says), and your Moroccan lanterns all had a good run, but it’s time to rein it in.

“You can, of course, continue to buy $19 batik pillows at Target, but stuff like that is just fodder for your next garage sale,” Riordan says. “It comes on really fast and goes away really fast.”

If you just can’t tear yourself away from that gypsy-soul-world-citizen vibe, Riordan suggests channeling those feelings into an authentic piece that reflects a real ethnic tradition—say, a kilim rug—and building the room around that.

4. Word art

Photo by Bach Homes 

We know—we can’t believe it either, but the word art trend is still happening. In 2019, however, the pros are determined to make it finally stop. Even if you can live, laugh, and love with the best of them, those words don’t belong on your walls.

“Any text art hung in the home meant to be positive just comes across as cheesy and predictable,” says Jessica Boudreaux, an interior designer in Miami and New York City. “Stuart Smalley called, and he wants his signage back.”

Ana Cummings of Ana Interiors agrees: “It’s about as hokey as you can get.”

5. Kitchen islands

Photo by Havlicek Builders Inc. 

But isn’t the island sort of ultimate #kitchengoals? Diana Blaszkiewicz, an associate with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty in Washington, DC, doesn’t think so. Her clients increasingly want to ditch the kitchen island, and she’s happy to oblige.

“They’re bulky and often don’t provide adequate storage space; plus, they’re very easy to bump into in the middle of the night,” she says.

In lieu of an island, situate the dining table closer to the kitchen, Blaszkiewicz recommends, or use modular, moveable storage instead.

6. Gray everything

Photo by Creative House Zone 

Will 2019 be the year we do away with gray?

“From walls to napkins, from Florida to Maine, it has been all about gray for so long now, I can hardly remember when it snuck in,” O’Neill laments.

“Because we’ve concentrated on cool grays for so long, it just feels dated at this point,” Riordan adds. “Everything I see in that palette just feels really cold to me.”

Plus, gray has become the go-to neutral for home staging—and that means this hue often “screams ‘newly flipped,’” Blaszkiewicz notes.

That doesn’t mean neutrals are out, but designers are ready for a shift to warmer tones, like sandy taupes.

7. Over-the-stove microwaves

Photo by Mabry Construction, Inc. 

Certain residential features are the brainchildren of home builders—notinterior designers. Such is the story of microwaves situated above cooktops.

“It was never a good design choice,” Cummings says. “Microwaves are so ugly, to put it bluntly.”

The microwave-over-the-range setup is not even functional, says Doug Lewis, a kitchen and bath remodeler in Richmond, VA. The combo’s popularity is driven entirely by the need to economize space—and it sacrifices the ventilation capabilities of a full-size hood vent (as opposed to the scrawny item built into the bottom of over-range microwaves).

“With those, you’re maybe getting 25% venting function,” Lewis says. “Plus, it’s just an awkward height for younger or shorter people to use. Ever tried to reach over your head to get hot soup out of the microwave? Not good.”

So what’s a space-starved homeowner to do? Undercounter microwaves are gaining popularity, Lewis says, and a growing number of cabinet manufacturers offer designs that accommodate them. You can also mount your microwave under upper cabinets while still preserving that precious counter space.

8. Microfiber upholstery

Photo by LuxWest Interiors 

For years now, microfiber has been the hero of home furniture—an affordable and practical choice for its durability. So durable, in fact, that this vaguely suede-like fabric is ready for a rest.

Why? Most microfiber furniture can make the overall design of a room appear dated and cheap, says Beverly Hills, CA–based designer Kita Williams. And while it’s not impossible to find a microfiber piece in a modern shape, aren’t you ready to try something new?

“Err on the side of caution, and stay away from microfiber,” Williams says. “Stick with linen, leather, pleather, tweed, and canvas-type fabrics.”

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New Year’s Resolutions for your Home

1: Streamline the stuff

One of the best and least expensive ways to feel better about your home is to clear it of clutter.

Each year most of us acquire a mountain of stuff. Without some regular purging, cabinets and drawers get jam-packed and it becomes hard to find the things you use and enjoy the most. (All that clutter also makes your house look dated and dirty, designers say.)

This year resolve to go room-by-room periodically clearing anything that you don’t use, wear or love and donate it to charity. After that, think twice about what you bring in, says Antoinette Nue, an Atlanta consultant who specializes in helping people simplify and go green.

“Fill your home with the things that raise your energy level and make you feel good, and get rid of the things that drain your energy or are broken,” she says.

Stash useful (but not beautiful) items such as DVDs, remotes and those kicked-off shoes in simple woven baskets. Group similar items together on sleek trays, says Stuart McCormick, a designer with Liz Levin Interiors in Washington D.C.

Clear your counters of everything you don’t use on a daily basis. And get ready to breathe a little easier in your own home. 

2: Make it safe and sound

Your home may be beautiful, but is it safe?

First, check your house for radon. This colorless, odorless gas causes about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year from the radioactive particles it traps in your lungs as you breathe, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. One in every fifteen homes has elevated levels. And with test kits costing as little as $20 at your local hardware store, there’s no reason not to get right on that.

While we’re on the subject of deadly gas, make sure you install a carbon monoxide detector on every bedroom floor in addition to fire detectors. If a chimney flue or furnace vent gets blocked or leaks, carbon monoxide could back up in your house and kill you. Like a radon test, this is a small investment — $40 or more — for such an important safeguard.

Watch out for dryer lint. We know you clean the little trap inside the door, but most people neglect to clean the vents and ducts behind the dryer. Lint may seem innocent, but it’s highly combustible, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, accounting for more than 15,000 building fires a year.

Make sure your house can breathe. Many people’s bathrooms and attics aren’t vented to the outside (or the vents are covered over with shingles.) This makes you a prime candidate for mold.

And if you’re considering a remodel — and your home was last built or remodeled before 1978 — consider testing for lead paint and asbestos flooring. It will have to handled properly during removal, or particles can be released into the air for you to ingest.

3: Shrink your bills (and your carbon footprint in the process)

When people think of going green, they often think it takes solar panels to make a difference.

Not so, says Bob Schildgen, who wrote the “Hey Mr. Green” column for Sierra magazine. It just takes a little old-fashioned common sense.

The best place to start is by cutting your energy usage in your home:

– Remember your mom’s advice and switch off the lights when you leave a room.

– Turn off your air conditioner when you leave the house and dial your heater down to 55 degrees at night.

– Install LED bulbs and low-flow showerheads.

– Turn off your power strips and/or set your home computer to revert to sleep mode when not in use.

– Water your yard less. Put in drought-tolerant landscaping if necessary.

– Give composting a try. Your garden will thank you.

4: Work out a weekly system for keeping your house clean

Here are a few tips for keeping the mess under control from Jeff Campbell. He is the author of the book Speed Cleaning and owner of the Clean Team housekeeping service in San Francisco.

Daily: Dishes go in the dishwasher every night – no excuses! Dirty clothes go in the hamper and jackets or clean clothes are hung in the closet. Bring everything back to its assigned place.

Weekly: Clean your entire house, using these tips:

– Keep all of your cleaners in a portable carryall that moves with you from room to room.

– Focus on one type of cleaning at a time. It’s faster, Campbell says. Wipe down fingerprints on all of the cabinets, for instance, before moving on to spraying and wiping counters. Then move on to windows and mirrors and appliances. Once that’s done move on to sweeping and then mopping floors.

– For optimum efficiency, enlist the help of your family. If you can, divide the jobs among at least three parties. One of you can do the dusting/vacuuming and changing beds. The other can do the bathroom cleanup, leaving only the kitchen and trash emptying for you to handle. The upside? You can get the whole house done in 45 minutes, Campbell says. Leaving more time on the weekends for the park or the movies.

5: Get your place ready for entertaining

Each year most of us vow to spend more time with family and friends. To make you feel like inviting people in, why not give the areas you entertain in a little update?

You don’t have go for broke here and invest in a new kitchen remodel. All it takes to get a fresh new look is a little bit of rearranging and a few updates, says designer McCormick.

One easy update that makes your home seem more “finished” is the addition of plants, she says.

“They bring in new energy and help clean the air,” she says. “And it’s a great way to decorate if you’re on a budget.”

Pulling out a new accent color from your existing decor can make the whole room seem fresh. Pick an underused color in the room and add more of it in the form of a new pillow or throw to update your look, McCormick advises. A colorful rug or runner can also help anchor your space.

Lastly, take some time to rearrange your furniture so it is oriented in conversation groups and not just facing the television. That just might up for chances for real conversation and connection in the New Year.

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Weekend Events: May 11 – 13

Los Angeles provides no limit of things to do, some awesome and some not so awesome.

Since time is precious in this fast paced city we curate a list of things to do in Los Angeles for every weekend that’ll help you decide how you want to spend your limited supply of attention (not to mention dollars!).

This week weekend, from Friday, May 11 to Saturday, May 13, features ARTXFOOD, Echo Park Craft Fair, BoldPas: An Art Takeover of Old Pasadena, Smorgasburg Fried Chicken Day, Grand Central Market Cookbook Live!, Latin Dance Sunday, Mother’s Day brunch options, and MUCH more.

Remember you can always go to our L.A. events calendar page to get an updated rundown of what’s happening around the city.

Hope you find the rundown useful and, as always, enjoy your week!

Friday May 11th, 2018

1. LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Downtown Los Angeles will launch its 4th annual FREE Summer of Salsa concert series on Friday. Dance to the sounds of some of the city’s best salsa and Cuban bands one Friday evening each month through September. FREE

2. ARTXFOOD, a nightly series of communal meals merging the worlds of art and cuisine, will take place at Goya Studios in Hollywood every evening from May 11 through June 3. Top Chef All Starswinner Richard Blais will create the food, while L.A. artist Greg Ito creates art that will surround you during the evening.

3. The Pacific Dining Car will once again celebrate their anniversary with a juicy burger at a throwback price of just 97 cents. The price signifies how many years the 24 hour 1920’s railway train car restaurant has been in business. The burger promo is only redeemable if you sign up to reserve the burger. The promotion ends on May 12.

4. They Who Saw the Deep is a new multi-discipline immersive experience that takes place in a secret 17,000 square-foot space in Koreatown. Happening Thursday through Sundays.

5. Echo Park Craft Fair’s Spring Edition at Mack Sennett Studios (May 11-13) features over 120 artists with various ceramic, jewelry, clothing, woodworking and textile design booths.

6. Brennan’s will host a Friday PieDay Pizza Party Power Hour on the patio from 4 to 7 p.m. with free pepperoni or cheese pizza and live music.

7. RuPaul’s DragCon is three days of art, pop culture and all things drag. Hosted at the Los Angeles Convention Center, visitors can check out vendors, panel discussions, screenings, photo ops with drag stars, lip sync contests, make-up and styling workshops for both men and women.

8. Urban Death: Spring, a haunted theater attraction, is coming to Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group in North Hollywood this weekend. Terrorizing audiences in L.A. for over a decade, the spring edition is a completely new experience of inexplicable horrors and unfathomable monstrosities.

9. Rooftop Cinema Club returns to the rooftops of The Montalban in Hollywood and LEVEL in DTLA with multiple screenings this week that include Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Gone Girl, It, The Notebook and more.

10. Immerse yourself in a day (or two!) of all things Jurassic Park during Universal Studios’ 25th anniversary celebration of the dinosaur blockbuster on May 11-12. Enjoy special exhibits, interactive photo ops, a fan costume show, a screening of the film and more.

11. Beloved Sanrio character Aggretsuko a red panda who takes out her frustrations through karaoke by singing death metal has a “Den Of Rage Pop-Up Shop” in Litte Tokyo. Here until Wednesday, May 16 the pop up features photo opportunities, exclusive products and more.

12. Head to Marina Del Rey to shop the James Perse sample sale. Menswear, womenswear, home, accessories and footwear will all be discounted. Happening May 11-13.

13. There’s a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window in 35mm at the Vista this Friday.

14. Greenbar Distillery hosts whisky tastings at their distillery in Downtown Los Angeles where you get to taste six kinds of whisky and learn how to identify a scotch, rye, bourbon and more.

15. It’s Pasadena Restaurant Week (May 6-11) diners can expect 40+ restaurants in participation offering special prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus.

16. Shop handbags, clothing, shoes and accessories at up to 75% off during the Rebecca Minkoff sample sale. Happening May 8-13 at 260la in Beverly Hills.

17. Visit the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, a majestic Mediterranean masterpiece built in 1915 and designed by distinguished architect Reginald Davis Johnson, from April 22-May 20. The tours have been going strong since 1948, it’s also one of the oldest, largest and most successful house and garden tours in the country.

18. Shop Lucca Couture’s influencer approved styles during their three day sample sale May 10-12. Spring/Summer pieces will be discounted.

Saturday May 12th, 2018

19. BoldPas: An Art Takeover of Old Pasadena returns on Saturday for a day of bold public art, installations, and activities. Expect 30+ Art Stops, live painters, an activity hub, and maps available for self-guided tours. FREE

20. KROQ Weenie Roast takes place at the Stubhub center in Carson this Saturday with major act like Blink-182, The War On Drugs. Mt. Joy, Coldwar Kids and more. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

21. Smorgasburg Fried Chicken Day will take place at Santa Anita Park. Chomp on chicken from the likes of Bahn Oui (fried chicken sandwiches), Baohaus (fried chicken bao buns), Bolo (fried chicken on a pineapple bun), Hot Star (Taiwanese street food-style large fried chicken) and more.

22. Eat|See|Hear returns for 2018 with a screening of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind at LA State Historic Park. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

23. Beyond the Streets is a fully immersive exhibition of street and graffiti art comprised of over 30 artist in a massive 40,000+ square feet exhibits. Artist are an eclectic mix of street and beyond including Retna, Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf, Dennis Hopper and Jenny Holzer. Open Tuesday through Sunday this week.

24. The Mid City Arts and Music Festival returns for a day of live art, food trucks, music and kid friendly fun. Warren G will perform with the G Funk All Stars and Delicious Vinyl Island Sound System will also provide tunes. FREE

25. Street Food Cinema returns this weekend with a screening of Selena at Exposition Park andWonder Woman at Verdugo Park in Glendale. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

26. Grand Central Market Cookbook Live! is a daylong foodie party with cooking demos, tastings and workshops inspired by the recipes from the food hall’s cookbook. Workshops are free but you have to register to reserve a spot.

27. The Unique LA Spring Market 2018 returns to the California Market Center on May 12-13 for two afternoons of shopping with over 250 independent designers, artists, and emerging brands.

28. Esotouric’s 10th anniversary edition of “Crawling Down Cahuenga: Tom Waits” is a rare annual tour where fans get to walk in Waits’ shoes. Hear stories about people he’s met, places he’s been and late night dives that helped shaped his music.

29. There’s a Air Vase Workshop at Japan House Los Angeles this Saturday. Learn to create a self-standing structure made from a single sheet of paper after the class checkout the current Takeo Paper Show: Subtle. FREE

30. Stop by Pop-Up Magazine’s Spring Edition at The Theatre at Ace Hotel for a night of jaw-dropping, scandalous, funny and sometimes endearing stories during this unique storytelling experience.

31. For Lawry’s 80th anniversary the iconic prime rib destination will partner up with L.A. Times Food Bowl and Jonathan Gold to host an epic lunch and panel discussion with beloved L.A. chefs Nancy Silverton, Jon Shook, Vinny Dotolo and Sang Yoon. Each chef will reinvent a Lawry’s signature dish from the spinning bowl salad to classic cart sides and dessert.

32. Downtown LA Beer and Music Festival comes to Pershing Square in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday with unlimited samples of 100+ craft beers. Guest will also be treated to live music by Alien Ant Farm, Mickey Avalon, and Dirt Nastyl as well as pop-up food vendors.

33. Female-driven wine shop Vinovore will host Wine + Wags this Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Part dog adoption party, part wine tastings by donation, the event will help highlight female-run animal rescue organization, MaeDay Rescue.

34. East LA Comicbook, Art and Pop-Culture Expo is a free event featuring collectibles, comic creators, cosplay, and more taking place at El Gallo Plaza. FREE

35. Bird LA Day returns to Los Angeles for citywide bird-centric events including a Fern Dell Bird Walk at Griffith Park, a Parrots of Pasadena walk, talk and cocktail reception at La Pintoresca Park and lots more.

36. Take a ride and picnic with nonprofits River LA and CicLAvia along the L.A. River on the Elysian Valley bike path. The event includes a five-mile bike ride and an outdoor picnic on the river’s edge provided by local restaurants in the area. BYOB (bikes).

37. The Blending Lab will host a special Mother’s Day Wine Blending Class this Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. All attendees will get 10% off the class in celebration of Mothers Day. The Blending Lab will also extend the 10% discount to Sunday for all glasses, flights and bottle purchases.

38. JANM (Japanese American National Museum) will host a Free Family Day in celebration of Japanese American history. FREE

39. L.A.’s only live animated comedy show Picture This! is back with a free show on Saturday at The Virgil with over a dozen well known comedians and animators. FREE

40. The Museum of Failure  in Hollywood and Highland includes epic failures like Juicero, Facebook Gifts,, and Google Wave. There’s also an entire section dedicated to Hollywood with some of the industry’s biggest fails. Happening all week. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

41. IDENTITY LA a celebration of Asian Pacific Americans will take place at City Hall and Grand Park this Saturday. This free event will feature live music by Jay Park and more as well as variety of food truck curated by Roy Choi. FREE

Sunday May 13th, 2018

42. Mother’s Day is this Sunday. Treat mom to one of the many fabulous brunches being held just for the occasion. We curated an eclectic mix of offerings you’ll want to know about. See our top picks herethen make reservations fast, as the holiday is sure to make things busier than usual.

43. The Autry will host Latin Dance Sunday with music from Cal State LA’s award-winning Afro Latin Ensemble. There will be a bar and light refreshments served, select galleries will also remain open for the event.

44. A Tutta Pizza!, a festival dedicated to pizza will feature pizza makers, workshops, cooking demos, “deep dish” conversations, and a lively panel discussion. Taking place at the Hollywood Palladium. Check for discounted tickets before making your purchase. DISCOUNTED (via Goldstar)

45. Take free dance lessons with Debbie Allen, the famed actress/dancer/choreographer, the second Sunday of every month at at The Wallis in Beverly Hills. FREE

46. Downward Grog presents Mother Day Brewery Yoga this Sunday at Angry Horse Breweing in Montebello.

47. Speak Easy Yoga at Hotel Indigo in DTLA takes place on Sundays through the end of May where guests will flow through yoga with music from the 1920s.

48. Free admission dayMuseum of Latin American ArtUSC Pacific Asian Museum (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Craft and Folk Art Museum (pay what you can).

Schedule provided by We Like LA.

Home designed and listed by Rodeo Realty’s Darryl Wilson featured in LA Times

Darryl Wilson

A contemporary home designed and listed by Rodeo Realty’s Darryl Wilson has made news in the LA Times.

The Tony ‘Birds Streets’ perch is highlighted for its stellar views, which stretch from the ocean to downtown Los Angeles.

“The crisp and clean-lined exteriors and interiors unite this reimagined contemporary home in Hollywood Hills West,” said the LA Times.

The three bedrooms, three bathrooms home features a living room with fireplace, a formal dining area, kitchen island bar, stainless-steel appliances, and a breakfast nook.

Outdoors, there’s an infinity pool, a barbecue center with built-in seating, a dining area, and a two-car attached garage.

To read the LA Times feature on this property, click HERE.

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Rodeo Realty's Sunset agent Rhonda Payne lists Venice home designed by Bridgid Coulter


A refined rustic beach house designed by actress-turned designer Bridgid Coulter has just went on the market and it’s already making headlines. The modern beach bungalow is listed by Rhonda Payne of Rodeo Realty. The property is listed at $2,450,000 and is located on a 3,000 sq. ft. lot in Venice’s Oxford Triangle.

The property has been featured on LA Times, Daily Mail UK, Curbed, The Real Deal LA and TMZ.


Coulter explored the potential of the home by raising the ceiling of the main level to 10 feet and adding a second level. Coulter says she wanted the home to feel serene, airy and lofty. The extraordinary 3 bed, 3 bath masterpiece includes a “doghouse” pop up that leads to a 360 degree panoramic view from the roof deck.

The environmentally conscious home has hydronic radiant heating under all floors and remote venting clearstory windows that utilize centuries old climate control methods to maintain comfortable interiors all year. Coulter used Zero VOC paints, FSC certified woods, green glues, natural marble and stone all throughout the design of the home to reduce the potential for pollutants.

Outside, the small yards are filled with local and drought tolerant plants to minimize impact on resources. The property is completely surrounded by all new perimeter fencing.

Coulter (Bridgid Coulter Design, LLC) is a dreamer with myriad professional endeavors: trained in acting, improv, and interior design. While most proud of her role as a mother and mate, she juggles the occasional acting gig with running a boutique interior design firm based in Santa Monica. Bridgid has spent the last two decades in some part of the interior and architectural design process. She started the development arm simply to understand how to design and build a home. Her approach is a methodical, artistic process during which she contemplates every step of the journey as it develops both internally and externally.

Los Angeles Times article, click HERE

TMZ story, click HERE

Daily Mail UK, click HERE

Curbed report, click HERE

The Real Deal LA story, click HERE, click HERE

Page Six magazine, click HERE

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