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Kluft Aireloom King: 7-foot mattress for couples who need space

Kluft Aireloom KingIf you have trouble sleeping harmoniously with the one you love, new furniture might not seem like the most logical solution. But judging by the growing number of specialty beds on the market, it's certainly a popular one. The newest offering from Rancho Cucamonga luxury mattress maker Kluft is the Aireloom King, which promises a measure of peace that is 7 feet long by 7 feet wide. That's a full foot wider and 17% larger in total area than a California king, all the better to distance yourself from that snorer or kicker in your life.

A Kluft spokeswoman said some couples want supersized mattresses simply to help fill their supersized master suites, but others are looking for ways to sleep farther apart without resorting to separate beds. The nonstandard size does commit you to custom pads and sheets, sold by partner companies. And then there is the price.

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Before and after: Closet remodel for a Palisades fashionista

 Designer Lisa Adams created a light and airy dressing space, above, from what used to be a dark walk-in closet, below right. The project is the latest installment of Pro Portfolio, our Monday feature that looks at recently built, remodeled or redecorated homes with commentary from the designers. Though some makeover projects we feature fall into the realm of budget-minded, pragmatic design, others are peeks into fantasy worlds. We'll let you decide where this one falls in the spectrum and add that beyond the extravagance is some practical advice about how simple changes in lighting and finishes can transform a space, large or small.

Closet1Location: Pacific Palisades.

Designer: Lisa Adams, LA Closet Design.

Designer's statement: The design concept was to create a boutique dressing room -- a living space -- in the home of my client.

We wanted a Hollywood glam look while still maintaining a timeless feel, so I opted for white lacquer cabinetry with black and silver accents.

In the closet, everything has its place: socks, belts, scarves, watches, stilettos, formal gowns. Because my client is a petite woman in a room with a high ceiling, it was imperative to incorporate pull-down hanging rods to maximize the reachable spaces. LEDs in the cabinetry provide additional lighting, with an automatic on/off switch on the doors. She is now set to shop in her closet!

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Boffi's new showroom tempts L.A. modernists with kitchens, baths and now closet systems

Boffi, the high-end Italian manufacturer of kitchens and baths, will open a new showroom Thursday in West Hollywood, one that will showcase the company's latest collection: wardrobe and closet components.

That's right. Boffi, the 77-year-old firm that made sleek minimalism a dream-inspiring look of gourmet kitchens and spa bathrooms, can now dress up your dressing room. The designs include the St. Germain walk-in closet system, above, which features rectangular rods, mounted drawers and adjustable shelves. 

Solferino wardrobe det. doors byTommasoSartori_high For smaller spaces, St.Germain comes in a wardrobe version, with white sliding doors, built-in lighting and a slide-out trouser rack.

The Solferino wardrobe has a bachelor-pad elegance with its wood-paneled interior, floor and ceiling illumination and hinged doors, right.

The designs come as customizable modules. When we asked about prices, we were told they are available upon request at the showroom.

The Boffi store is in the two-story space formerly occupied by Modern Living. It was reconfigured by Piero Lissoni, the legendary architect, interior designer and furniture icon. The showroom also carries Boffi bath and kitchen products, including the stainless-steel-topped island below, which is listed at $70,000. 

8775 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, (310) 652-5500.

-- David A. Keeps


Photo credits: Boffi


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Interior Illusions' new store sells exclusive line of Calvin Klein Home furniture


Calvin Klein Home has been selling luxe linens and tabletop goods for decades, but its exclusive Curator collection of furniture has a new home: the recently opened Interior Illusions store in West Hollywood. The 6,400-square-foot space, Interior Illusions’ fifth location, is the only California retailer carrying the furniture collection.

DSC01803_1_500x360adj copyWith pieces made from walnut and marble and accents in parchment and leather, the Curator collection carries designer-name pricing. The Canopy bed, above, is $4,800. The pair of coordinating night stands are $2,500. Sheets, pillows and duvets are in the $100-to-$350 range. 

The Curator collection Striated Base dining table is $3,000, shown at right with chairs and lighting from other manufacturers. The 8-by-11-foot Orange Luster rug is about $4,000. The Four Seasons chairs by Costantini Pietro are $1,130 each, and the drum pendant lights by Penta are $1,295 each  -- not really rooms-to-go pricing, but the store also sells accessories for those who want to splurge sensibly.

8761 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood; (310) 289-1824.

-- David A. Keeps

Photo credit: James Butchart 


Milan furniture fair 2011: Trends, standouts and misfires


Porro premieres a geometric beauty from the design studio Front


By the time the Milan furniture fair closed Sunday, one of the clearest trends to emerge was a renewed love of wood. Oak and walnut replaced powder-coated steel as the materials choice, as booth after booth showcased upholstered chairs and glass tables set on wooden legs, ceramic side tables set on wooden bases, and bookcases and bedroom furniture in natural wood finishes.

One standout: a new chest of drawers from the Italian firm Porro. Oak inlays in four shades created a gorgeous geometric puzzle. The design, by the Swedish studio Front, looked angular yet soft, and the play of the wood grain and the offset position of drawer pulls added a touch of irreverence.


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-- Craig Nakano in Milan, Italy

Photo: Oak inlays in four shades create a gorgeous geometric puzzle in a chest of drawers from the Italian firm Porro, designed by Swedish studio Front. Credit: Franco Forci / For The Times


Pasadena Showcase House takes over 1927 English Revival


This year's 47th annual Pasadena Showcase House and Garden Tour features many great rooms, but no modern Great Room, as in a sprawling space for simultaneous TV watching, cooking and entertaining.

Instead, the designers who worked on this year's property, a 1927 Paul Williams English Revival, preserved those bygone bones of relatively small bedrooms, lots of tiny nooks and a downright minuscule kitchen compared with today's food-court-sized culinary zones.

Jan Ledgard of Yorkshire Kitchens Inc. kept the kitchen's original footprint intact, hid most of the modern-day appliances behind era-appropriate facades, and even reused the original jewel-green crystal knobs.

With a total of 7,400 square feet, the home's biggest spaces include a regally proportioned dining room (done by Amy Devault) and a truly sprawling reception hall by George Massar Design. (Don't forget to check on the telephone closet off the front door, also done by Massar, who incorporated the original wall-mounted candlestick phone into the look.).

Yes, there is a huge, high-ceilinged great room designed by David Dalton, with some of the ground floor's only bursts of vibrant color, but don't look for massive flat screens or easy kitchen access here. This is about a pre-digital, pre-Snackwells age of relaxation, in which the decor gets people into fireplace- and garden-viewing mode.


Upstairs, more big-name SoCal designers worked on various rooms, including Kristi Nelson of KMNelson Design, who did the lady-in-waiting bedroom and bathroom; Barclay Butera, who created an exotic looking bedroom/bathroom called the Regal Retreat; and Tamara Kaye-Honey, who imagined a retro chic rumpus room.

Unlike previous Pasadena tours, this one includes a renovated garage by Jaime Dietenhofer and Scott Siler of Garage Envy and a once dirt-floored horse stable that has been converted into the guest cottage by Joshua Cain and Jeff Godbold of Saxony Design Built.

Also new to the tour: a butterfly garden/habitat by David Snow, a pub area in the restaurant tent, and a before-and-after video that will be shown in the shuttle that ferries visitors from the Rose Bowl parking lot to the house (about a 12-minute ride, according to organizers).

From April 17-May 15; tickets $30-40. Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. Closed Mondays.

-- Alexandria Abramian Mott

Upper photo: The Showcase House's rumpus room. Credit: Tamara Kaye-Honey

Lower photo: The house's Regal Retreat. Credit: Barclay Butera


Set Pieces: The beds in Maroon 5's 'Never Gonna Leave This Bed' video


When you've got it, flaunt it. Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine has made no secret of his romance with Victoria's Secret model Anne Vyalitsyna, who appeared as a femme fatale in the band's video for "Misery." Now, in a literal take on the latest single "Never Gonna Leave This Bed," director Tim Nackashi captures the couple rolling around in a glass box on wheels as well as dreamy boudoirs set up at two iconic Los Angeles locations. 

With the Santa Monica Pier in view, the lovebirds snuggle under a shaggy blanket on the beach in a curvaceous woven canopy bed. Later, Levine and Vyalitsyna make a home movie on a Hollywood Regency bed plunked down in front of Graumann's Chinese Theatre.

Production designer David Courtemarche, who staged the poolside set for Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" and a gold prison cell for Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet Escape," this time worked with set decorator Julie Withers to create the memorable bedrooms. The woven bed on the beach is the Voyage by Kenneth Cobonpue. (Side note: Even design aficionados may not know Cobonpue is the son of a designer, Betty Cobonpue.)

The Voyage bed, below, is made from abaca fiber and buri, a coconut leaf product, strung on a steel frame. It sells for $3,460 (queen) or $4,590 (king) exclusively at Twentieth in Los Angeles. For an upcharge, it also can be ordered in an indoor-outdoor version woven with all-weather synthetic wicker.

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Maroon5-bed-set_450Omega Cinema Props provided the neo-Rococo headboard, right. It has a funny back story, Omega Cinema Props' Allan Songer said.

"It was custom made for a movie called 'Manure' with Billy Bob Thornton, which was never released. A lot of the furnishings were brown."

The tall, tufted faux-leather headboard is curved and designed to fit an 8-foot-diameter round mattress. It does indeed have brown piping. It is one-of-a-kind, but it can be replicated by Omega for about $3,000.

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The bed that has readers losing sleep

Our recent photo gallery featuring the home of This Is Not IKEA co-founder Alexis Hadjopulos prompted several messages from readers wondering: Where did he get that bed?

You asked, we answer: That is the Edge bed from Environment Furniture. The wide frame provides a place to set glasses, books and remote control. Side drawers provide storage under the mattress. The wood is Brazilian peroba rosa and mahogany veneer. Price: $3,995 for queen, $4,395 for standard king or California king.

If that's beyond your budget, consider our recent post on Croft House. The store sells a Mossam platform bed that has a different silhouette but is similar in spirit. Price: $1,850. 

-- Craig Nakano

Photo: Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times

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The Deal: 40% off vintage textiles at Country Laundry

Although the Wisconsin-based online retailer Country Laundry is geared for bulk wholesale buyers, individual shoppers can buy vintage quilts and linens at wholesale prices during the company's December sale.

Shopping here is a bit unconventional: You peruse the website to get an idea of what kinds of pieces you want. Then after placing your order for a crazy quilt, perhaps, or tea towels, pillows or other linens, Country Laundry will choose the items for you. You can convey preferences for certain styles, materials or colors by phone or e-mail, and Country Laundry will confirm those details before moving forward. Still, part of the fun is the one-of-a-kind nature of each piece and a certain element of surprise seeing how designers have fulfilled your request.

Crazyquilt7 "We start with vintage and antique textiles and then we refashion them," says designer Suzanne Frye. "We recently got a huge lot of high-quality tea towels, for instance, and we then hand crocheted the edges."

Discounted items include the velvet, silk and satin crazy quilt shown here, regularly $425, now $255; prairie quilts, regularly $275, now $165; hand embroidered linen tea towels, regularly $15, now $9 and tufted quilts, regularly $285, now $171.

Frye said a new line of contemporary pieces geared toward the Midcentury Modern home will premiere in January. Shipping is free.

-- Lisa Boone

Photo credits: Country Laundry

The Deal: Cottage chic from a surprising source


Sears may not exactly be the obvious place to prowl for a little contemporary cottage style, but then again, that's what's nice about the store's new Country Living collection: an element of surprise.

Yes, you'll find rooster plates (on sale and kind of amusing, actually). But other pieces, styled in the pared-down, pulled-back way, do feel crisply contemporary. The Kenned reversible quilt pictured here has the pattern and texture of times past, but the black-and-white palette puts the bed ensemble squarely in the present. Complemented with a glass lamp and clean-lined rustic furniture, it's a look that would be friendly to many homes — and pocketbooks.

The quilt comes in a set with two shams: $62.99 for queen, $71.99 for king.

The last time we checked the Sears' website for the Kenned design, the photo showed the quilt hidden under a checkerboard duvet. A spokeswoman, however, said the store's Web team had been alerted and was looking into updating the photo. Bottom line: Look here, buy there. In case it's helpful: the store locator.

Photo credit: Sears


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