Sunday, December 5, 2010


When I sent out  the word I was starting a tour, the idea was to start small with six or seven people. I was so surprised by the overwhelming response, I promise, I swear, I'll make the next one larger. Thank you to everyone who wanted to come but couldn't. I did get my six people with two last minute cancellations, which gave me four of the coolest people. We have Shawnda, the actress, Michael, the art collector, Jenny, the writer/ artist, and Cori, the designer and blogger from Pretty Haute Mess. If you have never seen her wonderful blog you have to check it out at This group were so diverse and so interesting I could not have been
happier. Thanks you guys you are the best.  There was so much to look at and report back that I going to start with the first stop, Downtown and it's a adjoining store Outside Downtown.
David Serrano, one of the owners, and myself. David was amazing, gracious, and answered every question we threw at him with patience and wit, and believe me we asked a lot questions. Thanks David.
Style, Glamour, Energy, this store has it all.
The always helpful Hector showing us a Billy Haines chair.
The lighting in Downtown is beyond words and this is one good
reason why this store has been around all these years.
I really want this mirror for Christmas, Santa Baby

The is the green metal garden chair brought to you from heaven through Downtown.
What did I say about the  lighting?
Murano, Murano, Murano, and more
What's good about this tour is the opportunity to see and to be shown certain pieces, by certain people, in this case the late great, Billy Haines.
 This light fixture in my dining room, yes?
Or maybe the starburst?
Did I mention that David Serrano, among all his other talents, is an artist. This picture is of a wire sculpture  made by him. It's like a line drawing, a beautiful line drawing.
Downtown not only carries vintage designer pieces, they have a large line of custom made furniture and lighting. The beautiful mirrored sideboard is a good example.

The Henri Matisse lamps. 
   Here is the gracious and brilliant Robert Wilson, the second owner of Downtown with the gang. Thanks Robert and David for letting us crash the store and being so welcoming. So you guys that's it on this part of the tour stay tuned we have seven more stores to go.


Stephen said...

I would so love to go on one of your tours...

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

Hi Kevin, That looked like a lot of fun! The French chairs are DELICIOUS! Thanks for the tour have yourself a good evening....Julian

Midcenturymadam said...

I am green with envy! Wish they'd get that bullet train started...and finished. I'd be there for sure!

sherri said...

oh how fun. and awesome. and i love your new profile picture. very distinguished/pensive/hawt.

Mlle Paradis said...

oh so sorry i missed it! sign me up definitely for next time! can't wait for the next installment.

Gary said...

A full airport pat down would be so worth it to have been able to have been in your tour group. The first stop has been marvelous and I can’t wait to see the rest. - G

Suzanne said...

What a fun day! Now to get myself to LA from snowy CT...LOVE those Matisse lamps!

1950's_atomic_ranch_house said...

Oh boy, see what I miss living out in one of the Valleys? So close, yet so far!

Thank you for sharing the tour with us, it was wonderful of you to arrange it!! And wonderful to be a part of it =)

Kathy said...

K.....I'm sooo jealous.If you have another in the spring...I'm there with bells on! As for the lighting, I have always loved a starburst...but I see as a romantic....the sailing vessel...definitely the sailing vessel.....thanks for sharing it all...can't wait to see the rest....K

AuroraSuzette said...

Next time I'm down there I hope you're still doing your tours!! Was there plenty of time for buying too?? I hope you get your Christmas wish. xx

Barbara said...

Where is Downtown? Man, I've been away from LA seven years now, and all the cool things are still there!!!

I want all the lamps, the furniture and the mirror!!

Angie said...

That mirror was gorgeous!! I bet this tour was amazing!!! Wish I could've been.

Karena said...

Wow Kevin this is so exciting and I cannot wait to see more!

Do come and enter my giveaway from Fifi Flowers!

Art by Karena

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I wish I could have been there. I'm looking forward to the rest of the tour. I gave you a stylish blog award today on my blog. You can pas along if you like or ignore...either is fine with me.

vignette design said...

Oh how I would love to go on one of your tours! Maybe someday when I'm in LA....Thanks for the virtual tour in the meantime Kevin! ~Delores

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

I'm over here from Nita's. She gave me the award too so I wanted to go check out all the other blogs. I'm your newest follower and would be delighted to have you follow me back. Can't wait to dive into your lovely blog even more! I've only been to Hollywood once. Thanks for letting me visit again vicariously through you! Have a wonderful day!~Tammy

for the love of a house said...

hello Kevin!!
what a fun tour! I think that's such a great idea!

love your header of your house- gorgeous! do you have a source for those gorgeous lampshades, or did they come with the lamps?

happy holidays!

Jessica Davis said...

Looks like you guys had fun. I'm so jealous. Let me know when you're doing the next one. I'll help you plan it! Maybe we can do a pasadena antiques tour!