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 athttp://prettyhautemess.blogspot.com/. 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.