Sprucing up your LA abode doesn’t mean you have to do an entire overhaul, or drain your savings account. Just adding a new piece of art here and a slash of color there can often do the trick, turning your Southland home into a brand new place which may deceive your friends into thinking an interior designer came in. Don’t worry, telling the truth is not necessary; just keep your little style secret after shopping at any of the following fine decor stores in LA.
Malabar Coast Living
500 North La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Treasures from the Far East often give that exotic allure you’ve been looking for to add mystery to your chambers while adding a dash of extra interest at the same time. Malabar offers treasures from India and China, as well as from Morocco and other parts of Africa, too. So choose between a hanging silk lamp for a touch of ambient lighting to a tribal cloth-covered bench that can serve as a coffee table. The ideas in this La Brea Avenue establishment are endless.
515 S. Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Finding just the right artifact to call attention in your home that it becomes a conversation piece is hardly an easy assignment. That is, unless you go to Tini, otherwise known as This Is Not Ikea. Although rooms are staged so buyers can get a sense of how the mid-century modern, industrial and other retro items in this shop fit in, that’s where the comparison to the popular Swedish home store ends. To be sure, this outlet is so unique that Angelenos won’t be disappointed when shopping to find that one item that will do them proud whenever company stops by.
4312 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90029
If tile work is something that appeals, look no farther than Further. This nifty Silver Lake boutique offers mosaic tables of every description, as well as many other home items of this kind that do a Southland sanctuary proud. If you’re lacking floor space but have a lot of wall space to spare, choose a tile mural in colors that pop, thus making this addition to where you live hard to miss. Note: This is a brick-and-mortar store where seeing is believing and where all the items found within are factory-made in Los Angeles.
Buena Vista Furniture
5338 Alhambra Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90032
The gallery-like setting of this unique emporium couldn’t be more exotic, offering an eclectic mix of just about every kind of decor imaginable and suiting modern, old world, or Craftsman homes. From leather ottomans to antique desk lamps as well as a mixture of giant letters spelling out Spanish sayings to mother-of-pearl edged mirrors that would spruce up any entryway, Buena Vista has it all. Expect to spend a lot of time here because this place is crammed with goodies ready to take back to your abode as soon as you make up your mind.
3223 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90016
If you’re looking for a special item that won’t be in any other home, head for this LA stoe. Tara has curated a very selective group of decorative finds that have been mass produced but not introduced anywhere else in the city. Among best bets here are amazing curtains that, with one swift installation, can complete a room. Ask about these sensational window coverings made from Indian silk saris to really get that special effect you’ve always been looking for but never found in any other home decor store in our neck of the woods.
Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on Examiner.com.