Wednesday, March 24, 2010

LA, Pom Pom Interiors & A Give-away

I'm back friends & here are the pictures from my day of shopping at Pom Pom Interiors in Los Angeles & let me tell you, it was even better then I could have imagined. I started the morning at their shop on Melrose only to find out that their main shop was on La Brea & was 7,500 sq ft of yummy vintage, shabby chic deliciousness...a dream in cream for sure!
The whole store was set-up in a wonderful 1920's California bungalow that you meandered in & out of rooms of, through courtyards, down hallways, looking at every inch trying to take in all of it's rich fabulousity!
After browsing thoroughly & changing my mind at least a dozen times, my two 'MUST HAVE' items were...a 2' dress form & stand that I had to have for displaying necklaces on at my shop & a burlap purse with a french enamel number 30 on the front. I ADORE them Both!!!
Now, to make a short story long here's the REST of my day. Parking in LA is in a word a 'NIGHTMARE'! There IS NO parking in LA & if your lucky enough to find an empty space, you then have to deal with parking meters that just happen to take a lot of change that a person like me who lives in the mountains & has no parking issues never seems to have. So.....on a little side street right next to Pom Pom, there were 2 parking spaces. I pull up to the 1st one. I grab all the change I have in the car which is $1 in dimes. I get out, go to the meter, get ready to put it in & realize the meter is blinking "FAILED", "FAILED", "FAILED". Thinking maybe this is an error, I decide to put a dime in to check, it's not an error & now I'm down to .90 in change. Should I move? Is this my fault that the meter is broken? I couldn't get a ticket because their stupid meter is broken, right? I move to the other space begrudgingly while trying to remind myself that I'm going to have my FABULOUS day in LA, so BE happy!
Putting my remaining change into the new meter, I now see that you get 6 min. per dime...shoot I'm down to 54 min. to shop, I can do this. Into divine Pom Pom I walk, now I'm happy. I am transported to another place & time, I'm on a heavenly journey in search of the perfect items to bring home with me. I relish in my $120 purchase, a splurge for me & skip joyfully back to the car. {well, not skip..sort of waddle} I arrange my packages carefully in the back of the car, jump in & start her up, look at my watch & note that I'm perfectly on time for my Paramount Studio tour, look up & notice someone has put some trash on my windshield, I hate that..damn LA! Yeah, you've got it...that's exactly right. It wasn't trash, it was the very thing I had tried so hard to avoid in the 1st place...the dreaded $60 parking ticket. I hung my head in shame & disbelief. Now, if I had stayed at the 1st meter, would I not have gotten a ticket because it was broken? If I had not wasted one of my dimes, would I have been back in time? How did my $35 studio tour turn into a $180 adventure? And what was the actual price breakdown of my 2 purchases? Anyone who comments & gets this RIGHT will receive one of my Vintage Fabric Flower Brooches just because if I'm giving it all away, I might as well give it to my friends right!!!

The moral of all this...even when an adventure goes bad, the story can still be good! PS: No tour, I just wasn't in the mood.



Diana Evans said...

I love these shots!!! and chandeliers are gorgeous!!!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad to have found you again. My goodness, time flies. I have had the utmost pleasure of going back to review all of your BEAUTIFUL & INSPIRATIONAL work in both your art and your store. What a wonderful mix of your creative mind. I have missed cheering you on and seeing what you come up with. Glad to be back on board doing the same once again. HUGS to you. Tammy

Debby said...

WOW!!! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful place with us, gorgeous. Please don't tell me after such a beautiful day you ended up with a parking ticket that is terrible. I believe the price breakdown is 90.00 & 30.00 for 120.00.

Nancy said...

Well, on the bright side, you did end up with some nifty purchases. Drat those tickets anyway! Sorry about that!


Lucy said...

What an adventure! What a gorgeous shop! Can't wait to see your purchases and I'll just through in a guess at 80 & 40???
I really NEED one of those fabric brooches to take home with me.....!

Juls~ said...

Susie! *It's always sumthin ...* I hope you write a letter of explanation & that they'll let you off. The 1st machine ate all your nickel!

And about your post ... Some day .... Some day ... I will have a cute little French guest bedroom with touches of cream, gold & blue!

Beautiful shoppe!

Juls~ said...

Hi girl,

Go to Pioneer and download her freebie Photoshop Actions. There should be one included called Super Fun Happy that does a similar function of skin softening.

I did a photo editing technique that I learned from one of Jessica Sprague's photoshop classes that is several steps. It's too complicated to write here, although there may be some tutorials on it.

I think you'd like the Photoshop Action just as well & it's easier!



Sweet Bee Cottage said...

What a gorgeous shop! Well worth the frustration. But I have two answers, depending on how YOU break it down. If you include the tour it was $108 (purchases, parking ticket, dimes, and tour ticket). If you just include the trip to PomPom then it's $90.50 per item (purchases, parking ticket, and dimes). Oh I can't help it - I'm a teacher - we always have to work out all the angles to help our kids learn!

Thanks for stopping by! Love your blog. I've got to get to Crestline one of these days.

Lynn Richards said...

argh!! TOO MUCH, that's how much!!!! Can't wait to see your purchases, though!

Plush Possum Studio said...

Oh my goodness! This is delicious!
Rose & Studio Friends