Brigette Romanek On Chair Stalking, Stylish Boutiques and Her Favorite Tipple The AD 100 designer reveals why there is something for everyone in the LCDQ.
From her own chic, exuberant Laurel Canyon family home, to the considered and lively interiors she’s created for an A-list of Tinseltown locals like Beyonce and Jay Z, Rachel Zoe, Gwyneth Paltrow and Joe Jonas, designer Brigette Romanek has established her place as one of the most distinctive and sought-after decorating talents in L.A. Named to the AD100 list in January 2019, Romanek manages interior design projects on both coasts while also maintaining her modern life as style-setter/wife/mother with ease and wit.
Born in Chicago, Romanek is known for reinterpreting classic West Coast styles and putting her own stamp on them, from a modern camp house in Hollywood to a whitewashed, global beach shack to Ludo Lefebvre’s latest outpost of Petit Trois in Sherman Oaks filled with curved ceilings, mint-green banquettes and black and white tile flooring that culminate in a French Bistro meets Hollywood glam space.
Although she has projects in progress for entertainment powerhouses on both coasts, Romanek spends many a day roaming around the LCDQ searching for the perfect pieces that will thrill her and her clients. She graciously shared some of her favorite stops with us.
Favorite thing about visiting & shopping LCDQ is…
“It never gets old or boring. I get excited walking through every shop door. All the stores have a point of view and that’s fantastic. You can get a vintage ceiling light and walk one store over and get contemporary wallpaper and walk to another store and get a custom sofa. And finish with accessories that were found on a trip to Africa by Peter at Hollywood at Home. It’s ALL there.”
Biggest design weakness and where I get my fix…
“Chairs!!! It wouldn’t be fair to name one store. I can walk up and down LCDQ and I’m guaranteed to find a chair or two or three for that matter.”
Where I take clients (or myself) before/after shopping LCDQ…
Beverly Hills Hotel—It’s old school for sure. I love it. the pink and green color scheme is legendary. Fun people watching, and it’s got a great vibe. We could sit for hours or have a quick bite. Verve is simply amazing coffee!”
For non-design browsing around the LCDQ…
“The Row, Isabel Marant and the yummy food at Croft Alley. The Row is owned by two women with impeccable style for clothes and interiors, quality and classics. Isabel is super fun and sexy clothing and she also has an eye for interiors. Very different but I love them both. And I get my shopping fuel from Croft Alley on Melrose Place.”
Where I like to have a post-LCDQ cocktail…
“An extra dirty martini at Chateau Marmont. It’s gorgeous—the lobby, the restaurant and outside. It’s got a warm, European feel with warm colors and fabrics. Super cozy and when you’re outside, under the walkway, look up. The painted ceiling is beautiful. You’ll be transported.”
Hotel I’d recommend to visitors…
“The Sunset Tower. It’s become a gathering place for artists, and business people alike. It’s got a strong vibe. And it is owned by one of my favorite people, Jeff Klein.”
Inspiring places to see around LCDQ is…
“The Hollywood Sign, LACMA, and the Stahl House. They’re all so L.A. in the best sense of the word. And represent our city well. Driving up to The Hollywood Sign is inspiring. It’s overwhelming—gets you pumped up! LACMA is a really joyous museum. Their exhibitions and installations all seem to be interactive. Just walking around you feel part of it.
Hidden gem of the LCDQ…
“Christopher Farr. I stumbled into the store a few years ago, met Christopher and he was lovely enough to walk me through the shop and give me backstories on some of the rugs I fell in love with. It was fun and the rugs are so elegant.”
Brigette Romanek: MY LCDQ
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