Friday, March 26, 2010

Trip to LA: Arrival

The Farmer's Daughter Hotel

I have to apologize for the lack of blog posts this week! I have been away in Los Angeles for West Week at the Pacific Design Center. So much was packed into two days, and I have so much to tell you!
I drove down from Sacramento with a bit of nervous anticipation...sort of similar to how I felt when I drove down for my high school reunion only a few weeks before. After all, I would be meeting a passel of blogger friends in person for the very first time. What would they be like? Would they be just like how I imagined from their blog persona's? I had been corresponding with many of them before my trip to make plans to meet up.
Christain May of Maison 21, Megan Arquette of Beach Bungalow 8, Patricia Shackelford of Mrs. Blandings, Ronda Carmen of All the Best, Eddie and Jaithan from the Eddie Ross blog, Lisa Borgnes Giramonti from A Bloomsbury Life, Brooke from Velvet and Linen , the Style Curator and Scot from Tartanscot were all there, not to mention all of the design and media stars (Here a name, there a name....just dropping everywhere!) . I have to tell you, it felt as if we had really already met and known each other. It has seemed that way for all of the great bloggers I have met before. Chalk it up to one of the many benefits of blogging!
I have so many pictures for you. First, let's start with checking into the hotel where I stayed: The Farmer's Daughter Hotel. It is so called because it is right across the street from the old Los Angeles Farmer's Market. I remember going there as a kid and being fascinated by the taffy pulling machines. It was always such a treat. It is so different now with major shopping like venues like the Grove popping up in next door in an area that was once old bungalows.
I had looked at hotels close to the PDC and The Farmer's Daughter seemed fun and in the right "price range" pour moi. I totally got a kick out of it! It was very "urban farm " with concrete floors and reclaimed lumber. Rustic contemporary with a splash of color.
It has a very relaxing vibe as soon as you walk in the door. It seemed as if I had teleported to the Napa Valley wine country. It was fun and low key. Quite perfect for families.
Patio between the hotel and Tart restaurant
The Farmer's Daughter goes all out to provide a down home feel. Lemonade and BBQ potato chips are available in the Lobby anytime. There was wine and cheese service in the evening. It shares a patio with the Tart restaurant which was so cute! And generous to boot. They share their recipes online for things like Fried Green Tomatoes and Bourbon Berry Cobbler. They also have their own blog HERE.
Lemonade in the Lobby
I got to relive my childhood memories when Christian from Maison 21 and I walked over to the Farmer's Market for a glass of wine before he whisked me off to the first event of the week: the William Sonoma Home party for Margaret Russell of Elle Decor.
More on that next time!


Mrs. Blandings said...

So, so fun to see you there.

Karena said...

Katie I know you all had a great time, can't wait to hear more. What a fun place to stay!

Art by Karena

Michelle said...

Wow...what a gathering of wish I could have made it...maybe next year.


maison21 said...

so much fun to hang out with you, katie. you were for sure the highlight of my westweek party going!

Kirsten Sue said...

Looks amazing. It's so fun to meet fellow bloggers.

picataggio said...

As one of the owners of the Hotel I want to thank you for the kind words. We ( that is my Wife and I ) very much appreciate your take on the hotel.
I would like to say I was the mastermind but truth be told the idea was mainly coming of my wife's head to a design team that could take what she described and make it into reality.
Your Photos are are great, would it be ok if I used them on our Web site?

Ashfield Hansen Design Inc. said...

Hi Katie-

Glad you had such a great time in LA! Sounds like it was the place to be!
I wanted to make sure you got the email I sent through your web site as we mentioned you in our latest blog post!
Perhaps we will run into you at the Gump's event in April.
Be well!

David @ Ashfield Hansen Design

mary said...

Love that hotel tip. So glad you had a great time. More details, please.

ALL THE BEST said...

So great to meet you in person! I wish we would have had much longer!!

serena at the urban farmhouse said...

The hotel sounds great - loved it from the first photo, and then the urban farm description sealed it! Look forward to hearing more about the trip.

Amanda said...

It sounds dreamy! I have been reading all the wonderful stories on everyone's blogs and have decided I have to go next year. It seems like too much fun to miss!

xx Amanda

katiedid said...

Hi all!
I had such a great time at West Week and am looking forward to sharing it all! I am in Oregon for a few days and will be back later this week with stories from the North as well. Answering questions and emailing everyone when I return. Miss you all!