Wattles Mansion Designer Showcase 2017

It’s show house season and this year WestEdge is proud to be a partner of two Los Angeles area show houses, the Wattles Mansion Designer Showcase and the Pasadena Showcase House of Design.

First up is the Wattles Mansion Showcase which will be unveiled this week and is open to the public March 23-April 16. The 2017 theme, Hollywood History:  The New Classics, will demonstrate through interior design how to reinterpret a historic home for today’s contemporary lifestyle.

The magnificent Wattles Mansion was built in 1908, and was the original home of famous financier Gurdon Wattles who bankrolled much of early Hollywood.   It’s a classic Mission Revival masterpiece designed by Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey, who also designed the Huntington Library, the Rose Bowl and the now-gone Ambassador Hotel.  Today the residence, owned by the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, comprises the only remaining example of a pre-film industry Hollywood estate.  It continues to receive lasting improvements to help preserve its status as one of the finest turn-of-the-century estates in Hollywood.

Participants this year include such noted designers as Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design; Melinda Ritz and Mae Brunken on behalf of the Set Decorators Society of America; Patrick Dragonette; David Dalton; Ryan Saghian; Winslow & Cohen; Kym Rodger; Nicole Gordon; Fernando Diaz; Anna Hoffman; Victoria Reitz; Leslie Shapiro Joyal; Jessica Brende; Kelley Jackson with the generous support of Ofir Grushkovski, owner of Future Home Builders; Kathleen Beall and Williams Sonoma Home.

Sponsors include Snyder Diamond, Sherwin Williams, Sub-Zero Wolf, LAYKIN et Cie, City of Los Angeles and City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks.

In addition, this year’s showcase house will benefit three charities: No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA), Save Iconic Architecture Projects (SIA) and Los Angeles Parks Foundation.

The Wattles Mansion will be open Thursdays through Sundays through April 16, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission is $40 per person and groups of 20 or more will be $35 per person.  For ticket sales, visit reitzhausproductions.com or wattlesshowcase.com.





Countdown to DIFFA’s Dining By Design NY

We’re less than one week away from the 20th anniversary celebration of DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN!

This event is always a highlight of the March NYC design calendar and this year should be a blow out party as DIFFA celebrates 20 years of their signature fundraising event, DINING BY DESIGN. DBD features colorful and inspiring dining table installations; it’s a fun chance to see some of the most creative folks in the design industry bring their out-of-the-box ideas to the table (pun intended), all to support DIFFA’s HIV/AIDS advocacy work.

The party kicks off next Thursday, March 16, with Cocktails by Design at Pier 92. Tables will be on display and open for public viewing through Sunday, March 20. And DBD runs alongside the Architectural Digest Design Show so there’s even more to see once you make your way to the Piers on NYC’s west side.

Tickets are available HERE.

And, be sure to check out the silent auction online HERE. Even if you can’t make the event, you can still support the cause by placing your bid to win some great items, including a weekend stay in Santa Monica and all-access passes to WestEdge in October (courtesy of Yours Truly).

Below are a just few of our favorite DINING BY DESIGN tables over the last few years.
We guarantee we’ll have more favorites to add to our list after next week!

Marc Blackwell designed table


Table by Anthropologie


Table by Ralph Lauren


Table by Kenneth Cobonpue


Table by Architectural Digest

Follow DIFFA and WestEdge on Instagram next week to see more dining table inspiration.

Join Us in Santa Monica for Savor Italy March 8

You may recall that we hosted The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce West at WestEdge last fall. They introduced us to the world of Italian cuisine with four top Italian chefs who now call Los Angeles home.



If you missed these delicious demonstrations and tastings with us last fall in the Fisher & Paykel Culinary Pavilion, we have good news: The Italy-America Chamber of Commerce is back in Santa Monica next week with another all-Italian food and wine event.

Join us March 8 for the Savor Italy roadshow Los Angeles, an afternoon filled with a grand tasting and educational seminars. Savor Italy roadshow offers foodies and wine connoisseurs and lovers alike a peek into Italy’s unparalleled food and wine culture. Savor, discover and learn about authentic Italian food and wines from an array of selected premium boutique producers hailing directly from Italy!

Don’t miss this extraordinary walk-around tasting featuring some of Italy’s best and most authentic wines and culinary productions.

WestEdge friends and family receive $15 off the $60 admission by using promo code ITALIA here:


What: Savor Italy Roadshow Los Angeles
When: March 8, 4:30-7 PM
Where: Santa Monica Bay Women’s Club, 1210 4th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

We hope to see you there!