Went to a fab dinner party at friend Katy Daly’s house the other night. She invited a group over for a relaxed Friday evening dinner. Was really looking forward to the evening all week because: a) Katy is great and love hanging out with her; b) Katy invited a fun crowd of people; c) same “situation” that was confusing me on Monday when I went table shopping (see post below) was still confusing me on Friday and I needed a good distraction; and, d) Katy works in design (she works for a company that supplies beautiful fabrics to hotels) and love visiting anyone’s house who is in design because it usually turns out to be a treasure trove for Cococozy (this night was no exception).
Of course, I was late. Dinner party was to start at 7:30p and I got there at 8:00p. That is good for me. The delay was due to the fact that I couldn’t decide what to wear. I started out very casual in some J Brand jeans and a cute Marc Jacobs blouse. But then I decided I wanted to wear tights because it was freeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeezzzzzzzzzing outside (note: freezing in Los Angeles is defined as any temperature below 70 degrees Fahrenheit…it was 68 degrees that night). The parade of outfits began…what about this huge Theory microfiber pleated skirt and this purple ruffle blouse? No I look like a clown with pleats. How about this black asymmetrical skirt with ragged edged trim all around it with a tight black sweater? No…can’t wear anything really tight these days, feel a muffin top baking right on my waist. I’ve got it…what about this old Blue Cult denim skirt and this red wool sleeveless turtleneck? No, I look like I am a college student in the 1980’s and should have my hair in a high ponytail on the side of my head. And, the parade of bad outfits went on and on…
After about an hour of trying on different outfits…you would think I would have hit gold…well not the case…I finally ended up in ribbed black tights, a grey ribbed Prada sweater and embarrassingly enough a black skort (yes a skort…skirt and shorts combined in one) that I had bought almost 10 years ago while in law school.
Anyhoooooooo….back to the dinner party.
So I arrived at the door in my skort and with a bottle of wine in hand, only to find that Katy lives in a great Spanish style building in the heart of L.A.’s Miracle Mile. Her apartment is gorgeous and huge…stylishly decorated with many wonderful touches. Much to my Cococozy delight, I also found out that Katy has a roommate named Ashley who is an interior designer! Eureka!!!! A night in a great setting with friends and even a few who want to talk about interior design! Perfect for getting my mind off of that “confusing” situation. So before our lovely dinner, I spent much of the time gabbing with Ashley about their cute and well-decorated apartment and Ashley’s design inspirations.
The piece de resistance in their apartment is of course this bright green dining room…filled with flea market finds, vintage pieces, signature modern furniture and treasures from travel abroad.
Love this dining room. Katy and Ashley dared to make a bold statement with the bright green walls and it payed off!
The glass and polished metal dining table is centered in the room by a zebra print rug, surrounded by four Panton chairs (designed by Verner Panton circa. 1960), and finally two leather and polished chrome side chairs act as host chairs at either end of the rectangular table. A portrait of Ashley’s father as a child overlooks the space.(above)
A lovely bright yellow tray table sits in the corner of the room providing another burst of daring bright cheery color to the room. (above)
Ashley Manhan enjoying conversation (or maybe she’s posing for a picture I forced her to take… I can’t recall) in her lovely green dining room. Katy was in the kitchen cooking our delicious meal so she missed this photo op. (above)
Katy and Ashley…thank you for having me over! Was delighted to be at this dinner party and charmed by your amazing design sense…
Can’t wait to visit again.
P.S. Conversation didn’t just center around decor…it was very well rounded…we talked about books, boys and bikini waxing too. Important stuff you know in these ever so serious times.
P.P.S. Am also hoping that Ashley will become a guest blogger on Cococozy. She just might have her own segment called Ashley’s Arrondissement…stay tuned!!!
All photos in this post by Coco of Cococozy.