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Upscale Halloween Table Ensemble 2017

Halloween Table Ensemble, Artful Living with Romi Cortier, Photo Romi Cortier
Halloween Table Ensemble, Artful Living with Romi Cortier, Photo Romi Cortier
Halloween Table Ensemble, Artful Living with Romi Cortier, Photo Romi Cortier
Halloween Table Ensemble, Artful Living with Romi Cortier, Photo Romi Cortier
Halloween Table Ensemble, Artful Living with Romi Cortier, Photo Romi Cortier
Vintage crystal bowl with silver trim, Artful Living with Romi Cortier, Photo Romi Cortier
Halloween Table Ensemble, Artful Living with Romi Cortier, Photo Romi Cortier
Halloween Table Ensemble, Artful Living with Romi Cortier, Photo Romi Cortier
Versace Wine Decanter, Artful Living with Romi Cortier, Photo Romi Cortier
Versace Wine Decanter, Artful Living with Romi Cortier, Photo Romi Cortier
Halloween Table Ensemble with Skull Ornaments by Kurt Adler, Artful Living with Romi Cortier, Photo Romi Cortier
Halloween Table Ensemble with Skull Ornaments by Kurt Adler, Artful Living with Romi Cortier, Photo Romi Cortier
Halloween Table Ensemble, Bowl by Alessi, Artful Living with Romi Cortier, Photo Romi Cortier
Halloween Table Ensemble, Bowl by Alessi, Artful Living with Romi Cortier, Photo Romi Cortier
Halloween Table Ensemble, DIY, Romi Cortier, Photo Recio Young
Halloween Table Ensemble, Artful Living with Romi Cortier, Photo Recio Young

Here’s some inspiration for your Halloween table ensemble, with an upscale vibe. I’ve been collecting gorgeous goodies for years, and it’s so fun to pull them out and mix and match them.

I started with a black brocade table cloth made from two yards of fabric from International Silks and Woolens at 8347 Beverly Blvd, LA, Ca. 90048. Next up I used a vintage Silver Tray from my mother’s estate, dating from the early 1970’s. I love this vintage tray and use if for all of my parties. It also makes a great serving tray for bottles of wine, or chilled bottles of sparking water.

I picked up the rectangular vase at GM floral for about $20, and filled it with roses from Trader Joes, cropping the stems to about 3 inches. On the foreground of the tray are two Skull Christmas ornaments by Kurt Adler, each retailing for $15. I also used 3 vintage Art Deco tumblers filled with tea lights from Ikea. And lastly on the tray are black sparkly butterflies also from GM Floral.

For a little height on the table I used two skull candle sticks by DL & Co., each about $90, with gold candlesticks from Target. I also used two Reed and Barton Martini glasses to serve colorful M&M’s and Candy Corn. Two other items on the table that I absolutely love, include  a Versace wine decanter with frosted medallions and a smashing bowl by Alessi known as the Cactus Bowl. I frequently use this bowl as a fruit bowl, however, with colorfully wrapped candy, it adds so much sparkle to the table (about $120).  The glass votives on the table I picked up at Marshall’s or TJMaxx for about $2 each.

The secret to this successful ensemble was mixing and matching items of the same color, either chrome or silver. By doing this, it allows all of the colors from the candies and flowers on the table to totally pop. Some items are certainly more upscale and expensive than others, but it’s the art of mixing and matching that make this Artful Living at its best.

 

Artful Living with Romi Cortier is here!

I’m thrilled to announce the debut of my new TV pilot Artful Living with Romi Cortier! The concept has been years in the making, inspired by my multiple DIY mural making videos on Youtube, of which I have over 1,500,000 views.  Yes, that’s 1 1/2 million views!!

Artful Living with Romi Cortier is a celebration of Art, Architecture and Interior Design. As an artist and a purveyor of good taste, I want to focus on what’s right and beautiful in this world. There is so much to be explored, and that’s our concept for this show. Interviews with designers, artists, architects, scholars, all threaded together by the history of the built environment. Art Deco, Hollywood Regency, Post Modernism… they’re all words we’ve heard, but what do they really mean? I’ll help you understand that in my show, and I’ll also show you some fun DIY tricks for things that you can do around your own home.

Romi Cortier and Coco, aka Malibu Pom on the set of Artful Living, Photo Recio Carrington Young
Romi Cortier and Coco, aka Malibu Pom on the set of Artful Living, Photo Recio Carrington Young

And did I happen to mention that my co-host is the cutest white Pomeranian you’ve ever seen? Her name is Coco, aka Malibu Pom, which is the name of her Instagram page. (Hey, this is Hollywood and  all the cool pups here have their own Instagram accounts).  But what’s even more fun is that she actually LOVES riding around in the car with the top down, cruising Rodeo Drive and brunching at Villa Blanca. If there’s a camera around you can bet Coco has a smile on her face…  and with that cute mug she makes friends everywhere she goes.

Coco, aka Malibu Pom, Rodeo Drive, Photo Jacob Kelso
Coco, aka Malibu Pom, Rodeo Drive, Photo Jacob Kelso

In this pilot episode you’ll learn a little bit about the history of Palm Springs and some of the hallmarks of mid-century modernism. You’ll also see a beautiful mid-century inspired table setting that I created, which was done in front of a mural that I’d painted earlier that day. The Mural was inspired by the drawings of Saul Lewitt whose work I’d seen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. I like to think of Op Art (optical illusion art) as an art movement that dovetails nicely with mid-century modernism, because it has it roots in the early 1960’s.

Romi Cortier on the set of Artful Living, Palm Springs, Ca., Photo Recio Carrington Young.
Romi Cortier on the set of Artful Living, Palm Springs, Ca., Photo Recio Carrington Young.

Here’s a close up look at a few of the details on the table. The plates with the platinum dots are from my personal collection of   Bernardaud  (fine china from France), and the crystal glass is by Reed and Barton available at Bloomingdales.

Table setting for Artful Living with Bernardaud plates and glasses by Reed and Barton. Photos Jacob Kelso
Table setting for Artful Living with Bernardaud plates and glasses by Reed and Barton. Photos Jacob Kelso

Here are our two cameramen making the magic happen while on set in Palm Springs: Willy Lazlo and Jacob Kelso… it takes a village, especially when it’s over 100 degrees!

Cameramen Willy Lazlo and Jacob Kelso, Romi Cortier, and Coco, Palm Springs, Ca., Photo Recio Carrington Young
Cameramen Willy Lazlo and Jacob Kelso, Romi Cortier, and Coco aka Malibu Pom, Palm Springs, Ca., Photo Recio Carrington Young

And lastly, here’s a great photo from our wrap party with our editors Antone Hammers and Amanda Bliss Taylor. They were hands down an extraordinary duo. Antone  was our story editor and created the rough cut, and  Amanda created the finished product complete with a final polish.  And most importantly, meet our producer Recio Carrington Young of Red Carpet Recio Productions He pulled together this amazing team, spent countless hours with our editors choosing music, directing cuts, and creating the overall tone of the show.

Antone Hammers, Romi Cortier, Coco aka Malibu Pom, Recio Carrington Young, and Amanda Bliss Taylor. Artful Living wrap party, Beverly Hills, Ca.
Antone Hammers, Romi Cortier, Coco aka Malibu Pom, Recio Carrington Young, and Amanda Bliss Taylor. Artful Living wrap party, Beverly Hills, Ca.

We’d really love your support and hope you’ll check out the pilot while it’s available on Go Indie TV.  Please follow the link below to watch the entire 22 minute pilot for free.

Artful Living with Romi Cortier

 

Inside the SLS Hotel in Las Vegas

Elevator Art, SLS Hotel, Las Vegas, Photo Romi Cortier
Elevator Art, SLS Hotel, Las Vegas, Photo Romi Cortier
SLS Hotel, Las Vegas, Photo Romi Cortier
SLS Hotel, Las Vegas, Photo Romi Cortier
SLS Hotel, Las Vegas, Photo Romi Cortier
SLS Hotel, Las Vegas, Photo Romi Cortier
SLS Hotel, Las Vegas, Romi Cortier Selfie
SLS Hotel, Las Vegas, Romi Cortier Selfie
SLS Hotel, Las Vegas, Photo Romi Cortier
SLS Hotel, Las Vegas, Photo Romi Cortier

I recently spent a night at the SLS Hotel in Las Vegas. I was there in late August of 2014, just a week after it opened, and I promised  myself that I’d return. It took me three years, but I made it.

I’d never seen the rooms before, only the lobby, which I loved!! To be honest, I’m not a big fan of Vegas, where every hotel  is pumped up on steroids. So I instantly fell in love with the scale of the SLS, as well as how artfully the interiors were laid out. In fact, I previously wrote about the hotel in an earlier blog post, and I’m thrilled to be able to follow up that post with some images inside the hotel rooms.

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a big fan of all things black and white. It’s such a strong design trend right now, and includes everything from luxury auto’s, to building exteriors, as well as commercial and residential interiors.

Lamborghini
Lamborghini
Range Rover
Range Rover

It took my eyes a moment to focus as I entered the hallway leading to my room. Yes, it was disorienting, but I loved it. I forced myself to move slowly so that I could absorb every detail: the chrome door handles, the textured carpet, the ah-mazing wall paper with the organic grass vibe… it was fantastic. And then I entered the room itself.  What a great color pairing, palest pinky salmon, mixed  with black and white. It felt oddly 1940’s, in a good way. I turned on every light in the room and marveled over how brilliant it was. Soft soft soft, setting  the mood for a  perfect selfie. And that really cool chrom-ish tree stump as end table has been on my must have list for ages. Yes I left it behind when I checked out, but I did wonder if they’d notice. And to make things even more perfect, they had a large scale piece of black and white art in the bathroom. Love it!!

I hope you’ll consider the SLS Hotel the next time you visit Vegas. It’s a little off the beaten path in the north end of town on the site of the former Sahara Hotel. They also have a dedicated stop for the hotel on the Las Vegas Monorail.

And lastly, while we’re talking about Artful Living, check out the sizzle reel for my new TV Pilot Artful Living with Romi Cortier, produced by Red Carpet Recio Productions. The full 22 minute pilot can be seen for free on Go Indie TV. It’s a celebration of Art, Architecture and Interior Design… all things that are very close to my heart.

 

Artful Living with Romi Cortier

Before Photo, Artful Living with Romi Cortier
 Artful Living with Romi Cortier, Before photo
Artful Living with Romi Cortier, After photo
Artful Living with Romi Cortier, After photo
Artful Living with Romi Cortier, Photo Recio Young
Artful Living with Romi Cortier, Photo Recio Young
Artful Living with Romi Cortier, Photo Recio Young
Artful Living with Romi Cortier, Photo Recio Young
Artful Living with Romi Cortier, Romi Cortier, Coco aka Malibu Pom, and Recio Young
Artful Living with Romi Cortier, Romi, Coco aka Malibu Pom, and Recio Young
Artful Living with Romi Cortier, Romi & Coco, aka Malibu Pom
Artful Living with Romi Cortier, Romi & Coco, aka Malibu Pom
Artful Living with Romi Cortier, Coco aka Malibu Pom, Photo Romi Cortier
Artful Living with Romi Cortier, Coco aka Malibu Pom, Photo Romi Cortier

Artful Living with Romi Cortier is a new hybrid reality show that I’m currently working on with my fiance Recio Young. The show will be co-created with Red Carpet Recio Productions, Recio’s newly launched production company. Initially it will be viewable on my  YouTube Channel Romi Cortier, and our longterm goal is to sell it to a network.

The concept for the show is an upscale reality show that’s hopefully drama free, with a focus on the arts and  interior design. Imagine Huell Howser’s California gold combined with Paris Hilton and her cute little dog.  Cue Romi and Coco walking into Lalique on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills having a conversation with their manager about what it took to bring one of their finer pieces to market. Or having a private tour at LACMA or MOCA, discussing the latest acquisition to their collection. Or better yet, how about a trip to a thrift store looking for a few lost gems to add to a newly styled room.  I want to help my viewers develop their eye to better appreciate the beautiful things around us.

One of my passions when it comes to interior design is how we curate our spaces, adding in family heirlooms with new modern pieces. It’s about mixing the old with the new, creating an environment that’s not full of disposable goods from China. I’d rather have fewer but finer things… they always last much longer. Take for example the blue rug seen above. I purchase it over 20 years ago for about $1500 from the now defunct Dialogica furniture store. It’s made of wool and features 5 different shades of blue. It’s still stunning after all of these years, with an average cost of $75 per year.  On the other hand, I’ve got beautiful paintings in my personal art collection that I paid as little as $50 for at auction, and I love them just as much as my expensive pieces. It’s all about how we mix and match.

The educated eye is a marvelous thing, and it doesn’t happen by accident. Hours spent window shopping or going to art openings, ultimately pays off. I want to share that journey with you.  Stay tuned for our sizzle reel coming soon. In the mean time,  show a little love to my co-star Coco by following her on Instagram at MalibuPom.

Up Up and away, @ The London West Hollywood

The London West Hollywood, Photo Romi Cortier
The London West Hollywood, Photo Romi Cortier
The London West Hollywood, Photo Romi Cortier
The London West Hollywood, Photo Romi Cortier
The London West Hollywood, Photo Romi Cortier
The London West Hollywood, Photo Romi Cortier
The London West Hollywood, Photo Romi Cortier
The London West Hollywood, Photo Romi Cortier
The London West Hollywood, Photo Romi Cortier
The London West Hollywood, Photo Romi Cortier
The London West Hollywood, Photo Romi Cortier
The London West Hollywood, Photo Romi Cortier
The London West Hollywood, Photo Romi Cortier
The London West Hollywood, Photo Romi Cortier

Friends of mine recently stayed at The London West Hollywood, and I was invited to spend an afternoon in one of the rooftop cabanas. What a blast!

I nabbed my guest card at the front desk to access the elevators, and went straight to the top. I had no idea the hotel had such  extraordinary views…  it was nearly a 360 degree view. From the Hollywood Hills, to downtown LA, to Century City, the city sparkled in the afternoon sun. The overall vibe was hip, yet relaxing. To be honest, we were probably the rowdiest of the guests with 8 of us sharing two cabanas. That said, the staff  was kind and helpful, and kept the beverages and food rolling in for over 5 hours.

Even though I’ve lived in LA for over 20 years, this was a completely new way to experience the city. It’s rare to find a pool with this kind of view. The designer  in me has so many engineering questions, such as how much does all of this weigh? A simple gallon of water weighs 8 lbs, multiply that by a full pool, the concrete that supports it, and all of the potted palm trees and you’ve got a whole lot going on.  I can’t begin to imagine what it takes to support all of that. Questions aside, I loved swimming laps in the pool. It made me feel like I was back in my massive mid-century pool in the back yard of my Palm Springs home.

I took a stroll around the hotel and found myself completely fascinated by the artwork adorning the elevator doors. My favorite was the woman in the red dress, submerged in water on the rooftop elevator door. I can’t seem to find any information about the artist who created the images, but I think the overall effect is quite fantastic.

If you’re a local Angelino, you should consider making your next vacation a ‘stay-cation’  at the London West Hollywood.

For more hotel info click HERE.