March 2010 Newsletter 2010
Last year was a very interesting year in our industry due to the recession, ecconomy and fast growing technology world.
Last year , many shops closed left and right, any many shelter magazines got really skinny or stopped printing all together, and Designers' like myself , and industry leaders have had to adapt to the changes and make changes ourselves to how we do business. 
Good news is:  Change is good. 
Change brings new opportunities.
I am seeing a lot of new stores open up and there's been a huge increase in "pop-up stores", which are fun !
You know you are in the Digital Age, when new shelter magazines are now online and the social media has exploded !
EMI Interior Design, Inc, has too had to keep up with the times and join the social media network... and you can now check us out on Facebook and our Blogspot, websites and more.  So for us, this means more exposure , which brings new opportunities.
Times maybe changing and we could change a thing or two about how we personally stay with the times, But I have to say, Thank goodness the great shelter magazines are not going anywhere,  because personally I love flipping through my magazines, and tearing pages out that inspire me.   
And I actually like making a phone call rather than emailing all the time.  So what ever works I say.  
Ciao ! 
Erica Islas
EMI Interior Design, Inc
Kitchen Remodel
This Santa Monica kitchen was just completed this month.
Custom mosaic floor, custom glass backsplash, sleek cabinetry,
and a stunning red murano glass lighting fixture , make up this
modern timeless kitchen.
As you can see from the Before photos below, one of the biggest changes was the taking out of the peninsula , actually,  it was all taken out . 
SMCondoBefore2  SMbeforePhoto
During Demoliton.........gutting it all out.
kitchenB4     SMKitchenFloor

After  - sleek , modern , timeless
Calcatta marble and Ceasar Stone where both used on the countertops. This exquisite custom mosaic floor is made of Calcatta and Emperor brown Marble.
Cabinetry by : DownsView of Los Angeles
For more photos of our projects please log on to our website, we are constantly updating it.
Upward Bound House Spring Bash ! 2010
Honoring LA's top designers-  see above for details
to buy your tickets for this fundraiser contact :
ashiry@upwardboundhouse.org / 310.458-7779 xt203
In This Issue
Kitchen Remodel
Upward Bound House SpringBash
Pasadena Showcase House
EMI blog
Designer's Tips
Resource of the Month
Pasadena Showcase House 2010
Don't miss this fun experience for everyone, especially for those of you design enthusiast.
Great way to spend an afternoon, touring an amazing mansion and wonderful gardens, shopping at the outdoor market and enjoying some great food catered by Wolfgang Puck.
Opens for a short time: April 18 thru May 16.
For more info & tickets to the showcase house: www.pasadenashowcase.org

The Proceeds from the PSH go to grants for youths in Music programs.  See website above.
Designer's Tips  
Looking for some cool rare finds? 
Vintage, Mid-century modern furniture and accessories?
I  recently stumbled upon an ENTIRE street dedicated to just that.  It's the Long Beach Retro Row, on 4th street. These photos below are just a couple of the cool finds.
  mirror and lamps
 cool 60's mirror and lamps
 coffee table
freeform coffee table
 chairs and desk
vintage wire pair of chairs, desk
I was also really tempted to shop for myself...saw the coolest 60's over sized sunglasses. 
Check it out !
Food for thought: 
 "Never turn down a job because you think it's too small ; you don't know where it can lead.
 -Julia Morgan
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Resource of the Month : 
March's  Professional Resource of the month is
Nina's Kitchen and Bath.
Nina and her staff have been providing me with the best service and advice on products for the kitchen and bath for the past 10 years.  
Nina is extremly knowledgable of plumbing fixtures, and is always carrying the newest and latest in high-end fixures. 
They are now also carrying  lines of Tile , so you can now make it a one stop shop, all that is left is me to come tell you what to pick !
check them out.
11988 Wilshire Blvd.
West Los Angeles, CA 90025
P: 310.820.0025
F: 310.820.0465


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