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Designer Lauren Soloff’s Boho Buying Guide

From paint to plants, the interiors maven shares her favorite L.A. shops.

This article originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of C Home.

While some interior designers forever hunt for their next major opportunity, “I keep things intentionally small,” says Lauren Soloff (, whose roster of creative L.A.-based clients look to her for a refined take on bohemia at home and in the office. Soloff trusts her training, but most importantly, relies on intuition: “Whether I like something or not, I always have a gut reaction.” Here, the style spy shares some of her L.A. haunts.

    At C&S Nursery located at the base of Baldwin Hills, Soloff gravitates toward wilder, less-tamed selections, stepping away from colorful flowering plants and instead looking at crawling ivy leaves, among others. “I’m craving to learn more about landscape design,” she says. 3615 Hauser Blvd., L.A., 323‑296-6657;
    “I like that they’re local, and the enthusiasm they have for color and paint. They’ll really work with you,” Soloff says of Portola Paints & Glazes, founded by brothers Casey and Jamie Davis. Her choice colors lately include White Cliffs, Newton’s Indigo, In the Navy and Dust Ruffle. 8213 W. Third St., L.A., 323-655-2211;
    “I’m doing a job that’s a little bit of a departure from my more earth-toned work,” Soloff explains, so Nicky Rising LTD next to the Pacific Design Center has been an important find. The Melrose Avenue showroom “has allowed me to explore pattern, color and texture,” including de Gournay wallpapers. Thanks to owner Rising’s sensibility, everything in the space is “passed through an amazing filter.” 8625 Melrose Ave., W.H., 310-289-1385;
    Picking through unexpected treasures—a pair of textured, heavyweight candlesticks of mysterious origin, a set of deep-seated Michel Ducaroy leather sofas from the 1970s, a bold chair built out of repurposed moose antlers—Soloff is in her element at The Window, Lorca Cohen and Greg Wooten’s wildly eclectic vintage gallery. “That Gaetano Pesce sculpture is bonkers,” she says, pointing to a surrealistic cast latex piece by the famed Italian designer. 6825 Melrose Ave., L.A., 323-939-6909;
    “One or two pieces from there really does the trick,” Soloff says of Amsterdam Modern, which stocks its deep inventory of Dutch wares on Glendale Boulevard adjacent to Downtown L.A. “It’s a great resource.” 134 Glendale Blvd., L.A., 213‑221-7380;
    The relatively new Waterworks showroom on Melrose Place beautifully presents the brand’s “fresh take on the traditional well-built bathroom. There’s also something unique and distinct about Waterworks’ lines and silhouettes,” Soloff notes. 8431 Melrose Pl., W.H., 310-289-5211;

Written by Jessica Ritz.

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