I've worked here at the Barry Building for almost 23 years, and have loved the open courtyard, the abundant light, and the exuberant mid-century design. The photos in this post were taken by me, unless noted.

The Barry Building, on San Vicente Boulevard in Brentwood, was commissioned by David Barry, designed by architect Milton Caughey, and built in 1951. You can see the influence of Le Corbusier and in particular the Villa Savoye in the design. In 2007 it was declared Historic Cultural Monument # 887 by the Cultural Heritage Commission. Landmark status doesn't protect a building from demolition, though it does create a higher bar to receive permission to demolish.

photo by Ty Miller
Above: The view from the street side into the courtyard.

In the spring of 2016 the tenants of the Barry Building were told we had to vacate by December 31st. Earthquake retrofitting is needed, but it's not likely to happen as the building's owners would prefer to tear it down. They'd like to put up a 73,000 square foot shopping center here. It would be built in the space this building occupies, as well as adjacent lots and a large parking lot in the back. Nothing's been resolved, and until it is this building will be boarded up. I'm hoping a solution will be found to restore the building as part of whatever else is planned here.

Above: The view from the 2nd floor balcony across the courtyard.

Above: The view from the back balcony towards the street side, showing the cantilevered 2nd floor.

Above: Lettering is still etched on the upper windows from an old watchmaker's shop. Windows on both sides of the space make for a light filled interior.

Above and below: The shapes of the planters and the curving stairs enliven the courtyard.

Above and below: The stairs are cantilevered from a central concrete spine.

Above: Louvers block glare from the offices on the east side of the building.

Above: The railing on the left is a graphic element in the design.

Above and below: Dutton's Brentwood Books occupied almost all of the ground floor from 1984 to 2008. There were wonderful book readings here, and an incredible selection with great breadth. It was a great loss to the community when they closed in 2008. Most people still think of this building as the Dutton's location.

Above: This is a scene from the movie "Sylvia" shot here in 1965. George Maharis, seen here, plays a detective hired by Frederic Summers (Peter Lawford) looking for information about his fiancee Sylvia, (Carroll Baker). The bookstore had a different name then. You can see a sign in the back that says there was a soda fountain here. I wonder which space it was in.

Above: The view from our office, which I've enjoyed for almost 23 years. 

Caffe Luxxe is here till December 31st. Come enjoy a cup of coffee in this memorable courtyard while you can!



Wattles Mansion, a historic house in Hollywood owned by the city of LA was selected as the location for a designer show house (each room done by a different designer) that was on view this spring. Angeleno magazine sponsored the event, and will publish the interiors in an upcoming issue. 

Wattles Mansion was designed by Myron Hunt and Elmer Grey, the architectural team responsible for the Huntington Mansion and Library in Pasadena. It was completed in 1907. The theme chosen for the show house house was "100 Years of Hollywood".  As part of this event, Annica Howard and I designed a guest suite, and we chose Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" as our inspiration. We found many ways in which this movie allowed us to pursue an interior in a style that we gravitate to in our work. The birds themselves would become a sweet element in the room in contrast with their frightening role in the film. 

Above and below: Various views of Tippi Hedren in The Birds. The green tone of Hedren's suit was the inspiration for the paperbacked silk wall-covering we selected. Hitchcock chose the color green as he felt it evoked a "cool chaste quality". Edith Head was the costume designer, and she designed with classic lines so that the wardrobe would stand the test of time.

The concept for our room was contrasting the rustic nature of the setting, a northern California beach town, Bodega Bay, with Tippi Hedren's glamorous style. Hedren arrives from San Francisco to Bodega Bay in a mink coat, pearls, and a silk scarf covering her coiffed hair, perfectly in place, despite the journey in a motor boat and a convertible! 

photo by Carolyn Reyes

Above: The guest suite we designed was formerly a staff bedroom. It's a small room, only 8-1/2 feet wide, yet we thought it could be a rewarding space to work with. The room offered the perfect spot for a daybed window seat at the far end. The watery blue silk taffeta drapery treatment surrounding the daybed brings in a glamorous feel, and creates a focused sense of place. The soft colors are energized by the bright yellow of the velvet ottoman. The tiny landscape, left of the window, is Bend in the River, 2008, by Poogy Bjerklie. It's intimately close to the viewer lying on the daybed.

Above: At the near end of the room, we included an angled writing table I designed. The angled front allowed for easy movement into the room. The curved corners made it easy to slip into the narrow space between the closet and the table. The brass table lamp echoes the curves of the table. The satin brass legs are a reference to Hedren's platinum hair and silk scarf. The mixed media painting is by Eugene Brodsky. 

Above and below: This is the way the room looked before we started.

Above and below: The rustic character of Bodega Bay is seen in the driftwood finish of the writing table, the rough ceramics, and the textured wool and jute carpet. The brass evokes Hedren's sophisticated style and her coloring. The netting of the blinds is reminiscent of her silk scarf, as well as fishnet, a combination of the themes in one material.

Above and below: Birds make an appearance inside the closet, in the pattern of an old fashioned English wallpaper.

Above and below: The view into the room, with the closet door open, showing the inset wallpaper panels on the back of the door. You can see a bird perched on top of a panel we built out from the wall. We installed the panel to cover an exposed wiring channel, set off the photograph, and level the wall to the depth of an outlet box, so that the bookshelf would sit flush to the wall. 

Above: Birds congregate on a bookshelf, as though they've wandered out of the photo. The rough ceramic pots and the pendant light are by Uplifters Ceramics. They have the rustic character of the film's setting.

Below: This  C-print photo, 2014, by Jason Frank Rothenberg, is taken in Point Reyes, not far from Bodega Bay. The tiny quail are in keeping with the peaceful nature of the birds in the room. The photo brought a sense of depth to the small room...like a view into a far horizon. It's also personal, a favorite place to walk.

Above: More birds can be discovered on the pillows.

Above: Blue Bottles, 1951, by Swedish artist, Philip Von Schants, anchors the sitting area. It's hung low on the wall, meant to be appreciated from a seated point of view. Also, hanging art low creates a dynamic interaction with the furniture...a set piece. 

Above and below: The ceramic pendant lamps are from Uplifters Ceramics, and fitted with a bronze cap, and a silk twisted cord. Hanging the pendant low over the side table makes a focused pool of light. The lounge chair is Brazilian, designed by Martin Eisler in the 1960s. The small room is made easier to move through by the use of rounded furnishings...the desk, the lounge chair, the ottoman, and the side table.

Above and below: The view towards the hall, where we installed a metal wall decoration that fits perfectly on the angled wall over the stair. To the right is the guest suite bath we designed.

Above and below: We selected the shimmery metallic wallpaper, like an antique mirror, and the brass fittings, as the glamorous elements. We used a cork table, a vintage rusted planter, seagrass planting in the window box, the sand toned drapery, and the seascape, to bring to mind the seaside town.

Photo by Cydney Puro

Above: We had a skirt made from the drapery fabric to dress up the existing corner sink.

Below: The brass and powder coated sconce is reminiscent of a shell form.

Thanks to the following for their help and support with this project:

Contractor and custom woodwork: Zon Harper
Jason Frank Rothenberg, Eugene Brodsky, Poogy Bjerklie
Artwork: Robert Smith
Wall fabric, daybed fabric, drapery and roman blind fabric: Robert Allen
Daybed trim: Samuel & Sons
Daybed fabrication: Raul's Custom Upholstery
Ottoman fabric: Maharam
Ottoman fabrication: Angie's Custom Upholstery
Wallpaper in bath: Winfield Thybony, Kravet
Wallpaper in closet: Sanderson
Wallcovering installation: Joe Delgadillo
Drapery fabrication + installation: Creative Window Concepts
Drapery hardware: Xentric Drapery Hardware
Paint: Sherwin Williams
Reclaimed wood: E&K Vintage Wood
Plant stand in bath: The Window
Desk lamp: The Window
Cork table in bath: Hollywood at Home
Ceramic pendant lights: Uplifters Ceramics
Show House Production: Reitzhaus
City of LA


Laura Clayton Baker A.S.I.D.
Annica Howard



Varieties of red  have wonderfully evocative names such as Vermillion, Venetian Red,  Crimson, and Scarlet. Red stones such as garnet and rubies conjure a treasure chest overflowing. I've chosen to consider a range of colors, orange red, earthy red, pinkish red, and pure red for this post.

Above: Pierre Boncompain

Above: Jacques Henri Lartigue, Florette, Vence, May 1954, as seen here. From a new book "Lartigue: Life in Color" showing his color photography that has been mostly unseen till now.

Above: Pastel by Angela A'Court, Blue Jug. A'Court is a British artist currently living in NY.

Above: Barnett Newman, Vir Heroicus Sublimis 1950-51, Collection MOMA. In english the title translates to "Man, Heroic and Sublime", referring to his essay, "The Sublime is Now".

Above: Mark Rothko, Untitled, 1970. Collection National Gallery of Art.

Above: Red Cross sign

Above: Einar Jolin (1890-1976),  Schoolgirl Mikaela Jolin, 1964. Jolin is a Swedish painter.

Above: Henri Matisse (1869-1954), The White Feather, 1919, Collection Art Institute Minneapolis

Above: David Hockney, Red Celia 1984, Collection Tate Museum. Celia Birtwell is a muse and close friend of Hockney's, as well as a talented fabric designer. 

Above: Paul Poiret dress, 1911-1912, made from fabric Poiret found in Russia.

Above: Marcus Gheeraerts the Younger, Portrait of a Woman in Red, 1620.

Above: Charles Wilson Peale (1741-1827), Artist in his Museum, 1822. Collection Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Above: Hanging laundry on a line...great selection of patterns with red in them.

Above: Luigi Ghirri (1943-1992), Ile Rousse, 1976, from his book "Kodachrome".

Above: Lois Dodd, Red Curtains Green Chicken House, 1983, from her book "Catching the Light". Dodd is having a show at the Alexandre Gallery in NYC, which closes April 2nd.

Above: Rinko Kawauchi, Untitled (Green coat red legs), from the series Murmuration 2010.

Above: Saul Leiter, Red Umbrella, 1958, is included in a current exhibit (January 22 -April 3 2016) at the Photographers Gallery, London

Above: Luigi Ghirri (1943-1992), Marina di Ravenna, 1972, from his book "Kodachrome".

Above: Fairfield Porter (1907-1975), The Narrows Clam Shack, 1952. In the summer of 1952, Fairfield Porter stopped in Wareham, Massachusetts on his way to Maine, staying with his wife's sister. Not having a canvas with him, Porter procured a board on which he painted this picture of the local clam shack, in Wareham. Porter gave the painting to his hostess as a thank you gift.

Above: Eleanor Ray, Red Bike, oil on panel, 2012.

Above: Dorothy's ruby slippers, in The Wizard of Oz, 1939.

Above: Christian Louboutin shoes

Above and below: From the ballet movie "The Red Shoes", 1948.

Above: Nick Waplington, A Display of Panic at a Moment of Absolute Certainty, from the upcoming show at These Days, curated by Thomas Solomon Art Advisory. The show runs from April 2-May 8 2016.

Above: Book cover by Cecil Beaton, 1955.

Above: Cover of a Japanese magazine found at the Antiquarian Book Fair, Kyoto.

Above: Matisse catalog, 1948.

Above: Jozsef Rippi-Ronai  (1861-1927)

Above: Maurice Denis (1870-1943), Two Girls Against the Light, 1892.

Above: Maurice Denis (1870-1943), Child in an Apron, or Little Girl in a Red Dress, 1889.

Above: Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), Marthe Bonnard and Reine Natanson in Red Blouse, 1928, Musee D'Orsay. This red striped blouse shows up in many of Bonnard's paintings...must have been fun to paint.

Above: This can has changed our lives. It's got a handful of coins inside, and when we shake it, our dog Moe stops barking. Now that she knows the sound, all I have to do is hold it.

Above: Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), Fruit on Red Cloth, 1943.

Above: Bella Foster watercolor

Above: Judy Ledgerwood detail from her show Chromophilia at 1301PE.

Above: Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), The Red Checkered Tablecloth, 1910.

Above: Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), The White Cupboard, 1931.

Above: Alexander Serebriackov, Illustration of Christian Berard's bedroom, 1947

Above: Photo by Miguel Flores-Vianna

Above: Home of Ines de la Fressange

Above: Donald Judd and Cy Twombly, photo by Miguel Flores-Vianna

Above: Kirsten Everberg, LAMill, 2008, at 1301PE. Oil and enamel on canvas. When I'm having lunch at LAMill, in Silver Lake, I feel as though I've walked into this painting.

Above: Lucio Fontana (1899-1968), Concetto Spaziala, Attese, 1965, detail

Above: William Eggleston, Greenwood Mississippi, 1973 

Above: Red door with oval window, interior by Steven Gambrel.

Above: Bill Traylor painting

Above: Alberto Burri (1915-1995), Cellotex, 1983-84

Above: Barnett Newman (1905-1970), Achilles, 1952.

Above: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Curses, 2011

Above: Miroco Machiko, Fox of the Night, 2014 

Above: Miroco Machiko, Red Shamo, 2013

Above: Patrick Heron (1920-1999), Two Pink Discs in Dark Reds, 1970.

Above: Patrick Heron (1920-1999), White Discs in Two Reds, Oct. 1962.

Above: Poster for Billy Wilder's film One, Two, Three, 1961, designed by Saul Bass.

Above: Poster for a performance of Yugoslavian songs and dances, in Prague, designed by Jaroslav Sura, 1966. Found this here.

Above: Scene from the French film The Red Balloon, 1956.

Above: 45 RPM record adaptor

Above: Great record sleeve.

Above: Bob Dylan's Blond on Blond, with the classic Columbia Records red label.  

Above: Big Star, a Memphis rock band, used William Eggleston's photo from Greenwood, Mississippi for their cover.

Above: A favorite band, Television. Adventure was released in 1978.

Above: My brother Josh Clayton-Felt. This was a publicity shot taken by Libba Gillum, in Nashville. He's wearing one of his favorite shirt/jackets here, and you can see the kind warmth that everyone remembers in his smile. He was a musician, lead singer of School of Fish, and a solo artist on A&M as well. Josh passed away in 2000. You can read more about Josh here and also here.

Above: Follower of Rogier van der Weyden, Flemish, (1399/1400-1464), Portrait of a Man, 1450 aprox.

Above: Archibald John Motley Jr. (1891-1981), The Octoroon Girl, 1925. Motley was the second African American artist to have a solo show in NYC. He also created murals for the WPA.

Above: Elizabeth Peyton, Nick Reading Moby Dick, 2003

Above: Chaim Soutine (1893-1943), Le Chasseur de Chez Maxim's, 1925. Soutine loved to paint subjects wearing uniforms, as they presented a broad swath of a single color.

Above: Beauford Delaney (1901-1979), Portrait of a Man in Red / Michael Frelich, 1965

Above: Sylvia Sleigh (1916-2010), Portrait of Betty Parsons, 1963

Above: Elmo!

Above: Alice Neel (1900-1984), Roberta Johnson Roensch, 1943-46

Above: Barkley L.Hendricks, Blood (Donald Formey), 1975

Above: Walt Kuhn (1877-1949), Acrobat in Red, 1944

Above: Balthus, Young Girl Asleep (Frederique), 1955

Above: Lois Dodd, Loft View, 1967

Above: Lois Dodd, Night Window-Red, 1972

Above: Scene in a Bedchamber, unknown artist, 1690, collection V&A Museum

Above: Interior by Miles Redd 

Above: Kirsten Everberg, Cinema, Balcony (LA Theater), 2010

Above: Raoul Dufy (1877-1953), The Red Orchestra, (1946-1949), Collection Milwaukee Art Museum

Above: Florine Stettheimer (1871-1944), Spring Sale at Bendel's, 1921, Collection Philadelphia Museum of Art

Above: Hallway, Menil House, 1964. Interior designed by Charles James.

Above: Henri Matisse (1869-1954), The Red Studio, Issy-les-Moulineaux, fall 1911

Above: From the V&A show, The Fabric of India, a Tipus Tent

Above: Felice Casorati (1883-1963), Girl on a Red Carpet, 1912

Above: Rudolf Stingel Palazzo Grassi Installation, 2013

Above: Judy Ledgerwood, Chromatic Patterns for the Graham Foundation, 2014

Above: Jan van Eyck, Man in a Turban, 1433, Collection National Gallery, UK

Above: Elizabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun (1755-1842), Countess Vavara Nikolayevna Golovina, 1797-1800. Le Brun often used aristocratic subjects who liked to pose as peasant girls and grape gatherers, including Marie Antoinette. Le Brun kept a red shawl in her studio which she draped around many of her subjects, as in the portrait here. There is an exhibit of her work at the Met currently, February 15- May 15 2016. 

Above: Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, a central character in the historical novel, Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel, which I'm currently reading. Painter unknown.

Above: Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), Girl With a Red Hat, 1665-1666

Above: Kazuo Shiraga, Suiju, 1985. Shiraga was part of the Gutai group, a radical Japanese art collective who vowed in the mid fifties to never copy anyone and do something that's never been done before. He was also a Buddhist monk. There's a good article about Shiraga here.

Above: A piece of coral in our studio.

Above: Cy Twombly (1928-2011), Blooming, 2001-2008

Above: Cy Twombly (1928-2011), Bacchus, 2006-08

Above: Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), Young Woman Writing, 1908

Above: Classic fairytale style mushroom, Amanita Muscaria.

Above: Troll doll with fiery hair.

Above: Another figure with fiery hair, but this is associated with socialism on the cover of Masses magazine, February 1916. Masses was published from 1911-1917.

Above: William Turnbull, Leaves, Red, 1967, Collection Tate Museum

Above: Henri Matisse lithograph catalog I found at Ursus Books.

Above: Poster for the film The Red Menace, 1949.

Above: Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Cat Illustration from book "25 Cats Named Sam and One Blue Pussy", 1954.

Above: Guido Gambone (1909-1969), Sculpture, 1960

Above: Miguel Flores-Vianna photo. Makes you think of other red carpet connotations. 

Above and below: Book cover designs by Alvin Lustig.

Above: Book cover design by Paul Rand.

Above: Alexander Calder sculpture

Above: Sir Anthony Caro,  Early One Morning, 1962.

Above: Nathan Mabry, The Nostalgia of the Infinite (Le Taureau), 2015. Cherry and Martin is showing Mabry's work April 2nd - May 14 2016.

Above: Lobster waitresses, Atlantic City

Above: Camp Fire Girls

Above: The Big Red Machine, the nickname given to the Cincinnati Reds when they dominated the National league from 1970-1979.

Above: Shriners parade. The Shriners are a fraternity established in 1870 based on fun, fellowship, brotherly love, relief, and truth. They are an appendant society to Freemasonry. Only a Mason can become a Shriner. The Shriners are particularly known for their Children's Hospitals, their red fezzes, and their parades. There is no religious element to their fraternity.

Above: William Eggleston, Untitled, 1970-1973

Above: Luigi Ghirri (1943-1992), Modena, 1973, from his book Kodachrome

Above: Ken Price, Rhodia, 1988, from a career survey show at Parrasch Heijnen Gallery, earlier this year. 

Above and below: Doyle Lane (1925-2002), ceramics. There's a great essay about Lane by artist Ricky Swallow here.

Above: Red tile wall created by Doyle Lane for Mutual Savings and Loan, 1964. In this photo the wall is set up at Reform Gallery, but it's now in the permanent collection of the Huntington Museum.

Above: Chris Martin at work.

Above: Anish Kapoor, Dismemberment, Site 1, 2003-2009. The Farm, Kaipara Bay, New Zealand

Above: Jiro Yoshihara Installation, 1956. Yoshihara was a member of the Gutai art collective.

Above: Man Ray (1890-1976), The Lovers, 1936

Above: Christina Hendricks...red hair and red lipstick

Above: Aristide Maillol (1861-1944), Mademoiselle Jeanne Faraill, 1888

Above: Egon Schiele (1890-1918), Reclining Woman with Red Blouse, 1908

Above: Fairfield Porter (1907-1975), Jane Wilson in Red, 1957. Jane Wilson was an artist known for her landscape paintings. She passed away this year at 90.

Above: Egon Schiele (1890-1918), Field of Flowers

Above: Beauford Delaney (1901-1979), James Baldwin, 1945

Above: Egon Schiele (1890-1918), Little Girl With Blond Hair in a Red Dress

Above: Egon Schiele (1890-1918), Standing Woman in Red

Above: Amadeo Modigliani (1884-1920)

Above: David Benjamin Sherry, Melancholic Metadata, Oregon Coast" 2014

Above: Caravaggio (1571-1610), The Death of the Virgin, 1606, Detail

Above and below: A collection of portraits of Saint Fabiola amassed by artist Francis Alys. Hung salon style over 300 portraits are displayed. Alys has collected these portraits mainly from flea markets and thrift stores in Mexico City. They're mostly painted by amateurs, modeled on a photo of the lost original painted by Jean-Jacques Henner. Fabiola was a catholic woman, born in the 4th century to a wealthy Roman family, and married to an abusive husband. She committed the sin of divorce, remarried, and committed herself to charitable work upon her second husband's death. This installation is at the National Portrait Gallery in London, and it has traveled to other locations as well. There's a good article about this show here.

Above: Illustration of Little Red Riding Hood

Above: Luigi Ghirri (1943-1992), Modena , 1974, from his book Kodachrome

Below: Scott Reeder LOL alternative list