With concurrent projects in Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades and Brentwood, designer Alison Palevsky is fast on her feet, and just last year launched her eponymously named Brentwood shop. The boutique, which offers fine furniture (including her own collection, XPalevsky), decorative objects and jewelry, has quickly become one of the city’s go-to design destinations. While the shop and residential projects require her to be on the Westside, meetings frequently take her to the Eastside. “I also use vendors as far as South El Monte, so I’m always running from place to place,” Palevsky says. What she’s picked up along the way is a deep understanding of Southern California culture and how people want to live today. New to the shop is the custom Joile bar cart, which she originally designed for a client, and a marble collection from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Embedded with brass studs, the pieces “will add edge to any interior,” she says. Here, Palevsky dives into her daily routine scouring shops while sourcing for projects and inspiration. Although, she adds: “A typical day for me is never typical.”
9:30 a.m. For a healthy California breakfast, head to Little Beach House Malibu, an offshoot of the Soho House--it’s a great spot for client meetings. I love the avocado toast with tomato, chili and watercress.
11 a.m. If you have time, pop into my store, Palevsky, on San Vicente Boulevard, where you’ll find unexpected artwork, accessories and furniture. We’re constantly updating the collections with fresh ideas and collaborating with new craftsmen and artists on limited-edition pieces.
12:30 p.m. Nearby, stop for a quick lunch at Baltaire Restaurant--a classic spot known for steaks, seafood and great cocktails. For a light lunch, I opt for the Greek salad–it’s prepared tableside. If you’re up for a caloric splurge, order it with the truffle fries.
2 p.m. After lunch, wander through Thomas Hayes Studio in Hollywood. There, you’ll find a great mix of contemporary and midcentury modern pieces. I often go there searching for barstools or end tables for clients.
3 p.m. Next, make your way to Neptune Glassworks downtown, where owner Uri Davillier designs and fabricates custom lighting and glassware in addition to artwork and exhibits. A great example of Davillier’s work is on display at Otium–he designed the lighting in the restaurant.
4:30 p.m. After visiting Otium, walk next door to The Broad museum to check out its collection of postwar and contemporary art, as well as one of the new rotating temporary exhibits. Just a short drive away is Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, a new international gallery devoted to contemporary art and modern masters–it’s definitely worth a visit.
6 p.m. Since you’re on the east part of town, make it a point to stop for drinks at Perch–a rooftop bistro with stunning views of the city. End the day with dinner at Bestia where great design–think industrial tile, steel and marble mixed with pendant lights and airy booth seating–blends with even better food. The menu is rustic Italian with handmade pastas, pizzas and, of course, pastries.