Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens, La Cienega Legends, and Mrs. Alice Coronation Collection

Welcome to TGP Tidbits where we round up the happenings and our musings of the design industry each week. This week we look at the Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens, La Cienega Legends, and the Mrs. Alice Coronation Collection. Written by Natalie Aldridge

Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens

For almost four decades, the Lake Forest Showhouse & Gardens has flourished as a highly anticipated occasion within the Chicago design scene, becomming one of the most prestigious showhouses in the country. This year’s outstanding lineup of designers includes Alexandra Kaehler, Sarah Vaile, and Evan Millard, eager to partake in the metamorphosis of this year’s property, a beautiful red brick Georgian-style house. Originally built by the legendary architect William Frazier in the late 1960s, the home will be transformed into a breathtaking exhibition of unparalleled artistry.

On May 8th, the showhouse’s Honorary Chairs and A-list interior designers Ashley Whittaker and Timothy Whealon, will be joining Emma Bazilian, content director of Frederic and author of Charm School, for an intriguing lecture and light lunch. Tickets for this exciting event can be purchased here.

The dining room, by Alexandra Kaehler
Alexandra Kaehler

Not only is the occasion a splendid gathering, but it also serves a dual purpose as a fundraising effort for the Lake Forest Chapter of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago. Throughout the years, this remarkable event has succeeded in generating a staggering sum of over $5 million and continues to accumulate more. Running from May 6th to June 4th, tickets to attend can be purchased here.

La Cienega Legends

Back in the 1950s, the La Cienega Design Quarter rose to fame as the go-to destination for interior designers seeking inspiration and exquisite finds. These gifted artists and visionaries resided above their design studios in the luxurious apartments lining La Cienega Boulevard, including notable figures such as William Haines, Elsie de Wolfe, Frances Elkins, Tony Duquette, and Michael Taylor. Today, many of those charming buildings have been impeccably preserved and house an array of antique shops and design showrooms, attracting designers in search of the rare and distinctive.

Each year the famed quarter hosts La Cienega Legends, and this year it is back with a regal twist – “The Fashion of Home” will be the theme, paying homage to the kings and queens of fashion. Adding to the excitement, the prestigious Living Legend Awards by LCDQ will be bestowed upon renowned designers Ken Fulk and Alexa Hampton. The event promises to be a visual treat, with a partial recreation of Sarah Jessica Parker’s lavish dressing room showcased at Mecox, curated by her talented designer Eric Hughes.

Mary McDonald window vignette for Dragonette, LCDQ 2013
Alessandra Branca window vignette for Serena & Lily, LCDQ 2022

Luxury showrooms, awe-inspiring window vignettes crafted by design maestros like Jake Arnold, Paloma Contreras, Noz Nozawa, and Studio Heimat, as well as engaging keynote panels and glamorous cocktail parties will all be part of this sensational affair. If you are in Los Angeles, do not miss out on this unique event! Taking place May 9 to the 11th, more information and tickets can be found here.

Mrs. Alice Coronation Collection

In honor of His Majesty’s coronation, Mrs. Alice has launched the Coronation Collection, a commemorative series celebrating King Charles III’s ascension to the throne.

The anticipation is building as the coronation of King Charles III is set to take place May 6th, promising to be a remarkable event that will captivate the world’s attention. As the ceremony unfolds, we can expect to witness a breathtaking display of royal regalia, magnificent robes, and glittering jewels, as King Charles III is crowned in Westminster Abbey.

In true British fashion, celebrations of the occasion will be big and bold making this collection perfect for Coronation soirees. With classic prints, colors, and commemorative motifs, the collection is also a collectible piece of history.

The world will be watching, as the coronation of King Charles III marks a new chapter in the history of the British monarchy, a symbol of continuity, stability, and strength.

The full collection can be shopped here!

Shop this week’s inspired finds!

x Natalie

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