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GRATEFUL JOURNEY

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“Some people grumble that roses have thorns ; I am grateful that thorns have roses.” – Alphonse Karr

My Parents

MY PARENTS

I am a LUCKY girl.  How many times do we feel “off,” but chalk it up to being tired, or thinking we just have a headache or pulled muscle?  Sometimes this is the case, but this time it was different.  After months of ignoring and denying, and convincing myself  that what I felt was nothing, I had to admit that I was scared…for the first time in my life, I was scared of knowing the truth.   Racing from one day to the next, living this beautiful life at the speed of sound, I was finally still, on our annual family vacation this past Spring.  Sitting by the pool in the hot desert sun, I turned to my Mom.  Memories of childhood came flooding, as I thought about how my parents have always been there for me, through triumphs and tragedies throughout my life.  My biggest fans, my advocates, the first loves of my life, and the best grandparents you could ever want your children to have.  In her early adulthood my mom was an R.N., and to this day friends and family call upon her for advice.  She either talks you off the ledge, or tells you to get your butt into the doctor immediately.  “I need you to tell me if you think this feels like more than just a ‘lump,'” and I raised my arm.  It felt different than anything I had felt in the past, but I, like millions of women have very dense breasts. In other words, they sort of have a lumpy life of their own.  But somehow, this one felt different. Deep, deep down, I knew it.  My mom, never showing her internal fear, calmly told me not to worry and that she was going to make some calls.  Two days later I was in the land of mammograms, which did not pick up my 3.8cm lump.   The next step was an ultrasound, then biopsy which quickly detected the mass.  The next day I was at a client and got “the call.”  read more

GORGEOUS GREYSTONE

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“There is no more reason to believe that man descended from some inferior animal than there is to believe that a stately mansion has descended from a small cottage.”
– William Jennings Bryan

Greystone Mansion Entrance | D.L. Rhein

Beverly Hills has always been known for it’s larger than life estates, but none is as awe inspiring than one of our city’s greatest treasures, Greystone Mansion.  Construction began in 1927 and took over three years to complete at a staggering $3 million dollars.  Imagine what that would cost in 2015!  A gift to his son from Eduard Doheny, (one of the biggest oil tycoons in the world at that time), the estate was a true labor of love with no stone left unturned.  Set on over 18 acres of land, the property consisted of stables, tennis courts, a swimming pool and lake, and it’s very own fire station.  With 55 liveable rooms, this larger than life mansion is reminiscent of a European castle nestled in the Hollywood Hills overlooking the city of Los Angeles.  The history of this haunting and beautiful home is fascinating. It has been the backdrop for many films spanning 6 decades including The Disorderly Orderly and Spiderman just to name a few. It is available for tours, which we highly recommend, and was named a public park by the City of Beverly Hills in the early ’70’s.  One of the board members came into our store and loved our vibe and aesthetic.  She then invited us to create a one of a kind, extravagant table scape for an event to show the Members of Greystone and event attendees what a private dinner could entail at this glorious manse.  Oh what fun we had creating this stunning dinner party…  read more

A FAMILY AFFAIR

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“Love one another and you will be happy.  It’s as simple and as difficult as that.” – Michael Leuning

Orchids and giant cloches make a perfect welcome to a party #dlrhein

I love the message which welcomes you into this home, “Shed your worries, you’re home.”  There is something so profound in those 5 words and I think it should apply to guests just as it does to the home dwellers.  After completing the living room and dining room of this Pasadena abode, we came over to do some extra touches in preparation for pre- wedding party for our client’s brother.  The front door is the first thing people see, so we wanted to jazz it up a bit.  Over sized cloches contain fresh orchids and reindeer moss.  Simple and effortless while making a grand statement that is cost effective.  read more

ENGAGED IN EMERALD

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We need more cornflakes.  F.U.
Did you know it took me twenty minutes to figure out the “F.U.” stood for Felix Unger!?
-The Odd Couple

#JessicaYoung #thejessbyoung General Manager of #dlrhein and #DeborahRhein

JESS AND DEBORAH

Hi, I’m Jess, the General Manager of D.L. Rhein.  I found it fitting to take over the blog today to express my gratitude while showing off the insanely amazing Engagement party my boss threw for me.  Most people who encounter Deborah and I together, call us an old married couple.  After 9 years of traveling the world and collaborating, we sure have come along way and stood the test of time.  We laugh together, cry together, rant and rave about life and have the extreme fortune of getting to be creative every single day.  Deborah and her family have become my LA family and when she offered to throw us a party, I squealed.  I knew it would be fantastic as we have set up many events together.  What I didn’t know, was how overwhelmed I would be when I walked in as it was all a surprise.  She took every detail into account, not to mention choosing my favorite color – Green, as the theme of the party.  I had to click my heels three times when my fiancee and I stepped into the Emerald City…

Potted Herbs and Mercury Glass Votives #emerald #dlrhein #engagementparty

The tables were aglow with mercury glass votives in every shade of green from Moss to Emerald.  Giant aluminum pedestals created height on the buffet without interfering with the delectable food.

#vintage #desk turned #buffet #dlrhein #engagementparty #green

Every space was turned into something special!  Leave it to Deborah to bust out a vintage Asian Mother of Pearl inlaid secretary desk to serve as the area to hold dishes and utensils.

Potted herbs are #ecofriendly #centerpieces #engagementparty #green #emerald #dlrhein

Can I just say, best centerpieces, ever?!  Always conjuring unique ways to make things beautiful while still serving a greater purpose, the table scapes were eco friendly and guests got to take home a fresh potted herb in a resuable Mason jar.  Surrounded with white votives and amethyst, a crystal known as the artist’s stone and filled with the power to calm and soothe.  I’m a believer and the relaxed mood of the guests spoke for itself.

#cheesetray #charcuterie #engagementparty #green #dlrhein

The appetizers were as delicious as they look.  Mixing vintage and new products from our stores made these charcuterie platters a work of art in themselves.  The Malachite bowls sent me into orbit!

#cheesetray #abalone #motherofpearl #engagementparty #green #dlrhein

Abalone and Mother of Pearl Cheese knives are a far cry from the norm and elevate the experience.

#crostini homemade #ricotta #mozza #engagementparty #green #dlrhein

Did I mention that Deborah is truly the Jackie of all Trades?!  After enjoying endless gourmet meals she prepared for family dinners over the years, she kicked it into a whole new gear after completing the Pro Series at Culver City’s own New School of Cooking.  Who else would make ricotta from scratch with a myriad of toppings from the famed Mozza cookbook?  Not a morsel was left behind.

#california #city #rocksglasses #sola #engagementparty #dlrhein

Cocktails were served in glasses from one our favorite vendors, Sisters of Los Angeles.  We chose our four favorite Cali cities (Palm Springs, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara) to create a custom set available at our stores and on our website.

#gilded #champagneflutes #engagementparty #dlrhein #green #emerald

Gilded Champagne Flutes atop a vintage Moire tray added sparkle and shine.

#fireball #whiskey #shotglasses #shots #engagementparty #dlrhein #sola #lafreeways #green

Fireball cinnamon whiskey turned up the heat in these LA freeway shot glasses.

#champagane and #strawberries #toast #engagementparty #dlrhein #green #emerald

A lovely toast was given over Champagne and Strawberries.  Heartfelt words expressed by all, my eyes filled with tears of joy as we were surrounded by dear friends and our gracious hosts Deborah and her husband Danny, who made one hell of a bartender.

#custom #poetry created for our guests #dlrhein #engagementparty #green

I don’t know who was more excited about this suprise, us or our guests.  Deborah hired a poet to create a custom poem for every guest that she typed on an old school typewriter on a patterned paper of their choosing.  That beats any corny favor I could have come up with!

#embroidered #pillows #dlrhein #engagementparty #green #navy #emerald

Embroided Pillows from the D.L. Rhein 2014 collection dressed up all of the seating areas.  An outdoor lounge made everyone comfy and open for conversation.

#desserts #desserttable #engagementparty #dlrhein #green #emerald #rubyrouxcakes #macarons

AHHHHHHH!   The desert table!  A mix of green candy and utterly delicious treats made by my friend Jessica Brennan of Ruby Roux Cakes were such a hit, there wasn’t a single piece left behind.   Cake balls, Chocolate mint whoopie pies, cupcakes, and all the sugary delights you can dream of had everyone smiling.

#macarons #green #emerald #engagementparty #sparklers #topsmalibu

Macarons were blazing with light thanks to the adorable heart shaped sparklers from Tops Malibu.

 

#heart #xo #sparklers #topsmalibu #engagementparty #dlrhein Engagement Sparkletts

Nothing says fun and festive like having everyone light up sparklers to take the party into the dark night.

#Jessciayoung #thejessbyoung @thejessbyoung #engagementparty #dlrhein

The look on our faces says it all.  Thank you to my fabulous boss who is also a mentor and friend and has graciously welcomed Allen and I into their family.  If you loved this party as much as we did, contact us and we can help make your event something to remember for ever.

XO,
Jess of D.L. Rhein

PHOTO CREDITS: STEPHEN SIMONS

STEP BY STEP – SOUL SISTERS

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“One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.” – Albert Schweitzer

My cousin and I, 1966

WENDI AND ME, 1966

Woman share an inexplicable bond with each other when they forge a deep connection whether it is by family ties or friendship.  My cousin Wendi is truly my sister from another mother.  Five years apart, she was my mentor, confidant, fashion guru and always my friend.  Growing up with two brothers, Wendi was my go to girl for everything.   Our mothers who are in fact sisters,  are just as close and we spent a huge part of my childhood together.  The house she grew up in is largely responsible for igniting my passion for design at a very early age.   A quintessential Beverly Hills Manor, their home was filled with exquisite objects and Hollywood Glamour, no different than the things that catch my eye to this very day.

Wendy's childhood home in Beverly Hills

WENDI’S CHILDHOOD HOME

Wendi has always been a touchstone for me.  It made perfect sense that she would dedicate her life to helping others when she decided to become a therapist.  You will find no better listener or advice giver, and she always had a way to make the silver lining shine bright.  It came as a great shock when she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s a few years ago.   How can this be?  She’s too young!  She’s too selfless!  She’s not deserving of this!  Undiagnosed for many years, she went back and forth between doctors until someone finally listened to her and the fact that she noticed her handwriting was getting smaller and smaller.  Despite this, Wendi has never let her beautiful spirit waiver.  Again, I am looking at her in awe and baffled by her strength and perseverance.

My Aunt Ruth and I, 1966

AUNT RUTH AND ME, 1966

Coincidentally, my Aunt Ruth (my beloved Grammy’s sister) was also diagnosed with Parkinson’s at a young age.  Two women I adore, on either side of my family tree, with the same diagnosis.   It is a horrible feeling when you want to help someone and don’t know how.  But we can help.  I am joining my fearless, determined cousin at the Parkinson’s Association Step By Step Walk on September 14.  I will walk beside her just as she did when I was learning to take my first steps many moons ago.  I humbly invite you to join the fight against Parkinson’s and continue the research efforts towards a cure.

Step By Step Parkinson's Association Fundraiser Walk

 

The Parkinson’s Association’s Fighting Parkinson’s Step by Step Walk-a-Thon will raise money to support this important work and I would like to invite you to be part of it. If you haven’t already, please register and join me at the beach in Santa Monica on Sunday, Sept. 14. I look forward to seeing you! If you can’t make it please donate what you can.

Follow these three easy steps to support this cause!    
  1. Register Online www.ParkinsonsStepbyStep.com and click the green “Join Us! Register Here” button
  2. Join or Create a Team – recruit your friends, coworkers and family members! TEAM – CHERRY
  3. Customize your Fundraising Page and help raise funds to fight Parkinson’s disease!

Don‘t wait, register today and share this extraordinary experience with your friends and family. Every participant makes a difference and every strep makes a big impact!  If you would like to make a donation, please select TEAM – CHERRY.

   
Thank you for your support.
XO,
Deborah