Contemporary Dressing for a Contemporary Space – Nest Studio Rentals

NEST Studio RentalsAt Nest Studio Rentals, you’ll find 22,000 sq. ft. of contemporary furniture, rugs, lighting, drapery and art used by top designers and stylists. Tagged as a ‘fresh prop house,’ Nest is located at Lankershim & Hart in North Hollywood.

Owner Holiday Dapper has an obvious flair for success—it took only 2 short years for Nest to outgrow its original Vanowen St. location. Nest Studio Rentals is open Mon–Fri 8–6. Check out the website for contact information.

Website: www.neststudiorentals.net

ArtKraft Taxidermy – The Best Dead End in Los Angeles

PrintWhen is a ‘Dead End’ a good thing? When you need real stuffed animals or hides and you end up at ArtKraft Taxidermy Rentals. They are known for their museum-quality big game mounts and more, all collected by world-renowned hunter Frank G. Carlis. From antelopes to zebras ArtKraft rents it’s inventory of taxidermy to companies for film and TV productions, commercials and print ads.

You can view the collection on ArtKraft’s website, where you’ll find the game divided into categories such as Teeth & Claws, Exotics, Hooves & Horns and Feathers.

Website: www.artkrafttaxidermy.net

23rd Edition – Debbies Book Retrospective

COVER23mini2008–2009. Thirty years of Debbies Book…whew!

From 1977 to 2009—who would have guessed that we would’ve been the ‘go-to resource’ for the odd and unusual for over 30 years? Since our original Internet database was put into place in 1997 and designed for dial-up, it became apparent that it was time to upgrade. We (along with our programmers) were also getting closer to making the move to putting the book on the Internet full time. This would make Debbies Book an online source book with the capability of making changes for our users on a regular basis, guaranteeing accuracy.

Put the ‘Aah’ in Your Next Event w/ Aah-Inspiring Balloons

index~~element669I can’t think of Aah-Inspiring Balloons without the animated film Up popping into my head. If Up were live action, I’m sure Aah-Inspiring Balloons would have been in the credit roll. As it is, Aah’s balloon designs have been in over 200 television and film shows, including Dancing with the Stars and American Idol.DWTS_Finale-4_Front_Page1_5x7_11-25-14__43_

Certified balloon artists Danny and Bambi have been creating memorable moments for corporate events, graduations, grand openings, bar/bat mitzvahs, birthdays, baby showers, proms, quinceañeras, weddings and more since 1995. Whether it’s a bold balloon drop or a fun, floating welcome to your event, Aah-Inspiring Balloons will make your celebration colorfully Aah-some.

Website: www.aahinspiringballoons.com

Need to Find [Blank]? Try LCW

item_6961As you are reading this, you may be wondering to yourself — where in the hell can I find an 8 foot steel cowl vent? Ok, maybe you weren’t wondering. But IF you were, LCW Props is the place to go. From AC cooling units to Yeti boxes, you’ll find it at LCW.

They’ve famously absorbed the entire nautical collection of the now defunct Louis Equipment Prop House!

The LCW graphics division has a great collection of computer graphics too, such as airport security footage, database scans, radar scans, weather maps and more. There’s an online catalog, and you’re able to see the computer graphics in action.

Next time you’re wondering—where am I going to find [blank]. Let LCW fill in the blanks for you.

Website: www.lcwprops.com

HEF Pool Service – Helping to Keep Your Water Based Shoot Clear

pool7-resizedFilming in and under water has its unique challenges, but HEF Pool Service can help eliminate some of those concerns. HEF works to keep the water clear and water chemistry safe for cast and crew. The last thing you want are stinging eyes and cloudy water.

HEF provides water surface skimmers, portable pumps and filtration systems, and underwater vacuuming. NCIS, Couples Retreat, Iron Man 2, Thor, Poseidon and We Bought a Zoo are just some of the productions HEF has worked on. So the next time you’re filming underwater, HEF will help to keep your shoot floating along.

Website: www.hefpool.com

New Didier Lourenco Collection Available April 1st @ Canadian Art Prints & Winn Devon

ATT268049Canadian Art Prints & Winn Devon Art Group recently announced a new line of artwork available as print on demand on canvas, fine art paper, and poster paper. Taking a quick look at the new pieces it’s easy to appreciate his style.Acr294270081275611823

A little about the artist: Didier Lourenço was born in 1968 in Premià de Mar, Barcelona. At the age of 19, he began working in his father’s lithography atelier, where he learned the trade of lithography.

In 1988, Didier made a corner of the atelier his place for painting on canvas and paper. He shared his time between painting and printing lithographs for himself and professional artists. The atelier would prove to be his best classroom, a place where Didier would build his education in the world of painting. That year he presented his first individual show and also edited his first collection of lithographies.

In 1991, Lourenço won a prestigious prize for young artists making a breakthrough into many galleries throughout Spain showing in various solo and group exhibitions. In 1995, Didier Lourenço moved into his own studio, where he would devote himself to painting, but never stop making lithographs.

Acr294270081275614615In 2000, Winn Devon, an art publisher and distributor of posters took his work worldwide. This global presence quickly sparked the interest of galleries who would present his original work. Didier traveled around the world to his solo exhibits in New York, Seattle, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Puerto Rico, New Orleans, Nashville, South Africa, Las Vegas, Miami, Singapore, among others.

Check out this and more available on their website. Everyone is always looking for cleared and fresh pieces for their set (or home if you want to spiff up the living room)!

Website: www.capandwinndevon.com

22nd Edition – Debbies Book Retrospective

COVER22mini2007–2008. If you’ve been reading these throwback posts, I’m sure you found some arguable details in a fact or two or some news event more important than the one given. Don’t bother to let me know what it is because, by this time, I’m too old and I’m just glad my mind still works. I still own an electric typewriter (even though we have more computers than I ever wanted), and I answer my own phone – just a breed from the old school.

The writer’s strike lasted until 2/14/08. Nancy Pelosi became the first female Speaker of the House. Polar Bears were designated endangered. The California Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage. Human Rights protesters targeted the Olympic Torch relay. And the mortgage meltdown began.

For All of Your Interior Fabric Needs – American Silk Mills

ASM db pic1Starting back in 1896, American Silk Mills has been a boutique weaving and design establishment that specializes in exquisite and intricate interior residential and contract fabrics. They incorporate a full service design staff as well as experienced weaving artisans to master the art of textile construction. They even work internationally with other novelty mills which has allowed for a wide breadth of products without sacrificing quality or creative design.

db asm picHeadquartered in Plains, Pennsylvania American Silk has produced yarns and unique novelty fabrics of different palettes. They are widely known for their distinctive stripes and plaids saturated by color, and the same can be said of their combed-cotton velvets (continuing the famous Cheney tradition).

Want to tweak one of the many designs or products already in American Silk Mills’ inventory? One of their great assets is allowing customers to tweak preexisting designs for their own needs or simply working with their studio staff to conjure up an original fabric.

Sensuede db picOne of their more recently championed textiles is Sensuede (along with their family of suedes). Made from recycled microfibers this new fabric manages to be both pleasing to the touch and durable, or as they say, “Able to me the most demanding applications!’

Stop by their website to get an idea of what is already available at your fingertips then give them a call. You might have just found your next “Partner in Skein”.

I know, that pun was a stretch but I wove it in pretty well.

Websites: www.sensuede.com & www.americansilk.com

Habitat for Humanity – Affordable Used Items & Free Donation Pickups

Bellflower-ReStore-91-Sign-300x200Shopping at and/or donating to Habitat for Humanity is a win for everyone. You can find great décor and building materials for a fraction of the cost; Habitat for Humanity is able to continue their mission, and materials are recycled instead of thrown in our landfills.

You’ll never know what you will find at a ReStore—beautiful tile, light fixtures, appliances, furniture, dishes… Sales and donations help Habitat for Humanity build and repair housing for those in need of this basic necessity. Consider Habitat for Humanity on your next project. Remember: it’s a win-win-win!

Website: www.Habitat.org/Restore