Urban Colony by Robert Wylie

Simple but stylish many of the items at Urban Colony are unique because Robert Wylie designs much of them himself. Of course they are more than just a furniture store, with custom upholstery and lighting this original and contemporary company is an important stop for every well dressed home or set.

Robert began his furniture career in the 1980’s selling mosaic tile on furniture from the back of his pick-up. He rocketed to the forefront of furniture design when some of his works appeared on television, including The Tonight Show, and soon the commissions for custom designs began pouring in.

He and a friend started a furniture company, “Malabar Coast”, in 1993. This wasn’t enough for Robert Wylie, however, wanting to create and sell some of his own designs. From this desire “R&R Design Imports” was started with a new partner. For a decade this allowed Robert the time to truly perfect his talent for both furniture design and finding just the right imports from South East Asia.

While starting a successful staging business, Robert also opened “Urban Colony”. After a couple of moves his newest location is in the heart of Downtown LA. This 6,500 sq. ft warehouse has a large showroom filled with furniture, accessories, and more. Stop by and visit both their storefront in LA and even glance at some of their inventory online. You won’t regret it.

Web Site: http://www.urbancolony.com/
Urban Colony

New York Fashion for Ladies Over 21…

Here’s a heads up on what looks to be a creative look on older women and fashion in New York City. This is the longer trailer for a documentary titled “Advanced Style” and gives the audience a glimpse into the lives of some individuals who have had more time than most to refine their tastes.

The release date for this piece is later this year so keep your eyes open. It should be a great watch for all ages, especially any woman over the age of… gulp, let’s just say 21.

Whether you prefer a little dab of color in your choice of hats, bangles, scarves, and/or jewelry this trailer should make you smile.

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Advanced Style Blog: http://advancedstyle.blogspot.com/

Trilights Candles – Not Just for a Romantic Dinner

Located in Comfort Texas, Trilights has continued to perfect the art of candle making for over two generations. Their skill has allowed countless peoples needs to be both imagined and created for everything from candelebras to castle dressing. They will make custom candles for every occasion and ship to anywhere in the world.

Skip’s candles have been used in the Industry starting in Kevin Costner’s Message in a Bottle (1997). They even had the opportunity to be a part of ‘A Tribute for Heroes’, the September 11th telethon fundraiser, their candles being used by thousands during that special event.

Additional credits for Trilights include Pirates of the Caribbean 1, 2, AND 3, the beautiful (if short lived) HBO series Rome, the Academy Award winning Memoirs of a Geisha, and most recently the thrilling John Carter of Mars.

We may live in a speed-of-light world where our phones have begun to replace everything, including candles, but there will always be a need for a look only quality candles can bring. Whether you are working on a piece based in times before electricity, your electricity has gone out during a storm, or it really is a night of romance, Trilights has and can make the candles to suit your needs.

Website: www.trilights.com

We’re on Facebook!

Debbies Book has launched it’s new Facebook Page!

Come check us out and Like our page. We’ve also taken full advantage of the new Timeline feature to give you, our valued user, a chance to understand the history of Debbies Book.

On our Facebook page we will also announce new changes and features to the website, give you updates on our blog, and keep you up to date with the Debbies Book App!

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/DebbiesBook

ABC Caskets

Don’t let the casket business turn you off. Isabelle and Joey are eagerly there to help you with your rentals or sales. They are perfect for the Industry due to a couple of factors. They will specially customize your casket any way you want: almost any wood or metal and any color. The last time I stopped by their shop they even had a wonderfully brightly decorated,  lavender casket.

The business itself has been family owned since 1933. Since it’s inception, ABC Caskets’ selling point has been that they have an onsite factory, meaning they can receive the specifications of the casket you need and begin working on it almost immediately. Their history with the film and television industries is a direct result of their location (right by the 110 in Los Angeles) and quality workmanship.

To have just a slice of their exhaustive list of credits: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Six Feet Under, CSI Miami, CSI Las Vegas, Ghost Whisperer, and so much more.

Stop by this place and meet the wonderful family that has become one of the staples for casket creation, rentals, and purchases.

Here’s a link to their website: http://www.abettercasket.com/
ABC Caskets Factory

Tara Designs

Check out Tara Design’s new video on our website under Asian Antiques & Artifacts. Their showroom pieces have been seen all over, including True Blood (season 5), Rolling Stones Magazine, and Time Magazine (Home of Steven Tyler).

Their furniture and textiles combine traditional designs with modern techniques. Many of their pieces are artfully made from reclaimed woods that have come from decommissioned temples and buildings. Some of these places include parts of India, Morocco, and even Tibet.

Their range of selection is also intriguing. From antique door frames and moldings to coffee tables and beds, they are a perfect stop for home rentals, set rentals, and even personal purchases (they also offer a percentage based commission for purchased rental pieces). If you take a quick look at their website you will see what they can offer. One thing I like about their inventory is that much of it can be used for both indoor and outdoor designs.

At 3,700 square feet, Tara Design is a warehouse full of unique pieces that are perfect for rentals and sales. Design consultants are also available.

Tara Design
Check out their website at: www.tara-design.comlittle budhas

Ben Gordon Balloon Artist

Need a little fun in your life? Ben has balloons and will travel. He has seemingly worked with everyone, including celebrities like Jessica Alba and her husband to doing street shows for the general public.

Whether your party is for some kids or the next corporate “Big Kids” party, Ben Gordon’s talents can shine. Ben’s style is both simple and fun but not to be confused with easy.

Check out some of his work on his website. With the addition of a few pen strokes even a little balloon giraffe can seem to come to life!

Ben Gordon: Balloon Artist

Prop Services West Has Moved!

Swing by and check out PSW’s new location in North Hollywood.

Once again all under one roof, Prop Services West has relocated to the valley. Their new address is at 7040 Laurel Canyon Blvd. in North Hollywood.

Founded in 1978 by Set Decorator Bill Harp and Art Director Chuck Murawski, PSW has long been a favorite among Set Decorators, Production Designers, Art Directors and Prop Masters.

Chuck Murawski followed his friend Bill Harp to Hollywood in the early 70’s, after Bill joined the crew of the Carol Burnett Show. Recognizing the need for contemporary set dressing in west coast productions they opened Prop Services West on Santa Monica Blvd.

After many moves, purchases, and changes of ownership PSW has settled down into the Valley. Stop by them and see what they have to offer!

Prop Services West

Where is Billy Mitchell?

Billy Mitchell, former set decorator and owner of Billy Mitchell’s Native American Prop House, closed up shop in 2007. He moved to Indiana to be closer to his wife’s family.

This certainly doesn’t mean he has stopped working his trade. Billy still has some collections of Native American tribal artifacts, pottery, baskets, rugs, and other Western Americana. From what I hear he will even be visiting his hometown of Hollywood this summer.

Throw me an email if you are in a production in Indiana and I can give you his contact information.

Dream Woodshop

While visiting USITT I was directed towards a particular blog by Eric Hart. One of his latest posts shares a video that I felt compelled to share as well. The blog is a terrific resource for prop manufacturing and an interesting look into some of his projects.

The video he links to is a short piece showing off a magnificent wood working shop. It also shows that some actors do work off the screen. Here is the video on Nick Offerman (of Parks and Rec.) and his workshop put together by Fine Woodworking. Not your typical construction projects for theatre or home use but certainly an artisan of note.

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