Friday, December 31, 2010

Many Thanks

As we say good bye to 2010 I want to take the time and share with you the many things that I have been grateful for this past year.
 If you have been following my blog I have mentioned on several occasions that I have been extremely fortunate to have had consistent work through the recession and in my opinion have done some of my best work. I truly enjoy being an interior designer and love to share my work with everyone. DustyLu was able to help me make that happen in March with the launch of my blog. Most of the beautiful photographs you have seen on my blog this past year she has taken. She is so talented and incredibly hard working. It's nice to have someone like her on my team.
It was a milestone year for my son JD, not only did he turn 16 in October, being a sophomore he made the varsity basketball team!  Yay Go Eagles!  Everyday I feel blessed to be his mother, he truly is a remarkable son and an amazing basketball player.
I have a great passion for travel and this past year I was able to take some amazing trips, Paris being the best and most exciting.  With every year there are some highs and lows. I've had  a retail space at a local antique mart for the past two years and the retail side of business for me this past year has been a challenge so I have decided to put that on hold in 2011 and move on to some other types of retail adventures. I am still working on my esty shop and have a few other things up my sleeve.  I am a firm believer that when one door closes another one opens up.

Now lets talk about whats going on in these beautiful photographs!

A couple of my clients asked me to help them complete their table settings and to spruce them up for the holidays. I found the perfect store in Los Angeles to help make that happen!!  There's a store on Melrose Avenue called TableArt, the owners name is Walter Lowry and he is not only extremely talented, very helpful and has the best selection of everything that has to do with setting a magnificent table.

My client Carla asked me to help her set her table for Christmas using her existing china and the new pieces we purchased from TableArt .
All the linens were custom made to fit her table and to enhance her china we added the chargers and bread plates.

As you can see I am not very traditional when it comes to setting the table.
I threw in some of my favorite vintage cloisonne vases to add more color and to mix it up a little.
photos by Dustylu

Happy New Year to all of you and may all your dreams come true in 2011.
Janette Mallory

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Hollywood Hills Project

One of my new projects for 2011 is a remodel of a 1970s style house in the Hollywood Hills.  My client purchased the house because of the 180 degree views of the Hollywood Sign, Downtown Los Angeles and on a clear day you can see the ocean!!!


The house has a great floor plan; the whole back side of the house which is the view side and where the family room, kitchen, dining room, living room and master bedroom are located.  My client hired me to remodel the whole house inside and out.   We are breaking it up into three phases since they plan on living in the house while the work is being done.  The first phase of the project will start on  the view side of the house in the rooms I listed above.  I included a floor plan so you can get a sense of the layout.

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Included in the first phase will begin with replacing all the original exterior doors and windows with a product from Fleetwood located here in Southern California which is the top of the line for french doors and windows.  I chose the dark bronze aluminum finish without the mullions so there is no obstruction from the view. 


Since the house was built in 1975 there has been hardly any upgrades so we are going to replace all the existing flooring materials with reclaimed hardwood throughout (finish TBD).  I am including some before pictures of the family room, living room and dining room to give you a sense of what the house looks like today.  I am planning on taking my followers through the process phase by phase so stay tuned!!!




Sunday, December 12, 2010

Dolce Casa by Janette Mallory

Hello everyone!!

I am so excited to announce my new blog name Dolce Casa by Janette Mallory
and my new
blog layout, designed by Cathy over at Avalon Rose Designs.

I wanted to thank Cathy at Avalon Rose Designs for all
her hard work and for putting this together for me.
She is extremely talented and amazing to work with. I have a
love for peacocks and wanted to incorporate them into my new blog

design layout. She went above and beyond. I love how it turned out.
Thank you Cathy!

I also wanted to share a sneak peak into my upcoming
 posts for 2011.

First off a stunning Hollywood Hills Bachelor Pad,
an interview with editor
Diane Lyle of  Westlake Malibu Lifestyle Magazine.
A drop dead gorgeous dining room make over,
and my obsession with Raoul Textiles and I how
I used them in a recent project in Calabasas.
I am also in the process of remolding my own kitchen and hope
to share that with you in January.
Plus much, much more.

Stay tuned!!

Janette Mallory

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Winner

Congratulations to Janet from

You are the winner of these gorgeous
Aidan Gray Candlesticks!

Thank you to all those who participated
in this giveaway and to Morning T for hosting it!
More fun giveaways to come...

Janette Mallory

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Aidan Gray Holiday Giveaway!!

Hello everyone!

It is that time of year to give!
First, I need  to thank Morning T for blogging about this giveaway!
It was beautiful.
I wanted to giveaway another pair of these fantastic Aidan Gray Candlesticks.

One lucky reader will win these...

Three simple entry rules...
1. Follow me if you haven't already
2. Blog about this giveaway.
3. Post about it on your sidebar!

Good Luck!
Giveaway ends.
Sunday, December 5th!!!

Janette Mallory

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Candy Cane Lane

Its that time of the year again and I can’t believe that I actually decorated my space at the Agoura Antique Mart a week ago.  What’s wrong with me??? Never in my life have I ever been so ahead of the game with decorating for the holidays. It all started about a month or so ago when I went up north to the Three Speckled Hens show and bought a bunch of vintage ornaments. The colors of all the ornaments are fantastic and I love the color combination of pink, red and white for the holidays.  I went downtown to the flower market last week and found the pink Sugar Plum Fairy and my holiday theme came together from there!!!


I think the mixture of the colorful vintage ornaments, vintage glass compotes and jars filled with candy with the mercury glass all look so festive.





ORNAMENTSI found this antique banana dish from Dalzell, Gilmore & Leighton c 1889 in Atlanta last week. What a find! School Project Janette Booth 059 How cute are the Holt Howard feather Angels from the 50s?? also an Atlanta find…



WHOLE TABLE Please stop by if you are ever in Agoura. Happy Thanksgiving!!!



Thursday, November 11, 2010

On a buying trip, be back soon!

I’m off to the Scott Antique Market in Atlanta then an Estate Sale!  Tune in next week for the photos of all my fabulous finds!!

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Sunset Restaurant Wine Dinners

The Sunset Restaurant has a fabulous new chef and they are hosting wine dinners every Wednesday at 7:30pm with a special menu each week to match the varietal of the week.  Bring your own bottle of the featured varietal and everyone can sample a variety of wines and discuss them.  In addition John Selman from Malibu Village Wines brings additional bottles for everyone to taste! $50.00 per person includes a four course meal, tax and tip. 

The food is really amazing. Hurry before it get’s booked up!!!!




Wednesday, October 27, 2010

NBA Season Opener with Derrick Rose & Slim Chin

Last night was the NBA season opener with a doubleheader on TNT.  Game one was Miami Heat vs. Boston Celtics and game two was LA Lakers vs. Houston Rockets!!!   Even though I live in LA my son and I are huge Celtic fans (sorry to all my blogger followers that are Lakers fans).  As you can imagine, we were so excited they won 88-80 (close game).  As we were watching the games, my client Ken Jeong’s  Adidas commercial was played as least three times.  He plays rapper Slim Chin and wears  a metallic gold sweat suit and is so hysterical.  Check it out below!!!

Even funnier is the Music Video with Dwight Howard, Derrick Rose and Slim Chin!!  You can watch that as well below.

In keeping with my sports themed blog I wanted to include another one of my client’s home office.  He is a complete sports fanatic!  I worked on this house a couple years ago and finally got around to photographing it about a month ago.  I thought it would be appropriate to share with you his office with all his sports memorabilia in honor of the NBA Season Opener.


This is just a small part of his collection!


I love his collection of all the vintage radios!


I hope you got a good laugh like I did……


Friday, October 22, 2010

All good things must come to an end sometime……

After two years my Padaro Lane project in Carpentaria, California is finally finished!!  I have blogged about the interior over the past couple of months, but the second phase of the project, the exterior, is finally done!!!  As I have mentioned in previous blogs, this project was one of the most incredible for me from start to finish. 

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The original house never had an entry.  To get to the back two bedrooms, you either had to go through the master bedroom and master bath or go out the front door onto the porch and enter from outside.  One of the first things I did was change the floor plan to create an entry, adding 105 sq. ft. and enclosing the porch to create a hallway to the back two bedrooms.  I was able to close off the door in the master bath making the space more usable, but most importantly, more private.  The same with the bunk room bathroom, we closed off the door leading to the back guest bedroom which enabled space to install a tub/shower.  My clients have grandchildren so this new arrangement proved very helpful to them.  The guest bedroom did not have a bathroom so we turned the closet into a bathroom.  To substitute closet space, I added a built in armoire for hanging clothes, which was sufficient enough for my clients as they use this house as a vacation home.  I converted the water heater to a tankless one and moved it from the entry to the side of the house.  Relocating the water heater created space to add a powder room.


As you can see from the floor plan, this is not a large house so I had to make sure that every room and every nook and cranny was well thought out.  My client’s bring their children, grandchildren and friends there so I had to squeeze in as many beds as possible.  The bunk room sleeps six, each bunk bed has a pull-out trundle.

Let’s get back to the exterior…..  Originally, the entire house was painted gray.  I wanted to brighten it up and make it look more like a cottage in the Hamptons.  I fell in love with the idea of painting the house white and the trim black… what a beautiful, dramatic contrast it turned out to be!  The exterior lanterns came from The Federalist and can hold up to the outdoor elements, which need to be considered in a beach environment.   The gutters and downspouts are copper and I can’t wait until they patina with age!

We tore out the existing brick in the walkway and replaced it with a gray/black flagstone.  A curve was added to make it more interesting as well as a small curved porch with a step, which was lacking  before. 

I worked with Thierry from Paysage Landscape in Santa Barbara, California.  He was a dream to work with!!  Thierry and I both selected the type of plants that we thought would grow best in a coastal environment and keep the Hamptons Cottage style. 


Don’t you just love the Australian Tree Ferns!!!


We also added a barn on the front of the property, but I think I will save that for another blog!!!

Stay tuned, more to come!



Thursday, October 7, 2010

Fall Harvest

Have I mentioned that I love fall?  It’s my favorite season of the year, it makes me really happy. One of reasons I love it so much is that my son JD’s birthday is October 20th which kicks off the season, Halloween follows then Thanksgiving…….

I went to the remnants of the past antique show in Nipomo this past weekend and I just had to buy this French garden cart and fill it up with pumpkins that I bought at the Avila Valley Barn.  I love the Provence blue!














At the show in Nipomo they were selling the most beautiful pumpkins with inspiring quotes etched in them. Everyone was buying them like hotcakes!

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While I was up north we went to the most amazing pumpkin patch in Avila Beach that my good friend Mica told me about. IMG_0554



If you are heading up to Northern California I would highly recommend stopping at the Avila Valley Barn, they have the largest selection of pumpkins that I have ever seen.

Happy Fall everyone.